Our first few visits were good, and we were glad to have found a place in the area to get decent sushi. We moved from Florida, and the sushi there is always wonderful and fresh. We came to terms with the fact that in a landlocked state, you aren't going to the same quality.
Unfortunately the last few times we have visited Hananoki on Madison, we have become increasingly disappointed. The rolls kept getting smaller and smaller. We took two of our kids to dinner last night for their birthdays, and ordered 8 different rolls. Tuna, California, Lobster, Rainbow, Crunchy Crab, Crunchy Shrimp, Shrimp Tempura, and the Music City. We also ordered 2 pieces of Shrimp (ebi) Sushi. After our veg Tempura appetizer (good), our sushi started to arrive. 5 rolls on one plate, no thought to presentation at all, (big deal in Japanese food) and the rolls looked both terribly under-portioned and sloppy. Add to that the Tuna roll had a strong smell. We were hungry and ate, even though it was already a disappointment. The second round came, and the Rainbow roll didn't even look fresh. We never received our Music City roll and I believe we were missing the Crunchy Crab as well, we asked and discovered that the roe was frozen, so it was taking a long time. I'm glad we didn't get it.
We never spoke to, or for that fact even saw a manager, but they did remove the Music City roll from our bill. The only things we got I felt were worth paying for was our Tempura appetizer and my vodka martini.
To top the whole $100 evening off, both my husband and my teenage daughter became violently ill. We had to pull over 3 times on our way home for him to vomit, and she was ill all night.
To sum it up, we could have gotten better sushi pre-made at the Kroger and it probably would have been better. We have a large family, so eating out is a special occasion we don't indulge in very often, and when we do, we don't mind paying for it, and we are good tippers as long as service is good (it was) but for the price, we expect quality. I think that a sushi place where the sushi is made in the back is questionable for sure.
Save your tummy- eat somewhere else!
two thumbs down.