Sushiya offers a great selection of sushi and other Japanese and Korean cuisine. Located in downtown Hanover, NH, it’s convenient for lunch, dinner, or even a quick bite before a movie across the street at Nugget Theater.
My husband and I felt like grabbing sushi before seeing Star Wars one evening at the Nugget. We’d be eating early and were thankful for Sushiya’s hours, opening at 11 for lunch and staying open every day until 9:15pm. It was around 4:30pm when we walked in (how’s that for early bird?) and we were a little surprised at the sprinkling of other diners at that time. Still, the place was fairly quiet and we were seated immediately. First great thing – our table for two was huge! Perfect for any sushi boats....
Side notes on sushi – for me, it builds a good base before other plans and I can count on it to fill me up without being heavy. I’m no connoisseur and my needs for eating raw fish are simple – it has to smell/taste/feel fresh. I also have a tug-of-war with tempura…and often give in to this weakness for fried.
As we looked over the menus, our server delivered small dishes of steamed broccoli, marinated cucumbers, pickled bean sprouts, black beans and saucy, cubed potatoes. Before I could flag him to note the mix-up, my husband said he’d heard this was typical for Korean cuisine. He was right, and there’s even a word for them – banchan. This would satiate us perfectly until our main courses arrived. Aside from a bowl of edamame, our order was made using the standard issue paper and pencil. Our server glanced at our thoughtful notches and speedily took the sheet away.
Our sashimi were first to arrive – three pieces each of Sake (salmon), Maguro (tuna) and Hamachi (yellowtail). All were fresh and chilled, but the salmon took the sushi roll; so delicious and buttery – it melted! We agreed that we’d need a second round at the end. Our server also stopped by with a tip to add the (what I thought was only) decorative spiralized radish to the top of the salmon – good call.
Next up – Unagi Nigiri. Two pieces of eel atop oval balls of sticky white rice. Tasty, and a big plus was their ability to stand the requisite one-bite consumption maneuvers one must take while consuming sushi. A spicy salmon roll that was equally flavorful followed shortly.
A few plates had come and gone at this point, but our last dish – the special Super Dragon roll – was the drop mic moment. Its arrival even caught the attention of our table neighbors, with a “what is that?” Here’s the list of ingredients: soft shell crab, eel, tobiko (flying fish roe, A.K.a fish eggs), scallions, avocado, lettuce, spicy mayo, eel sauce and tempura flakes. It was $19.99 and the pieces were borderline enormous/hilarious. But the taste? Amazing. I will get it again. And hey, we even made some friends out of it.
Needless to say, we were done after the super duper Super Dragon Roll. Overwhelmed with contentment, our bill was delivered and we took our time heading over to the movie. Sushiya’s service had been speedy, friendly and professional. And at 5pm the place really started to pick up, supporting our thoughts of this spot becoming a new go-to.