Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Long Island: Sushi at Kotobuki Hauppauge

I first visited the East Village location of Kotobuki last fall. We got some rolls to share, and although everything was decent, nothing about the meal was especially memorable. After reading more about the restaurant and finding that many people claim that the original Long Island Hauppauge Kotobuki is the very best of the group, I knew that I had to make a trip out to try it at some point.

After an amazing afternoon spent with my aunt and uncle, we talked about dinner plans, and it just so happened that my uncle had asked my aunt about Kotobuki the previous night, mentioning how great it was when they first checked out the restaurant over 10 years ago (Kotobuki was first established in 1987). I told them I would love love love to try the Hauppauge one, so off we went after our wine tasting.

We arrived at Kotobuki at around 7:30pm Saturday night, and were quoted a 30-45 minute wait by the hostess. Luckily enough, only 15 minutes had passed by the time our table was ready.

This Kotobuki is located in a strip mall, and outside the restaurant all it reads is: "Japanese". Only upon entering is there a sign with the restaurant's name on it.

I am a huge toro fan, but to be honest, who isn't?? Torched Toro, $4.50: Hand-torched tuna belly sushi, scallions, honey-chili sauce. This toro was more than I could have dreamed of. The sweet, smoky, and spicy flavors combined beautifully. The toro itself was plump and melt-in-your-mouth amazing.

Grilled Squid, $10.75: Grilled, marinated squid with sweet soy sauce. A really nice appetizer for sharing. Just the right amount of sweetness with a strong charred flavor.

Sushi Sashimi Combo, $23: 4 nigiri, 8 sashimi, salmon carpaccio, and u.f.o roll (salmon, tuna, yellowtail, avocado, scallions, tobiko roll wrapped with daikon). A great combination for a very reasonable price. The fish was incredibly fresh, and the sashimi just melted with every bite, none of that stringiness that comes with mediocre/bad sashimi.

The plate from another angle. The chunks of avocado in each piece of the california roll were huge! Much bigger than they usually are at other restaurants. The seaweed was perfect, with each bite easily tearing through the thin pieces.

I really liked the traditional and modern options at Kotobuki. Glad to say that my sushi craving has finally been satiated! :)

377 Nesconset Highway
Long Island, NY 11788

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1 comment:

  1. Ooooh... everything looks good, but I would eat the avocado rolls, it's the only thing. you take such nice pics lauren. I need lessons.


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