Friday, August 7, 2009

I Ordered The Tuna And It Came Raw

Sushi used to be an acquired taste for many Americans but it seems to be everywhere these days. Williamsburg is certainly not a mecca for Japanese cuisine but there are several dedicated restaurants in the area to choose from. Of these, Hayashi Japanese Restaurant, at Old Town Road and Route 60, seems the nicest, the most consistent, and the most fun.

The large restaurant is primarily devoted to hibachi cooking which is popular for tourists and locals out for a special group celebration. A separate seating area is available for a la carte diners along with stools at the sushi bar.  Hayashi has a large assortment of house specialty maki or rolls but the basic sashimi is my typical choice.  For the last few years, Christmas Eve dinner at Hayashi has been a special ritual for my family.  The green tea and basic salad are worth going for alone.  The owners/staff will make you very comfortable.

I have never been disappointed with Hayashi and their sashimi is on par with many New York experiences.  For the very best sushi in the area, head to Sushi Yama in Newport News, otherwise Hayashi is Williamsburg's best.

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