Maybe I'm picky. Maybe. But if you're going to pay for food, then I suppose being picky is OK. I've eaten at Hanamura at least a dozen times, so I think I've got a pretty good feel as to what this restaurant offers.
What's good about Hanamura? Well, it's located in a bit of a strip mall tucked away nearby most everything in Columbia off major routes like 175 and 95 and Snowden River Parkway, so it's certainly close to most everything/accessible. It's got a very nice waitstaff who are fairly attentive. It's got a decent menu. It's open 7 days a week and until 10:30pm on Friday/Saturdays (9:30 other days).
What's not so good about Hanamura - or better said, what makes it simply average? The sushi for starters. It's not the freshest ever. My "taste test" is tuna (I buy tuna steaks regularly from a local fish market - and I know what fresh tuna is and isn't). If a sushi place doesn't serve significantly and consistently fresh, buttery tuna rolls - it's likely that the rest of their sushi offerings are going to be about the same. This is the case with Hanamura. It's not that their sushi is 'bad' - it's just average. Depending on the visit, you may get exceptionally fresh tuna, or you may get average tuna. I think you should always get better than average tuna rolls at a sushi place as a rule.
You can get average sushi anywhere...and likely pay the same for it, too. In fact, if you compare sushi prices between Sushi Sono (about 5-10 minutes closer to "downtown Columbia"), a MUCH better quality sushi place IMO - they are not much different. I would rather pay a little more and get better quality food. But hey - that's me. The Hanamura "specialty roll" selection is also pretty much average to woeful in regards to their offerings.
For example, let's look at some standard sushi fare and do a price comparison:
Hanamura maki tuna roll: $3.95
Sushi Sono maki tuna roll: $5.00
Hanamura maki California roll: $4.25
Sushi Sono maki California roll: $4.50
Hanamura maki shrimp tempura roll: $5.95
Sushi Sono maki shrimp tempura roll: $4.50
The decor is also ho-hum to downright tacky. The rest of the menu is pretty slim pickings and not very enticing - though why you'd go to a sushi restaurant to order something other than sushi is beyond me. And the waitstaff, though as mentioned prior - are friendly - they are not overly dedicated to their jobs by any means, meaning the level of attentiveness is fair but not great. It is occasionally very busy - so you might not get a table (in which case, there is a great restaurant next door in Noodles Corner - but it's not a sushi joint).
Overall - it's not a horrible place to get sushi by any means. But you can certainly do better and for not too much more coming out of your pocket...
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