Harumi Sushi – Cupertino, CA

V has been talking about Harumi Sushi for a while now but I have been partial to TomiSushi so I didn’t get to try it till now. She eats there quite frequently coz she lives around the corner and has gotten to know the owner, Jun quite well.

I joke that Jun is her relationship guru because he knows all about her boy problems and from the moment we sat down, he started chatting with us and giving her advice. It actually got really comical once he started drinking and as the night progresses coz he was looking a little drunk. LOL

Here he is posing for my pictures!

The menu is fairly extensive with a range of appetisers, salads, rice bowls, noodles, bento boxes, sushi, and rolls. There is also a smaller vegetarian section!

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We ordered:

Seafood Salad $11.95

Sliced raw fish & seaweed salad

I was not too excited about this salad. It sounded good and looked good but was quite mediocre. There were good amounts of tuna and salmon sashimi tossed with seaweed and mixed greens and a tangy vinaigrette. The dressing was sour. The radicchio was a little too bitter for my liking. Arugula and seaweed was ok. But the whole dish was one dimensional – all i tasted was the sour dressing and nothing else.

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Rock & Roll $10.95

Deep fried soft shell crab, avocado, cucumber, snow crab, fresh water eel and shrimp

My favourite roll of the night. The roll was massive! Sweet, salty, crunchy with nicely vinegared rice. The eel was still moist and tender with a very crispy tempura soft shell crab. The only disappointment was the “snow crab”, which was actually just imitation crab meat and there was only one little sliver on shrimp on the whole roll.

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Flaming Dragon $13.95

I was excited to check out their signature Flaming Dragon. It came to the table with a separate plate filled with sake and the roll wrapped in foil. The sake is lit, then the roll placed on top.

Let the sake burn off, then open up foil. It burns for several minutes, long enough to cook the outer later of sushi.

Deep fried shrimp, snow crab, spicy tuna, avocado topped with yellowtail, tuna, salmon and tobiko with spicy mayo.

It let out a pretty amazing aroma when opened. The roll was nice and warm with lightly cooked fish on top. I thought there was a tad too much sauce because that was the predominant taste. The sauce is a sweet spicy mayo mixed with tobiko.

The shrimp tempura was still a tad crispy and again, the snow crab was imitation crab. Pretty good roll but very filling after a few pieces.

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Double Spicy Salmon $10.95

Spicy salmon, cucumber topped with spicy salmon, green onions and  spicy mayo

This was not on the menu but my friend ordered it so I guess it must be something they have had on special before or something.

I was quite indifferent to dish. All I tasted was hot sauce and mushy salmon. The roll was made well, with the right amount of salmon and rice ratio but I am not crazy about the hot tangy sauce that the salmon was mixed in.

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Assorted Sashimi $18.95

Chef’s choice of assorted sashimi (16 pieces) : Ono (Escolar), Suzuki (Striped Bass), Sake (Salmon), Shiro Maguro (Albacore), Herring Roe & Hamachi (Yellowtail).

It said 16 pieces on the menu but we got 3 slices of 5 types. :) The salmon was good. Quite fresh and generous cuts. The shiro maguro was a little too mushy and fishy… Not the best quality so I only had a piece. :(

Hamachi is usually one of my favourite sashimis but the one here was not very good. It was not firm and a tad fishy. Again, probably not very fresh so I was not impressed.

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Ono (Escolar or Super White Tuna)

I was told by the server that this “super white tuna”  and then Jun (the owner) said it was Escolar and when I looked it up, both names are used interchangeably. First time I have had escolar sashimi and it is amazing.

The fish is very firm and “meaty”. It was a refreshing change from the usual sashimis. Very light, had a unique taste that I can’t describe but very very good.

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Suzuki (Striped bass)

This is the first time I have had striped bass as well. Delicious!! The fish is a lot firmer that salmon/tuna with a silky texture. The fish doesn’t have a distinct taste like hamachi or salmon. It is light, fresh and a tad sweet. I loved it.

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Herring Roe

I couldn’t decide if I enjoyed this or not. The roe is surprisingly crunchy and tasteless. The little piece of fish attached to it is reminiscent of mackerel. Strange but a nice change in texture to the rest of the sashimi.

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O-toro (Fatty Bluefin Tuna) $13.95

I had a lot of first today! First O-toro and I must say I quite liked it. I don’t know if it is $7 per piece good but it was really good. The fish was very fatty and almost meat like. It was surprisingly firm with a lemon-y fatty aftertaste.

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Take out:

Chirashi $17.95

Hiramasa (Kingfish), Shiro Maguro (Albacore), Maguro (Bluefin Tuna), (Escolar), Sake (Salmon) & Tamago (Sweet Egg)

What a great deal! For $18, 5 different types of fish and 2 slices of tamago over a generous amount of well seasoned rice.

The quality of the take out is as good as eating there. The only fish that I received in the chirashi that is different from the assorted sashimi is Maguro and Hiramasa. The Maguro was surprisingly firm and really fresh with a nice lemony aftertaste. The Hiramasa is very reminiscent of Hamachi but just lighter, cleaner flavours. Delicious!

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Extras:

Coke: $2
Tea: Complimentary

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Total Damage: $133 (including take-out, tax & tip)

Personal Rating: 3.5 out of 5 (Pretty Darn Good)

It might sound price-y but this does feed 4 people and  was a lot of food… I found the price to be reasonable for the quality and quantity. The sashimi & chirashi here is cheaper than our usual joints (albeit with less choices) but the rolls are comparable.

Although there is less choice of fish served for the sashimi options but they are multiples of generous cuts. I am not crazy bout the rolls but typically Meep and I judge a place by the sashimi since we only order a couple orders but lotsa sashimi.

To be honest, the service is sub par. Servers were a tad too busy taking care of tables that were drinking lots and doing sake bombs w them. The service was ok initially when Jun was chatting with us but when he wasn’t around, service was even worse. It is hard to get anyone’s attention and some orders had to be checked and double checked… Even trying to get someone to grab my card and bill took forever.

We were there on one of their Sake Bomb nights – 99 cents sake! And as the evening progress, it gets pretty rowdy as Jun pulls out the Megaphone and there are Sake Bomb chants by everyone. If you want a nice dinner out, I suggest avoiding Weds & Thurs night because it gets packed, loud, rowdy but a whole lot of fun!

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Harumi Sushi

19754 Steven’s Creek Blvd
Cupertino, CA 95014

(408) 973 9985

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