All aboard the sushi train

Cover Story

March 19, 2023

Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO

(From left) Genki Sushi Pearlridge Center manager Amado Garlitos, front-of-house supervisor Valerie Pichay and manager Jayson Ulit

As it continues to elevate the Japanese sushi tradition, Genki Sushi brings plenty of flavor and fun to each table by rolling out innovative culinary creations to coincide with the popularity of kaiten sushi. Translated to mean “revolving,” the stellar sushi gained notoriety for being served on a conveyor belt.

Salmon Cream Cheese Roll ($5.85), Rainbow Roll ($6.75) and California Roll ($3.95)

Local diners of all ages are invited “all aboard” the train as the Genki Sushi “Bullet Express” continues to bring satisfaction to patrons across Hawaii. The restaurant group has also introduced a new mo bile technology that allows guests at select locations, including Pearlridge Center, to order directly from their phones and pay for their orders with just a few clicks.

Tiger King Roll ($12.50; seasonal special)

With eight locations on Oahu, including the revamped Pearlridge Center restaurant that recently opened on March 1, as well as eateries on Kauai, Maui and Hawaii Island, Genki Sushi serves up flavorful creations in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Diners may choose from a host of delicious sushi selections, rice bowls topped with local favorites, bento sets, tasty desserts and beverages.

Rainbow Roll ($6.75), Salmon Cream Cheese Roll ($5.85), Spicy Tuna Gunkan ($4.95) and Garlic Salmon Nigiri ($4.95)

Most Genki Sushi locations across the state offer the double-rail bullet train sushi delivery configuration for convenient, ultra-fast ordering to help identify and select one’s favorite choices in a flash. As part of the train-ordering process, diners can place orders via a touch-screen panel and receive their fresh favorites tableside.

Spicy Tuna Gunkan ($4.95), Ikura Gunkan ($6.75) and Garlic Salmon Nigiri ($4.95)

Genki Sushi offers a wide variety of nigiri, gunkan and roll sushi dishes, from simple favorites to extravagant creations. Spicy Tuna Gunkan ($4.95) is a go-to menu mainstay, while California Roll and Spicy California Roll ($3.95 each) are crafted with imitation crab, avocado and cucumber.

Salmon Cream Cheese Roll ($5.85)

Rainbow Roll ($6.75) is nearly as colorful as it is flavorful: ahi, salmon and avocado are placed atop the roll with imitation crab and cucumber in the middle of this specialty sushi. Popular selections also include Ikura Gunkan ($6.75), Salmon Cream Cheese Roll ($5.85) and Garlic Salmon Nigiri ($4.95).

Misoyaki Salmon ($12.50; Pearlridge location, weekend special)

Diners can also look forward to new seasonal specials. Tiger King Roll ($12.50) is a special introduced just in time for spring, while Misoyaki Salmon ($12.50) is a weekend-only special available at the Pearlridge location featuring sweet and savory flavors.

“Every three months or so, we come up with different seasonal specials as we put together our more popular items and flavors that customers will enjoy — for us, sushi is always in season,” says Genki Sushi senior director of operations Bunji Mine. “Come in and enjoy them with your friends and family!”

Genki Sushi also offers a 10% discount for military members and seniors 55 and older. The discount is available Sunday through Thursday on dine-in orders only, and diners must show valid photo identification; this offer may not be combined with any other discounts or promotions.

Some Genki Sushi locations have adjusted their hours of operation based on available staffing due to an industry-wide labor shortage, so diners are encouraged to call and check before visiting. As a reminder, prices may vary by location.

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