890 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA | Directions 0247642.417303 -71.163900
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Best and most authentic Japanese food in Boston – This is the only place in Boston I'm not embarrassed to take native Japanese people
Sure, other places might be more glamorous and more expensive, but if excellent sushi and Japanese cuisine is what you're looking for, hop out of the city to Arlington for some of the best authentic Japanese food. The waitresses actually speak Japanese (unlike some of the other Asian run "Japanese" restaurants in Boston) and the chefs prepare beautiful dishes.
It is a little restaurant with minimal seating, so it's a great place for a date or to bring friends for excellent food. (Probably not so great for fancy special occasions if you're looking for real atmosphere) Really, the food is what's worth coming here for. The service is attentive and fantastic with native bend-over-backwards hospitality, the specials are creative, and the prices reasonable. It's no wonder its visited with Japanese families all week.
More people ought to know about this place--but until word really gets out, enjoy the short wait for a table and enjoy. I looked on citysearch for hours to find a place to replace my beloved Roka in Central, and I'm so glad that place is just a short drive or hop on the 77 from Harvard Square.
Great Sushi – There is nothing fancy about this place, but the sushi is fabulous and you can tell how fresh it is just by looking at.
Petite Arlington restaurant serves authentic Japanese specialties and generous portions of sushi at reasonable prices. – In Short
Nothing wrong with a cold meal here--Toraya's sushi is super-fresh and generously portioned. Bargain lunchtime bento boxes offer a variety of tidbits, each tucked into their own compartment. Try any of the nabemono, agemono or yakimono dishes, and be sure to check out the daily board for scrumptious specialties. No reservations are accepted for the 20 seats, but wait times are minimal, even on the weekends. Loyal customers keep Toraya's take out business brisk.
tiny but perfect – For the last few years, we've eaten at Toraya a few times a month. We've never been disappointed. Fresh, flavorful, delicate, and delicious. Worth the trip. Every neighborhood should be as lucky as ours is to have a restaurant like Toraya!
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