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Epic sushi that comes with a view

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May 19, 2015

Story By: Steve Murray | Photos by: NATHALIE WALKER

The first thing one notices when walking into Gokoku Sushi at Koko Marina is the décor. Bathed in subtle light, the quiet restaurant features dark woods, deep reds, plush furniture and a sushi bar overlooking the marina harbor. It is, without question, one of the most beautiful Japanese restaurants on Oahu. Matching the ambience created by a visiting Japanese designer is divine fare as stunning as its surroundings.

Gokoku offers a la carte items and combination platters, plus stunning appetizers and even kids meals. Across the board, everything is prepared fresh from its spotless, open kitchen.

It’s hard to find anything more appealing than the platters — especially Mahina Kago & Kaiseki ($68). Designed for one, but ample enough to share, the dish features an appetizer, nigiri, tempura, sashimi, meat, fish, miso soup and a Strawberry Panna Cotta dessert. The combinations often change as fresh seafood is brought in daily from Japan and Hawaii’s own fishing fleet.

No matter when you arrive, you’ll be greeted by a bevy of subtle flavors that looks as good as it tastes.

Another way to sample the expansive offerings is by trying Assorted Nigiri 13 ($68). Just as the name suggests, the plate features 13 pieces of sushi ranging from salmon and shrimp to uni and octopus. Sides of sweet egg, pickled ginger and wasabi round out the flavor profile of this colorful dish.

Finish up your meal with something fresh from the dessert offerings: Today’s Ice Cream, Brulee, Gokoku Sundae, Today’s Cake or Wagashi made from white and red azuki beans that are formed into a flower and served with matcha green tea.

Gokoku Sushi

W H E R E
Koko Marina Center
7192 Kalanianaole Hwy.,
Honolulu

C A L L
888-7777

H O U R S
Lunch: Tuesday-Sunday,
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dinner: 5-10 p.m. daily

N O T E
Reservations recommended

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