Girl’s Night Out found us at Sushihana this month. http://www.sushihanasan.com/ Sushihana is a contemporary Japanese sushi bar and restaurant, centrally located on N.W. Military Highway. The same restauranteurs who own and operate Taipei Chinese Restaurant, a San Antonio institution, also own and operate Sushihana. Their expertise is reflected in each and every detail. The atmosphere is fashionably zen in keeping with its Asian fusion food. Every aspect of service is spot on, yet friendly. Our server accommodated my request for Merlot when a Cabernet was offered at Happy Hour. He even ran after me in the rain when I forgot my leftover soup on the table. And the food is fantastic!
We started with the Happy Hour offering Four for You, a 28 piece mix of Spicy Tuna Roll (spicy mayo, sriracha, cucumber & masago), Salmon Avocado Roll (salmon and avocado with rice outside), New Orleans Roll (spicy crawfish, avocado, topped with spicy tuna, snow crab and tobikko), and Spicy Girl Roll (black pepper tuna, avocado, topped with snow crab and chili pepper). A great deal at $19.00! Every roll was really good, made with fresh ingredients – the avocado perfectly green, the cucumber crisp and flavorful, the fish bright in color and taste. While I enjoyed all the rolls, the New Orleans Roll was the stand out. The heat of the spicy tuna and crawfish offset against the creamy cool avocado and sweet snow crab was just delicious. For sushi on a budget, Happy Hour at Sushihana can’t be beat.
We also shared an order of Harru Maki (Japanese spring rolls). They were crunchy, not greasy, but relatively average. The fabulous orange sweet and sour dipping sauce (with chile flakes) is what set this appetizer apart. Sitting at home by myself I may have dipped and licked my fingers too. Sushihana offers many more intriguing appetizers, including Crab Cakes with Asian slaw and ginger soy butter sauce, Seared Scallops on wilted spinach with bacon, enoki mushrooms and crispy leeks, and Pepper Tuna with daicon radishes and Ponzu (a Japanese citrus based sauce).
For my entrée I ordered the seafood udon in dashi broth. Loaded with fresh seafood and a ton of fresh vegetables, including broccoli florets, carrots, snow peas and seaweed (is seaweed a vegetable?), this soup is both incredibly flavorful and healthy. A couple of the other items on the menu which piqued my interest were the Orange Miso Sea Bass poached in sake and served with shitake fried rice, snow peas and garlic ginger sauce, and the Grilled Atlantic Salmon topped with cilantro crab and glazed with ginger soy butter with wok fried green beans and sticky rice. I am SO looking forward to future visits so I can try both. And while seafood reigns supreme, Sushihana also offers what look like excellent beef, pork and chicken entrees.
This was only my second visit to Sushihana, but I can comfortably say that it is my favorite sushi restaurant in San Antonio. You will find all the traditional sushi restaurant offerings on the Sushihana menu: gyozo, miso soup, squid and seaweed salads, nigiri, sashimi and tempura. What I believe truly sets Sushihana apart from the others is not only the level of quality of the ingredients used in all of its dishes, but the creativity and imagination also seen in many of its sushi roll, appetizer and entrée offerings. Sushihana serves amazing sushi and so, so much more!