What: California-inspired Japanese restaurant with roots in Beijing. Forget all-you-can-eat, Haiku focuses on fresh rolls and tiny bites blending traditional Japanese dishes with a dash of playful innovation. Those familiar with Hatsune in Beijing should expect much of the same here.
Look: Large and lofty, with lots of concrete, low-slung comfy chairs and the occasional oil painting. Minimalist without being austere.
Food: Deliciously fresh modern Japanese. We dug the moto-roll-ah (fried spicy tuna) roll, and the sashimi was crisp and sweet. Good fish means good food.
People: We visited in the pre-opening phase so it was just us and the sushi chefs. We’re thinking ex-yuppies, young trendies, aging hipsters and hungry people. Enough stereotypes?
Bill: About ¥200/person, more with drinks.
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