The bill of fare includes both Japanese and Korean favorites, ranging from the standard California rolls to more exotic options. In addition to the 14-seat bar, Hama Matsu's diverse clientele also can opt to sit at several dark-wood tables, which complement the cozy space's spare, tasteful design. None-too-flashy paintings and wall hangings adorn the room, while candles and Japanese-language rock music set an intimate, casual mood. Prefer to order from the menu? If you'd rather not stray from the beaten path, Hama Matsu offers the full gamut of sushi options, as well as cooked entrees, such as Korean-style ribs, and a variety of noodle dishes. Entrees run around $11 to $20. Try the lunch menu for a more budget-conscious meal: Sushi combos, rice bowls and noodle lunches run from $6 to $8. Drinks are BYOB, although Hama Matsu does offer the Japanese brew Kirin.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Marc Hogan