Midwest Living Review
Hiro 88, in the Old Market downtown district, has earned rave reviews since its April 2010 opening, and after trying lunch there, we can understand why. This definitely felt like a hip nightspot, with lots of black and acrylic, but we and the weekday office crowd enjoyed a delicious lunch. The cuisine is a mix of sushi, Japanese and Chinese dishes. Our meal began with yummy Dan Dan Noodles ($6.88), which are steamed buckwheat noodles lightly sauced with butter and soy. We also enjoyed hot and sour soup and Tatsuta Age ($5.88), an Asian-style chicken nugget marinated in soy and ginger. However, we weren't fans of the restaurant's take on sweet potato fries ($5.88); they were too crispy for our tastes. For the main course, we tried a beautifully presented sushi plate, which included a tasty Michigan roll ($10), with tempura shrimp, avocado, crab and cucumber. The Peanut Butter Chicken ($12.88) was a great plate for those who don't like sushi, featuring lightly battered and crispy chicken with just the right amount of sauce. The food was much more refined and less sauce-soggy than less-distinctive Asian restaurants. Our server was polite and prompt. The only fault was that he didn't think to offer forks to replace our chopsticks, and we needed to wait a couple minutes to eat before he returned. The food here is a hit and the atmosphere makes for a great date night or evening out with friends.