Sansei Seafood Restaurant – Hawaii 2013
There are 4 Sansei locations in the Hawaiian Islands… one of which is located on the 3rd floor of the Waikiki Beach Marriott. Right next door is the d.k. Steak House (both of which are part of the D.K. Restaurant group).
Sansei is known for their Japanese fusion dishes and is only open for dinner. Since Hawaii is so close to Japan and fresh seafood is quite abundant here, this seemed like a good sign.
The interior is a bit dimly lit when the sun goes down. If you’ve been to Hawaii (or anywhere closer to the equator), you’ll notice that darkness falls almost instantly after sunset. The lack of twilight in Hawaii is quite noticeable if you’re from Vancouver because we’re used to summer nights being fairly bright well past 9pm.
There’s nothing better than enjoying some cool refreshments with friends. The drinks here were pretty yummy. We had the Pineapple Lychee Soda($4.95) that had big pieces of lychee and the Paradise Mojito ($11) – Hawaiian vodka, mint, lemongrass, and mango. The drink that you see in the background was a Notorious POG – passion fruit, orange, and guava ($8.75) that was probably the best of the bunch.
Sansei has their own take on poke. The pictures above are their Sansei-style Ahi Poke ($13.95) with cucumbers and Nalo Greens (a popular salad mix in Hawaii named after the Waimanalo region on Oahu).
We picked up a number of appies including the Hiyashi Wakame ($4.95) – seaweed salad in a toasted sesame dressing. The Sunomono Combo ($7.95) is a bit different than the sunomono that we usually get in Vancouver that’s served with vermicelli noodles. This version is made with thinly sliced wakame. We topped it off with a combination of octopus, crab, surf clam, and shrimp.
The Kaki Furai – panko crusted oysters ($10) came served with a ponzo aioli dipping sauce.
The Grilled Miso-Yaki Chicken ($8.95) was one of the entées that we ordered and was made from tender boneless chicken thighs marinated in sake and sweet miso and served with napa cabbage.
The best plate was Sansei’s Mango Crab Salad Hand Roll ($9.95). Part salad roll, part seafood, part fresh fruit… what could be better? The blue crab meat, ripe mango and greens are wrapped up in thin mamenori (soybean paper). We wound up ordering another serving.
We finished off our meal with Sansei’s Grilled Fresh Hawaiian Ahi and Asian Shrimp Cake ($28.95) with furikake yaki onigiri (a slightly chewy flavoured rice ball that’s been shaped) along with their Pink Cadillac roll.
The Pink Cadillac ($7.95) was a tasty combination of eel, shrimp, tamago, avocado, cucumber, and kaiware sprouts (sprouted daikon radish seeds) wrapped with pink mamenori.
The prices here tend to be on the expensive side but the seafood is fresh and the drinks are tasty.
2552 Kalakaua Avenue
Posted on June 17, 2013, in Hawaiian, Japanese, Restaurant Review, Seafood and tagged Food, Hawaii, Hawaiian, Honolulu, Japanese, restaurant review, Seafood, Sushi, Waikiki. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.