September 13, 2006

Cafe Hiro [Cypress]

The concept is cute enough and you will definitely see the fusion of cuisines represented in the restaurant's decor, which includes French window sills, Italian checkered table clothes, and Hawaiian surf photos.

We were excited to find curry on the menu, which we imagined would have a fusion-y twist about it. We were disappointed to find out that it was just a cut above House Foods and have found it rather uninspiring on multiple visits.

Although my cod lacked none of the buttery sweetness of a well-seasoned miso preparation, I could tell that the fish itself lacked the distinction of a high-quality black cod that flakes with barely a touch. The Chilean sea bass was dry and overcooked and was seasoned in a lemon-garlic base that could have used more kick. The Uni Spaghetti was more like Spaghetti with Uni Essence and underwhelming--although maybe to its own fame.

At $12-20 and entree, you are also brought soup and salad, which on the night we went included a miso-vinaigrette salad and corn chowder. We love the atmosphere here more than anything else, with the eccentricity of the decor making for a very convivial atmosphere.

Cafe Hiro
10509 Valley View St
Cypress, CA 90630
(714) 527-6090

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