Now open in the Village Shopping Center is Haru Sushi, the latest in a growing number of sushi places in Richmond, all with slightly different vibes. The mood at this tucked-away spot is cozy and casual 36 seats, with many UR students in the mix, and a full menu of sushi and sashimi as well as tempura, teriyaki and udon.
Owner Yong Mai, known as Mike, worked previously at Akida and other sushi houses before opening Haru Sushi last month. He says customers are ordering the volcano roll (tuna, crab and cucumber deep-fried with special sauce) in particular. The restaurant, in the shopping center's interior section near Ukrop's, is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.
Just as local chefs note that fresh stingray is getting a push from purveyors (no thanks to Steve Irwin), now Cabo's Corner Bistro ups the game factor Oct. 4 with a wine menu that's rare in Richmond.
The Jazz-Vino-Vittles dinner starts with champagne sabering at 7 p.m., moving through the oysters course to charcoal-grilled kangaroo rollatini, and grilled Broken Arrow Ranch antelope chops, served with turnip mousse and tomato confit. Barboursville Vineyards pairings include Brut NV with the kangaroo and Cabernet Franc Reserve 2004 with the antelope. Gypsy Roots performs. Tariff is $85, all inclusive; reservations are required at 355-1144.
Baja Bean Co. in the Fan is now serving ice cream. Moore Street Café is opening for lunch on Saturdays, blazing new trails in operating hours in Scott's Addition now that condos are listed in the neighborhood. Chez Foushee introduces its fall menu, featuring sautéed salmon cakes, chicken alla Milanese, and individual chocolate molten cakes with raspberries and cream. The Ironhorse in Ashland returns with its fun Oktoberfest menu. Bacchus in the Fan is now open nightly for dinner.
Powhatan's Festival of the Grape brings together wine merchants, entertainment and a variety of cuisines at its fourth annual event on Oct. 28. www.powhatanchamberofcommerce.org.