Succulent Seafood and more

Cover Story

September 25, 2022

Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar general manager Eileen Bailey-Marchan, executive chef Adrian Solorzano and head sushi chef Greg Gabaon showcase the spread at the Waikiki restaurant.

With so many robust flavors converging on its menu of ono cuisine coupled with top-notch customer service, Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar invites guests to dress casually, bring a smile and enjoy the dining adventure that awaits.

From its signature sushi varieties to succulent steaks and pork chops to seafood pasta, Sansei offers an array of diverse options that local diners clamor for.

Dragonfly Roll ($20.95)

“We are best known for our delicious sushi, but we have so much more than that!” says general manager Eileen Bailey-Marchan. “We have great steaks and entrées, too. We are a casual family-style restaurant, but there’s nothing casual about our food.”

Asian Crusted Grilled & Sliced 14-ounce Prime New York Steak ($58) is cooked to one’s desired temperature and served alongside local baby arugula, which provides peppery notes, and fingerling potatoes topped with a grape tomato salad and garlic jus that helps tie all the bold flavors on the plate together.

Moana Sashimi Platter ($49.95)

Sansei’s sushi rolls stand out as a perfect way to start a meal. The Dragonfly Roll ($20.95) features eight piec es of spicy tuna along with kaiware sprouts (new growth from the daikon radish) rolled uramaki style before being topped with fresh ahi, avocado and tobiko along with a sweet Thai chile aioli. This “inside out” roll is one of San sei’s contemporary favorites that brings together fresh new flavors with traditional preparation techniques.

Asian Crusted Grilled & Sliced 14-ounce Prime New York Steak ($58)

New and loyal Sansei diners rave about the Moana Sashimi Platter ($49.95), which includes four pieces each of freshly prepared ahi, hamachi, salmon, ika, koji-seared marlin, tako sumiso, sunomono and kizami wasabi.

Cajun Seared Walu Sashimi ($15.95)

Panko Crusted Ahi Sashimi ($16.50) is crafted with fresh ahi wrapped with spinach and arugula before being flash fried with a panko crust and served with a savory soy wasabi butter sauce.

Panko Crusted Ahi Sashimi ($16.50)

“The Panko Crusted Ahi Sashimi is definitely one of the most popular items on our menu,” Bailey-Marchan says. “Just about every table gets at least one.With the crunchy outside, the delicious ahi inside and that fantastic sauce, it’s hard to say no!”

Cajun Seared Walu Sashimi with yukke sauce ($15.95) features perfectly cooked white tuna that’s complemented by shaved sweet Maui onions, jalapeños, cilantro and the yukke sauce that all converge for an elevated flavor profile.

Sansei offers an early-bird special 5:30-6 p.m. Sundays and Mondays (unless it’s a holiday), and there are no reservations for this special (first come, first served), as diners can take 50% off the majority of the menu’s traditional prices. The Sansei team recommends guests come as early as 4:30 p.m. to stand in line for the unbelievable deal.

2552 Kalākaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

Ilima Awards
Hawaii's Best