I love fusion food and I am always curious to see what restaurants offer in that area that makes them original. One of the great places for Japanese fusion is Haru Sushi, that I discovered many years ago, for a first exposure to this kind of cuisine. We went at their restaurant in Times Square before going to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It was our first visit in that location and I was not sure what to expect, restaurants in that area sometimes focusing more on foot traffic than returning customers. Well, the service there was courteous and the food simply delicious.
But before I talk about the food, let me tell you a bit about the place: big, it was empty when we arrived around 12:15pm, but, 30 Minutes later, it was quite busy. I liked the fact that they try not to seat people next to each other as much as possible, giving diners a bit of space. I admit that I hesitated between a table and the bar, where you can see magic happen, but we settle with a table.
Food wise, we decided to go for small plates. I love that concept as it allows trying many dishes with quite a nice choice of vegetarian ones. Problem was that our table was a bit too small...
We started off with the edamame dumplings. They were served with Shiitake mushroom, chive aioli and a Szechuan broth. I admit that it was a request from Jodi as I tried a similar dish in the past and did not like it. Well, it was still just ok for me. The shell of the dumplings was nicely made, but it is the filling that I was not really fond of. Jodi loved it though...
Next was the shrimp and vegetable tempura: good way to make both vegetarians and non-vegetarians happy. The tempura was really good, crispy and not greasy, and the shrimp, as well as the vegetables (broccoli, pepper, sweet potato and eggplant) were well cooked.
A dish we love to order is the miso black cod. At Haru, it was served with asparagus that I admit I did not really care fore, focusing mainly on the fish that was so good: flakey, moist, with a nice crispy charred skin that had a nice sweetness.
The next dish, we were really looking forward to it as it is our all time favorite: the ceviche tacos, a perfect example of fusion, where the taco shell is in fact a gyoza shell, crispy and not greasy, with a filling made of salmon, tuna and yellowtail, avocado, peppers, shallot, drenched in a yuzu-apple marinade that is delicious and has a nice acidity, the pepper adding also some crunchiness to the dish.
Last were the veggie spring rolls, that were served with a plum sauce. It was quite good, crispy and nicely greasy, with bits of tofu in it.
With our meal, we got green tea that was served in a small pot, that was refilled when necessary.
We had a great lunch at Haru Sushi, a place that I definitely recommend: the food there is really good, fresh and some dishes are quite original.
Enjoy (I did)!
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Haru Sushi - 229 W 43rd Street, NY 10036