Sweet Rice Thai Kitchen and Sushi Bar – Charlestown, MA

Do you ever have those nights where you just can’t decide what you feel like eating? Sweet Rice Thai Kitchen and Sushi Bar has a fix for that.

It has two menus full of authentic, delicious Thai and Japanese food. I mean, what more could you ask for? Especially when you’re hungry, indecisive, and can’t answer the age-old question: Pad Thai or sushi?!?

This place has some unique dishes. For example, my personal favorite (which we didn’t get this time, but we highly recommend) is the berry crab rangoon, which mixes the usual perfection of creamy/crunchy crab rangoon with cranberry and blueberry added for good measure.

What we DID get was the Maine Sushi Roll — cooked lobster in spicy mayo with scallions, salmon roe, and cucumber on top. Lobster and sushi is a rare combo that you won’t find many other sushi restaurants in Beantown and we’re here for it.  Another unique sushi roll we tried was the Spongebob Roll (fresh from a pineapple under the sea!). We’re talking coconut shrimp, cream cheese, cucumber top with mango and drizzled in honey mayo sauce. Yes, it tasted just as good as the description of it read.

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And, of course we had to order some Pad Thai (because you can’t go to a Thai restaurant without getting Pad Thai!).  Chock-full of chicken, shrimp, and veggies and smothered with all sorts of peanutty goodness.  In short, this is the some of the best Pad Thai that Boston has to offer.

TL;DR: For an Asian-fusion experience that offers both authentic Thai dishes and unique sushi rolls, Sweet Rice Thai Kitchen and Sushi Bar is worth a visit (or two…or three…).

Jin’s Fine Asian Cuisine and Sushi Bar — Coolidge Corner, Brookline

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If there’s one thing in this world that I love, it’s sushi. In fact, I could eat sushi three meals a day and never get sick of it. It’s an obsession, really.  Luckily for me, Boston has no shortage of sushi restaurants — large and small, upscale and basic, funky and traditional — and my goal in life is to try them all.

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Recently, Nate and I decided to visit Jin’s Fine Asian Cuisine and Sushi Bar, a relatively new Asian fusion restaurant in Coolidge Corner that boasts a giant menu of both Chinese favorites and, more importantly (at least in my opinion), dozens of different kinds of Maki, Nigiri, and everything in between.  

The sushi menu featured traditional rolls that any sushi restaurant usually serves — there were a few veggie options for people who don’t love the idea of raw fish, as well as standard maki featuring different combos of salmon, shrimp, crab stick, or eel with avocado or cucumber.  The highlight, however, was the specialty maki menu, featuring interesting and intricate ingredient combos (like the Sweet Lobster Maki — sweet potato tempura topped with lobster, mango, avocado, flying fish roe, and mayo — or the Spicy Baked Scallop maki — served with crab stick, mushroom, flying fish roe, and mayo).  There were also tons of different options for sushi platters and combos, making Jin’s not only a nice date night spot, but also a great option for larger groups.

Nate and I decided to split three different kinds of rolls:  Philadelphia Maki, which came with smoked salmon, cream cheese, cucumber, and scallion; Rainbow Maki, which is a traditional California maki topped with slices of tuna, salmon, squid, and avocado and then garnished with multi-color flying fish roe; and Volcano Maki, which came with eel, shrimp, avocado, and cucumber rolled together and topped with spicy tuna mixed with flying fish roe and crunchy tempura flakes.  

The Philadelphia roll was exactly as expected — the combo of the smoky salmon and the cream cheese with the starchy rice tasted like the Japanese version of a bagel and lox.  The Volcano maki had a slight kick to it, but not enough to really qualify as “spicy” — the avocado and cucumber helped to counteract the spiciness of the tuna, and the tempura flakes gave each bite a nice crunch. The Rainbow maki was easily my favorite — immensely fresh and flavorful, the tuna, salmon, and squid complemented the sweetness of the crab stick. And the green, red, yellow, and black flying fish roe was not only aesthetically pleasing, but also gave the roll a delightfully pleasant texture that elevated the flavor of each bite. (Also flying fish roe is basically Japanese caviar — pinkies up, everyone).  

Portions were on par with most sushi restaurants — each order came with six to eight pieces, so three rolls were enough for two people to split without breaking the bank (although some of the maki options on the menu get very expensive depending on what you choose).  We left satisfied with all of our menu choices (if not wishing that there was such a thing as dessert sushi — someone invent that, already!!) and wanting to return for another visit to try more off the menu.

TL;DR:  Jin’s Fine Asian Cuisine and Sushi Bar is a great option if you’re looking for fresh and flavorful sushi in a casually elegant setting.