Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Niwano Hana- Rockville, MD

Hi everyone! I wanted sushi recently so the bf was nice enough to satisfy my craving by taking me to Niwano Hana. It's my 'go-to' sushi place if I want something a little more special in terms of rolls.  It is located on Rockville Pike in Wintergreen Plaza with the closest metro stop being Rockville on the Red Line. There is plenty of free parking in the shopping center, but it can get crowded.

There are some Zagat awards displayed in the front window. 

The sushi bar is located by the entrance of the restaurant. Everytime I go there I am greeted by a very animated, friendly host/sushi chef. I don't know if he's the owner or manager, but he's really nice and always says hi and bye to his guests. Sometimes he can be seen wearing purple suits, and it's just awesome. 

This is what the interior looks like. It's only one room, but has a cool blue lit ceiling. It can get crowded in there for dinner so luckily the 2-person tables were available when we got there.

What's cool about this place is their Special Rolls. They have a whole list of them on their menu, but they have different specials written on a black-marker board on the wall above the kitchen. They have some neat rolls names like Crocodile roll, Dragon roll, Rainbow roll, Typhoon roll, Rockville roll, etc.

Another thing I love about Niwano Hana is you get a free soup or salad with any order of $12 or more. In the past they would give their customers a miso soup and house salad (iceberg lettuce with a ginger dressing). This time they gave us a choice of one item: miso soup, house salad or sushi bar salad. 

Both the bf and I decided to try the Sushi Bar Salad, which was chopped raw fish with a spicy sauce. It reminded me of a spicy ceviche and it was so delicious! The shredded bed of radish helped cool down the spiciness. If I had ordered this myself it would've cost me $1.25.

They also give you a warm 'Clean Towel' to wipe your hands before dinner. It's not very necessary but I think its a nice touch. 

To start I ordered a salmon roll. Don't kill me guys, but I can't find the price! I know it was around $4-5, so next time I'm there, I'll update this. 

I also ordered one of my favs, the 'Alligator Roll- Shrimp tempura, Eel, Avocado' for $11. Its one of their special rolls, and I get it all the time there. The roll is really big, and the combination of flavors and textures is great. 

The bf ordered a 'Dynamite Roll- Tuna, Salmon, Yellowtail, Spicy Sauce' for $5.50. The sprouts give this roll a nice touch, and I love those fish together. I kind of wish it came with more than 4 pieces but it's still a good deal. 

One roll wasn't going to fill up my bf, so he also ordered 'Chicken Teriyaki' for $12.95. The platter was HUGE! You get a ton of food, and it was really good and sweet with extra teriyaki sauce on the side.

It also comes with rice! I love short grain rice and how it clumps together. It makes it easier to pick up with chopsticks.

I enjoy coming back to Niwano Hana because of their special rolls and the friendly staff.  Their special rolls can range between $6.50-$11 and the roll presentation is a nice touch. Their main entrees can cost up to $20, and their sashimi dishes can cost even more than that. They offer soups, tempuras, teriyaki dishes and sushi. The place is small so it might be hard to come with a group larger than 4 unless you want to wait. They also offer special prices during lunch.

Mon-Fri: 11:30-2:30 (Lunch)
5:30-10:00 (Dinner)
Sat: 12:00-10:00 (Lunch/Dinner)
Sun: 5:00-9:30 (Dinner)

887 Rockville Pike
Rockvile, MD 20852

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Anonymous said...

I was like DMV, Department of Motor Vehicles? Dagger... Can't shake the Jerseyness.

Places look good, will have to visit, thanks for the review.

Dskco said...

A lot of people stop by my site because they think it has to do with the Dept of Motor Vehichles, haha.
Thanks for the comment!

Pop Champagne said...

ohhh looks yum! I wish there are places like that here in Ottawa :( Sigh~