$1 Sake, $3 Sake Bombs, Free Miso Soup, and 15% off every sushi roll (yes, even the specialty rolls) makes Harumi the best Sushi Happy Hour in the South Bay Area. Mondays-Thursdays keep you happy all week long with this deal. It isn't limited to one day a week or specified hours like every other Happy Hour out there.
They actually don't call it Happy Hour but, Sake Night Fever. With good reason, later in the evening, the manager will come out with a megaphone and count in Japanese "1...2...3 SAKEEEE BOMMMMBBBB!" If you've been there before and have a group, he'll happily hand over the megaphone so you can say your own drunken version of SAKEEEEE BOMMMMBBBB!
This gem is located two blocks from my house on Stevens Creek Boulevard in Cupertino aka Appleville (Cupertino is Apple headquarters and nearly everywhere you look, there's an Apple building). When we first tried Harumi's- we had a couple of Sake Bombs ($1 for a small sake and $2 for a full Sapporo draft) and the Harumi and Pink Lady- our bill came to $25. With free Miso soup, some of the most deliciously fresh Sushi I'd had in a while, sake flowing, and those yummy Mango hard candies that you can get at a Japanese Dollar Store, Nando and I were sold. Bonus points for being walking distance to our house :P
Melting Abalone Most Popular- Flaming Dragon
BBQ Mussels Sashimi Combination Plate
Nando's Favorite- Harumi Sushi One of my favorites- Pink Lady
Every single time since then, we've tried some other menu items and everything is so fresh, you'd think you were on the beach. The sauces that they drizzle over the rolls are always complimentary and never overpowering. The pieces are so beautifully arranged, that you ALMOST hate to eat them...I did say ALMOST!
Some tips before you head to Harumi's:
They do take reservations and I highly recommend them!
Get there early to get a table, especially if there's more than 2 of you (two can usually find some spot to squeeze into at this incredibly busy place)
If you actually want to have a conversation, choose to eat at the typical dinner hours, around 5p-7p
If you want to witness the megaphone sake demands, imbibe cheap Sake Bombs and get a little loud or don't mind loud conversation, head there around 8p
They also do take out, so if you're not in the mood to cook but, you're not in the mood for drunken college kids, this is the way to go.
If you're ever in Cupertino and want to have some fresh sushi and get a buzz on with sake, head on to Harumi Sushi. If you live in the area, pick up a frequent diner card and after you've had 10 meals, you get one free!