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Hana Japanese Restaurant Expands in Size and Sake

Sashimi at Hana Japanese Restaurant

Chef-owner Ken Tominaga has long been celebrated as operating one of Sonoma County’s best – if not the best - Japanese eateries since opening his Hana Japanese Restaurant in Rohnert Park in 1990.

So how do you improve on near-perfection? If you’re Tominaga, you expand, nearly doubling the size of your eatery and adding in a sake lounge. The size is important, to accommodate the usually-reservations-required crowds. The lounge is important, too, since Hana boasts an extensive sake list curated by sake sommelier Stuart Morris.

Guests now step in through a new, heavy wood front door, and are greeted by a receptionist working in front of a new, entire wall of sake. To the right is a large room anchored simply by a low-slung couch, a long, raw wood table, and a raw wood bar set with raw stump stools. To the left is the main dining room, dotted with tables and starring the prime spot: the sushi bar where chef Tominaga works.

In back is a second dining room, and a secluded patio, making each seating area feel like an intimate experience. There’s a new, private dining room, too.

The Japanese-born chef is constantly updating his menus, as well. Witness the daily specials chalkboard behind the sushi bar, showcasing seasonal and specialty fish like akamutsu (gnome, of perch, similar to black cod), kampachi, kohada (gizzard shad), house cured saba and kamatoro (succulent, fatty tuna cut from the collar of wild bluefin).

There magic comes from the kitchen, too, where soba noodles are hand-cut, and the Black Angus wafu steak is sent out sizzling on a Mt. Fuji stone.

Pristine food, served in a new, pristine setting. That is indeed perfection.

Hana Japenese Restaurant
101 Golf Course Drive, Rohnert Park, 707-586-0270. 

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