Peoria Restaurant Review: Happy Fish Sushi
Do You Like Sushi Like We Like Sushi?
When Happy Fish Sushi first opened in Campustown nearly six years ago I was skeptical that a sushi restaurant could survive in that location. After all, sushi is not exactly a student-priced meal, and most of the restaurants in the area rely to a greater or lesser degree on student business. Happily, I’ve been proven wrong, and Happy Fish seems to be going strong, even adding a delivery service late last year.
I’d say the whole family likes sushi, but in reality I love sushi, Joel likes California rolls although he’s broadened his palette recently to occasionally include raw fish, and Cecile doesn’t do raw fish, although she likes alternative sushi restaurant items such as cooked sushi and tempura. So while we have our specializations, a sushi restaurant within walking distance of us is a dangerous thing. We don’t eat out often in general, but Happy Fish is enough of a go-to place for us that they do know us there.
It seems that modern sushi restaurants can’t be content with traditional varieties of raw fish, but need to come up with new and fancy combinations of things to put in rolls. Happy Fish is no exception; while they offer traditional rolls, nagiri and sashimi, the majority of the menu is taken up by fancy specialty rolls, including a Bradley roll to appeal to local pride. Recent additions to the menu include a variety of stir fries including fried rice, and Happy Fish also offers various Bento box combinations so you can a little of everything, which can be nice because everything there is so good.
Sushi We Have Loved
As mentioned above, I tend to stick to the traditional raw fish rolls, sashimi and nagiri, and the fish at Happy Fish never disappoints. Cecile and I have also both tried some of their different specialty rolls which have also been very good. Joel has generally stuck with California rolls, in which he has become something of an aficionado, and he rates them very highly. In addition, Happy Fish makes their own Miso soup, which is free with any order and just the thing on cold days like we’ve been having recently. Edamame is another family favorite there, and they have what I would judge to be the second best Crab Rangoon in Peoria (sorry, Thanh Linh still wins here, and Thai Tyme is making a run at them both; so much good Crab Rangoon in such close proximity, delicious and waistline dangerous).
In addition to Bento boxes as a way to get a little of everything delicious, and delivery so you don’t even have to go out in this weather, Happy Fish offers an all-you-can-eat special now on Saturdays & Sundays from noon to 4:00 if you’re really in the mood to pig out. With all these options, and now stir fries if you have people in your party who don’t like sushi, Happy Fish should continue to have a successful run.
And hey, we usually walk there, so really it’s good for us, right?