Japanese Restaurant in New Orleans, United States: Horinoya

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Horinoya HeartHeart
Restaurants and bars
New Orleans
Open: Lunch Mon - Fri, dinner daily
Price: Moderate

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Phone Number: +1 504 561 8914
Address: 920 Poydras St
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70112
Country: United States
Food Style: Japanese

Horinoya opened the same week we first arrived in New Orleans. This was a fortunate coincidence as it was quite near to where we worked and provided the perfect lunch venue.
We didn't take much notice of it at first. It is housed in a very non-descript building and from outside it is not very inviting. But once you walk through the door, you realise that you are in a serious food place.
A gleaming sushi bar dominates the right side of the space and comfortable tables line the left side.
We began our exploration of their offerings by ordering the Horinoya Bento box. This brought forth some salmon and tuna sashimi, a salad of pickled bamboo and hijiki, a lovely piece of roasted salmon with very crispy skin and other tiny delights. Accompanying was a salad of torn lettuce with a ginger dressing and a clear fish soup. A lovely bowl of some of the best steamed rice we have tried accompanied the meal.
Lunch after lunch followed. Sometimes we ordered the bento box, sometimes we ordered sashimi and sushi. Often, when we were tired, we sought comfort in the steaming cast iron bowl of noodles and seafood in soup.
We also went there at night and tried a range of small and interesting dishes. They serve edamame here. The soy beans pods are steamed and sprinkled with salt. You pick up the pods and suck out the beans. The salt and the texture of the pods heighten the experience. They serve lovely agedashi tofu. Their shrimp and pork dumpling are feather-light. The unaju on rice with a rich, sweet sauce is perfect.
We could go on. Needless to say, we think that this lovely restaurant is a significant addition to the New Orleans dining scene. We are looking forward to our next visit so that we can continue to sample the delights of this modest but ideal restaurant.

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