We finally found a Japanese restaurant so good and as close to being authentic that we hugged it like a comfort blanket. The Best part – it’s tucked away like a secret hideout, right in the heart of Bangalore!
Upon entering Harima we were warmly greeted with “Irasshaimase” – which means “Welcome, please come in”. While the restaurant offers the modern/western dining experience, we opted for the traditional Zashiki style of dining. One needs to remove their shoes at the entrance before stepping into the seating area and then sit on pillows laid on the floor facing a low table.
Their menu offers local Japanese delicacies of great proportions that leaves you spoilt for choice. And that’s probably why we were the only Indians there at the time we dined.
We started off with Butanikuno Shyogayaki which is thinly sliced pork pan seared in Harima’s signature sauce. Ah! So bloody good; I think we just died and went to heaven!
We then ordered the Spicy Tuna roll along with Shiitake Teriyaki. The Spicy Tuna Roll were mini rolls made with raw tuna, marinated in wasabi and a spicy sauce and wrapped in seaweed. This was accompanied with the traditional wasabi, soy sauce and gari (pickled ginger). The rolls tasted great however when the Japanese say spicy it doesn’t really means ‘spicy’. The Shiitake mushrooms were exceptionally glazed with teriyaki sauce. However, it was a little too sweet for our liking.
Lastly, we decided to end our meal with Salmon Nigiri and it was truly the best decision we made. The freshness of the raw salmon was simply outstanding; unlike what you would find at other restaurants in Bangalore that claim to serve ‘authentic’ Japanese food.
In terms of service, since the Zashiki room is a partially private dining area it’s rather difficult to get the waiters attention. Hence, it took us a little more time (than we liked) to place our order or request for anything additional.
We would have loved to try some of their eclectic desserts, however we were too stuffed. And so, we decided not to get greedy and ended our meal with the satisfying aftertaste of the Nigiri.
This place definitely makes it to the list of our favourite restaurants in Bangalore and probably the most underrated as well. We look forward to coming back again and feasting over some saké.
Andrea & Prashanth
- We recommend that you make reservations in advance.
- Their kitchen closes earlier than most restaurants in Bangalore. That being the case, make plans accordingly.
4th Floor, Devatha Plaza, 131, Residency Road,
Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru,
Damage: (Rs. 1,953 for 2 people without Drinks)
Butanikuno Shyogayaki – Rs. 400
Spicy Tuna Roll – Rs. 480
Shiitake Mushrooms – Rs. 330
Salmon Nigiri – Rs. 280
Service Charge, Service Tax & VAT – Rs. 463
Value for money: 4/5