Last week, we had the chance to check out Hinoki on Greenwich Avenue. Hinoki has relaxed tapas-style Asian cuisine in a casual, fine dining atmosphere. Hinoki was actually supposed to open prior to the pandemic, they were delayed + opened up in July of 2021.
Hinoki unites relaxed tapas-style Asian cuisine known as Izakaya with an exclusive chef’s table experience known as Omakase in a casual, fine dining atmosphere on Greenwich Avenue in Connecticut. Both concepts are brought together under one roof and separated into distinguished seating areas.
The menu features several types of Asian-inspired cuisines as sharable appetizers and main dishes. These distinctive cuisines are reimagined with an elegant twist by skilled chefs from some of the most prestigious restaurants in the world. Top-quality ingredients are sourced from the best distributors, purveyors, and markets including Tsukiji in Japan.
Because they source their own ingredients, they are able to ensure extremely high quality. They actually have a fleet of 10 trucks that they use to transport seafood from Queens to Fairfield County! Their high standards mean they are a great resource for other restaurants in the area and they actually supply to several in lower Fairfield County.
This isn’t their first restaurant in the area and it’s not the first one on Greenwich Avenue! They have a second location called @mikugreenwich which towards the top of the ave + offers more traditional Japanese cuisine.
The Nori Tacos were a fun start – taco shaped crispy seaweed shells with different seafood options or Wagyu.
We were huge fans of the Duck Bun (Peking Duck with cucumber, scallion + hoisin).
The shishito peppers were cooked so well and had a yummy sauce.
We finally got to try Soup Dumplings and while the table next to us totally had to instruct us on how to eat them, we would definitely order them again.
The Prime Ribeye Steak came highly recommended and had an interesting sauce.
We ended with the “Greenwich Roll” + the “Geisha Roll”.
The cocktails were delish and the presentation of the Negroni was perfect for the ‘gram as it comes to the table with a glass beaker and is poured over ice. Check out our latest post on Instagram to see it in action!
After our meal, we had a nice chat with the GM, Nian Zhang who spoke of the restaurant with such pride and excitement. He also let us sample some rare Japanese Whiskey that they’re only able to get a bottle or two of at a time! You can really tell that a lot of care + effort is put in behind the scenes to make this an elevated dining experience for everyone who walks through their doors. The table next to us said they’re there once a week because they’re that obsessed! They have plans to expand and we are very excited to go back once they do.
We highly recommend reservations for this spot. They were completely booked on a Tuesday night! They recommend you call during off-peak hours if possible (between 2:30 PM – 5 PM) for fastest service making reservations. Their number is (203) 900-0011.
Hinoki Greenwich has Happy Hour at the bar Monday through Friday from 3 PM until 6 PM. They’re open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week.