Hokkaido has two things going for it. One, it is really close to where I live, so it is convenient. OK, that is great for me, but what about you guys? Well, the other and more important thing it has going for it is that Hokkaido provides good sushi for a very affordable price. I don't want to use the word cheap because that just too many bad connotations, especially referencing sushi. Like I said, Hokkaido has good sushi. I can't in good conscience call it great, but it is tasty. It will more than do the job if you have a hankering for sushi but don't want to break the bank at one the pricier places in town.
So once you enter the establishment you grab a menu and seat yourself. Technically there are two menus. One is laminated sheet with all the appetizers and other Japanese treats as well as sushi combos and specials.
The other is a sheet of paper where you order sashimi or sushi ala carte. After you make your decisions you walk up to the a counter where you place your order and pay.
While you wait you can help yourself to a bowl of complimentary miso soup. The soup itself is quite good. It was nice and hot and was accompanied by fresh sliced green onions. The miso served as a great palette cleanser in preparation for our meal.
My wife ordered a tempura roll as well as a light Philadelphia roll. I ordered a spicy tuna roll along with sushi combo A which included salmon, tuna, red snapper, egg, smelt roe, surf clam, shrimp and a California roll. We both had an order of the seaweed salad and shared an order of ika shogayaki (ginger squid Japanese style).
We both started with the seaweed salad. It was just the right amount of salad (maybe a cup to a cup and half) to serve as an appetizer. It was crisp and sweet and dressed with sesame seeds and sesame seed oil which complimented the sweetness of the seaweed quite nicely with its toasty flavor. It was done just right so as to not be greasy or oily.
|Front left to right: Philly Roll, Tempura Roll. Back: Spicy Tuna Roll|
|Sushi Combo A|
So for anyone who considers themselves a sushi lover, I would recommend Hokkaido Sushi as a good place to eat. At the beginning of this post I said that this place was not great and I stand by that. Hokkaido is a great everyday sushi place, but there are certainly better places to go to get sushi. The thing is, at those places you are going to pay a premium.