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Hane Sushi
Hane Sushi

Hane Sushi

10.03 reviews
££££
Asian/Pacific, Japanese, Sushi
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2760 5th Ave, Ste 105, San Diego, CA 92103-6330
(619) 260-1411
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Redwood City

Excellent sushi and service. The specialty roll selection is big, but not as grand as I've seen other places but they will custom make/improvise as you please. Very quality and a top sushi spot in San Diego.

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SF Bay Area, Western US

Hane Sushi has the same owners as the legendary and very popular Sushi Ota in San Diego.

Sushi Ota is hidden in a medical arts building off Mission Bay Drive and is delicious, extremely good value, crowded, served and owned by Nihonjin (Japanese), and has a casual feel. It is like the hard working nerdy brother who is no-nonsense and wearing jeans.

Hane Sushi is its upscale, urban chic, younger sister. Good looking, fashionable, hip,and appealing. It is in the corner of a multi-story building on 5th avenue between Hillcrest and Downtown. It has a swankier decor, with greys and blacks, marble sushi bar, suited manager, and black-clad sushi chefs and waitresses.

On a Friday night, there were 4 sushi chefs: Roger, TJ, Yoshi and Masato, all fluent in Japanese, although TJ is caucasian but lived in Japan. Yoshi is from the Tennoji district of Osaka and TJ lived there, too, near the bustling Umeda shopping district. The manager, who also manages Sushi Ota, is Akira, who is also from Kansai, in an upscale suburb near where the Kobe earthquake hit in 1989. I was born in Shukugawa, not far away. Yuki, a cute, sweet young Korean looking woman, was my waitress and is from Hiroshima, where the atom bomb was dropped 55 years ago.

I told Yoshi I wanted Omakase, Nigiri De. (His choice, nigiri sushi). I got a bottle of Masumi cold Sake ($15) served in a small frosted bulb pitcher and stylized shot glass. Well balanced sake.

The sushi:
Chu Toro (8.50)
Giant Clam (7.50)
Nama Dako (7)
Sanma (6)
Uni (from San Diego, 7.50)
Ama Ebi (10.50)
The sweet shrimp (ama ebi) was served, and Yoshi asked how I wanted the shrimp heads. I opted for 1 being lightly fried and served with a red ginger condiment, and the other put in a bowl of Miso soup.
Great combination. I ate the fried head, but the miso head I just used for flavoring. Umai!

I bought a tall draft Sapporo beer for Yoshi (6.50) as a thank you. Total bill with tax was $75.

The sushi is a bit small and pricey, so if you are expecting Sushi Ota portions and pricing, well, Nerdy Brother offers something different than Hot Sister. I enjoyed Hane Sushi, the friendly but professional staff, the sushi, and the ambiance. If you want sushi in San Diego, take your friends to Sushi Ota, and take your date, in-laws or boss to Hane Sushi.

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San Gabriel
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My second most favorite sushi place in San Diego next to Sushi Ota.

I always judge a place by their care and serving of Uni (sea urchin). Hane is by far the best Uni experience I've ever had and I'll never forget it.

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