Riding The Sushi Train

A La Carte Columns

December 25, 2016

Story By: Yu Shing Ting | Photos by: A. Consillio

Rainbow Roll

Rainbow Roll

First it was the revolving conveyor belt, now it’s the Bullet Express — known for its kaiten-sushi dining concept, customers love Genki Sushi’s fast, convenient and fun approach to dining. Add quality and taste to the mix, and it’s no wonder the Japan-based food chain has become a family favorite around the world.

The first Genki Sushi in Hawaii opened on Kapahulu Avenue in 1993, and has since grown to 14 locations throughout the state (note: the Waiau restaurant in Pearl City will close Dec. 31).

In keeping up with the times, Genki Sushi has been modernizing its food-ordering system with the Bullet Express. Inspired by Japan’s iconic bullet train, customers can place their order off of a touch-screen iPad and it’s delivered direct to their table via the Bullet Express. So far, the technology is available at Genki’s Kauai, Maui, Pearlridge, Waikele, Kapahulu, Kaneohe and Ala Moana eateries.

David Moon, Genki Sushi purchasing director and operations manager, says the company hopes to eventually bring it to all locations.


Genki Sushi offers a variety of freshly prepared gunkan, hand rolls, sushi rolls, nigiri and more. There also are assorted side dishes, including Japanese and local favorites, such as somen salad, udon noodles, edamame, chicken karaage, gyoza and sashimi. Dishes are priced by the color of its plate (yellow, green, red, gray and black).

Among the top sellers is Spicy Tuna Gunkan consisting of diced ahi tuna mixed with Genki’s original spicy mayo-based sauce. Also popular is Rainbow Roll, featuring shredded imitation crab with cucumber in the middle, and topped with ahi, salmon and avocado.

Each location may have its own unique creations and daily specials.

Genki Sushi

Pearlridge (Uptown, Across From Satellite City Hall)
98-1005 Moanalua Road, Ste. 801 (And Other Locations)
Monday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Open New Year’s Eve and Day: 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Aiea, HI 96701

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