About Sushi

    Many centuries ago, the people of Japan began preserving fish in fermented rice because of a lack of refrigeration.  As refrigeration became available this food faded from popularity.  Tastes changed and the people of Japan were looking for a fresh, healthy food source.  Thus, the interest in what is now talked about as "sushi" resurfaced.  Sushi began being presented at joyous occasions such as weddings and births.  Contrary to popular American thought, sushi does not mean raw fish, but reflects its celebratory connotation.


     The two most popular styles of sushi are handheld rice presentations called "maki" and "nigiri".  Maki denotes the roll of rice and nori (a pressed, dried sheet of seaweed high in protein and trace minerals) filled with assorted fish and vegetables.  Nigiri implies a ball of rice which has been topped with egg or fish.  "Chirashi" is a third method of preparation offered traditionally in Japan where an assortment of fish is place on a bed of sushi rice.  The fare served at sushi bars usually reflects that of local procurement including seafood such as crab, octopus, prawns, surf clams, mussels, salmon and tuna.  These items may just as likely be offered cooked as uncooked.

     haruno is proud to feature a fine assortment of local seafood presented by a Japanese chef who is aware of both the heritage of service and the dynamics of introducing this food to many who have not yet sampled it.  For those who want to break into this cuisine slowly, we also offer the finest noodles, tempura, and bentto.

     Please know that you are invited to come in, relax, ask questions about and enjoy this most healthy, traditional style of cooking.



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