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Rating: 5 / 5
Hesa (or Hisa, depending on what you look at) opened in 1998 by the Westboro Rotary, in a large, glass-fronted section of the building. The room is elegant and quiet, but not overly formal. They had no liquor licence when we first visited them, and in fact we had a number of fun wine tastings there (bringing our own) until they did acquire the license.
On our first visit, we had gyoza, miso soup, taco su, salad, and a sushi/sashimi combo. The taco was completely awful and had to be sent back. The soup was OK, and while I liked the salad my companion didn't like the nuts on it. The gyoza were plain and a bit rubbery. The sushi and sashimi was cut thin, but there was more than a "usual plate" to make up for it. The wasabi was laid on very thickly. A few pieces had skin left on them, but in general they were of good quality cuts.
Subsequent visits by us and other friends reiterated that this was fine for an evening out, but not exceptional Japanese food.
We visited them recently and found that the quality is steadily improving. My friend really loved the food - having stir fry beef with vegetables, a thick, medium-sweet concoction. I had their sashimi plate and all of the pieces were thick, good cuts. The miso soup was nice and rich, but very simple. The salad was simply iceberg lettuce with a ranch-like dressing on it. So again while I think the food is reasonable, it just doesn't have any special flavor to make it a place for me to seek out.
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