Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Sushi Hana

Before I took the Baltimore County Conference and Tourism tour of Towson's sushi palaces, the Falls Road branch of Sushi Hana was our go-to restaurant when we had a craving for raw fish. There were a couple of reasons we immediately jumped ship to Kyodai and later to Umi Sake: Sushi Hana is pricey; their menu of special rolls has no prices printed on it; some rolls are so outrageously huge, they're nearly impossible to eat without making a big mess; and receiving a cup of boiling water with a tea bag in it just doesn't cut it.

However, Sushi Hana is very close to our house and has its own parking lot, so on a recent hot evening, we opted to try them again. This time, we eschewed shelling out good money for a hot tea bag and stuck to tap water; we also ordered only the rolls for which we could find prices. As luck would have it, these were all normally-sized - that is, one could eat a piece in one bite.

Calamari salad
We had only ever eaten the calamari salad at Kyodai, so I ordered it for comparison's sake. Sushi Hana's version was pretty much identical, apart from the additional smattering of sesame seeds on top of the tangle of calamari, hijiki, and cucumber. I wish I could find a recipe for this so I can make it at home - it's cool and refreshing and would make a perfect addition to a light summer supper.

Ika tempura
We upped our squid ante by ordering the beast tempura fried as well. I always find tempura servings to be rather skimpy for the money. For $7, we received three rings of squid, one of onion, two green beans, two slices of sweet potato, two slices of zucchini, one mushroom, and one broccoli floret. And a rather wimpy, flavorless sauce. Personally, I like my tempura dip to be bracingly vinegary rather than salty or watery.

Soft shell crab roll, Dragon roll, Salmon tempura roll
Somehow we ended up ordering only cooked sushi this time. All were tasty, but the salmon tempura roll was a bit on the dry side. 

Cooked Dynamite Roll
The cooked dynamite roll contained tuna and salmon, and was topped with a spicy mayo before being broiled.

We also tried some nigiri sushi - tuna, yellowtail, and salmon. Each was prepared with slightly oversized slabs of fish on smaller portions of rice, and it was all very fresh.

The verdict: Sushi Hana is good. We've never tried most of the kitchen preparations (teriyaki, etc.) so can't comment on those, but everything else we've tried has been consistently good. They have a huge variety of rolls, some with rather bizarre additions like apple and walnuts; one is even set on fire at the table. Definitely something for everyone. The decor is nice, and the wait staff is pleasant. You really can't go wrong there if don't allow yourself to be tempted by the potentially wallet-draining specialty rolls. :)

Sushi Hana
6080 Falls Rd
Baltimore, MD 21209
(410) 377-4228

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Posted by theminx on Minxeats.com.

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