Sold on Sushi

Features Inside Feature

August 20, 2011

Story By: Dining Out Team |

If you’re craving sushi, but don’t have the time to dine in, look no further than Kozo Sushi. With five convenient locations throughout Oahu — Pearlridge Center, Kahala Mall, Moiliili, Pearl City and Keeaumoku — Kozo and its take-out services are available to the masses. Maybe best of all, Kozo’s quality restaurant-grade sushi comes at reasonable prices.

  • (Clockwise) Dynamite Maki ($7.25), Spicy Kakiage Don ($5.99), Ahi Lover ($7.15), Kamaaina Plate ($42 for 98 pieces)
  • Ahi Lover ($7.15)
  • Spicy Kakiage Don ($5.99)
  • Kamaaina Plate ($42 for 98 pieces. No raw fish)
  • Dynamite Maki ($7.25)
  • A showcase filled with different packs and sets of sushi at Kozo Sushi in Pearl City.
  • Kozo Sushi cashier Marisel Cadiz with the Ahi Lover ($7.15)
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Kozo Sushi prides itself on serving up traditional Japanese dishes as well as concocting its own local-inspired flavors. Popular sushi items include Futo Maki ($3.69), Ahi Nigiri ($1.99), Shrimp Tempura Maki ($4.99), Ahi Lover ($7.15) and Spicy Ahi Maki ($5.99).

Some of the more notable dishes are Dragon Maki (6.99), Dynamite Maki ($7.25) and Spicy Ahi Don ($6.15). These items were created by restaurant chefs looking to cater to local clientele, and the dishes have quickly become customer favorites.

While these dishes may be found in other sushi restaurants, Kozo prepares its sushi differently, mixing a variety of sauces and ingredients that result in innovative sushi creations.

The Dragon Maki, for example, includes shrimp tempura, lettuce, ahi, masago, green onion, spicy sauce, teriyaki sauce and sesame seeds. The Dynamite Maki, one of the newest additions to the Kozo menu, includes shrimp tempura, spicy ahi, masago, green onion, chili sauce and wasabi — all rolled up in a breading of barbecue potato chips. Another new dish is the Tsunami ($6.99), which combines a California maki (avocado, crab and cucumber) with ahi and chopped green onions, rolled in tempura chips and drizzled with sweet chili sauce on top.

The chefs at Kozo Sushi are constantly inventing new dishes, so stop in often to discover their latest creations. The chefs enjoy drawing on local flavors, playing with different ingredients and mixing things up. Kozo is in the process of inventing new sushi dishes right now and hopes to unveil the items next month. To keep updated on Kozo’s new items, visit kozosushi.net.

Kozo also offers a number of Party Plates to be shared with the entire family or brought along to a get-together. The Kamaaina Plate ($42), which can feed 10-12 people, has 98 pieces of sushi, including California Maki, Egg Maki, Futo Maki, Tempura Maki, Cucumber Maki and Cone Sushi. The Family Set ($23.99) is made up of 45 pieces of sushi that includes Ahi Nigiri, Shrimp Nigiri and Salmon Nigiri. Stop in soon to take advantage of Kozo’s Party Plate deal — 10 percent off each plate until the end of September.

And if you want something else to go with your sushi, Kozo also offers a number of other dishes such as Spicy Ahi Kakiage Don ($5.99) Salmon Ikura Don ($6.99) and Ebi Tempura Soba ($5.50).

Kozo Sushi

  • Kahala Mall
    • Kahala Mall
    • (808) 738-5696
    • 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Monday – Thursday
    • 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    • Friday – Saturday
    • 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Sunday
  • Keeaumoku
    • Keeaumoku Street
    • (808) 946-5696
    • 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    • Monday – Thursday
    • 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Friday – Saturday
    • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Sunday
  • Moiliili
    • 2334 South King Street
    • (808) 951-5696
    • 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Monday – Thursday
    • 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    • Friday – Saturday
    • 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Sunday
  • Pearl City
    • 1029 Makolu Street #C
    • (808) 455-6805
    • 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Open daily
  • Pearlridge Center (Downtown, Mall Level)
    • (808) 483-6805
    • 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Monday – Saturday
    • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Sunday
  • Website