On Sunday afternoon I attended the Taste of Allston with Sara, where she was manning the Yelp booth. The event wasn’t as superb as I had hoped, but the rain stayed away and I discovered a few Allston restaurants I’ll definitely be stopping by. I live close to Allston but typically only go there when I’m craving Sunset Bar and Grill’s nachos and amazing beer selection. So it’s good to have a couple reasons to go back now.
I’m always looking for good Indian food in the city and though I’ve heard of Grain and Salt, I didn’t know anything about it. The food was pretty good and it’s possible I’d go try their restaurant since I’m pretty close to it, though I am quite partial to Rani in Coolidge Corner.
And Grain and Salt does have pretty mixed Yelp reviews, so I’m while the food was good at the Taste of Allston, I wonder if it’s worth the cost at the restaurant. Their Chicken Tika Masala had great flavor, but could have used a bit more of a kick, but I’m thinking you could probably ask for that in a restaurant setting.
I thought I knew most good sushi places in the Boston-area, so how have I never heard of the Fish Market in Allston? They brought with them a huge and awesome selection of sushi, unbelievable for a little outdoor festival. I think the Fish market is actually pretty new to Allston and what a fabulous way for them to introduce themselves to us!
And they have 4.5 stars on Yelp with absolutely amazing reviews. I wanted to try everything, but they limited attendees to 2 pieces of sushi for obvious reasons.
I really liked the unique spicy tuna sushi. The unagi-avo (eel and avocado) wasn’t the best I’ve had, but then again, I feel like it’s probably pretty hard to serve sushi in a non-restaurant setting.
The dish we tried was called JinnThot and was a ginger salad. Seeing that ginger is one thing Sara and I can’t get enough of, we were pretty obsessed with this salad. It’s shredded sweet and sour ginger mixed with fresh shallot, grounded peanut, roasted sesame seeds, crispy peas, and grounded dried shrimp. It was super spicy and delicious. Almost all of YoMa’s dishes contain ginger, making me wonder why we haven’t discovered this place yet.