I spotted Hashi a while ago at a rather dejected corner in Rosebank. The area opposite Nandos which has been home to some very average restaurants recently. I brushed Hashi off until one day I decided to stop by and order a set of Tiger rolls. I was impressed and vowed to go back and review it. That I did.
Hashi is a beautifully minimal restaurant that serves Japanese fusion sushi and hot food. They have a large selection of cooked and uncooked meals as well as a more ‘normal’ menu for those that aren’t into experimenting. While the menu is large it is still very much to the point. They don’t go off course much and try to offer something to cater for everyones’ tastes. If you are into fusion Japanese then I suggest you try it.
When Hashi invited me to a do a review I was ready. I didn’t eat breakfast and went starving and rightfully so. The sushi and rolls are larger than normal and 5-10 rolls was more than enough to satisfy me.
For starters we ordered the Salmon Kizu (my favourite), cream cheese and avocado wrapped with salmon with a tempura coat served on a bed of tartar sauce and Hashi sauce. It came hot and well cooked. The outside was crispy with a soft, very fresh inside. We loved this.
We also had Kani Crunch, crunchy and juicy crab sticks drizzled with gyo sauce and Hashi sauce. Don’t be scared off by the sauces, they are well made and go perfectly with the food.
For mains we had rolls, a lot of rolls. Not just normal California rolls, but rolls filled with new and unique filings drizzled with a variety of sauces. The sushi gets served on a boat, which looks good and really facilitates sharing at the table.
I have absolutely no complaints about the food. The rolls were freshly prepared and the fish was fresh. I couldn’t find a favourite roll, it was a toss up between the Salmon Skin roll, (Crunchy salmon skin, spring onion, cream cheese, avocado and Hashi sauce.) and the Earthquake rolls (Kani, vegetables tempura, cream cheese, topped with shrimps tempura and spicy sauce).
It was good. No, it was better than good.
Check out the Hashi menu before you go, but trust me – you have to give it a try. The management is very accommodating and are willing to accommodate large groups and bachelorette parties (at no cost) which they do have a great upstairs area for.
Service at Hashi the day I went was attentive and friendly. The owner was friendly and the biggest pleasure to chat to and the waiter never forgot about our table (which happens at some places). We were one of three tables full at the time (sadly, because they really deserve more customers!) but I never saw the staff chatting and relaxing on the job in the public areas of the restaurant.
Price: R200 per person (for 3 courses), portions of 5 rolls average R50.
Please Note: I was informed that the chicken at Hashi is halal but the restaurant itself is not.