Hana Sushi, any experiences?
- JCooper Nov 12, 2001 03:36 PM
Has anyone been to Hana Sushi in Rohnert Park, and if so, what did you think? I am debating whether to make the trip up there and would love to hear something about the place first.
Couldn't agree more with Rich. I was in SF on Tuesday June 5, 2007 and decided to go for some sushi and I was very underwhelmed by Hana Zen.
The Shitake yakitori was decent but not memorable. The asparagus had a unique presentation and was good.
We ordered a few rolls - and the Nigiri is definitely on the small side for the price - and while the fish was fresh it completely failed to tantalize the taste buds. I would describe it like drinking water, it satisfies a need or urge but has no wow factor.
Presentation wise, the asparagus was unique but otherwise everything else was pretty much run of the mill. Places which charge half their prices are in the same presentation league as Hana Zen.
Service was barely passable that day. Ordered a Saporo which arrived five minutes later which I can not understand as the place was not packed and there were perhaps six couples seated. Same goes for the tea, ordered tea - extra charge of $4.50 - and it took the waiter at least five minutes to bring it to the table.
Big negative was that they had dirty dishes sitting in bins on the floor by their waiter stations which they kept rearranging for more space instead of clearing it.
Would not recommend the place or visit it again. Total damage was ~$100 for four Nigiri rolls, two yakitori, one Saporo, one tea and one warm sake.
The owner of Hana is a partner at Go Fish! which opened in St. Helena. He has grabbed up most of the great sushi chefs in the north bay to work shifts at both places.
Hana had been a refuge (Sushi Ran too far and too crowded), and I drop in at the sushi bar at Go Fish for lunch. Good fresh fish.
Part of the experience at sushi bars is the development of rapport with the chefs behind the counter - which is tough when they cycle through...
I've eaten there several times. I'd agree with several others who said that while the quality is good, it's not overwhelming and is quite expensive. In my experience, the service has been consistently TERRIBLE! Once I asked for a glass of water at least three times, each time the waitress said she'd be right back with it. I never did get it. It doesn't seem to matter how busy the place is, requests either take forever or are ignored altogether. (Ironically, my own local sushi favorite is Sushi Hana, in Sebastopol.)