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Best thing I ate: Extremely limited sashimi takeout from Hana re

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • June 10, 2020

March 17 feels like an eternity ago. That was the day when I reconfirmed my reservation and was looking forward to dining the following night at Hana re in Costa Mesa. Moments later came another text from the restaurant: “The city of Costa Mesa is

takeout trays. Takeout sashimi for two from Hana re in Costa Mesa (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG) The sashimi tray is meant for two. The fish changes daily. Mine included sweet amaebi (sweet shrimp), bafun uni, hiramasa (wild

5 takeout splurges when you want to celebrate: OC’s Best Places to Eat 2020

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • October 7, 2020

from about $75 per person. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714-432-1140, thecapitalgrille.com Shrimp and crab cocktail from the takeout menu at The Capital Grille in Costa Mesa (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG) Hana re Hana re, the

incredible Japanese kaiseki and sushi restaurant at the Lab in Costa Mesa, began offering very limited platters and bento boxes to-go. While the price for dine-in dinner at Hana re has always exceeded $200 per person, the new takeout boxes allow anyone to

The Capital Grille    Hana re    Hendrix    Marché Moderne    The Ranch Restaurant   

The 75 best restaurants in Orange County in 2019 (15-1)

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • May 3, 2019

. 28, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) 1. Hana re (2018 ranking: 5) Atsushi Yokoyama welcomes 10 to 12 diners a night to a chef’s counter hidden behind The Lab in Costa Mesa in what appears at first glance to be an abandoned

created by Atsushi Yokoyama, executive chef at Hana re in Costa Mesa. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Vine    A Restaurant    The Ranch Restaurant    Irenia    Water Grill    Broadway    Mastro's Steakhouse    Brick    Vaca    Arc    Taco María    Marché Moderne    Bourbon Steak    Hana re    Solita   

Where to eat in Orange County in 2019: A map of the 75 Best Places

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • May 3, 2019

This is the fifth edition of this guide — a roadmap to Orange County’s wildly diverse dining scene. Narrowing this list to 75 recommendations gets harder each year. How do I compare an intimate, 10-seat oasis like Hana re in Costa Mesa with, say

, the chaotic, smoky, steamy, non-air-conditioned El Coyotito in San Juan Capistrano? When you call to make a reservation at Hana re — reservations are essential and available only by phone — the soft voice on the other end will ask, “You are aware that

Best thing I ate: Critic Brad A. Johnson’s 20 best dishes of 2019

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • December 19, 2019

and foie gras at Hana re Au revoir, foie gras! Gone but not forgotten, we’ll always have memories of chef Atsushi Yokoyama’s masterful pairing of foie gras and roasted eel. The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714-545-2800, hanaresushi.com Foie gras

and freshwater eel at Hana re in Costa Mesa, before the ban. (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG) 2. Lemon meringue cheesecake at CdM Lemon meringue pie layered onto a cheesecake. This might be the greatest mash-up since the

Best thing I ate: A last hurrah of foie gras at the greatest sushi bar in Orange County

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • January 16, 2019

upholding the law that’s been that’s been working its way through the lower courts for years. I’ll savor that memory. It was indeed a great one. The chef at Hana re in Costa Mesa paired a small piece of perfectly seared duck liver with a slice of freshwater

chefs served foie gras to begin with, but most of those who did will now abide and stop serving duck liver. Sadly, it’s no longer available at Hana re, which by the way is performing better than ever. This omakase sushi counter has become a serious

Critic’s Notebook: My 5 favorite restaurants right now

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • October 31, 2019

“Hey Brad, where should I eat this week?”  I hear some version of that question every day, so one might think I’d have a canned answer queued up and ready to go. More often than not, I’ve replied “Hana re.” Or else Taco Maria or Vaca. Looking back

Review: If you enjoy good sushi, add Omakase by Gino to your list

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • January 24, 2019

operating on the same level as Hana re in Costa Mesa or, even better, Urasawa in Beverly Hills, this little omakase joint is certainly a fun stepping stone into those other experiences at a fraction of the cost. Omakase by Gino Where: 304 N. Main St., Santa

Review: Stop calling Tim Ho Wan a Michelin-starred restaurant

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • July 25, 2019

any stars at all. Those two restaurants — Hana re and Taco Maria (ranked #1 and #4 on my annual list of best places to eat) — each earned a single star, the same achievement as Orsa & Winston in Los Angeles and Michael Mina in San Francisco. Good

Best thing I ate: A beautiful bento on Robata Wasa’s charming new terrace in Irvine

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • September 26, 2018

stuff: albacore, snapper, salmon, yellowtail and cooked shrimp. Make no mistake, this is not Hana re- or Shunka-level sushi, but the fish is perfectly fresh and enjoyable. Robata Wasa Where: 926 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine When: Lunch and dinner daily