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shutterbugRI | Mar 7, 201506:37 AM

I tried Japanese cuisine for the first time a few weeks ago when my pre-teen guest and I went to Haruki on Oaklawn Avenue in Cranston for lunch.

My young guest chose to sit at the counter so we could watch the cooks slice and chop. It was the perfect spot for a child.

She wanted to sample the Bento boxes. Sounded good to me.

We started with miso soup which comes with the Bento lunches. It was hot and flavorful with tiny wontons.

She chose the chicken teriyaki Bento box: teriyaki chicken, noodles w/peanut sauce, sushi, wasabi, shaved fresh ginger and an orange slice
I chose a tempura Bento box so she could try tempura: chicken/vegetable tempura; sticky rice, spiced cabbage, noodles, fresh orange slice.

The chicken in each preparation was fresh, juicy, and delicious. All the vegetables were fresh and crunchy.

The wait staff was professional, knowledgeable, and pleasant.

The next week I went to Wasabi on Bald Hill Road in Warwick where my DC and I took advantage of the Sunday Sushi Happy Hour with its half-priced sushi. We snagged one of the private and cozy curtained booths that line the far wall and enjoyed a glass of Brancott, a New Zealand sauvignon blanc. A decent wine, pleasantly dry and fruity.

We shared two sushi rolls: the Fire Dragon roll with an outer layer of seared steak and an inner layer of shrimp tempura, spicy crab, avocado and the Green Dragon roll with an outer layer of avocado and fish roe; an inner layer of eel and cucumber.

For dessert we shared Tempura Green Tea Ice Cream. Fried ice cream is always a fun way to end an Asian meal.

I am too new to Japanese cuisine to comment knowledgeably about sushi but I did enjoy my meals at both restaurants.

To be sure, neither restaurant is a measure of fine dining but I did enjoyed my first samplings.

I would welcome suggestions for other Japanese restaurants in the area.

Haruki Japanese Restaurant,
Haruki East
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