This is the fifth Sushi place I have tried since arriving in Richmond and it is by far the best. The restaurant is small, but clean and decorated with culturally appropriate decor. The service was great, with the wait staff being very attentive to our every need and quick to respond to any request we had. My husband and I sat at the Sushi bar and this is the first Sushi restaurant in Richmond that promptly brought a small Sushi chief’s complimentary dish. We have been to Sushi restaurants from Florida to California and this is a standard practice at reputable/traditional Sushi restaurants, but we have found it sourly lacking in this area.
When I contemplate rating a Sushi restaurant’s food I consider three different overall categories, freshness/taste, presentation, and flavor combinations. When ranking Richmond Sushi restaurants, Hiro is top in all three categories.
We started with the complementary dish, which was raw salmon, rice, eel sauce and small scallions. The fish was the perfect thickness to complement the amount of rice (not so thick it overpowered the rice, and not so thin you felt like you were just getting rice). It was fresh and light tasting. The perfect start to the meal.
We then had the Tuna Tataki (seared tuna topped with spicy Ponzu sauce). Again, great job. The dish was enough for both of us to get a good taste, but not full. Tuna was fresh and seared to perfection. It was served on a fresh bed of lightly steamed Asparagus and drizzled on top with Ponzu sauce, but they did not drowned the fish in the sauce like some places here. The presentation was beautiful, it was served on a clean white plate with a small bright green bed of Asparagus, which contrasted with the dark red tuna and pink drizzle. There dishes are served with small, fresh, and fragrant flowers. The minute it hits the table you do not know whether to eat it or frame it.
We then moved to our main dish. We ordered the Sushi & Sashimi for 2. It was served on a boat with flowers and trees made from plant leaves. It was gorgeous. The Sashimi on the dish was a good combination of four different types of fish. They were thickly sliced and extremely fresh. The Tuna and White Tuna slices melted in your mouth. The Salmon glistened and had a slightly buttery/creamy taste. There were two Sushi rolls and a number of Sushi over rice. All the fish was very fresh and tasty. The Sushi chiefs were very well trained and did a great job in mixing flavors while keeping the fish the star of the dish. I highly recommend this restaurant over all other Sushi Bars in Richmond.
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