Tuna Tartaki from Baba Sushi on Park Avenue in Worcester, MA

I have been to Baba Sushi several times and I have enjoyed the atmosphere but I love the new back room. The water feature, the cool walls, and the skylights transport you away from busy Park Ave. Instead of feeling like you’re at a restaurant, you feel like you are dining in someone’s beautifully manicured garden.

To start, I ordered the always-addicting edamame—served steamed and salted.
For my meal I selected the tuna tartaki, which is pan-seared tuna served rare over sliced avocado with a light wasabi sauce. I also ordered the yaki tori—chicken skewers with teriyaki sauce.

I thought the tuna could have had more wasabi sauce and seemed to be missing something—not sure what. The chicken had a delicious flavor but was a bit overcooked.

My cocktails were excellent. And, I hate to even say this but overall my food was just O.K. Looking at the sushi all around me, I had food envy. I should have opted for sushi instead.

Our server was fantastic. It is never an easy task to accommodate such a large group. He was friendly and attentive. I was happy to see the owner, Wilson, come out to say hello to us and send over complimentary sake shots to cap the evening. That was a nice touch!

If you have not been to Baba, I recommend it. The sushi looked amazing, the atmosphere is fantastic and the service is always excellent. I know I will be back. Next time, however, I will order some of the delicious sushi!