Hikaru Sushi

Written by on July 26, 2011 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

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

How I heard of this place: My friend and fellow sushi-lover, Seraj, had purchased a Groupon and invited a bunch of us to enjoy the value with him.

Type of cuisine: From a la carte sushi, to miso soup and seaweed salad, from edamame, gyoza and shumai, to yakitori, oshitashi and takosu, from bento boxes to teriyaki, noodle soup and sauteed noodles, yaki meshi and tempura, Hikaru has something for everyone.

Sushi Sushi 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: Eight of us selected an array of options from which to sample the ample a la carte menu. From the maki sushi (hand rolls) we chose the California Roll ($4.75) with crabstick, avocado and cucumber and the Crispy Spicy Tuna Roll ($6.75) with spicy tuna, cucumber, tempura flakes, topped roe. From the maki sushi specials, we selected one Crunchy Roll ($6.95) made with eel, cucumber, avocado, topped with tempura flakes, two Caterpillar Rolls ($8.50 each) with barbeque eel, cucumber, roe and avocado atop, one Dynamite Roll ($10.95) with spicy yellow tail, avocado, topped with tempura flakes, one Rainbow Roll ($10.95), the inside of which contained crabstick, cucumber and tuna, the outside layered with salon and red snapper, one Crispy Fire Roll ($11.50) with crab meat, avocado and spicy tuna, topped with tempura flakes, one Maryland Roll ($11.50) deep fried with crab meat and shrimp seasoning with old bay, one Red Bull Roll ($11.50), shrimp tempura topped with spicy tuna, one Salmon River Roll ($11.50), grilled salmon, tempura flakes, hot sauce, eel sauce and avocado, topped with a thin slice of bright, ripe mango, one Pink Panther Roll ($10.95), fresh crab meat, shrimp and avocado, with salmon laid atop, one Spider Roll ($11.50), deep fried soft shell crab with scallions, topped with mini roe, and two Dragon Rolls ($14.95 each), shrimp tempura and barbeque eel, avocado and mini roe on top.

Hikaru Sushis

What I loved: It’s hard to select a favorite, after having had so many maki! I was most intrigued and pleasantly surprised by the Salmon River Roll and the mango on top.

Why I loved it: Quick service, freshly prepared food and very friendly and happy staff made for a great evening out with friends.

Cost: Average to high ($3.50 – $14.95 per hand roll, cut into 6 or 8 pieces)

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