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View Hanabi Japanese House Menu

Restaurant: Hanabi Japanese House

Where: 9679 Las Tunas, Temple City

Phone: (626) 309-4301

Reservations: Not required

Cocktails: Beer and Wine

Service: Full wait service

Atmosphere: Casual

Outdoor Dining: No

Credit Cards: MC, Visa, Discover, American Express, Debit w/logo

Kidís Menu: Yes

Senior Discount: No

Food to Go: Yes

Catering Menu: Yes

Price Range: $2.50 - $11.95

Hanabi Japanese House is located at Las Tunas and Kauffman in Temple City

California Roll

Shrimp Tempura appetizer

Gyoza appetizer

Salad served w/entree

Inside Hanabi is bright, spacious, and comfortable

Sizzling Fillet Steak Platter

Spring Chicken Sizzling Platter, before sauce

Spring Chicken Sizzling Platter with Black Pepper Sauce

Beef and Chicken Teriyaki Dinner

Fried Ice Cream

 

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Hanabi in Temple City Serves Up Delicious Japanese Cuisine

By Bill Coburn

So this week, Katie and Keelan were out of town for a couple days, but I lucked out and found some dinner companions for this weekís spotlight.  SGV Weekly publisher Dana Baskin and SGV writer and Marketing Director Jaimi Harrison joined me and we went to a Japanese place in Temple City called Hanabi Japanese House.  Jaimi had raved about Hanabi  when we last spoke, so I was anxious to see if it would be able to live up to her enthusiastic descriptions.  It did, this is a really great place to dine, with good sized portions of delicious food, all at prices that are beyond reasonable.  

 

Cathy Lee and her husband Kim opened Hanabi in December of last year, after having run a restaurant of the same name for five years in Lakewood.  Cathy works a day-time job in Temple City, and the commute was getting to be a strain.  That along with a couple other factors combined to lead them to look for a new location closer to home.

 

When you walk into Hanabi, you notice that it is bright and spacious, and comfortable.  Thatís definitely one of the things I enjoyed at Hanabi, I was made to feel very comfortable there, both by the atmosphere and the service..

 

We started out with some appetizers, ordering the Shrimp Tempura, California Roll, and an order of Gyoza, a house specialty, homemade potstickers of pork and vegetables.  The shrimp tempura was a very light tempura batter, and we got a half a dozen shrimp, at a menu price that I canít believe.  Gyoza, which I was hesitant to order, as I donít much like trying new foods, (how did I get this job?) was really tasty, and I would order it again, in a heartbeat.  Again, a very good sized portion at a very low price.  I even ate the California Roll, seaweed and all, and which had more avocado than Iíve seen at most places.  I put some wasabi on it to give it the heat that I like, and was surprised, because I really enjoyed it, when I expected my picky eater mind to shut it down on me.

 

Dana ordered a Teriyaki Chicken and Beef Combination dinner, Jaimi ordered a Sizzling Fillet Platter, and I ordered the Spring Chicken off the Sizzling Platters menu.  We all got salad with our dinners, and the salads had mixed greens, cucumbers, tangerine slices and a very nice dressing with a sesame seed base.  One thing I should mention was the presentation, each of the salads looked like a work of art.  The dishware that theyíve chosen are somewhat unique, with the sizzling platters in the shape of animals served on wood dishes.

 

The sizzling platters are served with your choice of garlic or a black pepper sauce.  Jaime chose the garlic for her fillet steak, and I chose the black pepper sauce.  I thoroughly enjoyed the black pepper sauce on my whole chicken, which had a nice crispy but not overcooked skin.  It was served with vegetables on the side as well.  The chicken was juicy and cooked very nicely, and tasted good even without the pepper sauce, but the sauce made it for me, bringing it up to the next level.  Jaimi said that her fillet was also very good, and she loves garlic, so it disappeared in short order.  Dana enjoyed his meal as well, and mentioned that the teriyaki was more like a glaze than a sauce, not runny at all, and said heíd order it again.  It was served with Hanabiís own homemade potato salad, which he noted was not chunks, like traditional American salad, and somewhat denser in a way, with the serving portion just right.

 

We ordered some fried ice cream for dessert, and even though Dana is trying to avoid sweets these days, even he couldnít resist the tantalizing dessert that was placed before us.  The deep fried ice cream Iíve had in the past has been at Mexican restaurants, and this was quite different, with what appeared to be possibly a tempura batter on the exterior.  It was a great way to end our meal. 

 

Hanabi does have a beer and wine menu, and a kidís menu as well.  There are more than a dozen appetizers, and their sushi is available cutroll or hand roll.  Monday through Friday they have lunch specials for $5.75, and they also offer 9 Chefís Specials, half a dozen Curry Rice Entrees, and a dozen Japanese Noodle dishes.  And there are also a dzen items under $2.00 that you can add to your entrťe to make it a combo, such as Tuna and Salmon Sushi, Elle and Shrimp Sushi, Veggie Roll, Smoked Salmon Roll, and more.  You can find the menu for Hanabi at SanGabrielValleyMenus.com by clicking on Japanese food, Temple City, or several other categories.  Or you can go directly to their web page at www.sangabrielvalleymenus.com/hanabi.

 

I highly recommend Hanabi.  Everything was first rate, and I am really looking forward to our next visit, which quite possibly will be this weekend.  It was that good.

 

Bill Coburn is owner of SanGabrielValleyMenus.com, a restaurant website featuring dozens of restaurantís menus, as well as downloadable coupons.  He has nearly 20 years experience in the restaurant business, and has been eating for much longer than that.

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