Sansei Seafood Restaurant (Hawaii 2018): Sensational Seafood with a Sunset
Sansei Seafood Restaurant has been one of our favourite restaurants in Waikiki for a few years. Located on the 3rd floor of the Waikiki Beach Marriot, it a great place to enjoy the sunset – mind you, the palm trees have grown a bit over the years so the view is more obstructed now. Still, the food here is great and they offer 25% off certain items before 6pm.
We started off our meals with a Lychee Sangria ($12) and a Guava Alo Rita ($11). The sangria here is nice and fruity while the guava alo rita is made with Sauza blue agave tequila, aloe juice, guava purée, house lime sour and presented with a black lava sea salt rim.
The one item that you should always get when you visit Sansei is their signature Mango Crab Salad Hand Rolls ($10.95) which are made with ripe mangoes, blue crab, fresh greens and crunchy peanuts wrapped inside mamenori (soy bean wrappers) and paired with a sweet Thai chili sauce. Not your typical salad roll.
Next up for us was the Wagyu Beef Carpaccio ($15.95) served with a ginger scallion sauce, sweet onions, and truffle oil. A definite hit.
Keeping with the theme of melt-in-your-mouth goodness, the Matsuhisa-Style Miso Butterfish ($17.95) did not disappoint. The large white flakes of the butterfish are super tender and full of sake and sweet miso flavour from the marinade.
The one dish which missed the mark on our visit was the Ginger Hoisin Smoked Duck ($28.95) as we found the fatty part of the duck was too difficult to chew through. It was a shame that the duck fat didn’t render enough because we had to cut the skin and fat off to even eat this.
One of our favourite dishes from a past visit was their DK’s Crab Ramen with Asian Truffle Broth ($18.95). This is a really fragrant dish and the aroma of the truffle broth really hits you when they set this down at your table. The tender noodles are accompanied with fresh crab meat, cilantro, Thai basil and some mild chili pepper slices.
Sansei can get quite busy so it’s best to go early or try to score a reservation. If you’re out of luck, try their sister restaurant next door… DK Steak House – another one of our favourite restaurants in Waikiki.
2552 Kalakaua Ave (3rd floor of the Waikiki Beach Marriot)
Posted on June 20, 2018, in Hawaiian, Japanese, Restaurant Review, Seafood and tagged Crab Ramen with Asian Truffle, Food, Hawaii, Hawaiian, Honolulu, Japanese, Mango Crab Salad Roll, Miso Butterfish, Oahu, restaurant review, Seafood, Wagyu Beef Carpacchio, Waikiki. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.