Sushi posts all look the same. If you look at this post vs this one or this one- can you tell if the rolls are any different? Don't they all look similar (except for the dragon from Ran Zan)? They may all look alike, but they are not. Each of these sushi experiences offer something different. But what happens when a Sushi place has two locations? Well, in the case of Haruki, very contrasting experiences.
They have one location in Wayland Square, which I love and have already blogged about. And then they have their original location in Cranston. The Wayland Square Haruki, called Haruki East, has atmosphere. It is swanky and detailed and draws a similar crowd. But the Haruki in Cranston is plain. It is a simple, glorified hole-in-the wall sushi place with plain tables, bright lighting, no ambiance- it reflects the place in which it is set (off of a busy road, between lines of strip malls).
But the food most certainly has a higher standard. Andy and I (from bottom) had the spider shrimp roll, caterpillar roll, and the rainbow roll:
All excellent. I especially loved the caterpillar roll because I had never had asparagus in a maki before. I liked the crunch and the fresh green taste contrasted with the sweet and soft eel.
We also had salmon and tuna sushi:
This salmon was so fantastic. It was fresh and fatty and melted in my mouth and I could have eaten ten pieces of that alone and been happy. These were also very large pieces of fish for just $3.50. Definitely a great value.
Andy and I only went to the Haruki in Cranston because we were going for lunch, and it is close to his office. Otherwise, I think we'll stick with Haruki East because it is closer, and I really enjoy the atmosphere of the space. I think the detail to the food, service, and feel of the place are far better at Haruki East. It is a more complete "dining out" experience. But Haruki does have a good standard for both of their locations in terms of food quality. Our lunch was excellent and if salmon sushi could always be that good, and that cheap, I'd never eat anything else.