Hime is a classic, simple Japanese eatery that offers generous lunch and dinner specials.
Casual dinner out with hubby last Saturday and we passed by our usual sushi place to try the new Hime down the street. It as about 8pm by the time we walked in and there were a few other tables occupied. Place is fairly small, probably seats 35 patrons and is newly renovated/built. Now onto the most important aspect...food.
Ordered several rolls (negitoro, chopped scallop, dynamite, deep fried appies, and some nigiri's. The rolls were well made and tasty, however can't say the same for the nigiri's. My sake (salmon) sushi was sinewy whereas my hubby's tasted fine. Our toro was not as creamy and fatty as I would've liked it. Spicy Agedashi tofu was freshly deep fried and maintained its silky interior. Instead of tofu wading in a pool of broth, you dip tofu pieces into the dashi soup bowl, followed by the spicy dip - very unorthodox but nevertheless fun to eat and tasty too. My order of the grilled black cod was disappointing. Texture was not buttery nor smooth and the flavour wasn't to my liking. Found it somewhat bitter opposed to the sweeter miso that I'm used to. Overall, I rate the food mediocre to solid mainly due to sub-par quality fish.
Service: prompt and courteous servers. Two servers, three kitchen/chef staff, and 8 diners in all. Food was served quickly and we were offered several refills of tea. Friendly service.
Value: Most of the pricing is reasonable. Maki pricing is in mid range compared to other smaller Japanese eateries like the negitoro ($3.50), chopped scallop ($4.50), and specialty rolls ($7-$9). Pricing is similar to Toshi's, but higher than Sushiyama's down the street. I would stick to Sushiyama for similar quality of fish for better value. You're paying for the nicer ambiance.
Ambiance: dark wood paneling, faux bamboo poles adorning the front window, and wooden banquette seating. The space looks cozy and very spic and span. The sushi bar area has a 4 or 5 seats, adjacent to two u-shaped tables, probably for larger groups. Remainder of the restaurant is lined with square tables for two's/fours. One minor complaint is the rock hard wooden seat. It would be nice if they could invest in some seat cushions that could double as additional decor. Eat table had a cute little porcelain cat jar containing japanese spice seasoning.
We weren't wowed by the dining experience but weren't turned off by it either. It's not a bad choice if you're in the area.
My boyfriend and I tried this place out after we were fed up with sushi yama. I must say, I really like it. It's a bit pricier but the service is always prompt. The people are friendly and seem to care about you as opposed to other places who see you as a $ sign. The food has always been good for what I've ordered, but I don't order crazy rolls. Usually always packed. Smaller like a traditional japanese sushi restaurant. Attentive to tea refills which is great.
love this place. the sockeye salmon is so good the other salmon is farmed salmon so always ask for sockeye cost more but worth it. the house dynamite roll is very good as well. donburis are tasty too. it is my favorite sushi place to go to now. great food and a ok price
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