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The First Gale of Spring: Haru Ichiban!

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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:

Dinner at Haru Ichiban

Dinner at Haru Ichiban

Free Appetizers of Haru Ichiban

Free Appetizers of Haru Ichiban

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!)

Calamari at Haru Ichiban

Calamari at Haru Ichiban

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!

Raibow Sushi at Haru Ichiban

Raibow Sushi Roll at Haru Ichiban

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!

Fatty Tuna Sushi Rolls at Haru Ichiban

Fatty Tuna Sushi Rolls at Haru Ichiban

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!

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    By: Tina

    Tina is a foodie that loves eating deliciously and healthily. Having grown up in an Asian household in Atlanta, she loves creating and eating both Asian and American cuisine. Tina is the main blogger of Oh Snap! Let’s Eat! and Paleo in Atlanta. Read more…

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