Rolling Out Popular PlattersFeatures Inside Feature
May 14, 2017
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO
When it comes to offering some of Hawaii’s freshest and innovative sushi options, Kozo Sushi is definitely on a roll.
Multiple generations of local diners flock to Kozo Sushi, as the restaurant continues to dish out stellar Japanese fare via a fresh approach to fast food.
Kozo has grown to include five convenient locations, including its Keeaumoku locale adjacent to Wal-Mart, and as the Kozo Sushi management team explains: “The fact that we started out in Japan helps set us apart from the competition. Kozo Sushi is the No. 1 fast-food sushi chain in Japan, and has the largest number of sushi stores. We also use ingredients and recipes from Japan that have been developed over many years.”
While Kozo provides the quick delivery of multiple menu options, its main priority remains providing great value via quality selections and stellar service at a reasonable price. This philosophy allows the restaurant to serve customers who may be pressed for time, such as those stopping in for a quick lunch or picking up dinner after a long day at work. The sushi recipes blend traditional Japanese flavors and preparation techniques with more mainstream and local flavors that appeal to a broad spectrum of tastes and preferences, while new items are constantly introduced to keep the menu fresh.
The dining chain also serves brown rice as a healthier alternative to white rice in select dishes. Diners are reminded that there are plenty of items on the menu that don’t include raw fish, and that are perfect for those with vegetarian diets. Additionally, MSG is not used throughout Kozo Sushi’s menu.
Just in time for graduation season — as well as those looking to cater family gatherings, special events and business functions — Kozo offers a host of Party Plates designed to please attendees at any occasion. Popular options include Deluxe Maki Set ($28.99), a 52-piece assortment including 24 Makisushi, 24 Hosomaki and four Inari pieces. Sukeroku Plate ($22.50) is another popular platter, and includes 12 pieces of Inari and 24 pieces of Futomaki sushi.
“Our party plates are great for special events because they are delicious and reasonably priced,” Keeaumoku store manager Kyle Higashide explains. “They include all kinds of popular sushi that appeal to everyone, and are perfect for parties and special occasions.”
The convenient sushi spot also serves up freshly made bentos, including Teriyaki Chicken Bento ($7.99) with soba noodles, salad, sushi and tasty chicken in a savory teriyaki sauce atop a bed of white rice. Tempura Udon ($6.50) is another popular a la carte selection; it features a choice of udon or soba noodles with two pieces of shrimp tempura and a selection of hot or cold broth.
As a reminder, Kozo Sushi’s Kahala location is currently closed for renovations, but the Moiliili and Keeaumoku locations provide perfect options for nearby guests.
638 Keeaumoku St., No. 101, Honolulu (in addition to four other locations)
Monday-Saturday, open from 9:30 a.m.; Monday through Thursday, closes at 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, closes at 8 p.m.; Sunday, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.