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West Town sushi spot that also offers tempura, noodles, robata skewers, and other Japanese dishes.

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One look at the nightly specials menu at West Town's Arami should jar anyone out of his sushi-ordering routine. There's not spicy-mayo-tempura-crunch frippery, just the fundamentals of traditional Japanese cooking: rice, fish, soy, seaweed. Even if you don't opt for omakase (chef's choice), pieces arrive in an experience-enhancing progression, starting with the most delicate and ramping up in intensity throughout the meal. Though some folks might be unnerved by sashimi that stares back, the whole aji (horse mackerel)—sliced off the bone into silvery wisps and artfully reassembled and arranged with flowers—is a spectacular beginning. At the top end of the intensity scale is the toro hand roll, in which incredibly rich tuna belly is chopped into smooth submission, fat threatening to melt into the rice—it's an instant candidate for last-meal consideration. Read the full review >>

Kristina Meyer

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