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Sushi Reigns Supreme

Story By Ali Resich Photos By Leah Friel
March 18 - 24, 2012

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For an authentic taste of Japan, you’ve got to pay Sushi King a visit. You won’t find fusion sushi or interpretations of Japanese fare, but rather traditional dishes prepared by Japanese-trained chefs behind the restaurant’s unmistakable sushi bar.

  • Sashimi Omakase ($35.95)
  • Chef Keiichi Honda
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Sashimi Omakase ($35.95), for example, is a no-fuss, time-honored dish that simply highlights prime seafood. “Omakase means leave it up to the chef,” explains owner and manager Shu-Lee Kondo. Sushi wizards masterfully arrange a delicious combination of fresh seafood from maguro to hamachi.

“It’s totally quality seafood,” says Kondo.

Another Japanese favorite is Yosonabe ($17.95 a la carte, $23.95 complete dinner). “This is getting very popular because you get so much inside,” says Kondo of the appetizing nabe filled with Chinese cabbage, bok choy, chicken meatballs, shrimp, salmon, butterfish, scallops, shimeji mushrooms, Chinese peas, oysters, tofu and kamaboko (fish cake).

Kondo also recommends Dynamite ($14.50), served spicy or mild with an assortment of fish and mayonnaise baked in an abalone shell. The South King Street establishment has long satisfied its regulars with Four Rolls, including Hawaiian ($13.50), Sunshine ($12.50), Dragon ($12.50) and Caterpillar ($12.50) varieties.

Sushi King has kept tradition alive for 20 years and with its beloved, genuine menu, the tried-and-true eatery shows no signs of slowing down.

Sushi King

  • Where
    • 2700 South King Street #C
    • Honolulu, HI 96826
  • Call
    • (808) 947-2836
  • Hours
    • Open daily for lunch
    • 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    • Dinner
    • Wednesday – Monday
    • 5:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.
    • Tuesdays
    • 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.