Osaka Style Pressed Sushi from Hillstone

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20: Osaka Style Pressed Sushi from Hillstone

From the Kansai Region, oshizushi (pressed sushi), also known as hako-zushi (box sushi), is a specialty in Osaka, Japan, where a block-shaped piece is formed by using a square or rectangular shaped wooden mold, called an oshibako.

Hillstone, the Central Phoenix restaurant and part of the Hillstone Restaurant Group which includes Houston's in its offerings (the old Houston's just down the street closed and was reborn as Hillstone earlier this year), may be a far cry from Osaka, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy this style of sushi -- especially, atop an air-conditioned patio table.

Looking like small, colorful cakes and cute enough to want to position in a bento box, this pressed sushi stack includes tuna done two ways (fresh and included in a spicy mix), rice, and sliced avocado.

The flavor starts bright, thanks to the brightness of the ingredients, then finishes with a kick. Perfect for popping into your mouth after ogling.

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Location Info

Hillstone

2650 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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