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Review: Basho Japanese Brasserie

Weirdly situated in the Fenway, this large restaurant from the owners of Back Bay's Douzo conveys an immediate sense of space well apportioned, with the minimalist fascination of the best haiku.
A tasty fusion of new and traditional Japanese fare
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 25, 2010
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Buddachen

The Web site says “modern Asian bistro” and the other description they’ve put out is “ultra trendy modern Asian cuisine.”
Jae’s grill is reborn with pan-Asian zen
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 07, 2010
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Yasu

I adore Korean “BBQ”: marinated slices of raw meats that you cook on a little grill inset directly into your tabletop.
Tiptoeing into the shallow end of the Korean-cuisine pool
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 07, 2010
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The Big Ligotti

Like his homeboy Scott Brown, Boston's elephant in the room is poised to make noise beyond Massachusetts
Like his homeboy Scott Brown, Boston's elephant in the room is poised to make noise beyond Massachusetts
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 05, 2010
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The Regal Beagle

The Regal Beagle is making a quick success doing what almost all the new restaurants want to do: small plates; comfort food with a gourmet twist; a mixture of high and low; a bit of locovore, green, and slow fare; some salty fast food; interesting drinks
A quirky neighborhood that puts all the pieces together
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 15, 2010

Kabuki

Japanese restaurants can be too predictable.
Cuisine off the beaten path
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 01, 2010


Ama’s

I'm in a quandary. I want to tell you about Ama's, but it's a tiny place with very few seats, and I really don't want to see a line outside the next time I show up.
Don’t read this, please
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 18, 2009
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Myung Dong 1st Avenue

Myung Dong refers to a high-rent, youth-oriented shopping district in Seoul, thus "1st Avenue" is a kind of evocation of both Fifth Avenue and SoHo. This restaurant has a variety of Japanese and Korean dishes, but the idea is to appeal to a young crowd,
Can a Korean dive bar serve the masses? Certainly, with alcoholic melon drinks.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 11, 2009
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Busy options

For a place that is largely about performative hibachi dining and Asian kitsch, Kon is very into the Buddha.
Sampling Kon Asian's broad spectrum
By BRIAN DUFF  |  December 04, 2009
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Some strong choices

A pan-Asian restaurant comes in handy if you are having trouble making a decision. But thanks to several openings in the last year, Portlanders looking for a menu with several Asian cuisines will have to make a choice.
Shima melds tastes, traditions well
By BRIAN DUFF  |  November 27, 2009

Café Fresco

Restaurants come and restaurants go.
A terrific Monday night special, and more
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 27, 2009


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Max & Dylan's Kitchen & Bar

Who is Max? Who is Dylan? The casual visitor cannot know. We know that the owners also have Scollay Square (which is not located in what used to be that square), so we have our suspicions that Max and Dylan are children or cats, or a confected evocation
From the owners of Scollay Square, another fine bar-restaurant that does everything fairly well
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 17, 2009
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Sushi

Sake, sashimi, tempura
Hoopleville
By DAVID KISH  |  June 12, 2009
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Exotic Sushi and Tapas

Exotic Sushi and Tapas doesn't have the most exotic sushi, but the combination of Japanese bar snacks with their European small-plate counterparts is an unusual angle on fusion that can be worked into a square meal.
A little bit of everything, from Europe to Japan
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 10, 2009
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Korean Garden Restaurant

Despite being open only six months, Korean Garden already has 22 Internet reviews.
Enjoy, we're here to help
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 29, 2009
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Good dirt

"Part of the mystery, when you find a love letter that was torn into bits: was it torn up by the person who received it, or did the person that wrote it tear it up before they even gave it to them?"
Davy Rothbart's lost-and-Found
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 08, 2009


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Review: Tokyo!

Together, idiosyncratic directors Michel Gondry ( Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ), Leos Carax ( The Lovers on the Bridge ), and Bong Joon-ho ( The Host ) have crafted a bento box of delectable shorts.
Dreamy tribute to a glittering metropolis
By SHAULA CLARK  |  April 10, 2009

Review: Citron

John Elkhay has so many restaurants around the city that we just hadn't gotten around to Citron before last weekend.
A satisfying meal trumped by style
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 04, 2009
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Review: Happy Teriyaki

There is little that is hard about Happy Teriyaki, which is Korean-owned despite the Japanese name and the Japanese-style cute bear logo in the window.
Japanese and Chinese cuisines take second place at Happy Teriyaki
By BRIAN DUFF  |  February 25, 2009
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On the cheap: Sushi Yasu

Fierce flavors of Korean cuisine
Fierce flavors of Korean cuisine
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 18, 2009
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Gone, baby, gone

Boston bids farewell to one of its brightest spots — the row of six diverse and delectable restaurants on Peterborough Street that were consumed by a four-alarm fire early Tuesday morning.
Fenway eateries burn down; Phoenix staffers may starve to death
By WILL SPITZ  |  January 07, 2009


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Gone, Baby, Gone

And so Boston bids farewell to one of its brightest spots — the row of six diverse and delectable restaurants on Peterborough Street that were consumed by a four-alarm fire early Tuesday morning.
Fenway eateries burn down; Phoenix staffers may starve to death
By WILL "EL GUAPO" SPITZ  |  January 07, 2009
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My year in food

The 2008 Dining Awards 
The 2008 Dining Awards 
By BY ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 23, 2008
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ChoCho's

ChoCho's distinguishes itself from the other cubby-like eateries in the Porter Exchange in two ways. First, it captures the fun, food-court-like energy of the adjacent noodle shops and sushi bars, but manages to feel more like a restaurant than a lunch
Transport yourself to a magical land of inexpensive Korean delicacies
By AARON KAGAN  |  November 26, 2008

Kon Asian Bistro

Kon is essentially Japanese, but it calls itself an “Asian Bistro,” inviting us to cross borders.
With a heavy Japanese accent
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 08, 2008
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Shabu Shabu Toki

Yet another way to enjoy the soup/fondue shabu-shabu: quickly cook the meats and eat them with dips and condiments.
Where to go if you’re in-the-know
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 10, 2008


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Privius Lounge

I thought I had Privus figured out based on what owner Jarlath Quinn had done with his popular bar, The Kells, located right next door.
Sashimi for the dancing set
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 27, 2008
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Shabu-Zen

A new generation of Japanese water-fondue restaurants has won me over.  
The soup is definitely on
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 30, 2008
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Pho Republique

Retro done right sits well with me, and the refined fusion dishes here can be remarkable.
Refined fusion done right
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 04, 2008
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Where's the beef?

“Beef: it’s what’s for dinner,” say the cattle lobby’s TV ads, and I sigh in agreement.
Ten steakhouse alternatives for frugal foodies
By MC SLIM JB  |  June 04, 2008