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Koiso on Maui or Mitch's on Honolulu?

Pigurd Aug 23, 2013 01:41 PM

If you had to choose one or the other, which one has better sushi? Which one is more unique to hawaii?

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    kathryn Aug 23, 2013 01:46 PM

    Are you coming from a big sushi with a good sushi scene? How much do you do nigiri focused omakase meals at a sushi counter at home?

    Koiso (located in the city of Kihei, on the island of Maui) is good for what it is. Some of, if not the only, serious sushi on Maui. It's in a strip mall. It doesn't really have any amazing ambiance or anything. In a big city with a good sushi scene, I don't think it would really stand out.

    We did not go to Mitch's (city of Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, BTW). But what we ate at Sushi Izakaya Gaku in Honolulu blew the Japanese places we tried on Maui away.

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    1. re: kathryn
      Pigurd Aug 23, 2013 02:07 PM

      I come from Toronto, which has ok sushi, but have been to Vancouver and Manhattan's Yasuda /Ushiwakamaru. Sushi Izakaya Gaku is on my radar, but I was wondering if I have too many japanese restuarants already. (booked mitch's, nana giro giro and was considering koiso, but from the pictures online, it doesnt seem like it has as much variety as mitch's). How does Sushi Izakaya Gaku compare to New York standards? I was wondering if i should go there for the "Izakaya" foods instead of sushi for variety.

      1. re: Pigurd
        kathryn Aug 23, 2013 02:36 PM

        Skip Koiso then if it is only an add on. To me, Honolulu has amazing Japanese restaurants and I would not worry about doing too many! Gaku's izakaya foods are really excellent, I wish it were where I live.

        1. re: Pigurd
          killersmile Aug 23, 2013 02:43 PM

          Personally, I the quality at Gaku is just as good as at Mitch's. The pieces might be smaller in size though, I can't remember. Many people go to Gaku and just sit at the sushi bar and order sushi, but the good thing is that they have izakaya dishes as well. They both are really good. Sorry, but have no experience comparing it to the New York scene.

          1. re: Pigurd
            curiousgeo Aug 23, 2013 04:09 PM

            To me there is no comparison between Mitch's and Gaku. While Mitch's has good fish, its sushi is rather pedestrian and very average in my opinion.

            Gaku is a much better experience with excellent sushi as well as other raw and cooked dishes, with greater attention to detail overall. It's much more "Japanese" in every aspect.

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              Pigurd Aug 24, 2013 04:07 AM

              Thanks for the Info, just booked Gaku!

              Fresh fish is good for me, I sometimes just like a plate of sashimi... now to find a fishing charter that will let me eat a freshly caught tuna sashimi on the boat...

              1. re: Pigurd
                macsak Aug 24, 2013 10:28 AM

                make sure you ask the charter specifically who gets the fish
                lots of them keep the fish and sell at auction

                1. re: macsak
                  killersmile Aug 24, 2013 09:37 PM

                  Yeah, and that's why those that do keep the fish to sell usually have cheaper rates for chartering the boat.

                  1. re: killersmile
                    KaimukiMan Aug 24, 2013 10:41 PM

                    And many of the tourists have no real use for the fish or a way to use it even if they did keep it. from what i understand most boats are more than happy to work out whatever kind of deal the person making the charter wants. Keep it, let them keep it, split it. The important thing is to be clear about the agreement up front.

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                      indelibledotink Aug 24, 2013 11:07 PM

                      I never thought of it that way, good point.

                      1. re: indelibledotink
                        Pigurd Aug 25, 2013 07:26 AM

                        Thats true, one place said they gave you some mahi mahi if we caught some, but i do not have a kitchen (Doesnt seem like you can eat mahi mahi raw?) If it was a fish i could it raw, that would be great... just dip in soy or get some poke ingredients to mix my own

                        1. re: Pigurd
                          KaimukiMan Aug 25, 2013 11:15 AM

                          yeah, but you are likely to get 30-50 pounds of raw fish out of one ahi. thats a lot of poke and sashimi. thats a LOT of fish to eat in a day or even two. beyond that you don't want to be eating it raw unless it has been in the freezer.

                          mahi mahi isn't often eaten raw, but it certainly can be. generally the 'redder' the flesh the better, but i've had some very good mahi poke.

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          macsak Aug 23, 2013 03:31 PM

          i heard yesterday mitch died
          is this true?

          person told me the japanese owners and mitch's son are running the place now

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