I went to a work karaoke event last Thursday off of Buford Highway, yeah we did and it was awesome, and when we were done we were hungry (Beiber and Journey burn mad calories!) and realized it was next door to Sushi House Hayakawa! I had heard of this sushi palace for over a year and never had the chance to go, and boy did it live up to the hype! Any place that has their fish flown in from the Tsukiji market in Japan might just be good… We arrived a little after nine on a weeknight and were the only table besides a couple finishing at the bar, but were still treated like royalty! I knew it was going to be great when I heard the chef explaining the finer points of eating fish heads and then seeing the person try it and love it! The following is a sample of what we had, and I can honestly say that it was the best sushi and interesting cuts of fish I have ever had.
The meal started with an amuse bouche of pickled veggies that were tart, satisfying and unexpected!
All I can say is wow! I usually don’t like eel, but this was so good that we ordered another and everyone tried it and raved! It had the texture and smokiness of a great steak; who knew that this dish would completely alter my perception of eel and even make me crave my next visit so I can order it again.
How beautiful is that! For full disclosure, I had a professional photographer (let’s just call him Wang to protect the innocent!) there to document this momentous occasion! I have now realized, through much tutelage, that I need a better camera and will be procuring one in the coming weeks!
Yeah, yeah, everyone does spicy tuna, but not this tasty and beautifully presented! It helps that it’s flown in daily and not retrieved from some nasty, walk-in freezer frozen solid for months like many sushi places around town. Which brings me to interesting fact that less than 2% of all Sushi restaurants in the metro are Japanese owned…hypocrisy!
This grilled squid pod smelled of the ocean and had great char and bite, but the bonito flakes were too overpowering and reminded me of when my daughter spilled Nemo’s food all over a smoked salmon plate; try as you might to remove them, they were inevitably intertwined with the dish!
Saving the best for last, was the grilled yellowtail (snapper) collar; when I ordered it I was skeptical, and even more so when I could smell it as soon as it appeared from the kitchen. But one cut beneath the skin and into your mouth revealed a buttery, almost grilled swordfish-like texture with an amazing aroma and taste. This dish left everyone in awe and wanting more; it was one of those ah-hah moment dishes where you close your eyes, smile and savor every bite for as long as possible. Needless to say that Hayakawa left quiet an impression on me, but I do curse them for not allowing me to be able to eat at any other sushi restaurant again…