All You Can Sushi

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Boston is well known for its classic seafood. But there’s another kind of seafood rising in popularity in the city as well: Sushi. Specifically, all-you-can-eat sushi.

For us sushi addicts who easily and often rack up a $65 tab-for-two on a delivery order, all you can eat is a godsend of never-ending salmon sashimi – as opposed to three pieces for $3.50.

In my Brighton neighborhood alone, there are two such venues: Yamato and recently added this spring, Maki Maki. And depending on your mood, one is definitely better than the other.

Maki maki is, simply put, a giant sushi buffet. You serve yourself, as much as you want, as many times as you want, until you pop. It’s has quite the cafeteria, dining hall vibe, but if your main goal is pure, unadulterated sushi feasting, this is the place for you.

If you’re looking for a little more of a typical dining experience – or say for a date, where you likely want to converse as well as chow – Yamato is better. You order off a menu, your food is brought to you, and the atmosphere is more relaxed with less people bustling about to and from the buffet with piled plates.

Yamato also offers a cut-off incentive: You have a two-hour time limit, and you have to finish what you order or you’re charged extra. Makes you think before you order that last round, or one more spicy tuna handroll.

Now, I wouldn’t really recommend this for you beginner or veggie sushi eaters out there. Granted at both places there are alternative Japanese-themed dishes to choose from, but my thinking is, if you’re going for all you can eat sushi, you should eat sushi, right? And I don’t think you’re going to want to eat $25-$35 worth of California rolls or julienned carrots and cucumber wrapped in seaweed. But I could be wrong!

The bonus: While you will be full when you’re done – very full, awkward journey home full – sushi is healthier for you than say going to an all you can eat rib joint or something.

And for this sushi enthusiast, that’s just a win-win.