|Miyoshi, the only Japanese restaurant in Hackensack, opened in 1982. At lunch on Tuesday, I was very happy with an $11 platter of sashimi, below. In Fort Lee, a center of Japanese and other Asian cuisine, the same dish would cost far more.|
The platter included raw mackerel, salmon, yellowtail snapper and other fish.
Editor's note: Today, I discuss eating out in Hackensack -- at a Japanese restaurant I haven't been to in decades, and at our favorite Chinese place.
By VICTOR E. SASSON
A couple of months ago, I turned my car down Mercer Street in Hackensack, saw the red door and sign of a Japanese restaurant called Miyoshi, and blinked a couple of times.
Miyoshi, which opened in 1982, is where I ate occasionally after I started working for a newspaper on nearby River Street.
Seeing it all these years later made me wonder how it had survived.
I met a friend there for lunch on Tuesday, and discovered Miyoshi doesn't have any free parking, unlike the other restaurant on the block, Villa de Colombia.
|Some of the sliced fish in the $11 sashimi platter, above and below.|
The dated interior looks like it hasn't been touched since the place opened, and it needs a good airing out.
There was a Japanese sushi chef, whose shaved head was wrapped in a small, rolled-up towel; a Korean waiter, who handed us an extensive menu; and an unseen cook in the kitchen.
Flipping back to the lunch pages, my friend ordered a pork lunch box ($6.50).
I was told there was no sushi or sashimi lunch box available, just platters, so I went with the sashimi plate, which came with a bowl of steamed white rice ($11).
|The green tea was excellent, and free.|
|The pork lunch box ($6.50).|
When the waiter brought the lunch box, my friend looked at the portion, and said he probably would be able to eat only half of it.
Even if I ate meat, it didn't look appetizing.
I couldn't possibly recommend Miyoshi, based on such a limited experience, but I look forward to having that sashimi platter again when I don't feel like driving to Fort Lee.
|The farmed salmon in the sashimi platter wasn't anything special. I told the waiter I didn't want any tuna, which is high in mercury.|
|Seafood Soup for 2 at Lotus Cafe in Hackensack, above. Large Shrimp with Yellow Chive, below, is garnished with an edible flower fashioned from radish, toothpicks and a rubber band.|
Lotus Cafe is a Chinese restaurant in Hackensack that I heartily recommend, especially if you enjoy seafood that is cooked perfectly.
The scallop, squid, shrimp and fish cake in the Seafood Soup for 2 were tender and delicious ($7.50).
The large Shrimp with Yellow Chive also were perfect amid crunchy vegetables, but this was a rare instance when the sauce was too salty ($17.95).
When I mentioned that to the waiter, he said he would tell the chef.
For less salt, I have ordered seafood, including whole fish, made with ginger and scallion.
|Brown rice, above, and Sauteed Chinese Star Squash ($7.95), below.|
Lotus Cafe, 450 Hackensack Ave., in the Home Depot Shopping Center, Hackensack; 201-488-7070. BYO, open 7 days, free parking in lot.