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Posted by Mary Anne on 04/16/2012
I've seen this little sushi restaurant a couple times while driving down the Hill; however, I never had the pleasure of coming here till last week. My friend and I both came for dinner on a Friday night and we got to say that the experience was amazing! I know there is some quite some controversy over the better sushi restaurant in town between Hokka and Osaka; however, Hokka wins by far in my book. My friend and I split a bowl of edamame which was the best edamame I've had in years! It was so tasty and perfectly salted and is a must share appetizer for a table (highly recommended!). Then we both went on to order 2 rolls each (me: Chestnut Hill roll and sweet potato tempura roll; friend: Sunday Morning roll and spicy tuna crunch roll). From a few recommendations I've seen online, I decided to get the Chestnut Hill roll and I am glad I did because it might be one of my favorite rolls of all time. The spicy sauce which isn't too spicy but perfectly creamy blends well with the tuna and avocado and the crunch gives it that unique kick that we all look for in our rolls. As for the sweet potato roll, it was perfectly fried and had that crispy outer layer I was looking for. After trying her roll, my friend said it was mandatory that I try one of her Sunday Morning rolls. I have to say it although I'm not a big fan of cream cheese, the roll was unlike any other roll I've had. Consisting of salmon, avocado, cream cheese (then the whole roll is deep fried) and topped with the Hokka spicy sauce and some tobikko (flying fish roe), the Sunday Morning roll had no overpowering taste of the cream cheese. The whole roll just melted together into this rich creamy blend with the crunchiness of the tempura that left my mouth salivating for more. The spicy sauce gave it the perfect kick to this unique roll After coming here for the first time, I have to admit that I will never go back to Osaka! The service, inner/outer decor, and the bang for your buck is definitely more worth it at Hokka Hokka. I love it here! Everyone has to give it a try
Posted by J. L. on 11/02/2008
I've been to Hokka several times and it continues to impress me as one of the better sushi places in this area, especially for what you pay. I have yet to find edamame as good anywhere else! We usually drink wine with dinner, so I can't comment on the bartending, but I enjoy this restaurant and continue to recommend it to friends. The staff is always friendly and the service is fast (with the exception of one hostess who was quite rude, but I haven't seen here in awhile, so I'm hoping they got rid of her). The sushi never has that fishy taste that some places have, which I learned the hard way is the sign of a nasty restaurant. My only comment would be the atmosphere could be a bit more romantic (in the sense that it's a little too well lit) and the music doesn't seem to fit the whole vibe of the place. Great job Hokka!
Posted by Chestnut Hill Local on 08/27/2008
I went here a few weeks a go with a few of my co-workers. We are all regular sushi eaters and unanimously agreed that this was the most disappointing sushi place we had been too. Don't get me wrong, the service was good and the atmosphere was lovely, but the food was subpar. The sushi was poorly made, the rice did not stick to anything, nor the seaweed. And the tuna did not taste fresh. I also ordered an specialty martini, which tasted like pure vodka. I won't be going back again!
Posted by Katie on 07/19/2008
Quick Comments: Sushi: Nothing unique was displayed except White Tuna MMMMMMMMM (the rest is the same menu as most other sushi places but the spicy sauce is really good!!). Kitchen: amazing! alaskan king crab is a must have Dining room: it's very open with a bar and sushi bar. Good for families but it's a little tight with tables. put up some dividers maybe?? Music: CHANGE ITTTT...who has classical with a newer idea such as sushi?! i would expect a louder and fun vibe with actually fun music to a place to eat sushi...it's not a fine-dining 4-star place to do that...it's a t-shirt and jeans kind of place. i think the manager might be 50 years old...he/she could ask the younger staff what to put on?? Service: We started off at the bar with a Brian(really good drinks and cool guy) then when we sat, we got a guy named James...who seemed...very new at waiting. Then we ended up with Won(sorry i don't know how to spell it) and he was very very quick with his services!! Drinks: The bartender was a delight! Brian is a charmer for sure! Ask him to make you a Pomegranate Martini or something of his own and he won't disappoint! Just wish there was a sampler of sake or drinks so that you know what their variety of drinks taste like? Price: With drinks you're looking at roughly about 25-30 per person Sushi Chefs: From where we were, they didn't talk all that much to customers?? It would be nice to have the chefs actually talk to the people at the sushi bar. This all has to do with this quiet environment they do there?? I was afraid to talk at first until the place got full because the music was too quiet and every staff there was quietly moving around as if they were going to get in trouble for actually talking. Overall: great food, great service, just change the depressing environment to a fun/vibrant place!!
Posted by Tom on 06/24/2008
Hokka Hokka is one of the many Japanese restaurants I have been to in the Philadelphia area, and I must say, that the experience was amazing. My first impression of the restaurant when my wife and I walked in, was the cozy atmosphere and the appealing decor. The sushi, which was extremely delicious and top quality, was also presented in a beautiful fashion. Our server paid attention to our every need and was extremely polite. The service couldn't be any better. Overall, the night was almost too perfect. I can say I will be back for more
Posted by James Bond on 06/02/2008
Hokka Hokka was amazing experience. I love their fresh sushi and sashimi. Servers were very attentive and friendly. The place was sophiscated and cozy atmosphere. Most of all, the price was very reasonable.
Posted by Randy Savage on 05/05/2008
I had an amazing time at Hokka Holla. The service was so fantastic. My waiter was nice enough that I ended up taking him home and making him my slave.... yum! I also contemplated swallowing a gallon of soy sauce, which would then result in severe dehydration. But I didn't do it... not yet anyway. Moose babies.