Haru is another one of those corporate-ish spots that never made its way onto my to-eat list until recently. Not entirely my fault if you think about it, it’s located on the Huntington Ave. stretch between Cheesecake Factory and CPK, which automatically raises a red flag. Plus there is absolutely no reason to be walking on the street level through that ridiculous wind tunnel, ever. Skybridge all day erry day.
Jacki and I met a friend for dinner at Haru with no idea what to expect and turned out to be delighted by the experience. It’s a little overpriced but the presentation, menu selections and quality of fish is on point.
Haru is the middle ground between fine dining spots like Uni, O Ya or Oishii and casual weekday lunch or dinner places like Symphony Sushi or Fin’s. It’s good for a birthday dinner with friends or maybe a date night. Not like serious anniversary date night, though — just a normal one, feel me?
We started with the Tuna Tartare with miso vinaigrette and quail egg. The texture was way more soupy than other tuna tartares, but the tuna soaked up the miso vinaigrette for a brilliantly acidic result. The steamed vegetable dumplings were standard but well done. We also tried the Beef Negimaki grilled sliced beef and scallion roll which made for savory juicy awesomeness.
My favorite part of Haru was the crazy rollz. The Dice-K Roll with gold leaf, mango, avocado, tempura flakes, and spicy red and white tuna was sushi perfection if you ask me. I love goooold! No but seriously, the gold leaf is a little over the top I think. The Gramercy Park Roll had crunchy spicy super white tuna and jalapeños wrapped with tuna, yellowtail and salmon and topped with lemon, cilantro, tobiko and yuzu miso sauce.
And our HUGE $6 cocktail. What? It was a special that night, I actually don’t remember what was in it. Moral of the story, cocktails on the specials list are cheaper than the ones on the regular menu.
For dessert we did a sampling of sorbets – green tea and mango. Loved both, mango was better though.
Haru is worth the trip! (And honestly, I don’t think you’ll have a problem getting a rez on a Friday or Saturday)
55 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02116