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Happi Sushi Equals Happy Belly

Posted September 19, 2012 in Community Featured, Downtown

Tucked into a cozy space in the Kaleidoscope at The Hub, Happi Sushi offers a nice break from the lunchtime norm for downtown diners.

The ambience was relaxed and cheerful, with green plants and fresh flowers, bright artwork and red, blue and seafoam green hues painted on the walls. A huge chalkboard behind the cash register lists Happi’s specialty rolls, which during lunch come with a drink and fruit or miso soup. Lunch combos are also available and are served with ginger dressing salad or seaweed salad, miso soup and a fresh fruit mix. You can substitute squid salad for $1.

Along with squid salad, other appetizers and sides include edamame and two types of shumai: wasabi pork (steamed or fried wasabi-flavored pork dumplings) and shrimp (steamed or fried shrimp dumplings).

There’s also nearly 10 offerings for sashimi or nigiri, and a variety of rolls, such as vegetarian and tempura (which are tempura-fried). The list of “regular rolls” includes items you would typically see at other sushi restaurants, like California and spicy tuna rolls. I love scallops, so the spicy scallop roll (spicy scallop and crab mix with cucumber) caught my attention. But I decided instead to try a specialty roll.

With about a dozen choices, it was hard to make up my mind. To me, great sushi has a lot to do with the mixture of textures and flavors. After reading the description, I decided to go with the Captain Crunch Roll ($12.75), made with tempura shrimp, crab, cucumber, crunchies, tobiko and sweet and spicy sauces.

I chose the miso soup to accompany my meal, which came piping hot. I added just a splash of soy sauce to the soup, which had little bits of scallion, cubes of tofu and pieces of seaweed.

The sushi itself was excellent, with crispy tempura shrimp and two flavorful sauces: one was spicy and creamy, while the other was sweeter. The order had eight pieces of sushi, all of which I quickly gobbled up. The only bad thing about the meal is it left me hungry for more — I could have had at least another roll! That just means I’ll have to make sure to make another visit.

Happi Sushi
555 Walnut St. • Suite 202A
(515) 664-9390
Hours: Mon. -Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Dine in or carry out.

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