In case your’e wondering what Haru Ichiban means in Japanese, the translation is “The First Gale of Spring”. Haru Ichibanis also the name of a Japanese restaurant in Duluth, Georgia which is slowly turning in to the local “Korea/Asia Town”. Good thing I LOVE Korean/Asian food! (But let’s face it, is there any food I don’t like? I’m still looking!) Anyway, here’s the delicious food we got there:
First thing when you take a seat, the waiter will bring each person a plate of free appetizers. You’ll find this happen a lot at Asian restaurants. Most Korean restaurants I’ve been to will start out with more than 5 dishes of free appetizer plates before the food you ordered even comes out! At Haru Ichiban, we had some Edamame (right), and what I believe was seaweed, but maybe not… it tasted similar too, but all I know was that it was very tasty (and I forgot to ask what it was!)
Appetizer I ordered: Calamari. If you usually order calamari at American restaurants, you will want to prepare yourself for this because it is a little different. The Calamari pieces are smaller, and the entire dish has a sweet/sour marinate on it. Not bad, just different!
One of my favorite sushi rolls to order at everywhere that has sushi is the Rainbow Roll. It’s considered a ‘western-style’ sushi roll, which usually I’m wary about (as I am not a big fan of having things like cream cheese in my sushi..) but I love Rainbow Rolls since it’s basically different types of fish, shrimp, and avocado on California rolls!
Another sushi roll I ordered was the Fatty Tuna Sushi Roll, which the waitress had recommended over the “Lean” Tuna Sushi Roll. These are actually two different parts of the tuna. The Lean Tuna is referred to as “akamai “, while the Fatty Tuna is cut from the belly region and is refereed to as “toro”. (Toro can be separated in to different grades of Fatty-ness, but we won’t get in to that.) The higher the fat content the ‘richer’ it is, but I think it’s definitely up to personal preference!
Okay, here comes some recommendations:
Two of my fave rolls. Rainbow Roll I like everywhere pretty much – it’s basically a variety of sashimi on the standard california roll – what can go wrong?
As for the Oishii Roll? It’s Salmon on other deliciousness – and it’s quickly grown in to one of my fave Sushi’s EVAR.
If you’re there for lunch… you should definitely the Salmon Sushi Combo – it comes with a roll of Salmon + Avocado (orgasm in my mouf) and also Salmon Nigiri. OMG I’m hungry just thinking about this.
Do you hate raw things? Ya know, it is an acquired thing. No worries tho! The Grilled Mackerel is AMAZING there. It comes with a potato salad and… maybe something else I can’t remember, but it is quite delish and I recommend it.