Although Japanese cuisine has many different styles and types, many people stick with sushi because they can pronounce it. Branch out or don't with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Japanese cuisine at Basho Japanese Brasserie, a chic, modern eatery near Fenway.
Explore the Land of the Rising Sun with offerings from Basho's authentic menu, featuring dishes designed to be shared. Get the ball rolling with smaller plates such as the oysters or cherrystones on shell ($6.50), and then continue the progression of flavors with robata grill skewers such as the Kobe beef ($6.75) or rolled pork belly on asparagus ($3.75). Sushi enthusiasts can sample traditional hand rolls such as the eel cucumber ($6.25) or chow down on the bells and whistles with a specialty Green Monster roll (soft-shell crab and spicy mayo wrapped with escolar and seasoned with cilantro pesto; $14.95).
Basho's glass façade and double-door entryway sets a chic, modern mood that’s reinforced by the clean, simple lines of the interior and minimalist black furniture. Grab a green booth seat to be different, or take in a bit of a light show over the sushi bar before becoming too engrossed in the meal to notice whether or not your head is on fire.
Basho Japanese Brasserie
The review in Boston.com said of Basho’s sushi: “The restaurant gives the audience what it wants. Sushi and sashimi, ever and always, take top billing. Here, they deserve it.” The signature Basho roll’s thinly sliced asparagus, mushrooms, pickles, cucumbers, lettuce, and fried snow crab peek out from a cylinder of cucumber and soy paper. The Torch Toro roll wakes up taste buds with layers of torched toro—the fatty cut of the fish—and jalapeño. Ingredients for the rolls are flown in daily from around the world.