Price: Rs. 800
You have to like Japanese food or at least be willing to experiment with it if you visit Harima. Here is a restaurant that knows exactly what it is about and is not shy of stating so. I am tired of restaurants that set out to cater to as wide a base of customers as possible. More often than not, in the process, these restaurants completely destroy the cuisine they are supposed to represent. Fusion food, Indian Chinese, Pan-Asian cuisine are all excuses, in my opinion for restaurants that are either trying too hard to please or just do not have the cullinary expertise to be able to do one genre and do it well.
This is why I find Harima so refreshing. Here is a restaurant run by Japanese owners and a Japanese chef that serves up authentic Japanese food. You are not likely to find a chicken fried rice at Harima – however, if you are interested in baby sardines cooked with steamed rice, this is the place. You will not find a sweet corn chicken soup here but the Miso Soup is the real deal. You can be sure your wasabi will be fresh and soft an that the sushi and sashimi will be succulent. Every now and then you can be sure will get to try out new items – both on the menu as well as off.
Bangalore has not exactly had an over-abundance of Japanese restaurants. The first I visited in the city was Dahlia. I can’t say that I was compelled to return. Since then the closest we got to good Japanese was as part of the pan-Asian menu of Zen at the Leela. Harima is different from its predecessors and for all the right reasons. Because it concentrates on one just cuisine, Harima can offer a huge menu of items that no other restaurant does – after over 20 meals there I still cannot say I have exhausted their menu. Because they have paid attention to the decor and the ambience, it is actually a pleasure to spend time over your meal.
Overall, Harima is an excellent way to spend and evening. The ambience is soothing. The food is excellent. The service is ubiquitous. There are few restaurants that the AnonymousFoodie will be glad to visit whenever it is suggested. This is one of them.
Harima is located on the 4th Floor of Devatha Plaza on Residency Road. For those who do not know where Devatha Plaza is (where have you been all your life?) you need to head down Residency Road from Richmond Circle past the Bangalore Club till you hit the first traffic light at the intersection of Residency Road and St. Marks Road. The building on your left is Devatha Plaza. If after these excellent directions you still get lost, call +91 80 4132 5757 and ask for directions.
The sushi and the sashimi is usually excellent unless you are squeamish about raw fish. The stewed pork is worth a try as is the wafu beef steak. I would also recommend the mayonaise coated prawns Ebimayo. If you have place at the end of your meal do try the home-made ice cream (either green tea or wasabi flavour).