To us, Hibachi is one of those cuisines we only have every once in a while. We had a couple of places in Fort Myers that we like, but we wanted to try something different.
Hana is located in Cape Coral, just north(ish) of the Midpoint Bridge. I mentioned in a previous post that we’re trying to venture out into Cape Coral for more food options, and so far, we’re 2 for 2 (see previous post about Masala Mantra).
I asked a friend if she had any other Hibachi recommendations and she recommended Hana Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Lounge. Her recommendation did not disappoint!
Hana is located in a commercial plaza, and from the outside, it seems to look like it’s always busy. We made no reservations and showed up at around 7:30 on a Friday night. I got a little nervous when I saw that the parking lot was very full, but the restaurant is a LOT larger than it looks.
The few Hibachi places we’ve been to in Fort Myers are a bit small, and sometimes I feel cramped in them. This is not the case with Hana. The inside of Hana is very spacious, and I was relieved to see that you could order Hibachi dishes from a regular table rather than sitting at a Hibachi table (it’s fun sometimes, but I’d prefer to not sit with groups of strangers).
Our server, Maddie, was amazing. She was so attentive and made sure we had everything we needed at all times. Kudos to Maddie!
Hibachi from Hana
Now, to the meat of this post (quite literally). Sean and I both ordered the same thing and it was some of the best Hibachi we’ve ever had.
Ginger Salad – like most Hibachi places, we got a ginger side salad with our entrees. The greens were super fresh and there was a perfect amount of dressing.
Miso Soup – I absolutely love Miso soup. It was steaming hot when it came out and was everything you’d expect from a good bowl of Miso.
Veggie Fried Rice – the rice was stacked so nicely on the plate that I almost didn’t want to touch it! It was full of flavor and cooked amazingly.
Filet Mignon – I cannot say enough good things about this steak. I am not much of a steak eater, but I love Hibachi steak. It was so tender and almost like butter. I sometimes wanted to check to see if it was undercooked because it was so soft and juicy. (It was not undercooked.) Recommendation: dip it in just a tiny bit of Yum Yum sauce. So good.
Chicken – the chicken was great and cooked perfectly. It was also full of flavor. But for me, the star of the dish was definitely the steak.
Veggies – the side of veggies that usually comes with any Hibachi meal was also great. I’m not a fan of mushrooms, and there were mushrooms in it, but I just picked them out. The onion, broccoli, carrots, etc. were so flavorful and the perfect addition to the meat and rice.
All in all, I think Hana is our new favorite Hibachi place! It’s a bit of a drive, but so, so worth it.