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Jun 19, 2012 05:59 PM

best sushi in maui


I'm heading to Maui (my first time EVER! yay!) during 4th of July (7/4 - 7/8) week and eating AMAZING sushi is a definite must for me. I am a huge sushi connoisseur and can eat everything and anything - no restrictions. I'm looking for an authentic sushi restaurant in Maui, preferably around Lahaina area, as I am staying at the Westin Kaanapali. But, I am always willing to drive for delicious sushi.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

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  1. Based on your parameters below is the best on Maui even though Sansei is around the corner from your Hotel.
    Resys are a must for Koiso (they are booked solid ala French Laundry). If you get to Honolulu go to Sasabune & Mitch's.

    Koiso Sushi Bar
    2395 S Kihei Rd
    Ste 113
    Kihei, HI 96753
    (808) 875-8258

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      1. re: russkar

        Thanks for the recommendation. Great hidden spot. $45 nigiri set, 12 pieces I think? Two kinds of toro, clam, scallop, king salmon, anago, hamachi, etc. and SO SO SO much better than Sansei. Roughly on par with Ushiwakamaru in NYC, maybe less, but only by a little. They also use real crab in their California rolls! Really wonderful service as well.

        Felt bad for the people wandering in or trying to do takeout, they didn't "get" that Koiso isn't your typical maki roll factory.

        They are currently booked up until the 8th, and closed on 1/1.

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        1. Nelehelen, what was your experience?

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          1. re: kristenmarthabrown

            sorry for the late reply! i liked it, but i wish the omakase was served one at a time. the sushi chef cut everything at once and put it on the board for us to eat (yes, we were sitting at the sushi bar).

            and i liked everything except the uni (and i am obsessed with uni). i think that's just because i'm used to either uni from japan or sb. i've never had uni near hawaii. it definitely tasted different and a bit bitter.

            other than that, the sushi chef was nice and the rest of the sushi was pretty damn good.