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In Cambridge, Japanese restaurant Cafe Sushi masters the art of raw fish

Left: “Omakase” means “I leave it up to you’’ and the Cafe Sushi chef served this tasting menu of flying fish, miso-marinated local sea bass, local fluke, smoked salmon, and salmon roe with pickled local corn.
Left: “Omakase” means “I leave it up to you’’ and the Cafe Sushi chef served this tasting menu of flying fish, miso-marinated local sea bass, local fluke, smoked salmon, and salmon roe with pickled local corn.photos by matthew j. lee/globe staff

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Cafe Sushi is two restaurants in one. The first is your typical Japanese joint in America, offering caterpillar rolls and teriyaki. The second is the area’s best secret sushi restaurant you’ve never been to. Of course, it’s not much of a secret at all — it won a spot in Boston magazine’s Best of Boston issue this year, and seats at the bar can be hard to come by.

Earlier this year, chef Seizi Imura brought his food to a new audience, teaming with cocktail bar the Hawthorne for a pop-up dinner. Yet when people talk about where to get their raw-fish fix — your O Yas, your Unis, your Oishiis — Cafe Sushi is rarely on the list. It should be.

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