Stitch and Bear

A long-running Irish blog with reviews of the best restaurants in Dublin and throughout Ireland. Some wine and cocktails thrown in for good measure!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Hana Restaurant, Brussels

Hana is a Japanese - Korean restaurant located on Rue Saint-Boniface, close to the buzzing St. Boniface area of Brussels. Given that I had just wrapped up a key piece of work, I wanted to have something nice to eat, rather than facing into cooking a meal at 10.30 pm.

I had thought about going to a Mexican restaurant on Chausee de Wavre, but it was closed, so I remembered seeing Hana when wandering around the Boniface area on a previous day. I was scanning the menu in the window when two ladies who were standing outside for a cigarett told me to get inside as it was "le meilleur sushi" - pardon my french spelling. I didn't really need any more persuasion, so in I went. The restaurant is simple and clean inside with a simple menu. However, there was a nice level of occupancy, even at 10pm on a Tuesday night and customers were clearly enjoying themselves.

I opted for the shrimp roll, followed by the beef bulgogi. The shrimp roll consisted of deep fried shrimp, placed into a sushi roll and served with prawn on top with a tasty, soya-based dipping sauce. I ordered the 5 pc portion for starter and it turned out to be quite a generous size. The beef bulgogi arrived at the table in a cast-iron pot, bubbling awaty merrily, along with sides of rice, miso soup, kimchee and sesame beansprouts. You can't fault this restaurant on portion sizes - that's for certain. I love the Korean stews that feature thinly sliced cooked meats, and this was no exception. It wasn't spicy, but instead slightly sweetly flavoured with soya sauce. Delicious.

A quarter beaker of wine, and an espresso bought the bill to €35.50 in total for quite a large meal. Too much for me anyway. Great food - this restaurants compares very favourably to any other Korean or Japanese restaurant that I've eaten in. A new favourite for me.

1 comment

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I like this restaurant due to its lovely and beautiful location. I love Japanese food also. Tofu dish of this restaurant is awesome. The menus are somewhat puzzling, but help is on hand.

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