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Posted on Apr 30, 2012 in Dear Diary, Food, Reviews | 11 comments

Hikaru Sushi

Hi-dee-ho there, neighborinos! Happy Monday! Or, as I usually say instead, “It’s Monday.” I hope that everyone had a great, relaxing weekend. Mine was a little more low-key than they have been lately, which was actually pretty wonderful. I spent some time with the fam, Sean got me thoroughly engrossed in an amazing video game (Heavy Rain, I know I’m late to the party), and I got to spend Sunday afternoon with FOUR doggies at the Shirlington Dog Park (Harry, Daxter, their cousin Oreo, AND his friend Casey that my sister is dogsitting!). My boys even ventured into the stream next to the park for the first time. I was very proud.

My weekend kicked off, however, with a new (to me) restaurant and some wonderful company. I met up with my Freshman year roommate, Joanna, and her twin sister Aileen (you might recognize them from my Harry Potter birthday party a couple weeks ago) for dinner at Hikaru Sushi!


Me & Jo


Since you know I am ALWAYS game to test out new sushi places (and size them up against my beloved Koi Koi, hehe), I was really excited when Aileen suggested this place. Hikaru is a cute little place located in Arlington right near the Courthouse AMC Movie Theatre.

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I think there was a little bit of a mix-up about who our server was supposed to be at first, but eventually we ordered some sake and all was right in the world, hehe.


We also shared an order of edamame (which was a HUGE plate — great value, IMO!) to start, and Jo and I got seaweed salads as well. Nom.


As for the sushi list itself, I had a really hard time deciding! They definitely had a lot of really interesting specialty rolls. The pricing for their specialty rolls was a little bit higher than Koi Koi, but other than that I thought that their offerings were really comparable.


I ended up going with the Eel Cucumber roll (love me some unagi!) and the Fruity Maki roll, which had mango, apple, and avocado inside (as well as being wrapped in avocado). It was SUPER delicious! The fruity roll was really refreshing, almost like dessert sushi. Now that is something I can CERTAINLY get on board with!


One touch that I really loved about this place is that when they brought out our check, they gave us each a little box of this Asian gum. This was hugely nostalgic for me, because I used to get this gum all the time whenever I would accompany my mom to the Asian grocery store. I would always beg for it when we got to the register, as I did with all the other crap I had thrown into the cart as we went down each ridiculously tiny aisle. Pocky sticks, strawberry koalas, these little candy discs that my sister and I called “pepperonis”, and VitaSoy boxes were my jam. (Hmm, I think I need to take a trip to Great Wall soon…)

Is there any particular food or candy that is particularly nostalgic for you? In addition to my strange (read: awesome!) Asian candy obsessions, I also have a very special place in my heart for Kinder Eggs, which remind of my elementary school days in Warsaw, Poland. I would bike down our cobblestone street to the convenience shop on the corner, spend my allowance on an egg or two, and kept a whole little collection of the toys you find inside.


  1. That really does bring me back! Any Asian candy really makes me feel like I’m in elementary school again 🙂

    I love avocado on any type of sushi so your pictures are making me drool!

    Have a wonderful week!

  2. Ooh, that roll with all of the fruit sounds awesome!!
    TCBY is nostalgic for me- we used it get it all the time when I was a kid (they were everywhere!) Now the closest one I can find is at Bethany Beach!

  3. That sushi looks delicious and now I realllly want Sushi!! Mmmmmm

    Getting a bag of 5cent candy is nostalgic for me. Friday nights used to be “treat nights” growing up and my sister and I used to get a baggy of 5cent candies for 1$ 🙂

  4. Unagi lovers unite! I love, love, love eel and find that most people are totally put off by it. Weirdos. Candy nostalgia – I’m still obsessed with gummi coke bottles! Yum!

  5. bottle caps, wax lips, pumpkin seeds….yes Im alot older than all of you.

    • Haha! That’s totally it! Now I know the real name… although I think I still like pepperoni better. 😛

      • I don’t blame ya, “Haw Flakes” does not sound too appetizing. 😉

  6. While I still love Koi Koi, I’ve found a couple places I would rather go out my way honestly. You’ve officially made me hungry for sushi though! I actually find that most of my friends who are sushi regulars tend to favor Unagi too, myself included. Once you get past the ‘gross, Eel!’ knee jerk of never having tried it before, you realize what you were missing out on 🙂


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