So last nite went to look at some art my friend is crazy about on grand ave *some day people, grand ave will have more than the galleries and bikini lounge, it'll be shopping and restaurants but i digress..ahhh a girl can dream* and then headed to hana for sushi. we drove over almost giddy with anticipation. please please please let it be good.
we get there, and hone in a good parking spot. we walk in and half of the tables are filled. a smiling but harried server comes over and seats us. i say harried, because obviously they all were...not in an 'omg we're super stressed way' but in an 'omg its our first nite here and we've got PEOPLE' kind of way. all nite, the service was GREAT - if our server was behind, someone swooped in to help so we were never low on beverages..
which, unfortunately, hana hit one of my pet peeves. ok i know drinks in a CAN, esp under the pretense of dining out, are a quick way to rack up your total. no free refills on iced tea in a can my friends, and this ucc green tea, while good, was 2.75 a bottle. and of course for me one 12 oz can won't make it thru a meal, so i get the regular iced tea at 1.75. that makes 4.50 in ICED TEA. that seems a bit spendy to me...
we start out with big bowls of miso. big steaming bowls with nice sized chunks of tofu and extra seaweed. i mean extra. the bowl looked green at the top when they brought it out :) it was really good and made us want to try their noodle dishes.
we ordered eel, yellowtail, mackeral, salmon, and ahi, each 5 bucks. standouts were the mackeral, which was served with a delicate lemon slice and dallop of pea shoot microgreens, and the ahi was the clear winner. SUPER fresh, buttery soft, smooth, and the most beautiful ruby color. wow!!
the eel? average. the rest was good. we had the vegas rool at 8 bucks and the spicy tuna at 10.50. the vegas roll was way better. we ordered 2 spicy tuna rolls, but got 2 other rolls instead..they were just ok overall, but the shrimp in the roll? GREAT - if we could have figured out what it was we would have just stuck with the shrimp ;)
the interior was freshly painted and remodeled and had the beginnings of cuteness. the walls were completely devoid of any artwork or pictures so it was empty looking. but it was opening nite so it may be coming.
the service was great! all of the staff really wanted us to be happy and were totally on the ball. for an opening nite? holy moly, were they doing a great job - organized, efficient, quickly addressing issues.
the food? over all, pretty good. waaaaaaay better than zen 32, ichiban, or fish market. not as good as tokyo lobby. but hey, it was opening nite!!
so, there were three of us, and our total bill came up 62 dollars and change. 2 of us had eaten in the last month at tokyo lobby *48 bucks* and ichiban *41 bucks, and review coming shortly*. we felt like the prices for sushi were a bit high because barring the order snafu, we didn't order as much sushi as we had at either place.
the prices for the rest of the menu? let me put it to you this way - every other entree on the menu started at 17.95. the noodle soups et al started at 12 bucks and went up from there. the lobster tail and steak was about 40 bucks...
it just seemed expensive for a little spot in a strip mall.
i'd like to try again once they've settled....
but there you go in a nutshell!!!!
anyone else go last nite???