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This Groupon gets you $40 worth of meticulously arranged raw-fish rolls for half price at Ma Soba in Beacon Hill. Ma Soba was named the best sushi restaurant in 2006 by Citysearch. The menu is stuffed with 53 different maki rolls (including baked and tempura rolls), ikura and hamachi sushi, and Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Korean favorites. Regulars love the ninja roll (albacore tempura, crab, and avocado), the disco shrimp roll (layers of baked shrimp, scallops, spicy crab, and avocado), or the roll roll (sourdough roll, kaiser roll).
The exceptional, fresh, and expertly cut raw-fish specialties are served in an airy, light-filled dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows, wood chairs, stone floor, and rich red tablecloths. Every level of the multi-tiered sleek sushi spot feels open, especially in the summer when the restaurant slides away the glass window panes, removes the roof, and dismantles the walls. A sparkling wine cabinet displays Ma Soba’s sweet plum wines, and it stocks a huge selection of imported Asian beverages such as Kirin and Sapporo beers. The expert servers can tell you what liquor goes best with tofu and Chinese eggplant stew or mango beef with Kahlua and bean noodles. Parking is just $5—a time-saver when you’re dining in Beacon Hill or need to make a quick exit after dinner to donate blood.
Citysearchers have named Ma Soba one of the best sushi restaurants in Boston every year since 2005; in 2006, it topped the list. > * This was, by far, the freshest raw fish I’ve ever eaten… he fish was DELICIOUS. My white tuna just melted in my mouth; the salmon was so buttery I almost went to heaven, and the veggies were fresh. What a treat!!! – k1peters > * What incredibly rare service! The sushi was unbelievably fresh and variety resulted in a harmonic balance of freshness+flavor+texture, that pleased even the most finicky of pallets. They really offer something for everyone, even one of my friends who doesn’t eat raw fish got a good fill of delicious non-fish rolls. – jwong83
What Exactly Are Chopsticks?
For an authentic sushi restaurant experience, the Board of Various Types of Sushi and Many Other Southeast Asian Foods recommends using chopsticks. If you’re unfamiliar with the traditional utensil, here’s a brief primer:
- They are commonly made out of bamboo and plastic, or else they are recycled from the corpses of dead chopsticks.
- They range in length from 30 centimeters to 40 cubic feet.
- If you bury them, water them, and give them plenty of sun, they will grow into a chopstick tree.
- It takes more than 50 chopsticks to build an exact replica of the set of Taxi.
- Contrary to popular belief, Topeka is not the world’s largest producer of chopsticks—it’s Overland Park.
A banner printed with tiny white fish flutters above Ma Soba's sushi bar, where chefs in pert white hats tuck ribbons of fish atop rice and seaweed. In the kitchen, stovetops sizzle with Chinese, Korean, Thai, and other Asian dishes, such as bulgogi, tempura-battered seafood and vegetables, and entrees spiced with chili-and-ginger general tso's sauce. Wine and water goblets moor maroon tablecloths in the softly lit dining room, where potted orchids and bromeliads complement a Japanese screen painted with branches and cherry blossoms. Ma Soba also packs entrees into tidy containers for carryout and delivery orders to offices, homes, and tree houses.
156 Cambridge St
Boston, Massachusetts 02114Get Directions