I’m ‘sort of ‘ dieting and ‘sort of ‘ doing dry January, Japanese food always feels healthy to me so date night saw us heading off to another Japanese restaurant. This time we chose a place much closer to home, the lovely Haru in Karen. We’ve been before in the day, and weren’t captivated by the venue (outside a mall) but the food was definitely scrummy, so we decided to try it by night, and we were richly rewarded.
Plants cascading from the ceiling, Game of Thrones-esque fire heaters are dotted about, candles and little vases of flowers on tables all successfully conspired to spirit you away to a small corner of Japan. I’m a bit fussy when it comes to lighting; too light and its unromantic, too dark and I cant see what I’m eating but Haru got it right and the result was cosy and warm and inviting.
We ordered Gyoza to start, followed by the Udon Noodle Soup, Tempura Prawns and for Sushi: Monsters of Rock and the crab rolls. It was all, without exception, delicious. There was far too much food for two people who possess extremely healthy appetites to eat, but eat we did until our tummies pained and we had to eventually give up and resort to a doggy bag – it was all so damn tasty.
The Tempura Prawns are an absolute must, served on a bed of tempura veggies, they wont do you waistline much good, but they are so very crisp and the prawns so very succulent that you will happily give yourself over to obesity. For me the Udon Noodles needed an extra pizzazz, which was great as they came with a little bowl of spices for you to add yourself. Both the sushi dishes were delectable; of particular note were the Monsters of Rock; a sushi roll with a crispy outer and a wonderful Siracha topping. I can’t recommend it enough.
The menu is varied and caters to all, the wine list reasonable, although they only serve Drostdy hof by the glass and it happens to be one of my least favourite South African Sauvignon Blancs, however you can always by a bottle of something else.
It was yum, just yum, I can’t wait to go back … all in it cost us about 6000 KSH with wine, beer, starter and 2 courses each, all of which amounted to far too much food for two, so could definitely be done much cheaper.
Right, I’m off to enjoy last nights Udon Noodles for my lunch.