Posts Tagged ‘sushi

23
Feb
11

Sushi ii: a place for a really “good” time

Sushi ii

655 Keeaumoku St, Ste 109
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 942-5350

The man that made our stomachs sing, Garrett Wong.

For starters let’s clear up something. This place is Sushi ii (pronounced “ee” as in the Japanese word for “good”), and NOT Sushi 2 or whatever it is called in Waikiki. This happy little eatery is located in the Samsung Plaza and lives up to its name as “good” if not super. Garrett Wong, who has had the fortune of being written about in Honolulu Magazine, and serving the HGC at Natsunoya a year ago, has created a great sushi spot that I would rather keep hidden for my friends and I, then share with the rest of you. However, that would not do him any credit. Anyway, let’s get to the review.

The Good: the Fresh Selection

So much to choose from, where to begin?

At Sushi ii there is an awesome selection of sushi. You want it? Garrett probably can make it or has it. He puts in orders for Japanese fish (as in they are from Japan!) and he really puts care in selecting the freshest and tastiest fish possible.. The Grub Club supplied over fifteen eaters at this establishment and I think we ate almost every kind of fish or crustacean supplied on the menu. Everyone in general seemed please, with the people at the counter getting a nice selection of fish. I will say that the kitchen also makes some great deep-fried moi and flounder. You can tell that Garrett cares when he makes his sushi as well, as generally, you never need to add shoyu and wasabi. It is just right, as sushi should be consumed.

One moi time!

Finally, dessert never disappoints. You would think that you wouldn’t feel heavy and full after eating a bunch of fish, but oh no you definitely can. So I appreciate the lightness of the panna cotta. It is a nice finisher.

The Bad: Wait and Size

I am kind of torn, as this was probably my fault and lack of planning. However, I definitely felt that the kitchen orders for the table group could have come a little faster, but then again when you try to pack in over 15 people at the same time I think that is totally my bad. So it wasn’t Sushi ii’s fault that we had to wait so long, but the wait was bearable due to the BYOB and great company. The size of the restaurant and parking lot definitely will make it a wait some nights. So come prepared, by buying a lot of sake from the Sake Shop.  In terms of the food though, nothing I ate was bad. I would order it again, and would probably like to try more from the regular and special menu.

Wait for this? Absolutely, would do it again!

Bottom Line: 4 out of 5

I would go back and indeed I am trying to plan another dinner for some other friends. I have a bottle of Dai Ginjo and some ideas of what fish I want in my belly. I highly recommend going to the Sake Shop before hand and selecting a bottle of sake or two. The owners of the Sake Shop are friends with Garrett and they definitely know what he is making and help you select a good bottle to go with your meal. For our own part, it was kind of neat I met the owner who made the sake bottle I bought for dinner, which was Mizbasho and it was the Ginjo, which was perfect because it was subtler and matched all the variety of sushi that we ate.

I highly recommend for sushi lovers to check this fun little place out. I also wish Garrett and his crew the best, and hope to see them soon.

See you again real soon!

One More Word

As always please check out my fellow Grub Clubber, Kyle H., who is a better foodie and reviewer than I at this link. Moreover, if you just peruse the other Yelp reviews most people have given it a four or five stars. Also please check out the HGC Flickr photostream for all that we ate that night!

11
May
10

Midnight Munchies Spotlight: Aki-no-no Dishes

WARNING: If you love Japanese food and are looking at this blog at night you will get hungry! Hungry enough to go to Aki-no-no for a snack!

One of my big cravings at night is Japanese food. Sushi, small grilled dishes, and a spot of Japanese beer or sake can really take care of anxious taste buds. I love salty and simple, and then washing it down with something dry and smooth. So it’s no surprise that I can be found often at Aki-no-no. This little gem, across from Puck’s Alley, offers not just one, but multiple midnight munchies for me.

I highly recommend checking it out late night. Added to the tasty dishes (pictured below) is that it has that cozy feeling of a small, authentic sushi bar found in the neighborhood in Japan. The owners of Aki-no-no are also the proud parents of the J-pop star Yuna Ito.

Let the parade of pictures begin!

Always a favorite, unagi nigiri!

Don't take my temaki rolls! They are so delicious.

Fried oysters are fantastic in my mouth!

Tempura pumpkin - tempting aren't they?

Yakisoba, always simple and tasty.

Grilled beef tongue, leaves me speechless every time!

These are baby bok chois (Chinese vegetables), but unfortunately they are NOT bacon-wrapped enoki, which I have no picture of this time, but always order . . .

Btw, I know what you are all thinking that was not a snack, that was enough food for a meal . . . alright, it was a snack meal! DON’T JUDGE ME!




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