Japanese Taste Hakkei

My birthday landed on a Tuesday, and Ev asked me whether I wanted to celebrate my birthday with dinner on my actual birthday or on the weekend afterwards. Since we both had to work the next day, I told him we could celebrate my birthday on the Saturday following my birthday.DSC07699As such, I wasn’t expecting anything on my actual birthday, but Ev decided to take the family out to dinner anyways.  We ended up at Hakkei, one of my favorite Japanese restaurants. The restaurant was really busy that night, but we were lucky enough to get the last available table.  DSC07713Because it was my birthday, we decided to splurge a little.  I got the Chef’s appetizer + Oden (with 5 choices) and Ev got the Chef’s appetizer + 2 kinds of Grilled Fish.  The Chef’s appetizer changes from day to day, and I was told that we got a few extra dishes because they were so busy and we had to wait a little longer than normal for our food.  I don’t remember what was in each of the little dishes, but they were all very tasty.
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We also ordered Connor some fresh homemade tofu with green onion, bonito, and ginger sauce ($6.80).

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And some stewed pumpkin ($5.80).  Connor was a big fan of the pumpkin and he pretty much ate all the pumpkin by himself.
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I order Oden every time we come to Hakkei, and I’m never disappointed.  It’s comforting, like a warm hug.  For my 5 choices, I picked an egg, daikon, tofu, gobo dumpling, and stuffed cabbage roll.  Ev had two types of fish his main dish.  I believe one was grilled the other was stewed.  I forgot to take a picture, but they were also very tasty.

Overall, Hakkei serves really simple Japanese foods prepared perfectly.  It was a very nice way to celebrate becoming another year older with the two most important people in my life.  I couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate my birthday.  🙂

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