12/13/2016Sushi-Huku Japanese Restaurant
My husband and I went here today and we had a fabulous experience! Our service was great and most of our food was awesome.We love sushi, we've had sushi from Minneapolis, DC & Charleston. We have been to ATL 5 times and this was our best experience so far. We went there specifically for their sushi. We sat at the sushi bar, ordered 5 rolls and soup & salad came out within minutes. They have a ginger, lemon peanut vinaigrette as their dressing which was delicious! The miso soup was ok.We ordered the Hawaiian, Home Depot, Godzilla, Geisha & the Baked Salmon rolls.Hawaii: Phenomenal! The chef makes it with coconut shrimp. I loved it because it does not have any sauce on top of it.Home Depot: Also phenomenal! This is made with fried sea scallops with a cream sauce on top that was great!Godzilla: This was ok. This roll was made really large (2x the size of a normal roll). It was deep fried and drench in a a nonviscous brown sauce that wasn't sweet. The roll fell apart because it was not rolled tight. I would not recommend this roll.Geisha: This was the normal plenty of fish with sauce roll, similar to a rainbow roll. Baked Salmon Roll: This was interesting. We did not care for it. The roll consisted of salmon & parmesan cheese on top, then baked. The cheese added a different flavor that we did not like with our sushi.The waitresses were really nice and on top of their game. I had plenty of water! The sushi chef gave us some japanese rice and seaweed to go because we were "out of towers", it was on the house. It was mighty nice of him! We would definitely go back to try their other rolls!
I usually don't start a review by mentioning the service, but Daniel was hands down one of the best servers the Hubs and I have ever had. He was friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and made our first visit to Eight an awesome experience. Two members of the management team also stopped by our table to chat for a moment, and they were very nice as well. I'd go back just for the service. Fortunately, the food was delicious as well. We were super hungry so we tried the scallops (they really did sizzle), sea bass, Explosion roll, and the Westside Roll. Oh yeah, we also tried the calamari. The seafood was flavorful, and even the side order of rice was great. The sushi was tasty. We had a few of their cocktails as well, which were unique and pretty potent (as least they were for me).The ambiance was cool, and I loved the decor.I'm definitely glad they're in the neighborhood, and will be working my way to becoming a regular.
Atlanta Fish Market has, by far, the best Seafood and sushi in the city. I've tried numerous items, including the Hong Kong salmon, friend lobster tail and Greek salad, but the sushi is the real winner. Tyson, the sushi chef sometimes has these specials that are unbelievable. The one I most recently had was the sushi grade salmon over fried ponzu rice, topped with tobiko and a chipotle cream sauce. It was PHENOMENAL. I came back a few days later to get the same thing. The main dining room can be a bit loud, so I opt for the tables near the front of the building next to the windows, or a seat back in the bar area where there's a sushi lounge and a relaxed feel. There's valet parking for $2 which is less expensive than I've seen in this area. The service is always excellent, and the bar tenders are friendly, ready to impress you with your cocktail.
The staff was absolutely top-notch. Everyone was extremely kind and helpful. For that alone, I'm a fan. On to the food/drinks: The Goi Cuon was very good. The spring rolls weren't greasy or heavy despite being fried. I only wish that the Pho (one of my favorite foods) came in other options besides beef--and I have just learned that they offer more options, so I have to go back soon! Otherwise, the ingredients were fresh and flavorful. I ordered the Hemingway Daiquiri and the Moscow Mule cocktails, and both were delicious. I was told that they brought in the best of the best to create cocktails for the restaurant, so I'm looking forward to trying the Signature drinks in the near future.The decor is nice as well. I'll be visiting here again for sure!
It was pretty busy for lunch, which I took as a good sign. I started with the spring rolls (two rolls per serving). They were good--your standard spring rolls, which is a-okay with me. I had the chicken pho. The broth was flavorful, and it was a good alternative to my favorite pho. The Hubs had a caramelized catfish claypot (say that three times fast), and he enjoyed it. So did I...I stole a bite or two. I think stealing your spouses food is par for the course.Service was average, but that's not necessarily bad. I'm always happy to find another restaurant to visit to meet my pho fixes.