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Great Sushi at hanA hARU The 40-year old Glendora sushi restaurant has customers rushing back for more BY SARA JAMES STAFF REPORTER


Serving sushi to the people of Glendora since 1978, Hana Haru continues to put emphasis on its food and service. “We don’t do advertising,” owner Jane Lee said. Hana Haru is not a conspicuous place. Between its poor visibility to the nearby streets and the lack of advertising, one might not know the restaurant exists. However, after eating there, Hana Haru proved to be a hidden treasure. The restaurant had a simple layout: booths against the walls, tables in the center and a sushi bar in back. A TV placed in the center of the dining room had the Dodgers game on. Bamboo stalks lined the entrance, paper lanterns hung daintily from the ceiling and traditional Japanese artwork on the walls overlooked the hungry guests. Inspired by the baseball game, the Home Run Roll seemed a fitting choice. The roll was a house special composed of shrimp tempura, as well as fresh tuna, combined with

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Hana Haru serves many crunchy eight-piece rolls, including their house special, the Home Run Roll, seen here on Aug. 10 at their restaurant on Grand Avenue.

jalapeno, cucumber, avoof what they had to offer, I decidcado and spicy sauce. Eight pieces ed to pick out their bento box next. cost $11.95. For $13.75 the meal included spicy This roll was rich. The crunchichicken, a California roll, mixed temness of the shrimp and cucumber, pura, rice, salad and miso soup—not the creaminess a bad deal. of the avocado The chicken Hana Haru 956 S Grand Ave, and the little kick was not spicy, but of spice from the Glendora. Hours: 11 a.m.—9 p.m. it was tasty. It was jalapeno blessed all-white meat with Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m.— the marriage of a tangy flavor and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, flavors and texwas served hot on a closed Sunday. Website: hanaharur- cast iron skillet. tures. Wanting to The California experience more roll, as well as their ADVERTISEMENT

rice, salad and miso soup were all standard and served at their respective proper temperatures. My favorite side, though, was the mixed tempura. The bento box included seven tempura pieces—six veggies and one shrimp. The tempura was hot and crunchy, as fried food should be, and came with a somewhat sweet dipping sauce. All-U-Can-Eat sushi at Hana Haru costs $25 and the a la carte prices vary from $5 to $30. However, the restaurant also offers a 10 percent

discount on a la carte orders to any Citrus student with their I.D. Hana Haru also offers delivery services through UberEats, as well as through Postmates. Lee said the quality and thorough preparation are what set Hana Haru apart from other sushi restaurants close to the college. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the food, and the easy-going atmosphere of Hana Haru provided a memorable eating experience. I expect to return many times in the future.

Sept. 12, 2018  
Sept. 12, 2018