The Bottom Line
- Oni offers fresh and delicious Japanese food - from Bento boxes, to sushi, sashimi, and more.
- It's a hip & trendy place to meet friends for sushi.
- An extensive menu with plenty of the usual suspects as well as something different.
- A great selection of wines, sakes, Japanese beers, teas and cocktails.
- Good service. Waiters are keen to explain menu options.
- The neon lighting is rather off-putting.
- Most of the seating is pretty uncomfortable.
- Cuisine: Modern Japanese
- Address: Prinsestraat 35, 2513 CA, The Hague, The Netherlands
- Open: Monday to Sunday. Kitchen closes at 22:30.
- For reservations, call +31 (0)70 3645240.
- Dress code: Hip/Casual
- Cost: Euro 95,50 (incl. bottle of mineral water and wine)
- Website: www.oni-restaurant.nl
Guide Review - Review of Restaurant Oni
Yes, the interior is minimalist, modern and cool, but I like a bit of comfort after a long day. And, while I prefer the upstairs seating with regular chairs to the monastery style wooden benches downstairs, the sushi and service here make up for a lot.
We had a list of recommendations from Marcel, which made ordering particularly easy, and the fact that our waiter was eager to tell us about each dish made it all the easier. We went with the spider crab maki (Euro 16,50), oni ebi katsu (deep fried king prawns, Euro 11,50) and California rolls (Euro 15,00).
Next, we ordered the salmon sashimi (shake sashimi, Euro 10,50) - not one of Marcel's recommendations, but something I can't resist. Same goes for nigiri unagi (eel sushi, Euro 9,00). Our salmon sashimi was cut into generous coral-colored slabs, and served beautifully presented with the usual accompaniments. The unagi was melt-in-the-mouth good.
Our spider crab maki was hands-down the highlight of the meal - the tastes and textures of this dish are simply magnificent. We also particularly enjoyed the prawns. They were deep fried in a tangle of tempura strands, which made for an interesting texture, but were not the least bit oily. Foodwise, there was nothing here that wasn't superb.
Our wine, a smooth blended Australian wine (Nepenthe Tryst 2007) at Euro 27,50 complimented the delicate flavors.
While sushi is seldom cheap, the prices are reasonable compared to what we've had elsewhere in the Netherlands, and the quality, presentation and service very good. Living up to its name, which means unique, Oni is sure to see us again!