Hokusei

Bringing miso, maguro and maki to the previously sushi-bereft Belmont Avenue, this urbane Japanese restaurant has quickly wooed fish snobs citywide. Sit at the wide, beautiful sushi bar flanking the airy dining room and watch the line of chefs deftly craft traditional sushi favorites while the back kitchen turns out sophisticated dishes like a shaved daikon salad with arugula and ponzu vinaigrette, Kurobuta pork shoulder with Kabocha squash puree, and soy mirin-glazed roasted beet-wrapped Beet It roll. Reflecting the laid back, family-friendly neighborhood, wee ones are welcome, and while the bill does sometimes seem to add up fast, budgeteers with good sushi taste can take advantage of the daily happy hour.

Details

Cuisine: Japanese

Executive Chef: Kaoru Ishii

Atmosphere: Big, open, airy, stylish and serene space hidden beneath a Belmont Street condo building; a neighborhood sushi hideaway that you'd never know was there until you're on top of it

Outdoor seating: No

Best Seat: One of the tables along the wall or at the sushi bar

Noise Level: Normal

Dress Code: Casual

Bring the Kids: Yes

Parking: Street parking is free and easy to find

Cocktails: Full bar and specialty cocktails ($8-$9)

Beer: On tap ($5), bottled ($7)

Wine: Sparkling, white and red by the glass ($7-$10) and bottle ($24-$50)

Sake: By the glass ($5 -$11), carafe ($10 -$22), and bottle ($28 -$90)

Teetotalers: Sodas

Tea: Hot teas, sencha, genmaicha

Ideal Meal: Omakase!

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

Good for the following occasions: Casual Date Night, Family Sushi Supper, Dining Solo

Reservations: Yes, call 971.279.2161

Delivery: No