We’re still not sick of small, secret restaurants hidden inside other restaurants. If you descend down several flights of stairs in one of the new ink block buildings in the South End, you’ll eventually get to Shore Leave, a fun tiki bar that opened last fall. And if you keep going past the bathrooms, you’ll then find an unmarked door that leads to No Relation, a 9-seat sushi counter that serves the best new omakase in town. You will need to book here pretty far in advance, and you will need to pay up (it’ll cost you about $100-120 per person, before drinks) but you’ll get about 12 courses of excellent fish, along with one or two interesting non-sushi dishes, like New England miso clam soup.
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