Hasu may be small in size, but it has already gained big reputation in Acton. I took a trip to Churchfield Road to find out how this little sushi restaurant has developed such a loyal following in just eight months – and to try one of their famous dragon rolls, or four!
Located in the heart of Acton, Hasu is a sushi restaurant that’s all about the food - finally! Forget ornate, Japanese décor and extravagant mood lighting, Hasu favours perfectly cooked sushi served up on simple, natural wood tables.
I took a seat and Saing - Hasu’s manager and waiter - came over to give his recommendations, which were gladly received. Saing is attentive, friendly and extremely knowledgeable about the food his restaurant serves. But it’s his passion for food and customer satisfaction that’s most noticeable, and I listen as he talks about the freshness of the fish and the chef’s talents. A two man team, Saing and the chef are close friends who together clearly know how to run a great business.
He tells me that I can order as much as or little as I like - whether that’s two or twenty pieces. After having a cheeky peak at the food on the table next to me, I immediately have the urge to try absolutely everything...
To start, I sample the Tuna tartar. At first glance it looks more like a beautifully crafted dessert, but on closer inspection the jelly-like beads that sit on top are actually ikura, and the sauce is a rich and creamy tartar and tobiko sauce. The tuna itself has been mixed with chives and is unbelievably fresh and delicate.
I wolf this down with a simple garden salad - which is fresh and delicious. I try a few sips of the ramen soup which is the perfect cure to a grey afternoon: hearty, warming, fragrant and filling. The chef presents the food intricately and beautifully, but it’s certainly not a case of style over substance.
Hasu’s dragon rolls are legendary in Acton, and as Saing brings the dish to the table I can see why. Vibrant, colourful and spectacular to look at, the rolls are filled with crispy tempura prawn wrapped in nori, sliced avocado, cucumber and tobiko and drizzled with eel sauce.
I also try a couple of crispy duck rolls which are just as moreish, and some fresh sashimi which looks spectacular in a huge, beautiful Japanese bowl. The Shasimi set is perfect for sharing, and contains seven kinds of sashimi the chef has specially selected. Each piece is finished with its own flavourings, and presented with precision and innovation.
The fantastic pricing ensures you don’t need to be timorous in ordering - as you can tell! Sushi has become the ultimate health fast food, and Hasu serves up dish after dish in record timing. Lunchers can pop in for a hand roll or a mixture of maki to go, and it’ll cost you the same price of a sandwich, if not less. Saing recommends the king prawn tempura maki or classic California - and if I were you, I’d trust his recommendations!
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