FuGaKyu Japanese Cuisine
FuGaKyu Japanese Cuisine

FuGaKyu Japanese Cuisine

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fugakyu.net/
  • Phone: (617) 738-1268
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 3:00pm - 1:30am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Executive Chef: James Lee
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer experienced sushi chef to make sushi at anywhere you desire such as clubhouse, hotel or residence. Some restrictions may apply and please contact 617-738-1268 for rate.
  • Private Party Facilities: FuGaKyu offers several options for your next event. We have a booth with sliding doors for an intimate dinner, traditional tatami rooms requiring you to sit on the floor, and separate rooms for private or corporate functions. Come in today and let us show you a fulfilling Japanese dining experience.
  • Private Party Contact: Desmond Cheng 8882131277

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Harvard and St.Paul
  • Public Transit: we are only one block away from Coolidge corner stop of Green line "c".
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: we offer both street parking and valet parking.
A word from FuGaKyu Japanese Cuisine
FuGaKyu Japanese Cuisine is a unique Japanese restaurant located in the heart of Brookline, Massachusetts. Serving great dishes, such as authentic Japanese sushi and sashimi, you will enjoy a hearty meal that will delight your tastebuds and satisfy even the largest of appetites. Visit us today to experience what the rest of the town has been talking about! When you step through our restaurant doors, you will be immediately surrounded by a large collection of authentic Japanese decor. Combined with the delicious dishes, wonderful aromas, and outstanding service, you get a total dining experience. Established since 1998, our Japanese restaurant offers private rooms and daily specials for your dining enjoyment. We are a non-smoking restaurant. Come in today, enjoy the fresh air, and let your senses be mesmerized by the "scent-illating' aromas of our fine, Japanese cuisine. All of our exotic dishes are made of the freshest ingredients upon order, ensuring vibrant flavors.
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FuGaKyu Japanese Cuisine reviews from OpenTable diners
94 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (52)fit for foodies (51)special occasion (33)neighborhood gem (31)romantic (14)great for lunch (12)kid-friendly (9)late-night find (9)hot spot (9)notable wine list (3)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Not as good as before
    SweetTVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Overall a good experience, but the Sudbury location is much better for quality, attentiveness, and selection. Some of our sashimi was close to frozen, being a bit crunchy and icy because it was stored too cold. Presentation was good, but the rolls were not as expertly crafted as I've seen in the past, a few were falling apart when served. Service was, as always, very friendly and prompt.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Always enjoy my dinner there for my Mom's Birthday. Food is great staff is very attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow! They have improved!
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    I was a regular until I moved further into the city. It's even better now. Fresher fish, excellent portions, much better wine. And the service is much, much better! Our server was training, but he was a pro by my standards. A manager checked in to make sure everything was good also. The wine included Sancerre and Chablish. Too few sushi places offer good wine, so this is a breath of fresh air. I can't wait to return. Keep up the good work, FuGaKyu (can you come to Back Bay, please?)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A delightful place for a quiet dinner
    nancy02466VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    This restaurant is consistently good, with wonderful service, excellent food, and great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi restaurant.
    hotforfood
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Incredible menu with more choices than you could ever want. Fortunately they have several good combination platters. There are a variety of settings in which to enjoy your shushi, including private tatami rooms, screened booths, and small dining rooms. Great opportunities for quiet conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    AnthonyVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We came with a group of family and friends for our son's birthday and were delighted with the entire experience. The sushi is terrific. We particularly liked the baked salmon maki, the spicy seafood salad, and the caterpillar maki. We had a booth which made for an intimate experience and truly felt special. The service was flawless and they really make you feel at home, a valued customer. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, disappointed with table
    msimms
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Made a reservation to catch up with a friend who was in town. I was disappointed that we were seated at a table upstairs, we were at a 2 top in the middle of the upstairs dining room, maybe a coincidence but 3 of the tables seated up there had kids in their party..maybe out of 6 tables. I didn't see any families with children seated downstairs.. overall a weird vibe. I didn't like having the foot traffic on either side of our table and I didn't like that I felt as though we were shunned to the upstairs...? The food was great and the service was decent. We were there for quite awhile and didn't feel rushed until the very end.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Parties!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I just had my birthday dinner at FuGaKyu last week, and it was an overall wonderful experience. The wait staff was very accommodating, our food and drinks both came out quickly (both of which were excellent), and the overall atmosphere was just very pleasant. Definitely would recommend for anyone with a large group!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Amanda
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This restaurant was really, really wonderful! -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • better with a small group or just 2
    AuNaturel
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    We were a large group. Over twelve people with more joining us late in the meal. We had only one waitress, who was quiet and well meaning, but not the most efficient at getting drinks, taking orders, or even helping customers understand what was on the lunch menu. What I had hoped (from past experience with a group of four) would be a fast convenient lunch for our group turned into a long slow chaotic affair. I usually love all the food, but on this already challenging day, I ordered the curry. And I forgot that Japanese "curry" isn't at all like Indian curry. It's more like a thick brown gravy that isn't very appealing. Other guests had beautiful noodle dishes with vegetables and sushi, and I ended up chalking my dish up to lessons learned
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Requested a booth
    JefeJP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I requested a booth because I wanted some privacy for conversation. Instead, we were given the most public table in the restaurant. The good was delicious, the service was fine. This table location was not.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why make a reservation?
