While catching up on one of my favorite blogs, I came across a delicious Hambagaa. For those who haven’t tried one, it’s a Japanese version of a hamburger. Delicious and carb-free! Well, probably not carb-free, but sans bun sure helps keep the carb count low.

If you’re in the Boston area and looking for a good Hambagaa, I recommend Cafe Mami in Porter Exchange. They offer it 3 different ways: 1) Ragu 2) Teriyaki 3) Ginger. I had the Teriyaki and it was delicious. Get it with a fried egg on top.

When I get a chance I’ll attempt to re-create it for David. Their curry was also a hot item on the menu. Probably not literally, since Japanese curry (compared to Indian, Malaysian and Thai curries) tends to be on the milder side, but socially popular–yes. I’ll have to try it next time and get back to ya.

If you do go, be sure to check the hours of operation and try not to go at rush hours (12pm, 6pm) since seating is very limited.

hambaaga1Photo credit: Chubby Hubby (http://chubbyhubby.net)

Porter Exchange is one of my favorite areas to eat in Boston because I love Japanese food! I was raised by a sushi grandma. I’ll follow up with more detailed recommendations later, but here’s an amuse bouche for now:

Kotobukiya–Japanese grocer

  • sells sashimi-grade fish (can’t go wrong with the Chutoro, Himachi (Yellowtail) or Sake (Salmon)).
  • also nearby is the Kotobukiya restaurant with bar seating–cheapest sashimi starting at $2/piece. Fresh fish and maki for 1/2 the price you pay at other sushi joints around Boston. The maki, I’ll have to admit, is smaller and not as ‘meticulously’ made as say, Oishii (Sudbury, Chestnut Hill, South End), however given the price you’re paying and the freshness of the fish, it’s nonetheless oishii (delicious) enough to forget about the slight lack in quality.

Blue Fin–Japanese restaurant

  • offers the most seating of all the Japanese eateries in PE.
  • better venue if you want a more restaurant-esque ambience
  • great prices compared to other sushi restaurants in Boston
  • can’t go wrong w/: tempura udon, spicy tuna roll, caterpillar maki, unagi donburi (eel over rice)

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