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Atlanta, GA — Sushi House Hayakawa

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Published on: April 4, 2013
Sushi House Hayakawa
5979 Buford Highway NE A10
Atlanta, GA

I was in Atlanta looking for sushi. I did an internet search and found that Sushi House Hayakawa was close by. It got excellent reviews, best sushi in Atlanta and high ratings on a number of sites, Zagat, Urbanspoon, Yelp and others.

I knew I had to try the place. I decided to skimp on meals the day before so as not to blow my expense account. Sushi House Hayakawa is a medium sized restaurant located in a small mall complex. The mall is full of Asian businesses including other restaurants.

The menu was tempting, everything looked good. I decided to start with a shellfish sunomono. The combination of shellfish was excellent and the cucumber and vinegar sauce was absolutely perfect. Dinner was off to a great start.

I decided to order the least expensive of the sashimi combos, I was watching my expense account after all. I also ordered the fresh wasabi. For those of you who have never had it, fresh wasabi is nothing like the wasabi paste served in most sushi restaurants. Fresh wasabi is served in a liquid form with chunks of the wasabi root in it. The fresh wasabi was an extra $3 and the waitress suggested that I order it only if I really like wasabi. i actually don’t care much for wasabi, but I really enjoy fresh wasabi. it is a different taste, stronger flavor in some ways but with less heat.

When my sashimi combo arrived everything was perfect. It looked good and tasted even better. All of the fish was melt in your mouth perfect. There was one item on the plate that I couldn’t figure out. I thought it was some sort of clam but it didn’t taste quite right. I asked my waitress and she said it was ika (squid). I didn’t believe her, there was squid on the plate and this seemed different. I have had lots of squid sashimi. With her broken English, she described and pantomimed the shape of the squid head and I realized that I was eating the fins on the side of the conical head. The texture and taste bore little resemblance to the rest of the squid — it was excellent.

Sushi House Hayakawa was expensive (I think my check was about $65) but worth every penny!

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