Saturday night Bobby and I went out to a new (to us) restaurant with our friend. The friend, David, is a sushi connoiseur, and he wanted to try this new place called Homma’s Brown Rice Sushi. Brown rice sushi? Count me in!
Homma’s is incredibly cheap compared to most sushi places. It’s a hole in the wall restaurant tucked behind a dry cleaners in downtown Palo Alto. It’s just one room, and the wait is long (about 45 minutes for us; we got there around 7:45pm). They are open until 9pm. It’s run by one guy and the assistant who answers the phone and brings out the food. They also do takeout (I think this is what most people do, and what we’ll do next time).
I started with this salad ($3.30):
The salad was very fresh and the dressing was light. Bobby and I got and shared Chirashi ($12.80; various sashimi, egg, & a few random veggies over brown rice):
The chirashi included squid, tuna, hamachi (yellowtail maybe? Bobby and I usually call sushi by their Japanese names), masago (some kind of roe), mushrooms, and a few other things that I can’t remember. It was delicious. Again, very fresh!
We also got two rolls – salmon (sake; $3.30) and pickled burdock (gobou; $3.00; vegetarian/vegan):
These were probably the best sushi rolls I have ever had. The rice was perfectly soft yet not mushy; it tasted amazing; the seaweed was great, and so were the burdock and salmon.
David got this plate of goodness:
He kindly shared one of his ikura (salmon roe) pieces with us. You can’t see it in the picture, but they came with small pieces of orange on top which were eaten pre-photo. The ikura was melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
Their menu had a great variety and lots of vegetarian/vegan options. Bobby actually got this natto sushi ($2.80 I think; fermented soybeans) to go, and he said it was fresh and delicious.
I do not like natto so I did not try this.
(Aside – I think I’ve realized why I’m not a great vegetarian/vegan. I don’t like beans very much. I’m not into tofu, I don’t like tempeh, and the only bean that I actually enjoy is the chickpea. Yes, I’m a weirdo.)
We will definitely be going back again soon! I highly recommend Homma’s if you are ever in the area 🙂
What’s your favorite kind of sushi? I think mine is unagi (eel) or this gobou (pickled burdock).