I've been to Hirame several times and have never been disappointed. I've been there on supposedly quiet nights and it has still been busy so I think that speaks for itself quite nicely.
We're not talking about a high-end and high-priced Sushi restaurant here folks... it's a very good little community restaurant so it wouldn't be fair to judge it against the high-end places.
Personally, rather than rating the food, service, value and ambiance as "solid" and "outstanding" I would much prefer to rate them ALL as "very good" (well, perhaps the ambiance would be just "good") and I think that's fair. The decor is pleasant enough (much better than the cafeteria decor I've experienced in other similarly priced sushi restaurants) but the buzz of conversation and the polite serving staff create a nice vibe. It's friendly and relaxed... not stuffy.
They've got a "very good" menu (they don't mind substitutions) and the balance between quality, portion size and price is really "very good". The hot food is hot, the cold food is cold, it's tastey and well plated.
I've taken a few friends there (including those who supposedly don't like sushi) and everyone has enjoyed it and said they would certainly dine there again.
So yes, if you're looking for a good value-for-the-money dinner in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, this is a "very good" choice. :)