stairways to heaven
come early to avoid the dinner crowd and you can guarantee find parking behind the restaurant. we ordered the 'stairways to heaven' sashimi platter, ahi poke, oysters, and drinks. honestly i like this place more than Sasabune because it doesn't have that intimidating feeling as you're about to eat your food. service started out good when the restaurant was empty but we had to flag down our server by the end of the meal just to grab another drink and our check.
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Superb little restaurant in Kaimuki
This sushi restaurant is fantastic, their fried chicken and all sushi rolls from yanagi to tuna and hamachi kama are made with the best ingredients, which makes you want more, I highly recommend you go here all the time. We just love coming here.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food we had was great,
The food we had was great, but the service was severely lacking. We ordered server all things, which were never punched in...so we waited for about 15-20 minutes for nothing. The servers seemed to be running around like chickens with no heads... Aside from that ordering fiasco, what we had was good. Kind of expensive for fair service and good food.
4/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
high quality sushi, good value
first visit at this location on Waialae Avenue. The food is still top notch and service was fast. We enjoyed the hamachi kama, Jodie's Roll that featured seared hamachi on the outside and spicy tuna roe, aioli sauce, masago and green onions - definitely one to order again! We also had the gyutan which was so delicious, it didn't even need the ponzu sauce it was served with. All that plus 16 orders of assorted nigiri sushi, oysters and oyster shooters. Dinner for two without drinks was a reasonable $202 before tip. Can't wait to come back again. Had to get two orders each of the hotate and moi nigiri sushi, it was so good.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good sushi restaurant
We particulary enjoyed miso soup and softshel crab appetizer. Sushi were generally good, however the rice was not holding together well, so it was a little difficult to eat. Service was attentive and well timed.
5/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Sushi I've ever eaten
Tony Lam is an amazing sushi chef and extraordinary to watch. In addiction, he serves unique fish to the area and he and al the staff took the time to explain the dishes, preparation and how best to enjoy. It was a really wonderful experience, and if I lived closer I would be there all the time.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Classic & modern take on sushi
Efficient and knowledgeable servers/wait staff, had a 5:30p reservation so seating was quick, and the food was awesome! Fish/seafood was fresh and prepared with respect and skill, and the tastes were very vibrant. Will definitely return.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
i LOVE this place and don't feel as intimidated eating here compared to sasabunae. we ordered the omakasae set and enjoyed everything that came out. expect to spend 300+ for 2 full and happy bellys.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best sushi ever!
We really enjoyed everything we ordered. The quality was top-notch and the fish was delicious. We over ordered because we wanted to try so many things. The ahi-poke chips were delicious. The Mauna Kea sashimi platter was loaded with amazing moi, hamachi, various types of ahi, and a few other fish that I can't remember the names of. Can't wait to go back again! Everything was excellent!
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sushi is here
I was caught off guard by the menu prices..
Overall the sushi was very soft and tasty.. I think the appetizers were the best tasting items on the menu..
The staff was very nice and always making sure that we were well taken care of.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The sushi was great and my husband loved the variety and unique offerings of the nigiri. The appetizers were great. Not a good place for timid sushi eaters who like rolls though. I stuck with spicy salmon and spicy tuna with hamachi as there weren't many options like that. Service was good although their knowledge of beer was quite low. Only negative thing is I had written a request for something special since it was my husband's birthday and they didn't do anything, not even wish him a birthday or acknowledge the special occasion. Thankfully I had other things for him at home but I was a little disappointed that my note in the Open Table reservation was virtually ignored. Otherwise, he had wonderful sushi and was none the wiser.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sushi is Superb, but service lacks
We had the hamachi kama rolls and the hamachi collar, it was cooked perfectly and need I say was very delicious. Also always enjoy the spicy tuna rolls, saba was good, all of their nigiri sushi we had was yummy. Also ordered the rib-eye steak, it was surprisingly pretty good, it had some kind of sweet and sour sauce that added extra flavor to the steak. Only issue with Kona Kai, is that they take a long time for service, also they sort of seem very disorganized. The restaurant did a big nono by opening the doors late and making guess stand outside for an extra 8 minutes. However, the food is too good to not return again.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious nigiri. Definitely
Delicious nigiri. Definitely worth a try. The prices are on the high end, but I enjoyed trying ankimo, shima aji, hirame, and other items not always available elsewhere.
Winners: Kona Kai's version of chutoro, fresh oysters on the half shell.
They have late-night specials and I might consider returning for their late-night omakase.
It was very easy to reserve a table with Open Table. Thank you!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food, patience required
First off I have to say that I absolutely LOVE the food here, and have found it to be excellent over four visits. The only problem is getting that food to your table... I'm a patient diner and I appreciate quality, so I don't have a big problem when things take longer than they should, but it proved to be a problem for members of my group the past two times I've been there. It doesn't seem to be an issue if you are eating omakase but be prepared to be patient if you're ordering a la carte. That's the only issue that would prevent me from recommending this restaurant to others, and the reason that I would have to rate the service as 2-star, even though all servers were competent, pleasant and extremely apologetic over the delay.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was great except
Everything was great except they opened 15 min late.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Extensive nigiri sushi selection. Everything we had in our Omakase dinner (chef's choice) was high quality, superb fish and shellfish. Well worth spending more here and getting a really special sushi experience.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM