Hikaru Sushi

Written by on August 8, 2012 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(hikaru-sushi.com) – Courthouse neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia

How I heard of this place: Seraj, our resident sushi-initiator, had another expiring Groupon and invited a couple of us to join him, once again, a year later, at Hikaru.

Type of cuisine: A typical (American) Japanese restaurant with raw and non-raw sushi and sashimi options, a selection of lunch time Bento Boxes, teriyaki, tempura, yaki, udon, and sauteed noodles, as well as a smattering of mochi and tempura ice creams.

Hikaru Sushi

Ambiance: Patio seating on the sidewalk, minimal seating indoors, with our party of eight taking up one-third of the establishment, we were warmly welcomed and squished into our seats near the partition separating the front door from the dining area. A sushi bar directly ahead of the entryway houses three sushi chefs, while several young, healthy, Japanese men offer us beverages, menus and assistance with our orders. The yellow-colored walls sometimes look orange in the light, large, hollowed out, dried bamboo asymmetrically cover the bottom half of the floor-to-ceiling windows along the front of the establishment, and red, oblong, paper lanterns hang from the tops. We are seated on black, wooden chairs set against pink-toned granite-topped tables, with table settings (including a napkin, upside-down dipping bowl and chopsticks laid askew) enough for our party.

What I ordered: A family style dinner is hard to beat, especially when it comes to sushi! We shared a Volcano Roll ($7.50), a baked roll with tuna and salmon, topped with spicy mayo; Caterpillar Roll ($8.50), barbeque eel, cucumber, roe & avocado on top; Court House Roll ($10.95), crab stick, avocado, cucumber & barbeque eel on top; Dynamite Roll ($11.95), “spicy yellow tai,. Avocado & tempura flakes on top” (copied directly from the menu for spelling fun!); two orders of our table favorite: Salmon Roll ($11.50 each), “Grilled salmon, tempura flakes, hot sauce, eel sauce & avo, mango on top); Sunrise Roll ($11 for five pieces), deepfried with tuna, yellow tail and salmon; Crispy Spicy Tuna Roll ($6.75), spicy tuna, cucumber, tempura flakes & roe outside; Crispy Shrimp Roll ($6.95), shrimp, asparagus, mayo, roe & tempura flakes outside; Cruncy Roll ($6.95), eel, cucumber, avocado & tempura flakes atop.


What I loved: Still intrigued by the Salmon River Roll with mango on top, we had to go for it, again – twice. But, this time, my absolute favorite was the Sunrise Roll. Even Chris jumped in and throughly enjoyed this sushi meal!

Why I loved it: Freshly prepared suhi, handrolled at the bar.

Cost: Average ($3.50-$15.95 per sushi selection)

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