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Reviews of the finest restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area by Carol and Joe Davis - the Dining Detectives. From Sushi to Prime Rib, the Detectives dine their way across the spectum of fine food. ©2006 Carol and Joe Davis

Hana Japanese Restaurant
Prepares and Presents great Cuisine
From Sushi to Steak

The Dining Detectives were out on a rainy wintry Saturday night, in search of a different dining experience. We had heard the “buzz” about a Japanese restaurant in Rohnert Park and were ready to see what it was all about. After a short ride up Highway 101, we arrived at the Double Tree Plaza and our destination Hana Japanese Restaurant. As we entered we saw Ken Tominaga, Chef/ Restaurateur, behind the packed Sushi Bar. Eight diners, a full bar, were enjoying their meals while they watched the creative work by Ken and his chefs. Originally from Tokyo, Ken attended the Akaska Cooking School to hone his craft. He has operated Hana for 12 years now using the freshest of local ingredients and making his own sushi. The pleasant restaurant which seats about 60 was almost full and it was still early only 5:30 PM. The Shoshi screens and granite tables made the restaurant look inviting. There were families, couples and solo diners who were busily enjoying their meals. As we were escorted to our table in the center of the main room, we noticed glowing reviews from Zagat Guide 2001 and The S.F. Chronicle, proudly posted on the wall in the entrance. Lae, our waitress, was soon at our table and we ordered some Hana Chardonnay and some Calistoga Water to get us started. Hot towels were brought to our table so that we could freshen up before our meal, a nice touch. We were ready for an enjoyable dining experience and here are some of the dishes that we highly recommend
Starters
Jumbo Clam Fritter with green tea salt- This is a very tasty starter that we really enjoyed.

Tataki of Filet Mignon- Thin slices of seared filet mignon with Ken’s miso dressing on a bed of mixed greens. For the non Sushi eater this is a must. Prepared perfectly, pink in the middle and sliced thinly, it doesn’t get better than this.

Hawaiian Ahi Poki- Chopped spicy tuna sashimi, tobiko caviar, sesame seeds served on a bed of mixed greens. Ahi at it’s best.

Hana Sunomono- Cucumber, seaweed, rice noodles, octopus, shrimp, crab in Japanese vinegar dressing. Our first experience with octopus and it was quite tasty.

Sake Braised Short Rib- This special dish had a great sauce and is also a meat eater’s delight.
Main Courses: All main courses are served with miso soup, Japanese pickles, sunomono salad and rice. There is a Prix-Fixe Omakase- Chef’s Choice multi-course menu as well as Bento Box Dinners that were tempting however this evening we chose to order Sushi and a Combination dinner.

Tempura & New York Steak Teriyaki- Chrisp Prawn and Vegetable tempura and grilled Black Angus New York Steak served with house red wine teriyaki sauce. Again a great steak, showing that non Sushi eaters can also enjoy a great dinner at Hana.

Sushi- All the Sushi that we tasted was delicious and extremely fresh with a lovely presentation. If you are new to the world of Sushi, we recommend that you ask the Chef for the best selection. Sitting at the Sushi Bar allows you to see the chef work which is fascinating.

Banzai- Ken’s Exclusive Jumbo Role. This is “Ken’s” California roll which is beautifully presented…..very fresh and tasty.

Rainbow- Tuna, Salmon, Yellowtail, Tobiko around Crab, Avocado, and Cucumber. The tastes of the fresh cucumber make this delightful. Fabulous Sushi Roll.

Futo Ni- Shiitake, Avocado, Asparagus & pickled Burdock root. Interesting tastes came from the pickled Burdock root.

Wasabi Tobiko- Wasabi Flying Fish Caviar. The Wasabi, which is spicy hot, green putty textured Japanese horseradish mustard, was perfect with this special Fish Roe.

Ebi-Prawn- This was our personal favorite, butterfly shrimp on rice.

Maguro-Tuna. Another tasty sushi.

Sake
With over 30 choices for hot and cold sake we had to ask for help. Lae our waitress explained to us the ratings, the higher the # the dryer the taste. The more polished the rice in the Sake the smoother the taste.

A Sake sampler is available however we opted to create our own flight of Sakes. We could tell which Sake was smoothest and now understand that the processing makes the difference.

Cold- Served in a small square box shaped drinking vessel.
Suishin (+3) Hiroshima
Otokoyama (+10) Hokkaido
Kira (+15) Fukushima
Hot
Tamon Gold (+3) Nishinomiya
Karatanba (+7) Nada

Desserts
Please leave room for dessert. There are always a number of fresh homemade desserts on the menu and all come served with seasonal fresh fruit. Call the day before if you want to order the Sake Crème Brulee.

Ginger Crème Brulee- The hint of ginger made this delicious Crème Brulee truly unique. This was our favorite. It was just superb in terms of flavor, freshness and texture. Many restaurants serve Crème Brulee but few do it justice like Hana!

Azuki Beans Ice Cream- Very tasty and a different. A traditional Japanese dessert.

Raspberry Sorbet - A perfect palate cleanser.

Hana Japanese Restaurant, like Japanese food, is becoming a tradition in Sonoma County. Ken Tominaga Chef/ Restaurateur makes his own sushi creating edible art in elegant arrangements. There are over 100 entrees and sushi choices to choose from. We truly enjoyed our dining experience at Hana and will be back to experience Japanese Cuisine again soon.

Hana Japanese Restaurant
101 Golf Course Drive
(Double Tree Plaza)
Rohnert Park, Ca. 94928
707-586-0270
www.HanaJapanese.com
Open
Lunch
Tuesday-Saturday
11:30 AM- 2:30 PM
Dinner
Tuesday- Sunday
5:00 PM-9:00 PM
Sat-Sun till 9:30 PM
Major Credit Cards Accepted
Ample Free Parking
Reservations Recommended
Frequent Diners Club

Hana Japanese Restaurant

101 Golf Course Drive
(Double Tree Plaza)
Rohnert Park, Ca. 94928
707-586-0270
www.HanaJapanese.com
Open
Lunch
Tuesday-Saturday
11:30 AM- 2:30 PM
Dinner
Tuesday- Sunday
5:00 PM-9:00 PM
Sat-Sun till 9:30 PM
Major Credit Cards Accepted
Ample Free Parking
Reservations Recommended
Frequent Diners Club

Full Bar and Full Menu at the Bar- (seats 10)
Private Banquet Room seats 30
Private Parties to 200

Off Site Catering Available

Gourmet Box Lunches
(For 15 or more)