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New eats: SushiSan

It’s not your average conveyor-belt sushi outlet


Posted April 12, 2011 by Dallas Nagata White

If there is one thing that you should take away from this review, it’s this: SushiSan is not your average conveyor-belt sushi location. In fact, it’s one of the best conveyor-belt sushi restaurants I’ve tried to this day, which is probably part of the owner’s plan to create a new category of upscale conveyor-belt restaurants or kaiten sushi.

Located in front of Ala Moana Center, on the makai side of Kapiolani Boulevard, SushiSan offers plentiful parking nearby, including its own adjacent parking lot. Inside, SushiSan offers a clean, modern feel in line with the upscale reputation it’s going for.

Service was excellent. The staff was attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. While it should be noted that — at 1:30 p.m. on a Thursday afternoon — the restaurant was fairly empty, we were left with no reason to believe that service would drop below acceptable levels during normal meal hours.

There was a great variety of sushi available and, as we mentioned before, all of it was very good in terms of both preparation and flavor, and we got to find out why.

During our visit, we had the pleasure of meeting Jin “Jay” Kim, the owner of SushiSan, who explained that the reason the sushi was so good was because they used fresh, whole fish from local markets and never kept any sushi from the day before, all in order to keep the quality high.

Jay’s experience with sushi comes from his father, a restaurateur in his native Korea. When Jin came to study at UH, he noticed that conveyor-belt sushi — wildly popular in Hawaii — had become fast food, yet felt there was an opportunity for keeping the kaiten-style way of serving, while increasing the quality back to what was customary for sushi — traditionally considered a Japanese art form.

While SushiSan is still a very new restaurant (the grand opening was on March 7), Jay’s already running a very smooth operation and quickly working out whatever growing pains are left.

And last but not least, Jay seems to have struck a balance between quality food and reasonable prices: Our meal of 12 dishes totaled $33.83 and left three reviewers feeling comfortably satisfied in both belly and palate.

Bottom line: If you’re a fan of conveyor belt sushi, or just sushi in general, SushiSan is a great new option with great food, service and prices.

SushiSan
1409 Kapiolani Blvd.
808-944-0670

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SushiSan

Located in front of Ala Moana Center, on the makai side of Kapiolani Boulevard, SushiSan offers plentiful parking nearby, including its own adjacent parking lot.

Comments


  1. DianeSeo
    Posted April 11, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    I’ve been here once, and had some of the best ikura I’ve had in awhile. Word is that sushi chefs make all the sushi, no machines. I guess that hand-held touch matters.

  2. Melissa808
    Posted April 11, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    I think the nighttime sushi chefs are good looking! OK, that has nothing to do with the food, but it was more than enough incentive to go back!

  3. M
    Posted April 11, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Hello Dallas, looks good! another place to check out.

  4. nonstopmari
    Posted April 12, 2011 at 2:10 am

    each sushi pic looks like art — even the spam. skinniness of natto roll and ratio of natto to rice also impressive. beautiful gallery!

  5. lihinggirl
    Posted April 12, 2011 at 2:30 am

    thx @dallasnagata for a great review and onolicious pictures! =)

  6. Posted April 12, 2011 at 5:22 am

    You made SPAM look sooo good :)

  7. WERUreo
    Posted April 12, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I’m not that big of a sushi eater, but the Chicken Karaage looked pretty good! And of course, the Spam one!

  8. EurekaGal
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Oh YUM! Love the photos! Can’t wait to get back and try this place. Thanks, Dallas!

  9. konaish
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 11:06 am

    @Melissa808 Ok, going at night. Ha!

  10. konaish
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I’ve heard only good things about SushiSan. Great pics, I’ll give it a try.

About Dallas Nagata White

Maui girl Dallas Nagata White is a full-time photographer and a lifetime artist. With a passion for travel, experience, and adventure she roams the world with at least two cameras by her side at all times.

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