Monday, August 31, 2015

Hannya Sushi - A Great Option in Brickell

If you are into Miami's sushi scene, you are probably familiar by now with the famous Alex #2 roll from Akashi, a popular Japanese restaurant with locations in Coconut Grove and South Miami. After over twenty years of success at Akashi, the restaurant's owners decided it was time to shake things up and come up with a new sushi concept. This resulted in the opening of Hannya, one of Brickell's Japanese hidden gems and one of my most recent discoveries.

Since opening their doors in September 2014, head Chef and owner Larry Chi has made it his mission to give each customer a unique sushi experience while educating them on the intricate science of creating the perfect plate of sushi. 

Chef Chi has vowed to maintain quality by importing fish locally from nearby markets and trusted providers from all over the world. One hundred and twenty pounds of Tuna is flown in daily from Ecuador, hamachi is flown in daily from the West coast and other fish are sourced locally from nearby Florida Keys. Once the fish arrives at Hannya, Chef Chi fillets each of them himself ensuring that only the best cuts are used.

After seeing all the Instagram buzz in my feed about this place's sashimi, I decided to pay them a visit and try it out for myself... and here's what I had...

Pictured above: Usuzukuri Sashimi, a rose shaped tuna surrounded by slices of white fish and salmon, and served with ponzu sauce. This is a nice appetizer if you are watching your waistline but don't want to sacrifice on flavor. The fish was delicate, fresh and thinly sliced, just as it should be. 

My favorite dish of the meal was the Hannya Roll. Rolled with spicy tuna, salmon, whitefish, avocado, jalapeƱo and topped with masago seared sea scallops, this roll offers a great mix of flavors in every bite. It's made with a citrusy sauce that gives it a surprising tropical flavor, which combines perfectly with the smokiness of the torched scallop. If you visit Hannya, you cannot miss this roll! 

When I asked the sushi chef what I should try next, he recommended the Mariano roll, made with shrimp tempura, krab salad, masago, cream cheese, baked salmon, eel sauce, spicy mayo and topped with tempura for crunch. Though I don't usually go for hot sushi, I must say this one was fantastic. The combination of the different types of fish, the creaminess of the avocado and the cheese, and the crunchiness of the tempura made this dish work. My advice: don't over think it, just order it and enjoy!

Next time you are in the mood for sushi in the Brickell area, make sure to give Hannya a try. Whether it's for date night on a Friday or on a weekday for lunch, you will always find something to satisfy your craving at Hannya!

Hannya is located at 1063 Brickell Plaza, Miami, FL 33131

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