This should wrap up my unofficial series of Boston posts. I could have done a few more on the nasty places that we ate, but didn't feel the need to give them any shine. I could have also done a composite post summing up the entire Boston experience which would give me an excuse to post more Boston photos out here. You know...for the folks that aren't privy to the photo album I did on The Book. Actually, I still may do that later on. We'll see. But as for restaurants, this one was a great one to end on.
I'm not 100% certain that I'm spelling the name right. As you can see from the photo, they tried to get all artistic with their logo making a couple of the letters rather ambiguous. That spelling appears to be the most accurate though. I guess I could have looked them up online to get it 100% correct, but it's 9pm and I'm multitasking while watching the game AND the DNC so cut me some slack.
It was an accident that I even stumbled on this place from the get go. I have been looking for a buffet restaurant like the one that Mom and Dad took me to in Bloomington ever since I last ate there months ago. They called it a Hibachi Grill so that's what I was looking for. But theirs was different. It was Hibachi Grill food buffet style without the actual show. That wasn't the case with Hichigo Ichie.
The first time I went there it was just me and a couple of other guys from our training group. It was a night that most of the group was staying in to study but we wanted some real food. They gave us an option of regular dining or dinner with a show. Of course we took the show. We had to sit with another group of a family of 6 which we didn't know. It didn't matter though. We were in our world they were in theirs. After just a few minutes of watching the chef work his magic, we immediately knew this place was the spot that was tailor-made for our particular training group. It didn't take much discussion at all to convince the rest of the group to try it. So for my final night there (I had to leave a day early), Hichigo Ichie it was.
I kept it simple with some steak and shrimp the first time. The steak was alright. The shrimp was tremendous. Every piece was above average size yet not quite jumbo. It was grilled just right so it wasn't too tough and still maintained a little sweet tangy flavor. Of course that was greatly assisted by their seafood sauce that enhanced the taste even more. I know it was only supposed to be used for seafood, but that sauce even made the steak taste better than it already was.
The second time around I switched it up and went with the fillet mignon. Although I asked for it medium rare, it tasted closer to the medium side. Still, even with that it had a richer taste to it than the steak did. It only took me one bite to realize the mignon was the wiser choice. To top it off, I tried some of their calamari appetizer. Combining those with the mango dipping sauce made it the best appetizer I had the entire time I was in New England.
Our show the second time around wasn't near as exciting as the first time. Due in part because our group was so big we had to have two chefs. The chef in my group was much more low key. It also didn't help that the folks in our group that were usually very spirited were a bit chilled out that nite too. Now the other group had a much more animated chef who was probably the MVP of the chefs there. We had as much fun watching him interact with the other half of our group as they did being a part of it.
If I had to pick a restaurant to have dinner at twice in two weeks then there wasn't a much better choice than Hichigos. Not withstanding the lobster and clam chowder that I had on the coast. But it wouldn't have been practical to go that far again just for those meals. Hichigos was less than a minute away from our hotel. Even within walking distance. I may have found it by mistake but it was one of the best mistakes I've ever made.