    kmd1202
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I had a reservation for a Friday night with my boyfriend, only to arrive and find out that the table was not ready. As we waited, I heard several other parties come in with reservations and were also told their tables were not ready; it seemed as though they had never experienced a dinner rush before. Once we sat down at a cramped two-top in a corner, we placed an appetizer order. It took a while to come out but the waiter brought us each some miso in the meantime. The table next to us had been waiting for a while it seemed, so they asked for the bill and to forget the food so they could just leave. That made me nervous - the food did take a while to come out, but it was very fresh and tasty. The service was a bit slow, but very nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor Service
    ZachVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This was the third time we've eaten here and will be our last. It took twenty minutes past our reservation to get a table, there was no valet as advertised, a trainee waiter (without an experienced shadow), plates that took nearly two hours to arrive, and "forgotten" selections from order. The manager was apologetic and did discount the meal, but it was an overall poor experience from a place that has been good in the past. Off night? I don't know, but I don't like to do repeat business and throw away good money to places in the hopes that they've improved. Lots of other greats in Boston.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JOJOVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I have been coming to FuGaKyu over the years since it has been opened but I must say, I was very disappointed this visit. The manager put us in a room on the third level that looked nothing like the rest of the Japanese decor downstairs. The service was slow and the food was just OK. It felt like a Disney production.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best spicy tuna and eel maki rolls
    LoriK007
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I've been to most of the "notable" sushi restaurants and bars, and honestly, Fugakyu never fails to deliver on freshness and consistency. Very good service, my past waiters have never given me the stink eye for extra ginger and wasabi. They never just throw a plate down and scuri off which I cannot stand. They're spicy tuna maki is to die for loaded with the right tuna and tempura ratio. Any of the rolls with eel are really fresh as well and go down smoothly, none of that muddy tasting garbage masked with a weird sauce. The entrees are pretty good too, I absolutely love the yaki noodles that are stir fried lo mein style. It's packed with REAL veggies with awesome texture. You won't find anywhere else in Boston that comes close.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This restaurant is AMAZING!
    Anita
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I come back again and again because the dining experience at this restaurant is the best! The sushi rolls are out of this world! Particularly the ones with fruit (mango or papaya). The food is delicious and the service is impeccable! Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another delicious meal from Fugakyu
    Heags
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants so my husband and I decided to go to celebrate our anniversary. We requested a table downstairs in the bamboo section when we made the reservation. When we got there, at first they were going to seat us upstairs, but when I mentioned the request to sit in the nicer section, they readily accommodated us. The food was all delicious and the service and ambiance were great as well. Can't say enough good stuff about this place. definitely worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant
    New2MA
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I have eaten at two of FuGaKyu restaurants: Brookline & Sudbury. Both are excellent. The ambiance at Brookline is better. The food is about the same at the two. Everything is always at least very good and usually is excellent. I usually make a superb dinner from a selection of appetizers followed by a selection of sushi, but I also have ordered a "regular" dinner from time to time. Overall, I have found the appetizers-plus-sushi to be superior to a set dinner. They have nice variety of sake and give good advise on making a choice among the offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    Beefycake
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    It was quite expensive and not really the high end Japanese dining experience I was hoping for
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great sushi and maki
    AnthonyVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Still one of the very best sushi places in Boston (or anywhere)! We particularly like the baked salmon maki and the crazi maki, but it's all wonderful. The booths are wonderful as they provide privacy and shut out all ambient noise -- perfect for a group celebration of a special occasion or an important business meeting. The service is perfect - attentive but not overbearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Dining Experience
    DRRQVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Dinner at Fugakyu is always an enjoyable experience. Chef Hiro was, as always, amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as usual
    backbayfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Still our favorite Sushi place in greater Boston. We got our table immediately and the service was great, as was the food.
