Again, thanks to social media and friends posting tantalizing food photos, I was alerted of this Japanese and Korean restaurant that I hadn’t been to before. Haru Sushi Japanese & Korean Restaurant is located on East Wilmot Street near Leslie Street north of Highway 7.
Walking in on a Friday, we had lunch here.
The staff was very pleasant and cheery. It was very clean and modern inside with full air-conditioning on a full summer day.
We chose to share the Spicy Caterpillar Roll and the Pork Katsu Bento Box.
First, the customary miso soup and salad arrived. The salad was fresh and the dressing was light.
The Spicy Caterpillar Roll had avocado on top of spicy tuna and cucumber. We usually get spicy salmon but wanted to try spicy tuna this time for variety. The presentation was as amazing as I expected. I took a lot of photos here to celebrate that. 🙂
Unfortunately, I thought that the Spicy Caterpillar Roll was less than spectacular in taste. The rice that wrapped around the spicy tuna and cucumber was very mushy and not characteristic of Japanese rice at all which should be firm. I was quite disappointed with the quality of the rice here. I couldn’t really taste the tuna inside the roll either… The wasabi also wasn’t spicy enough for my taste.
The Pork Katsu Bento Box came with pork katsu, 2 pieces of California roll, 2 pieces of yam tempura roll, and rice. We also added an extra $3 so that we could get 2 pieces of shrimp tempura and 4 pieces of vegetable tempura.
Again, it was a really nice presentation. The pork katsu was thin and pretty good – its batter wasn’t thick at all. The California and yam tempura rolls weren’t assembled very well; the yam tempura roll fell apart when picking it up.
I liked the shrimp tempura as the shrimp itself was tasty. However, the batter was pretty bland.
We were also served dessert. There was a choice between green tea, mango, or red bean ice cream. I chose the green tea and mango ice cream.
I thought that the ice cream was decent.
All in all, I had a very lukewarm experience at Haru Sushi. I didn’t think that the sushi was very good. Maybe if I happen to find myself one day again, I will hopefully have a better experience. 🙂