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Cafe Hiro in Cypress

kevin | Jan 29, 200311:45 PM

just tried this place for dinner. french-japanese in the vein of cafe blanc or mako. good stuff. and some nice specials. ordered the coriander crusted seared tuna from the specials list. good stuff though a little on the sweet side and slightly too much sauce, but a nice piece of tuna, the cream of sweet potato soup it came with was a very very good, delicious puree of the vegetable and cream. and a also a nice salad of greens with a ginger dressing came with the entree. and for dessert had the chocolate pot de creme, which was very good, it was slightly like a chocolate mousse and the waiter desribed it as a chocolate creme brulee. whatever you call it, it was good nevertheless. also, there where some interesting looking appetizers like hama oysters with caviar in a martini glass, salmon spring rolls, and octupus ceviche with a chile curry oil. i think the foods here are kind of like japanese home cooking crossed with a french influence or something like that. (i don't really want to call it fusion, since that always alerts people to stay away in droves). anyways, definitely worth a try. appetizers are no more than about 8 bucks. entrees (most of which comes with soup and a salad except for the pastas) run from about 8-15 bucks. (at the higher end of the scale, for the specials.) and deserts are all about 4 or 5 bucks. i presumeing lunch is a few dollars cheaper.
it's a small place though so it can probably get full pretty easily, maybe about 8 tables or so plus maybe about four seats at a counter. wine list is pretty short and a couple premium sakes are offered plus plum wine and sho ju (is that the potato-distilled alcohol that is popular in korea and is similar to vodka.)give it a whirl and tell me what you think.

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