50 Best Restaurants: Oishii on the Cheap (No, Really)

You can spend hundreds of dollars at 50 Best Restaurants pick Oishii Boston in the flick of a chopstick. Case in point: The “Toro Truffle Maki” at the South End hot spot is spectacular (it’s topped with seared toro, white truffle, and caviar, people), but at $25 a pop, it’s hardly a dining deal.

Craving sushi and Japanese chow but pinching pennies? Try the $20 “Kaiseki” lunch menu, which includes: miso soup, grilled miso black cod, seaweed salad, agidashi tofu, soba noodles, spicy tuna tempura maki, salmon avocado maki, shrimp and asparagus tempura, and steamed broccolini with sesame dressing.

Feast your eyes:

It’s a ton of food — we suggest elastic waist pants or fasting in anticipation.

The black cod (pictured above) was a standout, as were the perfectly fried tempura veggies.

If your yen comes later in the day, Oishii also has a year-old bar bites menu, served from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and 10-11:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from 5:30-9:45 p.m. on Sundays. Each menu item is $6 — how about a Kobe beef slider, seared foie gras-stuffed strawberries, or unagi nuta? Hungry yet?

(Oishii Boston, 1166 Washington St., Boston. 12-3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-midnight Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. and 5:30-10 p.m. Sunday. Info: 617-482-8868, oishiiboston.com)

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