LA chowhound needs good sushi tips for Maui and Kauai! (from LA Board)
I will be in Kauai (Poipu Area) and Maui (Kaanapali) at the end of August and I am looking for good sushi places. Can anyone recommend places to get good quality, fresh sushi on these two islands? I will be exploring the islands, so I am interested in all locations and all price ranges (restaurants, markets, etc). I have heard of Sansei at Kapalua and will try it out, but I am also looking for a more "local" place with great fish, and possibly less expensive. I love rolls and also sashimi, so any tips would be great! Thank you so much in advance for your help!!!
On Maui: Sansei Sushi in Kapalua is wonderful! We went on a Thursday night (made resies for 9:30pm) 1/2 price sushi after 10pm...and karaoke. what a hoot! the sushi was terrific, as was the service. definitely make resies, it's quite popular. We love fish...some of our favorites were the wonderful butterfish and ahi entrees at Roys...and the ahi poke appetizer at Mama's Fish House.
On Kauai: The Living Room, Princeville Hotel. Sushi is good, albeit nothing special, IMO...but the setting is! Sit out on the terrace and watch the sunset over the Napali ridge or grab a comfy couch inside and listen to live music. no resies required. Best fish I had was the ono at Zelo's in Hanalei.
Sansei was voted 'Best On Maui" a couple of weeks ago for Best Sushi(check out link below for Maui Time Weekly;go to archive section, July 17 edition!).
If you want great fish at a neat local place go to Paia Fish Market on the corner of Hana Hghwy and Baldwin Ave.Don't forget Mama's Fish House up the highway!
I know they aren't sushi, but you've got to try the fish tacos at Jawz Tacos in South Kihei next to the Bank of Hawaii. Ono or Mahi Mahi!
I actually think SoCal still has the best sushi,though!
But Hawaii has the best fish.
Someone else recommended Sansei in Kapalua, Maui. I heartily endorse that recommendation. I just ate there last month. They have very good sushi (including lots of crazy roll combinations), dozens of small appetizer-style dishes, as well as main courses. There's something for everybody. There's also a full bar. But, if you don't want to wait an hour or more, MAKE RESERVATIONS. I don't like making reservations on vacation in Hawaii, but it's a must in Maui.
On Kauai, I recommend Restaurant Kintaro. It's in the Kapaa area, a bit of a drive from Poipu, but worth it for what is the general consensus best sushi on the island. They also have Teppan Yaki dinners (Benihana-style show cooking) and other menu offerings (sukiyaki, tempura, etc.) and a full bar. I also recommend making reservations there, too. Try the Hanalei Roll (combo of fish, dipped in tempura batter & flash fried so that it's tempura like but the fish is still essentially raw). N.B.: the whole rolls are huge, but they'll make a 1/2 roll, too.
Had a wonderful meal at Roy's in Kahana on Maui. One of the most memorable meals was a butterfish w/miso and pickled plum. Awesome dish due to the freshness of the local butterfish. We went to a local fish market (in a strip mall off the hwy on the coast road between Kahanda and Napili) and purchased freshly caught ahi and made poki (1/1 mixture of soy and sesame oil with ogo (seaweed) and maui onions). Also purchased various types of fish and barbequed it on the grill at the condo.