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G Sushi Still Delivers with Evolving Menu
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G Sushi Still Delivers with Evolving Menu

Story By Sarah Pacheco Photos By Nathalie Walker
March 6 - 12, 2011

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Those in search of affordable, fresh sushi need look no further than G Sushi. For the past three years, this tiny Market City Shopping Center eatery has been winning over local foodies big-time with its evolving menu of both traditional and imaginative sushi creations.

  • Wooden boats carry sushi offerings around for customers at G Sushi, located at Market City Shopping Center.
  • G Sushi co-owner Lisa Yuan presents customers with a myriad of sushi options, including Tamago, Inari, Hiyayakko, Natto Maki and Spicy Tuna Temaki.
  • Ahi Poke ($2.39)
  • Deluxe Ahi Roll ($2.89)
  • Ebi Katsu ($2.89)
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Among the most popular items is the Ebi Katsu ($2.89). One bite of this nigiri, which is an assemblage of deep-fried shrimp, green onions and rice, and it’s little wonder why it’s always one of the first plates snatched up from the conveyer-belt-style wooden boats.

“We also put a special sauce on that makes it really good,” says co-owner Lisa Yuan, who prepares many of the dishes herself in the back kitchen.

Another favorite with the G Sushi set is the Ahi Poke Gunkan ($2.39), mounds of perfectly pink ahi poke mixed with crunchy yellow and green onions, all on top of sticky rice wrapped with nori.

“The tuna is all fresh,” adds Yuan, smiling with pride. “Sometimes the customer comes inside and thinks it’s frozen because other places do that, but we get our tuna fresh every day from the fish market.”

One of the more unique finds only at G Sushi is what is known as the Deluxe Ahi Roll ($2.89).

“The customer named this dish,” Lisa says. “It’s a new item, so we just put it on the boats, and one of the customers just said, ‘That’s one deluxe ahi roll!'”

With spicy ahi on the inside and a layer of raw ahi and avocado on the outside, this makimono truly lives up to its name.

Liven up any meal with slices of pickled ginger, bright-green wasabi or shoyu, which are kept in constant supply at the dine-in counter.

On the Side

Picture yourself in a boat on a river, with edamame trees and coconut mochi skies.

Sushi fans don’t have to imagine this magical world where plates of freshly made nigiri, donburi, noodles and makimono come floating to their fingertips down a never-ending line of wooden boats. It exists at G Sushi, located conveniently in Market City Shopping Center in Kapahulu.

Formerly Catch of the Day, G Sushi debuted on the local restaurant scene three years ago under the ownership of Billy and Lisa Yuan. Together the husband-wife team manage the quant sushi shop that allows customers to select their own meal from an endless array of food options that literally float around the restaurant on tiny, color-coded plates.

“The color means different prices,” explains Lisa. For example, sushi on the green plates, like the popular Spicy Tuna Temaki, cost $2.39, while delectable bites resting on pink plates, like the Dragon Roll, cost $2.89.

Now through spring, all items atop a yellow plate cost just 99 cents each, including G Sushi’s popular Mini Spam Musubi, Tamago, Inari, Hiyayakko, Miso Soup, Chi Chi Mochi, Tuna Salad, Massago, Kappa Maki, Natto Maki, California Maki and Charlie’s Special.

“We have 20 items on the yellow plates,” Lisa reports.

Other everyday deals abounding within G Sushi’s glass doors include Chicken Katsu Don ($3.59), Teri Beef Yakitori ($2.89), Uni ($5.99) and Shrimp Purse ($5.99), as well as a full menu of new items like Seared Ebi, Seared Aji Hotate, Ebi Tempura Roll, Sweet Potato Croquette and Vegetarian Tempura.

If customers can’t find anything that floats their boat, simply order off the extensive menu of ready-to-make orders.

“We also have three udon sets. They are very popular,” Lisa adds of the Ebi Tempura, Nigiri and Spicy Tuna udon bowls ($6.79 each, available for dine-in orders only).

Also available are take-out platters that range from $15.95 for 22 pieces of Futomaki Inari or California Inari, to $38.95 for the 40-piece Deluxe Nigiri platter.

G Sushi

  • Where
    • Market City Shopping Center
    • 2919 Kapiolani Boulevard #23
    • Honolulu, HI 96826
  • Call
    • (808) 732-9661
  • Hours
    • 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Sunday – Thursday
    • 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    • Fridays and Saturdays