Our Fish & You
In the shadow of the recent tragedies in Japan, we’re frequently asked questions about what concerns guests should have regarding the safety of their sushi. As usual, we at Hana plan to be completely transparent about what fish we’re carrying, and where we’re sourcing it from. Our guests safety is our top priority, followed closely by taste and we’re often guided by feedback from our customers.
Doesn’t all Sushi Grade Fish Come from Japan?
The short answer is no. We buy fish based on taste and freshness, and based on feedback from our customers, we’ve been buying a lot of fish from Hawaii when available. The only fish we’ve sourced from Japan in the recent past is yellowtail, toro, tuna and mackeral. As soon as the Japan earthquake struck, we immediately made a big purchase of these fish, which were fished and flash frozen before the earthquake. We have not purchased any fish from the Japan region since that time, and all remaining stock in the restaurant of those fish is either sourced from other locations, or was fished and flash frozen before the earthquake, meaning there is absolutely no risk at all of radiation.
Isn’t All Fish for Sushi Fresh?
In today’s fishing industry, fish is more effectively served to the global market by being fished and flash frozen at sea. This enables American sushi restaurants to have access to the best fish from halfway around the world. In many cases, we freeze fish as a safety precaution, even if it is available fresh. The freezing process has many of the same benefits as cooking, particularly in fish like salmon.
Where can I learn more information about the effect of Japan’s Earthquake and Radiation Risks on my Sushi?
If you have any questions, always feel free to contact us with them or check these resources out. Please be sure that when you’re satisfying your sushi fix in the near future, you’re asking restaurant owners “Where does your fish come from?”. We can’t wait to see you soon.
|Fish||Currently Sourced From||Frozen/Fresh?|
|Wild Salmon||Tasmin Sea (New Zealand/Australia)||received fresh, frozen for 7 days once received|
|Atlantic Salmon||Eastern Seaboard, US||received fresh, frozen for 7 days once received|
|Red Snapper||Hawaii||received fresh, served fresh|
|Halibut||West Coast, US||received fresh, served fresh|
|Striped Bass||farmed, California||received fresh, served fresh|
|Scallops||Hokkaido (Japan)||remaining stock fished/flash frozen before earthquake|
|Oysters||Washington State (Miyagi)||received fresh, served fresh|
|Wild Fish (Walu, Wild Salmon- fish caught at sea)||Hawaii||received fresh, served fresh|
|Mussels||New Zealand||received frozen|
|Wild Snow Crab||Alaska||received frozen|
|Albacore||West Coast, US||received frozen|
|Wild Albacore||Hawaii||received fresh, served fresh|
|Uni (Sea Urchin)||California||received fresh, served fresh|
|Toro||not carrying due to Japan disaster||n/a|
|Tuna||Mexico||received fresh, frozen for 7 days once received|
|King Mackeral||Eastern Seaboard, US||received fresh|