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Hana-Sushi, Red Hook

lucia | Oct 8, 2002 02:33 PM

Tried to go to Red Hook Curry House last night but they RAN OUT OF PROPANE! Middle of dinner hour, no cooking. Smelled great, though, and plan to try again. BTW, the front-of-house guy was not from Moghul Raj, so it may not be a strict reincarnation. The menu, at a glance, looked different, and the dining room is an improvement.

Anyway, wound up at Hana-Sushi, and all good news. In the Japanese style, the place only does sushi--no teriaki, tonkatsu, etc. A few of the usual apps (gyoza, shumai), miso soup, and one udon.

I'm happy about this because they really focus on the fish, which is very fresh & well prepared. Usual varieties. Excellent white tuna, fresh scallops, v. good mackerel, special eel roll,etc. Preparation and presentation by an elderly, expert Japanese chef, with a Japanese woman working the tables. Very small inside (less than 20 covers) and a little language barrier.

The ceramic dishes and the garnishes are first-rate. The dining room had a minor fruit-fly issue, but overall it was way better than last experience at Osaka.

NB: If you don't know anything about the weird mall it's in, you might percieve the setting as strange. Basically an old rollerrink conversion that now houses a salon, a tai kwon do, and a shoe repair, among others. Route 9 behind Holy Cow.

Lots of sashimi, sushi, maki, and sake for three was less than $80.

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