Sushi Hana

Alright... for some reason, even though I think of myself as a good driver, sometimes I like to steer clear (pun intended) of situations that I know may make me appear to be a bad driver.   

Where are you going with this, Christina?

Truth be told, I don't like to drive in Towson.  A. It's always busy.  No matter which lane you're in, no matter what time it is -- you're always behind someone crazy slow, or in front of someone trying to go way too fast.  B. There are very, very limited places to park.  You don't find large parking lots, and there aren't very many places where you can simply pull up out front.  Basically, if you can't -- or don't like to -- parallel park or walk really far (which, I am not a fan of either one), then you don't go through Towson when you don't have to.  Which is why, when Sushi Hana opened in Timonium, I was so pleased!  It just so happens I needed to go to the Timonium area the other day and had a craving for sushi.  Enter, Sushi Hana.

6 West Ridgely Road, Lutherville-Timonium, MD  21093

I will start by saying:  BEST SUSHI EVER.  Okay, now that that's out of the way.  Really, best sushi ever.  I got to Sushi Hana and was seated right away.  The inside is beautiful, which isn't a surprise, most Asian places that I have been to have pretty immaculate interiors.  There is a nice granite-top bar as soon as you walk in.  Small, but just right for the size of the restaurant.  Following the bar, there is a stone fountain that leads to the open dining area and sushi counter, where there were two staff members rolling perfect sushi.  There is one small room off to the side that could probably sit about 15 people.  This is where I sat, and Cynthia joined me a few minutes later.  Warm towels were brought to the table for our hands, as well as the two waters we requested.  I started off with an order of edamame, because I always order edamame when having sushi.  That arrived in ample time, and there isn't really much you can do to screw up edamame.  It was perfectly cooked with a generous pinch of salt on top.  Yum! :)

I really liked the fact that Sushi Hana gives a large menu, stating each roll they offer, as well as exactly what comes in the roll.  I don't know how it's possible for people to get one roll and be finished, but I usually get 2-3, depending on if I get a big one and a little one, or two big ones, or three little ones... really, it just depends on how hungry I am and what looks good. 

I opted for three rolls, simply because I haven't reviewed a sushi place before, and I wanted to try as much as I could without looking like a complete heffer.  Anyway, I got a Spicy Tuna Roll, a "Jayme" Roll, and a "Bryce" Roll.  (Actually, I am pretty sure those are the names, but not 100%.  Next time, I'll write them down.)  Picture above, you see most of my Spicy Tuna Roll on the top right, and Cynthia's Sashimi roll.  My spicy tuna roll was kicked up a notch with shiitake mushrooms, which are my favorite, and gave my regular spicy tuna roll a really nice touch.  The mushrooms were fresh, as was the tuna, and the roll itself was perfect.

Cynthia's Rainbow Narato also looked really delicious.  Instead of rice, the roll is wrapped with fresh, thin sliced cucumber.  As a proclaimed "foodie", I know it's not right to say, "I don't like ______, so I didn't try it."  Generally, I should be open to trying everything, so I can report back to my followers about all of it.  However, I am sorry, but I can't get past my true dislike for salmon, especially raw salmon.  However, Cynthia enjoyed the roll, stuffed with salmon, avocado, yellowtail, and seaweed, very much.  Especially because she also asked for a Ginger Vinaigrette on the side, which was super refreshing and worked perfectly with each of our rolls.

The other two rolls I got were absolutely delicious.  I consider both of these rolls a meal within themselves.  The "Jayme" roll was stuffed with shrimp and real crabmeat (not imitation), and then topped with thinly sliced avocado and drizzled with eel sauce.  The "Bryce" roll was stuffed with shrimp, imitation crab meat, avocado, and cream cheese.  It is then covered with tempura batter and flash fried.  I don't know what it is about cream cheese in my sushi, but it is so good.  While I really liked everything, the "Jayme" roll, delicious, fresh, and served with the tasty eel sauce, was slightly less satisfying then the others.  When I tell you why, you might stop reading my blog altogether.  For some reason, I didn't like that it was made with real crab meat instead of the imitation.  Maybe it's just what I'm used to, or my weird love for the fake stuff, but I like the way the big, juicy chunks of imitation meat go with the sushi in general.  It's almost like the fresh crab meat made it taste too much like something it wasn't.  Does that make sense?  :)

The "Bryce" roll was heavenly.  The cream cheese melts just enough and goes so well with the avocado and the scant trace of tempura batter on the outside.  It's crunchy, it's creamy, it's salty... everything just works perfectly.  I can't wait to go back to Sushi Hana in Timonium.

Can. Not. Wait.

Jayme Roll topped with sliced avocado

 Jayme Roll

 Bryce Roll with eel sauce and sliced scallions


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