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Honolulu and Oahu Restaurants

Sushi Sasabune

Updated 01/17/2014

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Sushi Sasabune. Be sure to get a seat at the counter (tables are for plebes) and prepare for an unforgettable sushi experience—if you behave. Part of a chainlet with locations in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and New York, this is the home of Seiji Kumagawa—Honolulu's sushi nazi. The way to go is the omakase-style (oh-mah-ka-say, roughly, "trust me"), letting the chef send out his choices of the highest-grade sea creatures for the night. The

dishes are served with instructions: "Please, no shoyu on this one." "One piece, one bite." People who defy Kumagawa and go ahead and dip their nigiri in shoyu anyway have been kicked out of the restaurant mid-meal. The parade of dishes always includes the signature California baby squid stuffed with Louisiana crab. A caution: the courses come rapidly until you cry uncle. You pay by the course, which is generally two pieces of sushi or six to eight slices of sashimi, and they can add up fast. The final price depends on how far you can go. 1419 S. King St., Moiliili, Honolulu, HI, 96814. 808/947–3800. sushisasabune.tumblr.com. Reservations essential. Closed Sun and Mon. No lunch Sat.

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Restaurant Information

Address:

1419 S. King St., Honolulu, Hawaii, 96814, USA

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Phone:

808-947–3800

Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Closed Sun and Mon. No lunch Sat.
  • Reservations essential

Updated 01/17/2014

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By esernel

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Mar 3, 2009

Best Sushi and Sashimi ever

We dine at this little hole in the wall in downtown Honolulu everytime we come to O'ahu. What is lacking in atmospere in this restaurant on King street is made up for in the quality of fish and the preparation of what is served. We always sit at the sushi bar so that we can watch as well as experience what the chefs are making. There is a very good sake list with some fairly rare, albeit expensive sakes and a bottle is always an added pleasure.

Having travelled all over the world, I would venture to say this is the best sashimi and sushi that we have ever tasted. Thumbs up all the way.

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By Mike

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Jun 14, 2005

It was very dissapointing for a real Japanese person.

I went to Sushi Sasabune in Honolulu last night. I am originally from Japan and live in the U.S. I regularly visit Honolulu and have been looking for a good place for sushi for some time. It is my conclusion that this is not the place. At the entrance, it has a poster that explains the chefô philosophy of the real traditional sushi. My concern is that he is not serving what the real traditional sushi and I don want any of the non-Japanese clients

to misunderstand that it is. The problem I had was that the quality and taste of the sushi rice was not acceptable at all. Next, fish they used was not the top quality. Granted, it sometimes is not easy to find the top quality seafood in Hawaii, but still the quality of the food and the service was not worth the price they charge. Also it was obvious that for this exact reason this restaurant targets non-Japanese clients. So, I guess that I am still looking.

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By Jen

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Jul 29, 2003

Don't Hesitate to Trust Him!

The sushi will spoil you for all other attempts - it is that fresh, that flavorful, that creative.

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