Cozy little sushi restaurant with "to-go" atmosphere. Located at Keefer & Abbott, outside Firenze Condo.
Finally, a decent sushi place near Chinatown (by Stadium Station). I've tried the one inside Tinseltown call Kentizen and it wasn't that great.
I think Hakone just opened a month or so ago. The decor is nice and simple. The staffs are either Jap or Korean.
It was my first time trying this place. I was nervous b/c I hate bad sushi, who isn't? We had miso soup, chicken udon, spicy salmon roll & negitoro roll. The negitoro roll was cute, they used two roll pieces to form a heart. The spicy salmon was not spicy but tastes good. The miso soup was average. The chicken udon was a good size and tasty. The only bad thing was that they charge $1each for tea. C'mon now, you can serve us free cheap tea and we wouldn't care.
The service was good and a lil off, maybe b/c they do mostly take-out service.
Other than that, I would definitely go again!
It's nice to have a sushi place in this area, but, it's unfortunately not the greatest sushi place. The fish is fresh and all, but, the preparation of rolls and nigiri sushi is sloppy and inconsistent at best. The rolls are unevenly sliced and often fall apart when you pick them up. This could be avoided if they simply moistened the one end of the seaweed sheet to make it stick and hold the roll together. For flavour, the only roll worth getting is the Futomaki roll. All the others are a bit bland or very small and not well made.
Owners are a husband/wife team who are very friendly and nice. If only they improved the quality of the sushi they produce, it would be a lot more attractive to locals for the price.
I ordered a Bento Box B for lunch takeout. It has 1 california roll, 6 pcs sashimi, miso soup, salad and rice.
The california roll was so small (diameter about 2cm), the miso soup was tasteless. The sashimi pieces were tiny (about 1cm x 1cm x 2 cm) and cut like erasers.
Salad was OK and there was only like 2 spoonfuls of rice.
The Korea family is very nice and the order was prepared fairly quick.
Staff doesn't understand English.
Sushi is average to below average at best.
Why would you order teriyaki beef "sushi"? Which is what we got when we ordered the Teriyaki beef box... It was just as it sounds.
Since there are such limited options for sushi on this particular block, it will survive until another mediocre sushi place opens up.
I'd rather walk an extra mile or 2 and save my money. Will not return here.
I've ordered take-out a few times from this joint, and in general, I would say that you can do better when it comes to Japanese food in the city.
The first couple of times I ordered some rolls and salmon sashimi. The rolls are smaller than your typical roll and flavour-wise, they are lacking a bit. The prices are decent for what you get. The rolls are not anything to brag about, but it will appeal to a starving student.
The third (and last) time I ordered the Bento A (one of their lunch specials), and I was very disappointed. The california roll had very little avocado in it; the chicken teriyaki was one of the worst I've had - the chicken was chopped into thin slices (no skin) sitting on top of some soggy bean sprouts. The chicken was very bland and what little "sauce" was on it was very watered down (not your typical thick teriyaki sauce); the salad (three mouthfuls at best) consisted of shredded lettuce with decent dressing; rice was another three or four mouthfuls; and miso soup was average. **The Bento A does NOT look anything like in their take-out menu. False advertising anyone?
All in all, I would avoid going back to this place, but if absolutely necessary, I would stick to their rolls and sashimi and leave the bento boxes at home.
Finally a good sushi restaurant near where i live!!
I wasnt expecting much when i first walked in but the service was great and the food is amazing
I think it's a korean couple that owns it and i think all the staff members are nice and polite. they have good quality food and cheap prices. I pretty much go there at least once a week now.