by Kat Robinson
But indeed, there is another sushi bar to replace the departed KoPan on Cabot’s main strip. Japanese fare can now be found at Haru Asian Bistro… and at lunch it can be found relatively cheap.
Though, to be honest, the lunch boxes at Haru are more Asian fusion than any one particular sort of cuisine.
Hunter, of course, had her current favorite, seaweed salad ($3 as a side). Took nothing at all to figure that out. One of the waitresses gave her chopsticks that had been banded for her ease — which fascinated my girl to no end.
I had a harder time choosing. Haru offers 18 different lunch boxes for $6 (Salmon Teriyaki is $8 and a Sushi and Sashimi box is $10) with items ranging from Beef Bulgogi to kebabs to General Tso Chicken. I settled on the Mongolian Beef.
The California roll was just a bit on the tiny side. The avocado seemed fresh enough, indicating it had been made that morning, but it was just sort of there — not really adding anything more than a bit of starch to the meal, filling one of the many segments of the box.
So, how was the Mongolian Beef? Sweet. Very tangy, sweet and a little peppery — the caramelized flavor of the white onion overcoming any of the sharpness you get when sautéing green onions for the same dish. It had a strong flavor of hoisin sauce. But it was tasty… the beef wasn’t overcooked, it was soft enough to be easily chewed and it was fun to pick up with the chopsticks.
You’ll find Haru Asian Bistro at 701 West Main Street in Cabot. (501) 843-8898 or check out the Facebook page.