the food is well prepared and the sushi is good quality, a bit overpriced though and the selection of fish is somewhat small. Normally a sashimi sampler and miso soup is a good lunch, but the values seem disproportionate
I ordered a Lunch box (an outstanding value) and my friend ordered a Sashimi plate
the box was around $10 dollars and included rice, tempura, teriyaki, and 6 pieces of sashimi
the plate of sashimi was $8 and included 6 pieces of sashimi
I guess i got the better deal!
Hinode is overpriced for the type of food and quality that you get. Yes, everything comes in an elegant plate, the atmosphere is stylish, and dinner napkins are folded crisply, but that's pretty much what you're paying for. I've visited Japan several times, I'm also from California, so I know what a TRUE japanese restaurant is all about. This is not it. Infact, I believe it's owned by a Korean. The sushi bar is decent, but again, overpriced. They say that the fish is flown in frequently...LIE! Again, not authentic. If your idea of good japanese food is california rolls and shrimp tempura, then, Go AHEAD and waste your money here. If your understand that real sushi does not come slathered in wasabi mayonnaise and packed w/ cream cheese, then go somewhere else, D.C. maybe?
Yes, this is definitely in Frederick, on that new Carroll Creek promenade. Anyway, we've eaten there a couple of times now and really enjoyed it. Neither of us are adventuresome sushi eaters but the dinner box provided a lot of different tastes! The beef teriyaki was tender and juicy. Shrimp and vegetable tempura had a nice crispy outside and weren't as bland as other chain restaurants tend to be. Fried vegetable dumplings were crispy too, with a flavorful filling. I substituted my white rice for fried rice, which was really tasty and came loaded with egg and fried onions! The box also came with six California rolls which seemed fresh and tasty (again, I admit I don't know much about sushi!). For an appetizer we tried the pan friend Shu Mai - really really tasty bites of shrimp in a rolled dumpling.
Just don't go during prime time - everytime we went when it was busy, service was reeeally really slow. But if you go for lunch the big windows let in lots of natural light, and in the evenings the red lights cast a warm glow over everything. The dining room is stylish and comfortable. Will definitely go back.