When it comes to making a choice of where to go for Japanese in Newtown, the decision isn’t all that challenging thanks to having only six places to choose from. Three of which are sushi bars. Plus one teppanyaki. I have no interest in having my meal thrown at me so teppanyaki food theatrics is never an option.
Tucked down a side street near the Marlborough is the ever-so-busy blink-and-you-miss-it Hikaru. The few tables outside under the trees are usually the first ones to be taken so you can try your best and grab one of the tables inside. The menu is simple, inexpensive and the choice of sushi and sashimi is fairly decent.
The horenso (4.8) is a petite serving of blanched English spinach with tangy sesame sauce. Gyu tataki (9.8)is a refreshing crispy salad of mixed leaves, tomato, carrot, onion and raw beef. The uncooked meat has the same texture as tuna sashimi and the flavours go really well with Asahi Beer.
Mr K. prefers his food cooked and goes for the teriyaki chicken noodle soup (10.8). Tender pieces of chicken bobbing about in a richly sweet broth.
I can’t help myself when there’s soft shell crab (10.8) on the menu and the one they serve up here is dipped in tempura batter and flash-fried and served on rice. The sprinkling of golden fish roe adds a further salty touch.
Without a doubt every time we come here I get the dragon roll(9.8). Crumbed prawn wrapped in nori, rolled in rice, topped with smoked eel and avocado. It comes drizzled with creamy mayo and sweet glaze. I absolutely adore it. Lashings of wasabi, pickled ginger and soy make it a real treat.