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This review is not exactly unbiased because I’ve actually been to Fugakyu over a dozen times, and it just so happens to be my favorite restaurant. I was not always a sushi lover, in fact when I first moved to the US at the age of 9 I couldn’t stand the stuff. Chicken fingers and fish sticks were it for me, and maybe a sprinkling of cinnanom toast crunch here and there. My transformation from processed foods to raw fish took a few years. By 13 I was starting to appreciate Japanese cuisine and was curious to try all the various dishes. It must have been mid way through high school when I got my first taste of Fugakyu though. That blissful first time I put the Spider Roll to my lips, with the creamy avocado and crispy crab, is the moment I was hooked on Japanese cuisine (and was more than happy to have these expensive meals covered by my parental unit). Unfortunately with growing up comes paying for your own outings so I don’t get to eat sushi nearly as frequently as I would like to, but once in a blue moon, when I come home my parents take me out to Fugakyu and I couldn’t be more excited for an all expenses paid trip out to my favorite restaurant.
Address: 1280 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446 (one other location at
Meal At A Glance:
What type of meal was it? Dinner
Itemized Bill: $43 pp Spicy Tuna Salad, Seafood Kaiyaki, Ohitashi, Hamachi Kama, Ankimo Special, Rainbow Roll, Caterpillar Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, Spider Roll, Sapporo Beer, 2 Green Teas
Quality: As I mentioned up top Fugakyu is my favorite Japanese restaurant. The rolls are top notch and bursting with flavor, the fish is fresh as can be, and the various appetizer and noodle dishes are bound to match everyone’s tastes. One thing I must note is the Spider Roll – made of soft shell crab and unlike the other restaurants I’ve been to, here the rolls are huge – way too big to fit into your mouth in one bite – and though it only comes in a set of 4, 2 of these always include the crispy fried crab legs. Very few restaurants I’ve been to master the Spider Roll but Fugakyu gets it right every time. The hamachi kama – roasted crispy yellowtail fish is spectacular if sushi/rolls aren’t your thing. For a unique appetizer I highly recommend the ankimo special – monk fish liver served with a citrusy soy sauce and shredded daikon radish. For a salad the spicy tuna and spicy seafood salad are both up to par. The food we ordered was split among 3 people and we were stuffed by the meal’s end.
Interior: Restaurant is decorated in comfortable Japanese style with both upstairs, downstairs and sushi bar seating. Tables separated with closing dividers are available.
Alcohol: Extensive sake menu with cocktails and beer as well. The hot sake is good.
Location: Fugakyu is located in what is technically no longer Boston, but rather Brookline. Right on Beacon Street it is sandwiched in between the St Paul and Coolidge Corner T Stations. Numerous buses lines stop in this area as well.
Miscellaneous: They bring warm towels to the table when you are seated. As a plus the restaurant is open every night until 1:30am so if you get a late night urge for some sushi you’re definitely in luck!
Would we go back?: YES!