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Sansei Restaurant Favorite Menu items

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easily amused Dec 8, 2010 07:22 AM

We are going to be near the Waikoloa Beach resort location in a few days.......
Wondering what are some of the favorite items from the menu.... perhaps something you order every visit...etc.Not to be missed dishes?
http://www.sanseihawaii.com/menu.html

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    mander Dec 9, 2010 06:18 AM

    I frequent the Kapalua location and am fond of hamachi collar, caterpillar roll, sea urchin and apple tart. YMMV

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      Tifa2276 Dec 9, 2010 10:36 AM

      We just got back from Big Island and we also stayed at Waikoloa...at Sansei our favorite dishes were the Ahi tuna panko roll, which is one of their signature dishes. I loved that it was wrapped in arugula, with no rice and the soy butter sauce is quite good too. Also great was the Shrimp cake (kinda like a fried crab cake, but with shrimp). the sauce it comes in is absolutely delicious. I had the waitress leave the plate behind even though we finished the cake because I wanted to dip everything into that sauce.
      We tried other things as well, including some sushi sashimi dishes and another fried app, but IMO, those two were the standouts.
      Have a great time!
      BTW, we went on a Monday and took part in the 50% off special from 5-6pm. We had to get in line by 4:30 in order to get seated by then but it was definitely worth the 50% off.

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        easily amused Dec 10, 2010 08:13 AM

        Thank-you both for your suggestions . All sound terrific. We will have to try those shrimp cakes for sure....and sauce....
        I make a Nigella Lawson recipe for Shrimp fritters here at home that is irresistible.
        http://search.barnesandnoble.com/How-...
        Click on the "Features Tab then...
        Scroll to page bottom for recipe. You could also add some red pepper flakes if you like it kicked up a notch.
        Thanks for the tip about the 50% early bird (Can't beat that) I remember reading something about the discount but had forgotten the details.

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          Beach Chick Dec 10, 2010 08:29 AM

          We were in Waikiki in September and dined at Sansei and we really enjoyed the Ahi tuna panko roll too.
          Found that their sushi is good quality and we always have a good time.
          Been to the Maui location many times up at Kapalua and the 50% off is worth the wait..isn't it 25% off before 6pm on the other days?
          Aloha

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            Joebob Dec 10, 2010 10:58 PM

            When we were there, not every item was half-off e.g., the omakazi menu.

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              Tifa2276 Dec 13, 2010 12:59 PM

              I believe the Waikoloa one is 50% off on Sunday and Mondays only and 25% off on other days during specific times. The Maui ones I believe only do the 25% off. Either way, any discount is sweet!

              BTW, on Maui, Sansei is usually super crowded, but if you really like the Panko-crusted Ahi roll, you can go to Cane and Taro in the Whaler's Village mall. It's by the same owner, DK Kodama, and they serve that roll there too. I had it for lunch one day, and it was just as good as the other Sanseis! I don't know about the other food items though as that was all I tried there.

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            ladybugthepug Dec 13, 2010 03:57 PM

            They have a jerk chicken that I really enjoy. I don't ever recall having anything that was bad. We've always had good luck with Sansei.

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              hopegoode Dec 13, 2010 09:25 PM

              We made the special early dinner in Waikoloa and enjoyed the triple sashimi platter, white tuna, butterfish with miso butter sauce, and the aforementioned panko- crusted ahi. We thought it was better than many of our NYC Japanese restaurants, including Nobu!

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