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Published December 31st 2019
Best eats Boston
A short walk from Assembly T station, Fuji at Assembly Japanese restaurant offers a spacious and cosy venue, with décor that is peaceful yet uplifting. There are only three tables outside, so head there early to try and secure one in the summer. For indoor dining, bring a jacket if you are not accustomed to American air conditioning being set at 18C.
Fuji at Assembly is a place where the waiters help select a drink based on your tastes, ask if you like your cocktail, and make a fresh one if you don't. It's a place where when you walk past and see other diner's meals, you want to know what it is so you can order it. It's a place which caters for dietary needs with an extensive meat, seafood, and vegetarian menu.
The tempting menu options include dumplings, sashimi, salads, bentos, noodles, and more; it is difficult to choose a single dish, so make sure to come along with a group of friends so you can share and try a few!
Between the three of us, we shared five dishes, with much being left over. Always my benchmark for Japanese restaurants, the Unagi Kabayaki was my favourite. Broiled freshwater melt in your mouth feel with a delicately sweet and savoury teriyaki sauce served over a bed of rice and with pickled radish. A must order.
The tempura battered assorted vegetables (Yasaiten), served with a light dipping sauce on the side, was a little heavy on the batter, so next time we may opt for a different vegetable dish such as the wok-tossed vegetarian delight. To cleanse the palate, we chose the garden salad of tomatoes and cucumbers over mixed greens served with Fuji house ginger dressing; however, there are other more interesting salad options to choose from.
For sashimi and sushi lovers, there are plenty of options. We found it difficult to choose one as they all sounded delectable. We agreed on the Rainbow maki - Kanikama, cucumber, and avocado topped with an assortment of thinly sliced sashimi - you will want this one to yourself. The seafood Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) was also satisfyingly tasty and perfect for sharing.
Delicious, freshly prepared, and beautifully presented; each of us enjoyed all of the items. Fuji is located at four locations in Boston - Assembly, Ink Block, High Street Place, and Quincy. Open for lunch and dinner, and drinks, you can find each venues opening hours on their website. Fuji at Assembly is on my top three list of best cheap eats in Boston.