Words can’t express the excitement I felt when I finally found my favorite and forever go-to spot for sushi in Fairfield: Shiki Hana. It took three years for me to find this wonderful location, but the wait was so worth it.
I actually found out about Shiki Hana one day when I was scouring Yelp (a favorite pastime of mine) for a new sushi restaurant after I was sick of getting mediocre dishes that never really fulfilled my sushi craving.
Located in the Post Road Plaza near Craft 260 and Post Nail Spa, you will find Shiki Hana. Though this restaurant is currently only serving take-out and delivery, the sushi makes up for the lack of indoor-dining experience, and I am very excited to eat at the restaurant once that option opens up.
The wait is never too long — usually only around 20 minutes for pick up — and everything is packaged well and at the correct temperature.
Shiki Hana offers a wide variety of sushi and kitchen-made options. Some of the best specialty rolls I have tried include the Gold Fish Roll (Spicy shrimp crunchy roll topped with shrimp and avocado), Hanukkah Roll (Yellowtail, tuna, crunch topped with salmon and tobiko) and the Sex Roll (Shrimp tempura, spicy tuna topped with white tuna and avocado). As for the more classic, standard options like the Shrimp Tempura Roll, Spicy Yellowtail Roll and Cucumber Avocado Roll, they are just as amazing and fresh!
Whenever my friends and I order sushi, we usually get around 4-5 rolls to split between the three of us, which we have found to be the perfect number.
One thing I really like about Shiki Hana is that they give generous servings in each roll. I never feel like they are conservative with the amount of fish and other ingredients they include in the rolls – a unique quality that other sushi places lack in the Fairfield area.
My favorite roll Shiki Hana offers is definitely the Gold Fish Roll. This roll is described on the menu as a “spicy shrimp crunchy roll topped with shrimp and avocado.” It always tastes so fresh and I love how crunchy it is. All of the textures and the flavors combine to make the perfect dish in my eyes.
But something Shiki Hana really nails on the head is the consistency throughout all of their rolls. We have ordered at many different times and days and have never been disappointed in the quality or the tastiness of the different rolls we order. We usually stick to a few of our all-time favorites and then try to change up one or two of the rolls so we expand the range of what we order.
Another great quality about Shiki Hana is the lunch special. The Lunch Special runs from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m and they offer options from the kitchen and several sushi specials.
For lunch from the kitchen, Shiki Hana offers a variety of $9 Special Boxes that are served with miso soup, salad, rice, a dumpling and a California roll. The types of boxes include “Chicken Teriyaki, Beef Teriyaki, Salmon Teriyaki, Beef Negimaki, Chicken Katsu, Shrimp Tempura, Vegetable Tempura, Tofu Teriyaki, Chicken Maki and Chicken Yaki Udon or soba.”
The sushi bar offers two types of options: the sushi bar special and the maki special. The price of sushi in the sushi bar special ranges from $9 to $14 and will include an assortment of rolls with sides of miso soup or salad.
The maki special, my typical choice, comes with either miso soup or salad and either two assorted rolls for $8 or three assorted rolls for $10. Although, the maki special only includes classic rolls such as the California roll, tuna roll, Alaskan roll and tuna avocado, to name a few.
This lunch special is such an easy way to get a large assortment of rolls for a relatively and comparatively inexpensive cost.
So, if you’re looking to indulge in some delicious, flavorful and fresh sushi, gather up a few of your fellow sushi-loving Stags and give hidden-gem Shiki Hana a try!