homma's brown rice sushi

October 7, 2010
chirashi by homma's brown rice sushi
This quarter I've started taking pictures for the Daily, and one of my first photo assignments was to visit Homma's Brown Rice Sushi in Palo Alto. I didn't know who was reviewing the restaurant or what the review was like, so I didn't know what to expect when I came to the restaurant before they opened to take photos.

The restaurant is quaint. It's literally in a corner and if you don't look for the little over-hanging sign on the main street, you'll completely miss it. There are only three or four tables and while many people might see this as a bad thing, I loved how it all added to the understanding that this is a family business. Homma's has been in business for 24 years and now, with the help of his son, they run their little restaurant.

I asked if there was a specialty dish that I could take a photo of, and Homma (the sweetest, sweetest old Japanese man) made "chirashi." It's a medley of halibut, tuna, salmon, yellowtail, squid, flying fish eggs, egg, shitake mushrooms, shiso leaves, spicy sprouts and avocado all over brown rice. And it is amazing.* I love sushi, I love sashimi and I love this even more. I thought that the brown rice might be weird but it's perfectly executed and great sticky rice. I printed out an 8 x 10 of the above photo to give to Homma to say thank you for such a great meal, so when I go drop it off you can bet I'll be ordering another chirashi.

And it's beautiful. All of those colors? Food as art at its finest.

Homma's Brown Rice

*Seriously, how did the food columnist only give them a 7? They're an 11 in my book!


  1. Brown rice sushi! Yes! We've been thinking about making some as we've stopped eating white rice and now I feel there is hope, hurray :)

    It looks amazing!

  2. This looks so good!

    Also, since you said you liked pumpkin and chocolate anything, you should try these brownies! I want to make them, but Jeff is not excited about them and I am trying to limit the ridiculous amount of sugar I've been inhaling lately.


  3. sushi is sooo good and that dish looks yummy! i was dying for sushi when we got back from our trip, went out on tuesday and it was perfect! where are you going to school? you must be in the east bay no? i'm in hayward or as i like to call it the haystack :)


  4. Doesn't sushi just hit the spot? I go to school at Stanford, so more "south bay" but I hardly call this the Bay Area... it's too hot. I'm from the peninsula so that's more real, foggy Bay Area to me :)

  5. that looks delicious!

  6. When I say that looks amazing, I mean it.

  7. OH my gosh, I have a serious craving for some sushi now! You're right, it really is an art form, all those beautiful colors! How fun, I love trying new places...glad you enjoyed it!

  8. love the sign! now i'm hungry for some sushi :)

  9. Wow this really looks good! Have a great weekend.

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