The Sanlitun branch of this Beijing favorite features the same classic menu as its older sibling, with a few new additions. Enter through a waterfall glass door to two sushi bars and an outdoor terrace. Inspired by an underwater theme, the soothing motifs will have you feeling right at home.
Everything you love about the original Hatsune, featuring the same menu with all original classics along with new delectable additions and a remarkable new design. Already a legend in Beijing renowned for its fresh California style Japanese sushi rolls and high-quality service, the new Hatsune is an instant sensation with its innovative and impressive décor. Featuring a waterfall glass door entrance, two sushi bars, a ceiling-high bar with movable ladders, colorful traditional Japanese komono prints along the walls and a centrally located outdoor terrace, the new Hatsune was inspired by underwater, aquatic themes evident throughout the restaurant. Located right in the heart of Sanlitun, a destination with history, Hatsune is the newest hot-spot bringing a high-end fusion of dining and drinking to Beijing's restaurant scene.
Editor Rating (Review):
Average: 5(1 vote)
Second Bite Review, August 2014
We have often wondered, why don’t we put yakitori sauce on everything? It’s the best kind of umami, rendering even roasted scallions palatable. Therefore the revelation that among the new items available post-renovation at Hatsune are yakitori-flavored edamame (RMB22), we knew we liked the cut of their jib. Just try to resist scraping these soft, braised pods, sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds, clean with your teeth.
The Dream Team Roll (RMB89) is a clever combo of tempura shrimp and deep-fried burdock root that will remind Americans of potato strings (in a good way), topped by spicy salmon and a wedge of avocado. It’s rolled narrowly enough for one-bite consumption, for a great mixture of flavors and textures sweetened by a touch of unagi sauce.
The Crustacean Sensation (RMB85) wins the prize for name and for dish that looks most likely to come to life and clamber across the table, with legs creeping towards the edge of the plate, but we found this one had slightly too much of the well-seasoned rice compared to the filling.
The Volcano Roll (RMB85) ain’t your standard spicy roll. This gorgeous roll of tuna, pickled cucumber, egg and avocado is tempura battered and deep fried, piled into a tower and covered with salmon and flying fish roe and 119 sauce. Presented in a tower that befits the name, it tastes as good as it sounds, and is not so zesty as to put off the spice-averse. It’s easily our new favorite at Hatsune, and has us looking forward to making multiple return trips.