Being both big fans of offerings at both Hanami and Japan during Food & Wine, the kiosk is always offering an interesting dish or two that we look forward to trying. While Matt has yet to order from Hanami this year, I took advantage on a solo trip to (finally) try the Frushi – a dish so many guests rave about – and the Teriyaki Curry Bun.
The Frushi ($4.95) features Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry, and Melon rolled with Raspberry Coconut Rice and is sprinkled with Toasted Coconut and served with Whipped Cream on the side.
The coconut flavor of the rice was prominent, and the pineapple had the most bold flavor from the interior, followed second by the strawberry. In all, the flavors were nice.
I’m glad to see a “dessert” option that focuses on fresh fruit, and while I’m happy I finally tried it, I don’t see it being a repeat for me. I do, however, think it’s a fun presentation, and I’m sure kids will really enjoy it as well (especially those who prefer fruit as a treat over candy or other sugary sweets).
The Teriyaki Curry Bun ($4.95) was a bit intimidating for me to order without Matt with me, as the word “Teriyaki” is not one I look forward to in a food description. However, seeing the word “Curry” put me a bit at ease, so I took the opportunity to go for it. The dish is described as a Steamed Bun filled with Chicken, Vegetables, Curry, and Sweet Sauce.
The bun itself is a fairly good size for the price, filling most of the serving tray and having a decent heft to it.
My first bite of the bun yielded a lot of slightly sweet, bready dough, but as I took another bite, the chicken and vegetable filling was center stage.
Yes, there was a bit of sweetness to the filling, but the savory curry flavors were the more prominent ones. I’m not sure how Matt will feel about this one, as he’s not the biggest fan of the aromatics of some curry, but I think this one is balanced enough that he might give it a try on a future visit. At least I will help if he’s not a fan! 😉
I skipped on the Salmon Sushi ($5.50) since, while it sounds really good with it’s trio of sauces, doesn’t jump out at me as a must try. Hako-sushi’s box-pressed presentation is pretty, though. Perhaps if it was eel instead of salmon, I’d be singing a different tune. I’m not saying it won’t be ordered on a future visit, especially if Matt is with me, but on that particular day, I wasn’t feeling it. As for the Frushi, I’m glad I tried it, but it’s not a must-do for me. The Teriyaki Curry Bun was very good, and will likely see a replay later in the festival.
Have you stopped by Hanami? What is your favorite item?