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Sushi, PrÊt-À-Porter

Cafe Mami and Kotobukiya: Splendid Sushi in Porter Square

By Ruby Lam

staff writer

CafÉ Mami

1815 Massachusetts Ave.

(617) 547-9130

Kotobukiya Sushi

1815 Massachusetts Ave.

(617) 492-4655

Porter Exchange is a Japanese culinary jewel. There is the Blue Fin sushi restaurant, the Japonaise Express Bakery, and many other interesting Japanese food stalls, which offer everything from Sushi and noodles to curry rice.

Finding a place to eat at Porter Exchange is like being a kid in a candy store; so many selections, so little stomach space. Sometimes, I just wish I could have it all; curry rice, sushi, and tempura udon.

Among the others, CafÉ Mami really stands out. It is always full, and there is always a line. Katsu-Don, pork cutlet curry on rice, is my favorite. Sweet Japanese curry sauce is poured over a piece of perfectly fried pork cutlet on a bed of sticky rice. It comes with miso soup and a side salad, and it makes a satisfying hearty meal.

My other favorite on their menu is their teppan sets. Served on a hot plate, the teppan, garlic lemon chicken, or spicy sirloin beef yakiniku are sizzling hot when delivered to the table.

Their green tea shake offers a nice complement to both entrees too. A blend of milk shake base with green tea ice cream and a heavy dose of green tea powder, it makes an enticing treat for the ultimate green tea lover.

However, if you walk into Porter Exchange wanting some sushi but can’t afford the time for a proper sit-down meal at Blue Fin, Kotobukiya offers a great alternative. Their sushi deluxe set, priced at $9.95, can’t be named the best sushi in town, but is definitely a good deal for the price.

For take-out or sit-in, for quick service or small budget, the Porter Exchange offers a myriad taste of real Japan. Most stalls close at around 8 or 9 p.m., so definitely go there early!