Never, ever doubt Urbanspoon, it’s always right. We wanted to try somewhere new for lunch and decided to give Hakone Japanese Cuisine a shot – I thought it would be decent with a rating of 72% but seriously, worse decision of life. We went on a Thursday and the place was pretty much empty, save for one table of two and one guy that came in for takeout. Yikes, I don’t know how they survive – oh wait, I do, because their prices are absurd! I was on such a streak of eating at good places. That streak’s gone now. Sad face.
Anyways, the place is surprisingly nice on the inside, especially when you consider how ghetto the outside looks. They don’t even have a legit sign up haha. But back to the food and menus – holy crap, the bento boxes are $18.00! So expensive, especially when there’s so many better, cheaper Japanese options nearby. Can someone say Yuzen or Ohana-Ya?
Boat to Boat ($42.95)
We decided to order the Boat to Boat and hoped for the best because there was zero description! Ok, technically it said “sushi, sashimi and special roll”. Seriously??? Ugh, such poor decision making that day. When our boat arrived, our eyes popped. For the price, you should be getting 30-35 pieces right? Right? WRONG. There were 26 pieces total. Here’s the summertime sadness breakdown:
Special roll – 8 pieces of the special roll. It wasn’t special at all.
Sashimi – 2 pieces of salmon, 2 pieces of tuna, 4 pieces of surf clam, 2 pieces of octopus and 2 pieces of mackerel. The sashimi was very mediocre. The first few bites tasted cold and frozen but near the end, when they had warmed a bit, they were slightly more palatable.
Nigiri – 6 pieces of nigiri. The nigiri was bad. Thin slices and just look at them – they look deprived of life. Not fresh.
Biggest waste of $50.00. Sadly, I won’t be back. Just go to Co Do Hue across the street where you’ll never be disappointed.
Hakone Japanese Cuisine
13907 – 127 Street