Restaurant of the Moment: Hane Sushi

Hane Sushi

Bankers Hill

2760 5th Ave.

San Diego, CA 92103

(619) 260-1411

Want the best sushi this side of Japan? Then you absolutely must try Hane Sushi. Located in beautiful Banker’s Hill, this tiny shop truly has the most extraordinary sushi in San Diego. Often busy and perhaps a little pricier than some of San Diego’s other sushi joints, Hane manages to outshine the rest for Best in Show. Boasting an impressive 4.5 star average on Yelp, out of more than 400 reviews, read on for Neal Akin’s (a CPP agent) take.

“Can you say Miso Glazed Sea bass??? This little appetizer was PHENOMENAL, 5 stars for sure!! The delicate edges of the fish were seared golden brown, and the flesh was a brilliant white. The meat was cooked to flaky perfection, not too soft nor too hard. Each layer was juicy, tender and the flavor was oh so savory with a contradictory hint of sweetness! I could have ordered 3 more and been totally satisfied with just that as my dinner. Fortunate for me, I had a delectable assortment of nigiri on the way!

To the Nigiri….

Amaebi – Live sweet shrimp, served with the heads deep fried on the side. The flesh of the shrimp was wonderful, very slightly cloudy, almost transparent, a sure sign of its freshness. The crunch and sweetness of the fresh shrimp really stood out and exemplified what this should be. The heads, traditionally deep fried were prepared to perfection and the delicious complex flavor of the shrimp head was able to shine. The sauce that the heads are served on was rather tasty with a little tang, a really nice touch.

Uni – Ohh delicious little vibrantly yellow pillows of buttery sea urchin goodness! This Uni is actually locally farmed and is as good as I have ever experienced. Don’t be afraid to try new things, you may actually like it! Just don’t tell your wallet cause it will hate you!

Mirugai – Also known as Geoduck or Giant Clam. If you don’t know what it is, google it and you will either laugh or be grossed out, either way it will be fun. I really like mirugai, unfortunately it was not the best I had ever had, but it was good.

Hamache Belly and Sake Belly- Yellow tail belly and Salmon belly – the cuts were really good, the flavor was perfect, simply damn good nigiri.

Tamago – Egg Omelet, sounds weird but really good. The preparation and the consistency of this tamago was really nice, they really take pride in their tamago, and actually stamp each piece that comes out to the table with their logo! The flavor was not quite there for me, as I like my tamago a little sweeter, but it was still nice. ”

Whether you’re a sushi aficionado or just really dig it, give Hane a try. Open for lunch and dinner, the fish is always the freshest of the fresh.


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