Last night my SO and I found ourselves in a little strip mall in the town of Hercules at Shisen Sushi. Our expectations weren't tremendously high but that all soon changed. The place was still busy at 8:30 on a Wednesday night and when we sat down the vergy engaging waitress informed us that on Tuesdays and Wednesday nights all the appetizers are 25% off and Asahi beers are only $2, already we were happy campers. We ordered two beers and a bottle (I can't remembers the name) of a cold organic sake--very tasty. For starters we decided to order the fried soft shell crab that came with a type of mayonaise based sauce that had an herb I can't remember right now. But the combination was quite nice. The crab was sweet and fried perfectly. We also ordered the Salmon Spring rolls good salmon flavor, however the sauces served with the spring rolls didn't stand out that much in mind. The next order brought out I loved and I'm looking forward to ordering it again. Called "Tuna Hots" its a generous serving of seared pieces of tuna in a ponzu sauce with paper thin shavings of fresh ginger and a little bit of heat at the very end--I loved this. The next order that came out was a roll called "El loco" maguro--tuna, avocado, cilantro and rolled in thinly sliced thai chilis. Great layering of flavors again I reall liked this dish. The SO got the chicken terryiaki. I am not generally a big fan of chicken terryiaki but loved this rendition. All the sauces are homemade and the waitress told us the terryiaki served on the side takes six hours to make. The chicken was topped with crispy onions strings, served with rice and perfectly grilled zucchini. I thought the textures were great and chicken perfectly cooked. My SO also ordered a side of assorted tempura
with his meal--the tempura was very light and great. During the middle of all this the waitress brought us over to try a mix of lychee, guava and sake shot--so refresshing it really cooled the mouth off after the spicey tuna dishes. Overal a really great find in Hercules. This feast before tip came out to $59 which is bargain in mind for a truley enjoyable evening.
1581 Sycamore Avenue, Hercules, CA 94547
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