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CWFOODIE Jun 27, 2012 07:55 AM


This sushi restaurant in Kamata is rarely discussed on the board, but it is one of the best dining experience I have ever had.

Diners can choose either the 5:30 or the 20:00 slot. I picked the 5:30 slot and had the chef all to myself. The chef is the 4th generation owner chef. He is passionate about sushi making and is the head of a Sushi Research Institute. He is extremely detailed-oriented and is even particular about how the diner picks up the sushi. (He does not provide chopsticks) He tried his best to explain every aspect of the dining experience.

The chef only serves sushi with no appetizers. Before the meal began, he explained that he only prepared the rice when the diner arrives and he emphasised he used only salt and vinegar (with no suger). He explained that the warmer rice is perfect for ika and the cooled rice is best for toro.
The meal consisted of
ika (excellent)
Bonito (excellent)
Aji (excellent) (he insisted that ginger should not be served with aji, unlike most other chefs)
Hamo (excellent) (salted and steamed, served without sauce)
Maguro Akami (2 pieces)
Chu Toro (2 pieces)
Awabi (2 pieces) (steamed, one whole baby abalone was used)
Otoro (2 pieces)
Anago (excellent)
Mixed tuna roll (i was impressed by the fragrant seaweed, the chef explained that it was the champion seaweed)
Tamago (the only disappointment of the entire meal, taste rather blend)

White fish was conspicuously absent in the menu, the chef explained that he only uses the most seasonal ingredient and apparently white fish is not in season. Maguro featured prominently in the menu, All the akami, chutoro and otoro are from one piece of tuna. The chef explained that he let the maguro stand for 5 days before serving. Another feature is that all the maguro is served zuke.

The service, the meal, the omakase sake, the cost performance (yen 15000) are all top tier. Highly recommended.


I went for lunch. I chose the 12000 menu. (I understand they serve cheaper sets and most people seem to settle for the cheaper sets) It was one of the best lunch i had.
suppon consomme jelly (divine)
tempura awabi, uni and eggplant, broadbean (wonderful, ingredients match perfectly)
anago served with rice (wonderful)
amadai soup (wonderful)
Sashimi isaki, ika, maguro
Corn Tempura (divine)
Dumpling wrapped in a tomato (very creative)
Soba (chef''s specialty)

Highly recommended.

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    lost squirrel RE: CWFOODIE Jun 27, 2012 09:15 AM

    Thanks for the report, Hatsune sounds pretty good. I'd like to give it a try if I get the time.

    1. Delucacheesemonger RE: CWFOODIE Jun 27, 2012 09:30 AM

      While difficult to find, when l went to Hirasaku we had a private room and of the 50 or so meals l had in Tokyo in my few months there, this one was in the top 5

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        quddous RE: Delucacheesemonger Jul 29, 2012 07:25 PM

        What were the other 4? ;)

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          Delucacheesemonger RE: quddous Jul 30, 2012 05:24 AM

          Pachon, Sawada, Ryugin, and damn near any sushi place.

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        od_sf RE: CWFOODIE Jun 27, 2012 09:43 AM

        Hatsune sounds amazing, and exactly the type of meal I'm looking for on my next trip (a great sushi experience at a mid-price point). I've never been to Kamata and it looks like it's quite a haul from central Tokyo. Approximately how long would it take to get there from Shinjuku? Finally, do you have an address for the restaurant and some directions?

        Many thanks for the report.

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          CWFOODIE RE: od_sf Jun 27, 2012 09:14 PM

          From Shinjuku, take the JR line to Shinagawa (this takes quite a while), then take the JR Keihin-Tohoku line (Yokohama direction) to Kamata (just 3 stations). From the station, it is just 5 minutes walk, it is right opposite a University and 2 blocks from a dental clinic.

          Tel 03-3731-2403

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            Ninisix RE: CWFOODIE Jun 27, 2012 09:38 PM

            No time even to try pronounce correctly the name (the 'H' will be swallowed). It is a 2 stars and I did not have time yet for the more 40mn train it would take me. But I am soon on holiday, so it is time to celebrate, right ?

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          babreu RE: CWFOODIE Jun 27, 2012 09:58 PM

          I've been intrigued by Hatsunezushi since I saw their rice, colored with red vinegar. Looks like a very unique place.

          As you mentioned your conversation with the chef... does he speak any english? My japanese is very basic, but I'd love to eat there.

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            CWFOODIE RE: babreu Jun 27, 2012 10:41 PM

            He speaks some broken English, 75% comprehensible. He really made efforts to convey his meaning. I can only manage the most basic pleasantries .

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            quddous RE: CWFOODIE Jul 29, 2012 07:26 PM

            Thanks for the review!

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