Japanese Restaurant ‘Hashi Sushi’ Opens on Forest Street [PHOTOS]

After nearly one year of planning and renovation, New Canaan’s newest restaurant opened Wednesday on Forest Street.

Centrally located on the town’s “Restaurant Row,” Hashi Sushi is to be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days per week, according to its staff.

Owned by a group that has similar eateries in New York and New Jersey, the approximately 50-seat restaurant features a full bar and sushi bar with nine stools, and its menu is extensive and diverse.

Lunch option include a full menu of Hibachi choices ($11 to $14), a two- ($11) or three-roll ($13) Maki Roll combination with a wide selection including California, tuna, salmon and yellowtail scallion, as well as shrimp, chicken, sweet potato and pumpkin tempura. The lunch combos include miso soup and salad.

Other lunch options include a Bento Box of chicken, steak, salmon or beef teriyaki—as well as tempura or katsu—and Sushi Lunch Bento (both $15) with various combinations of sashimi, sushi and rolls, also with soup and salad.

Hashi Sushi also features a soothing, dimly lit interior with a Buddha statue and fountain, Japanese lanterns and prints, recessed lighting in the main dining area and crafted wood fixtures with flower boxes and dangling flowers interspersed throughout.

Located at 11 Forest St., it occupies the space used to house Peachwave frozen yogurt, closed since the summer of 2015. The restaurant appears to offer some parking out back, in spots in the lot off of East Avenue that are not otherwise designated for specific businesses.

New Canaan Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tucker Murphy said Hashi Sushi’s owners have been eager to open since participating in the popular Taste of the Town Stroll in August.

“Forest Street now has another great food offering,” Murphy said.

Hashi Sushi is the first purely Japanese restaurant in New Canaan since Plum Tree on Main Street. The town has seen other more generally Asian-food eateries and does have Sushi 25 on Elm Street, whose menu does include miso, sushi, tataki and other traditional Japanese fare.

Dinner at Hashi Sushi starts with a deep selection of traditional soups and salads, starting at $2.50 for miso soup and ranging up to $13 for a Sashimi Salad (spring mix with tuna, salmon, yellowtail and served with truffle dressing) or Tuna Avocado Salad (spring mix with diced tuna, topped with rice caviar, tobiko and chives, served with spicy mayo and yuzu dressing) for $12.

Kitchen and sushi appetizers include crispy calamari or rock shrimp (each $9), beef short rib ($11) or Blue Crab Fajita (Maryland blue crab, onion and Cajun-and-cream cheese—$10), as well as Tuna Pizza (pancake with spicy tuna, tomato with jalapeno and anchovy aioli—$12) and Kona Kampachi (kona baby yellowtail and organic green tomato served with truffle yuzu dressing—$15).

Entrees include a Surf-and-Turf of 4 oz. filet mignon with half of a fresh lobster with truffle mushroom sauce ($25), Organic Basil Chicken, sautéed with shitake mushroom, onion, asparagus, carrot sweet peas and bell pepper ($19) or Seafood Trio of grilled shrimp, scallop and fresh lobster with a sake-and-creamy-white-wine sauce, basil, bell pepper and seasonal vegetables ($25).

The restaurant also offers selections of Udon noodle soups (chicken, beef, shrimp or Nabeyaki), Japanese fried rice and Hibachi dinners.

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