|Thursday's lunch special at Hiura was listed on a board at the family run Japanese restaurant in Fort Lee, above. A main dish of assorted fried pork and fish came with soup, rice, cooked burdock and potato salad, below.|
By Victor E. Sasson
On Thursday, I had another great lunch at Hiura, the family owned Japanese restaurant in Fort Lee, catching up with a former colleague I hadn't seen in a couple of years.
He had the 5-item lunch special of fried pork and fish ($12), and I enjoyed the Sashimi Lunch, a plate of beautiful raw and cooked seafood ($18) that came with miso soup and a small bowl of white rice.
|The centerpiece of the $12 lunch special.|
After we finished and paid the bill, we stood under a shelter at the rear entrance, chatting some more as a steady drizzle fell.
I needed a lift on this sun-less day.
So, after we said our good-byes, I got in my car and drove to the Whole Foods Market in Paramus, heading straight for the coffee counter.
|Hiura's Sashimi Lunch featured wonderful squid, octopus and fish, including mackerel and tuna, plus soup and rice ($18).|
The counter was being monopolized by two women.
One had placed her shopping cart directly in front of a cash register and the pad where you swipe your credit card.
The other woman had a stroller carrying a little boy in front of the second register, with several shopping bags hanging from the handles.
They turned out to be mother and daughter, talking in a mix of English and Hebrew.
Great, I thought. Israelis think the world revolves around them, and no one else matters, especially me.
An employee behind the counter shouted, "Next customer," and I asked for a 16-ounce Daily Brew with no room for milk.
But mother, daughter, shopping cart and stroller were still in the way, so I complained out loud:
"You're blocking the entire counter," and moved the stroller a couple of inches so I could lean in and swipe my credit card.
The older woman told me I should more patient, but I ignored her, grabbed my coffee and walked the 50 feet or so to a table, as the little boy started to wail -- loud enough to be heard in Hackensack.
Hiura, 400B Main St., Fort Lee; 201-346-0110. Closed Wednesday.
Whole Foods Market, 300 Bergen town Center, Paramus; 201-226-1244. Open 7 days.