Thursday, October 23, 2008

Hayashi Sushi & Grill: Hip Sushi Restaurant

My wife, daughter and I visited a new sushi and grill in Cedar Park, Texas called Hayashi Sushi & Grill this past Sunday. The restaurant is located near the Cinemark Theatre on 1431. When we first arrived, we were greeted by the friendly staff. When we first entered when noticed that the decor is more modern and would be suited for more of hip type clientele. I would define it as Japanese nouveau with the cuisine to match. We were seated in the back of the restaurant at more traditional tables. The ones located near the front are bar stools and tables. We were told that there is a lounge that there are live music events. If you are looking for an Asian fusion type of place, I would recommend this place for the atmosphere. An older crowd would find it a bit uneasy. The furniture looks like it came from Ikea.

We ordered from the menu. My wife ordered the salmon. My daughter ordered the shrimp. I was a little more adventurous and ordered the sushi and sashimi meal. Our waiter was very friendly and took his time to introduce us to the menu. He explained that he was a customer when he visited the restaurant. Because of the atmosphere and food, he decided he wanted to work there.

For the price, the portion sizes were ok. Quality of the ingredients scores high on my meter. The sushi was very fresh. The cuts of the portions were a little poor, but not bad. My wife liked her salmon which was prepared very well. Not dry. My daughter loved the shrimp. I would say, overall, that the visit was pleasing to the palate and not too bad on the wallet.

I understand that there is one located in Georgetown. From the pictures that I have seen of the decor, it looks more traditional and less hip which would be more in line with my tastes. I will give it a try later on. Stay tuned to my blog for the review.

For your convenience, I have added the link to their website. Click here.

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