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Jul 5, 2008 04:54 AM

Best sushi in NC is Haru, Raleigh.

I almost don't want to post this since Haru is small but the sushi is so good and the people are so nice, they deserve the praise.

Haru is the sort of super fresh, almost silky sushi we haven't had since we came to NC from California 20 years ago. We found at least 5 different kinds of tuna, imagine that, including maguro, toro, white tuna, spicy tuna, tuna tataki and bonita. Salmon is fatty and flavorful Norwegian Salmon, and I even saw fresh Spanish Mackeral the other day. Tomago has always been fresh. Quality of everything has been first rate. You have to ask if you want wasabi on your sushi, but they'll gladly do it.

Sushi master is proud of his rolls and the one he made with shrimp tempura looked wonderful but we are purists and prefer our sushi straight, or sashimi or even chirashi which isn't served traditionally in a large bowl atop sushi rice but was more like sushi with rice along side.

I am delighted we found Haru. Address is 2603 Glelnwood in Glenwod Village. And I hope we can still get a seat at the sushi bar next time we go.

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  1. I second this strongly. Haru is now our regular sushi bar....can't be beat.

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    1. re: VaNC

      so it beats out the titan Waraji?

      1. re: VaNC

        The secret is out! I agree, Haru is definitely the best sushi in Raleigh. I had given up on finding quality sushi in Raleigh until we found Haru. Great service, knowledgeable staff as well. We've been going once a week and have yet to be disappointed on any level.

      2. I'm not going to discuss the quality of the fish at Haru since I don't consider myself qualified to judge adequately, but I'm curious if anyone else has had this experience there.

        The waiter we had seemed confused at best. He was entirely unfamiliar with the Japanese names of any of the sushi we asked for and we weren't familiar with the English names of many of the sushi we like. The waiter didn't begin asking for help from the sushi chef until our frustration level was getting noticeable. The chef had no problem serving what we wanted - it was all on the regular menu anyhow. After the meal we stood at the sushi bar for a few minutes (the restaurant was very quiet that night) and watched the chef. We decided that the best way to eat at Haru was at the sushi bar, not at a table. The whole service experience was more than a little disconcerting in general. Did we just get a bad waiter?

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        1. re: rockycat

          Japanese names of foods are rarely used at sushi bars in the south (from what I've seen). I work at a sushi place and I only know the japanese names of certain items because I LOOOOOOVE sushi and know them from experience, not from any kind of training or instruction from my workplace.
          It is strange that they didn't simply ask someone else right away, which would definitely be the servers fault, but we're also encouraged to try to figure out any issues by myself, not bother busy co-workers, so I kind of understand that in a way.
          And if you sit at the sushi bar, it's likely you'll still be waited on by the servers; it's rare to be waited on by the sushi chefs, they're busy and not paid to serve. They'll usually make something up when you ask for it and they aren't busy, but you'll still have to tell the server at some point.

          Just thought i'd pass on some food-place ideas about why that annoying experience happened.
          I'm definitely eager to try this place....

        2. Has anyone tried the new place Sono on Fayetteville St.? I thought it was pretty good but I'll have to check out Haru.

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          1. re: Random Thoughts

            I enjoyed Sono as well, and remain a big Mura fan. I haven't tried Haru but will add it to my list.

            1. re: Random Thoughts

              I have tried Sono and put it along the lines of Mura or Sushi Blues, good, but their speciality seems to be more of the rolls with fried things in them.... not what I would call traditional sushi. More americanized. I found the service lacking at Sono, but the fish was fine for what it was...just not my thing. I prefer Waraji or Haru.

              1. re: Random Thoughts

                I liked Sono, haven't tried Haru. We sat at the sushi bar at Sono and enjoyed the fun atmosphere - definitely a good addition to Fayetteville Street from that perspective. Above-average wine list and cocktails for a sushi restaurant. I remember enjoying the sushi but unfortunately can't remember lots of details. It was a little expensive ($30 pp including one glass of wine) but probably not more expensive than Haru, Waraji et al. Their lunch menu looked intriguing and very affordable - bento boxes, several options for the non-sushi-lovers (I am a sushi lover, but I know most people downtown are eating lunch with coworkers and it can be very difficult to convince a crowd of lawyers or bankers to go for sushi).

              2. Going out for Sushi tonight so we will give Haru a try....

                1. i thought the pieces were cut a little too thick, but that's probably on par with the other sushi restaurants here in the triangle. the actual selection was also not as extensive as the menu indicates--no scallop, sea urchin (although it's not the right season), no fatty yellowtail, no raw shrimp. we did, however, order the lobster (60 dollars), which was the highlight of the meal.

                  despite the great, friendly service, i was a little disappointed with haru. since i live 25 miles away, i don't feel an urgency to return.