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Party-Perfect Platters

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March 7, 2016

Story By: Kelli Shiroma | Photos by: NATHALIE WALKER

Deluxe Maki Set ($28.99) features inari, maki sushi (California, futo, egg), and various hoso maki, including shinko, kanpyo and more.

Deluxe Maki Set ($28.99) features inari, maki sushi (California, futo, egg), and various hoso maki, including shinko, kanpyo and more.

Whether you’re headed to a family gathering, potluck or beach barbecue, Kozo Sushi has you covered. Famous for its fast service, numerous bento options and takeout sushi, Kozo has a variety of plates that are sure to be the hit of any party.

According to Madoka Osugi, assistant manager at Kozo Sushi’s Moiliili location, the most popular platters are Deluxe Maki Set ($28.99), Aloha Set ($28.99) and Family Set ($28.99). Deluxe Maki Set includes 52 pieces; Aloha Set, 43; and Family Set, 45 pieces. Of the three platters, Family Set reigns as the best seller.

There's something for everyone in Family Set ($28.99), from nigiri and hoso ma ki to makimono and inari.

There’s something for everyone in Family Set ($28.99), from nigiri and hoso ma ki to makimono and inari.

“I would definitely recommend the Family Set because it has both, maki and raw fish items,” Osugi says. “A lot of people like that there’s variety in that one.”

“The Aloha Set is good because it has all the basic sashimi and nigiri items, as well as the small makis on the side,” Osugi continues. “The Deluxe Maki set is popular because it’s an all-maki platter; it doesn’t have raw fish. A lot of people who like to go to the beach or are going to a barbecue like to order that one.”

In addition to nigiri options, including ahi, ika, egg, shrimp and salmon, Aloha Set ($28.99) offers tekka, cucumber and shinko maki.

In addition to nigiri options, including ahi, ika, egg, shrimp and salmon, Aloha Set ($28.99) offers tekka, cucumber and shinko maki.

Kozo Sushi has four shops on Oahu, in addition to its original Moiliili location: Keaaumoku, Pearl-ridge, Pearl City and Kahala Mall. Osugi says Kozo Sushi is a great option for lunch or dinner because of the fresh food and reasonable prices.

“I would tell first-time customers to pick Kozo because our food is good and it’s not too expensive,” she says. “Our prices are moderate, and I think that’s why a lot of people like to come here. It’s inexpensive, compared to a lot of other places (with similar cuisine), and we also have good and fast service.”

Kozo Sushi also is appealing to health-conscious customers. About six months ago, the company started serving sushi without MSG, much to the delight of clientele.

“We used to put MSG in our rice vinegar, but now we make our sushi so that there’s no MSG in it,” Osugi confirms. “It’s a pretty recent development. A lot of people used to ask, ‘Do you put MSG in your sushi?’ Now we can say we don’t put MSG in our sushi, and a lot of people appreciate that.”

Kozo Sushi

2334 S. King St., Honolulu (and various other locations)
951-5696
Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
kozosushihawaii.com

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