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  • Best sushi in Boston
    AnthonyVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The maki are truly outstanding here - fresh, expertly prepared, and delicious! Particularly special were the baked salmon maki and crazy maki (like a spicy shrimp tempura maki). The service is very attentive but not intrusive. On prior occasions, we've also very much enjoyed the rooms available for groups/parties, which make for a truly special occasion. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy Food!
    Atticus
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food was very good. Everyone was very professional except for one complaining employee out back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit disappointing
    Jilly
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I go to this restaurant at least 3 times a year. I've enjoyed the food, and getting a seat is usually pretty easy. However, this time the service was really poor. There were 5 of us and the meals came out piece meal. We had to ask where the miso soup was. They delivered the wrong meal to the wrong person. I'll mark this as an exception, because my experiences in the past have been good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back!
    MalloryVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We came here on a double date, and the food and ambiance were amazing. The restaurant is three stories and they have all kinds of seating, from the small private areas, to seats at the sushi bar. We were perfectly accommodated at a regular table for four as we had a wheelchair, and there was no issue with it. Service left some to be desired- Everyone ordered an appetizer but only one was brought as such. We sat awkwardly while the other couple ate theirs, and then we got our entrees and appetizers at the same time, which resulted in a bunch of plates on the table, and us having an extra course, while our friends just ate their entrees. Weird. I didn't realize that we ALL had to specify that we wanted our appetizers, as appetizers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Andrea
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great sushi as always!! We got to sit in one of those private table/rooms (I've always wanted to sit there) and the service was great even though it was busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TGKG0317
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This is one of our favorite restaurants.... Food is always so fresh, presentation is awesome!!!! So many great dishes to choose from....if you love fresh top quality food this is the place to go, you will not be disappointed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Mike
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I am a repeat diner at FuGaKyu and have always been delighted. I had a reservation for 3 but arrived with 6 and was gladly seated at a larger table without a wait. The ohitashi appetizer is superb. The sushi, both maki and nigiri, are absolutely fresh and delicious. Prices comparable to other high-quality sushi restaurants in the area. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We're from California bringing our Son to BU for school. We came across FuGaKyu and had a nice sushi dinner. I would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worthy experience
    by1992
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great Omakase! Good to shared by two girls (who are not that hungry). Very tasty eel over rice, super filling. Amazing experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as usual
    OperettaVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great sashimi - both in taste and texture. Best hamachi Kama - crunchy skin, tasty and succulent meat. Unsurpassed service - attentive, efficient and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reasonable price
    Clown
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Various Japanese cuisine with reasonable price. I ate Unaju which was good for its price.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner Success
    cbarbie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I'm a huge sushi fan. I was extremely pleased with the service here. I would go back anytime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good sushi, superb service
    EvyKVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My sister and I came here for dinner a few weeks ago. We requested a private room in our reservation and were smoothly seated at one. Our server was kind and warm, and super patient as we poured over their extensive menu and asked many questions about their set entrees (which frustratingly they do not have a listing of the items, so they have to be read to you). We ordered 4 rolls and the duck. The duck was pretty good, but there was too much sauce. Overall, it was a fun time. I would recommend the cold dishes over the hot based on our experience.
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  • Great
    Lola
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Probably the best Japanese restaurant I have been to in Boston. I loved it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 58 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 567 reviews are from the FuGaKyu Japanese Cuisine reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I was put upstairs in a hot area. When I asked about ac, I was told it didn't work very well but was never asked if I'd like to move to a cooler location downstairs. Think the server must have been new but the service was terrible. I ordered scallops she brought calamari. Waited for a long time to have scallops. Finally asked to have my plate back so the rest of my food would not go cold. It was one of the worst dining experiences I have had in years. The waitress told me the manager was going to come and talk to me but after waiting for what seemed like another eternity I left. I will not recommend this restaurant to any friends and family who come to visit me in Coolidge Corner.
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  • Good food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We haven't gone there for a while and come back, I think the food taste good but with great company, it will taste even better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Location
    raviVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Sushi was fantastic , not the best I have ever had but the best in Boston. Also , Michael our waiter was about the best person I have had at any location. He just got things done and was honest in recommendations. Made our time there perfect. The gyoza was excellent , didn't like the taco ashi trio and the Maki was fantastic. The only thing I was thrown off on was many places slice a paper thin piece of lemon on top of the maki for salmon and they cut huge wedges.
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  • Great sushi!
    Excellent
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    If you are looking for the best sushi in and around Boston, Fugakyu has it. Can't wait to go back. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.