Sushi Hachi is one of those local gems that has received lots of rave reviews due to their homely atmosphere, and simple, comfort food that is familiar to Japanese and non-Japanese alike.
They have the staples of Japanese cuisine that’s known and loved all over, like California Rolls, Cones, Tempura, and the more adventurous, authentically Japanese edibles like Monkfish Liver and Squid Innards. That’s why on any given day, you’ll notice that this place is packed with both Japanese and non-Japanese food lovers.
They must be doing well though, since as you can see, they’re only opened 5 days a week, 3 hours per day. But that could also be explained by the fact that there’s only the lone couple that operates this establishment.
You better make reservations if you plan to come here, ‘cuz as you can see, every single table here has a “Reserved” sign, and it was a Tuesday when we came.
I saw the mound of uni (sea urchin) shells on the chef’s counter so I wanted some. They were $18 that night but I really wanted it so I ordered it.
The picture doesn’t show the color of the uni very well but they came in 3 colors, 2 pieces each. The colors were yellow, yellow-orange, and deep orange. I don’t quite remember but the flavors ranged from mild to intense. I think probably the yellow was the mild, while the deep orange was the intense flavored. It was very fresh and very good.
What surprised me was that the spines started to move all of a sudden! I was so shocked! I mean, I’ve had lobster sashimi where the lobster still moved but for some reason I didn’t expect the sea urchin to! It was quite shocking.
So after that we had a few normal choices. Above is the California Roll with real crab meat. Honestly I really didn’t find this especially delicious with the real crab meat. It was pretty tasteless actually, and the sushi rolls were pretty loose, almost falling apart.
Next was the Ika-shiso Roll. I’ve never had shiso before so I didn’t have expectations. It turned out to be very pungent and minty. I much prefer Sushi House’s Ika & Natto Roll to this.
Then there was the BC Roll. Again, not especially exciting. I like Aji Taro‘s version better as they have grilled salmon skin as opposed to this place where it’s really just a sort of dried salmon. So again I wasn’t wow-ed.
The next two were the adventurous choices. The Ankimo (Monkfish Liver, $6.50) was delicious. It wasn’t fishy like some people say they are, and it was creamy and intensely flavored. I liked it, but Boyfriend, not so much. He doesn’t really appreciate things like this I don’t think.
The small white cup was the Marinated Squid Guts Shiokara ($3). I wanted to try something interesting so I ordered it. When I placed the order, the lady asked me if I know what it is, and that’s it’s quite salty and fishy, that Japanese people really like it. I think people had ordered it before and didn’t like it. I knew what I was getting into though, in that it won’t be your usual type of westernized Japanese food, so I went through with the order.
It actually wasn’t as fishy as she made me to expect. I mean, it was fishy but not overly so. It was salty though. It wasn’t something that I can only take one bite of and leave, I mean, we did finish it, but probably won’t order it again. It wasn’t bad, just different.
Lastly it’s the miso soup that everyone raves about. It’s made with a piece of fish in it. It did taste better than the average miso soup. Boyfriend enjoyed it.
Overall it was a nice dinner but we both agreed that we don’t know what the big deal was with this place. It wasn’t insanely delicious or different, and not especially cheap either. We probably might come back someday but we definitely won’t be in a hurry to.