A favorite of mine. I almost always enjoy my meals here. In the newest Hudson store, the addition of the pub side means better drinks and more entertainment. So now, alongside the hibachi tricks and sushi bar conversations, there are also karaoke on Wednesdays and live bands on Saturdays. (FREE!)
The energy feels good...cozy with enough modern feel to make it feel relevant. The basil chicken is my favorite. The pad thai is Amy's. The sushi is best when you order it omakase style (chef's choice) from the chef's. Lori, the bartender, made some of the best perfect negroni's I've had in quite some time.
Otani's in Mayfield is the original sushi bar in Cleveland. Opened in 1978, they have been making sushi in the same location for 34 years. Wow.
They definitely do sushi right. It's like a 1, 2 punch of classic sushi items and modern sushi. They also have a huge vegetarian selection that makes Amy happy.
We had a sushi platter of 4.5 rolls, fire king rolls, maki moriawase (sushi roll sampler) and ankimo (monkfish liver) that was great. Amy got a zaru soba (buckwheat noodles) and age-dashi tofu (fried tofu) that she really liked.
ankimo sashimi (monkfish liver)
zaru soba (buckwheat noodles) and age-dashi (fried tofu)
crab salad hand roll with tuna
I have sworn to myself to not use the ALL CAP/SCREAMING method of typing. It just looks so ridiculous...but this case is different. YOU HAVE TO CHECK THIS PLACE OUT! Marukame Udon in Waikiki is so good, I want to scream it from the roof tops and do somersaults and marry it.
The restaurant is cafeteria-style. So you get in line at the door and wait to grab a tray and order from them limited (but insanely good) menu. All of the udon for the dishes are made fresh. Amy opted from the standard with dashi broth and egg. I had to pig out and order the curry udon and the cold udon with tempura. After the udon station, there is a tempura bar and onigiri bar. Where if you look past the security glass into the tiny kitchen, you see two people frying their asses off.
As you can read by now, I was enamored with how good the food was. Amy and I both proclaimed this the best udon we've ever had. Simple as that....you have to go. It's easily the best meal we ate on our honeymoon and one of the cheapest.