(Originally posted on 9/2/06)
Today I went on an excursion to the South End of Boston, to hit some of its stores and restaurants. One of my stops was to Seiyo, a combination wine store and Japanese restaurant located at 1721C Washington Street. This is an interesting combination.
On the left side of the store are the wines for sale, and there is a decent selection, including some high end wines. Prices are about average. I picked up a bottle of 2004 Las Moras Bonarda, an Argentine wine, and a 2001 Flor De Pingus, the second tier wine of a famed Spanish winery. They also have more than a dozen sakes available for sale.
We sat down at the sushi bar to try out their fare. We ordered some tekka maki, unagi maki, tamago, unagi, and maguro. But, I did not get maguro. In fact, the chef gave me chutoro instead, a fattier and more expensive tuna cut. This was intentional on his part, and I was charged only for a maguro. Chutoro can be up to twice as expensive as regular maguro. All of fish was very fresh, good sized and tasty. The chutoro was especially good, with a buttery texture. Prices were average for the sushi and well worth it. I had some Hakushika Junmai Ginjo sake with my sushi.
Overall, the visit was very good and I would return to try some of their other dishes.