The new Hashigo Sushi is a worthy destination in Huntington Beach, says kingkong5. Head chef Koji formerly owned Koji’s in Hollywood and at the Block on Orange, and he worked at Wasa Sushi on the Bluffs in Newport Beach.

Grab a seat at the bar in front of Koji-san or Shin-san, and let them work their magic. A request for Shin-san to be creative yields impressive results: seared yellowtail belly nigiri, topped with jalapeño slices and soaked with ponzu; Spanish mackerel with its deep-fried bones on the side; creamy, blood-red, melt-in-your-mouth bluefin tuna; and crisp geoduck, tasting like the sea. Ankimo is marinated before steaming to remove any liver taste and served with ponzu sauce—superb. Rib-eye steak comes wrapped around asparagus, dressed in its own juices, and topped with fried shallots.

Special rolls: White kelp salmon roll includes crab and cream cheese with crunchy white seaweed, wrapped in cucumber skin instead of nori. Spider roll is tasty and soft-shell crab delicately fried, without a hint of grease.

The place seems to do well with frying: Tempura and fried sesame chicken are also done quite nicely.

For dessert, the kitchen has something called the Hashigo roll: like an egg roll filled with chopped Granny Smith apples, served with caramel sauce and ice cream.

The space is dimly lit and has modern décor; the sushi bar seats about 20, with tables for 40 more.

Hashigo Sushi [South Bay]
18685 Main Street, Huntington Beach
714-848-1111

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