The owners of Hashi are originally from Venezuela, so it may come as a surprise that they specialise in Japanese fusion food at this unassuming spot in Linden. But they do it very well, and it must stem in part from their experience working with fusion Japanese restaurants in their home country and the Caribbean.
Hashi is small and low-key with the focus squarely on the food: the menu blends Japanese techniques with exotic South American flavours, giving patrons a unique dining experience. On the night we visited, the restaurant was filled with couples and small groups of friends having a quick mid-week bite to eat. Grab a table on the pavement if the weather is balmy, or head inside on cooler nights and get a seat at one of the comfy high tables on the left-hand side.
We started with the sushi pizza, which was the definite highlight of the meal. Sushi and pizza may not seem like natural cuisine companions, but the crunchy rice base topped with slices of salmon and avocado, all topped off with spicy “Hashi” sauce and sprinkled with spring onions, was absolutely delicious – we should have ordered two of them. We also had some fried dumplings (“gyozas”) filled with mince and vegetables, which were served in a fragrant broth.
For mains we chose from the collection of 40 or so sushi variations, snacking on spicy crunch salmon hand rolls, prawn nigiri and crispy chicken rolls. We finished off with the soup of the day, which was chicken and sweetcorn, as well as a bowl of warming miso soup. The menu also features dishes for non-sushi lovers such as Japanese udon noodles, kingklip with lemon butter, and teriyaki pork fillet, making Hashi a great all-round option offering delicious food and quick service in an uncomplicated setting.
If you’re looking to eat out and still save cash, Hashi runs various food specials and three-course set menus for celebrations. Having recently moved from its former location in Rosebank, Hashi is yet another addition to Linden’s thriving pavement foodie scene, and a welcome one at that.
011 888 0330
Words: Belinda Mountain