Hanako is a small, family run sushi joint in the Guildford area.
After reading all the positive reviews here. My husband and I decided to give this place a try. It turned out rather disappointing. The quality of the sushi was only ok, not as bad as food court sushi but not as good as say, Tokachi. The slice of tuna on the sushi was pretty thin, the surface was dull looking. Really fresh fish should be shiny. The california roll was sliced too thin. The meat of the deep fried crab was watery and tasteless. Must have been frozen. Portion was on the small side. Yet, the prices were high. You are not paying for the ambience because the place is pretty spartan. Perhaps there has been a change of ownership since the positive reviews? Who knows. But I won't be back.
Well, after reading all the good reviews on Hanako, we decided to give it a try. I know it is not the area to expect top quality sushi, but, we thought we give it a shot. I thought the ambience was basic and not anything special, not that it is important (if the food is good). We ordered the deluxe assorted sashimi, the tako su, bbq black cod, and some spot prawn, uni, tako and a cali roll. I thought the cali roll was sick. Well, everything else was mediocre, including the greenish coloured tuna..... the best things we tried on the menu was the black cod and the miso. The prices didnt even compensate for the quality.. which may have made a little difference. If I were in Surrey, I would go to Tawara instead.
The sushi there was incredible! A note to the user that posted the previous review, the "hamachi-related fish" is called kanpachi. I've been to many different sushi restaurants (medium price ones, obviously the most expensive ones would be way much better than this) both in Canada and Japan, but this one is the best of all. It's casual and you can relax there have a beer with a friend or just your family dining. The restaurant is not big, there are approximately 7 tables and one sushi bar with 7 seats. The ambiance isn't the greatest in the world, but like I said, it's casual. I always choose to sit at the sushi bar because the skill of the chef amazes me every time; plus you can chat with the chef and he will recommend you with different types of fishes (although I'm not sure he is good at English, but he does speak both Japanese and Korean). You can tell that much care and effort is put into each and every piece of creation. While enjoying the great food, I do find the prices there above average as well, so be prepared!
I have been to this place for the first time, and it was not bad at all. Their Miso soup is very good, and so is B.C Sushi with fried salmon.
However, salmon sashimi was rather weird. It consisted of small 7 pieces, and the grade of salmon was definitely not that of sashimi. Salmon was too lean and dry, not the fatty kind served in a higher grade Japanese places.
Prices were O.K., but not on the cheap side. These 3 items came to 17$. Not sure if I will be back.
My girlfriend wanted to meet somewhere out of the way and picked Japanese this time. My thirty-something year old and myself stopped by the now not-so-new location last week. We easily got a table, which tells me the popularity of this location must now have crested. The service was not great, the tables and design of the room are oriental, but the food was extremely ordinary - truly the same old cookie-cutter Oriental fare. When all was said and done, my sushi, yam and soda and wine x 2 came to $59 (including a reasonably generous tip), and my girl and I spent the last ten minutes of our visit discussing where else we might get together in the neighbourhood next time. I can't really recommend this location for anything other than for diehards.
How many times have I been here? Who knows..
Enough times to know their menu.
I have to say that my two favorite items here are, of course,
the Speicial Rolls and the udon. So I came here in the afternoon after shopping to eat to get my fix. Too bad that the good things end here.
The rolls were mediocre at best! The tuna in my rolls were half frozen..the rice were hard. Their tempura was soggy and bits of starch were drenching the veggies.
Usually I'm a pretty easy going person but I just couldn't take it anymore. I finally called for the waiter and told her about my meal. She promptly apologized and said she'll get the manager (her English wasn't that great).
As I was looking behind the counter, I saw the manager/owner being busy counting cash, and he finally came after 20 minutes! This place has really gone down hill for me. Because of my past good experiences with them, I will leave 3 stars!
A very picky Japanese friend of mine told me to check this place out and we just keep going back.
A wounderful simple family owed and run business. For us the that is part of the abiance. Dad make the amzing food, mom waits table and there daughter hangs out.
The smoked tuna salad is wounderful, but if you love spicy ask for the spicy tuna salad(its not listed on the menu). We have never had anything we did not love. Well okay the squid sashim but thats just personal preference.
I took my stepmom who grew up on the prairies, she has barely eat fish much less sushi, she is now a sushi lover.
If you love authentic sushi you will love this place.