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Haru Ichiban Restaurant Review: Leaving behind its original somewhat Westernized Japanese fare to execute more authentic cooking, Haru Ichiban abides in its position as one of north metro's best Japanese restaurants. Classic sushi and sashimi join first-rate vegetable dishes, including traditional seaweed and gomaae (cold cooked spinach with sesame sauce). Somewhat unusual appetizers include skewers of grilled pork belly, with sweet fat intertwined against lean meat. Grilled fish, light and crispy tempura, and chicken teriyaki are all raised to a new level of achievement. Beef tataki is differently done, here arranged as a tangle of marinated, slightly-seared meat atop a bed of greens. Barbecued eel is tender and sweet. Pork tonkatsu (fried cutlets) are a good choice for any guest who's squeamish about sushi or other Japanese fare. There's a wine list, but it's a minor matter as one really needs to go with a good chilled saké or one of several Japanese beers.