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“Most delicious sushi I've ever”
Review of Sushi Sasabune

Sushi Sasabune
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Ranked #68 of 2,604 Restaurants in Honolulu
Price range: US$50 - US$50
Cuisines: Sushi
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Keeaumoku St.
Transit: South King street and Keeaumoku street by bus.
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

No shoyu on the table. No need to augment what is put in front of you. Each nigiri comes with a unique topping which might sound gimmicky, but it's far from that. Complements the fish incredibly well. Even the rice is unique - not the typical vinegar and sugar seasoning - there's something else to it. Take your time and enjoy the flavors of each order. Price is actually reasonable for the amount of creativity and work that goes into the food. You are limited to one order of each per person - clearly limited supply so fresh every day.

Thank MelTakata
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Reviewed 4 September 2017

It was our second time dining at Sushi Sasabune and we enjoyed our dinner very much!

We did the Omakase and left it up to the chef to surprise us.
The sushi pieces were served on warm rice and you are supposed to eat each piece in one bit and they sometimes recommend how to enhance the flavor by adding the fresh wasabi to certain pieces. No soy sauce needed.

Later on we read other people reviews' and discovered that there are two different type of Omakase: Western and Japanese. Apparently when you make a reservation, which you'd need to dine at this place, you'd need to let them know in advance if you'd prefer the Japanese Omakase, also if you'd want to sit at the sushi bar then you'd need to let them know. If not indicated then the Chef just serve you the Western Omakase and from what I read - the sushi pieces would have more seasoning....our dinner was still amazing but for sure the next time we'd try the Japanese Omakase.

Our favorites were: Ahi and Tombo sashimi, California squid stuffed with crab meat, Ikura (so fresh) and Uni Nigiri, raw oyster, sweet shrimp, Hamachi, Amberjack, Toro, and the baked rock lobster tail - YUM!

Of note, this restaurant has limited cooked items on their menu so if you have young children that are not old enough to eat raw sushi you should feed your kids before coming here. The two cooked items: baked rock lobster tail and baked Butterfish (2 small pieces) and they were excellent though!

This restaurant is expensive so be prepared to spend on average $130-200pp depends if you'd drink alcohol or not.

Thank Snookphish
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Reviewed 25 August 2017

We were looking specially for a "sushi" meal without all the frills. Although we love Nobu, their omakase is a mix of many type of Japanese foods, both hot and cold, and you pay a 30-40% premium for the atmosphere.

Sasabone was located in a neighborhood away from the hype of Waikiki and really did not look like much from the outside or inside for that matter. However, as we sat down the only menu we were given was a small Sake list...that's it.

The waiter stated that the omakase was highly suggested, but if we wanted to order ala carte we could. When in Rome...do as the Romans and take the suggestion of the server...omakase it is (which is also what we prefer when having sushi).

Now after spending 11 days in Japan 2 weeks ago, and having a 1 Michelin star sushi dinner in Osaka at a restaurant that only had 8 bar seats (Sushi Hoshiyama), we are pretty seasoned sushi diners and my only real issue with most sushi served outside of Japan is that the rice is always cold which takes away from the overall experience of the fish. After 2 small raw appetizers, the server assured us that every course there after would be nigiri...and nigiri it was...piece after piece after piece.

The first nigiri served was melt in your mouth chu toro...and the rice was warm!!!! Homerun!!!

Sasabune delivered the goods, with the course ending at our request after 15 or so pieces had been served and our 12 year old finally cried uncle. My husband being the glutton he is opted for the "last course" after hearing it was both salmon roe and uni prepared separately in a seaweed wrap. delicious...

An added bonus was the price. We were told it would run $140 to $150 per person, but after having our fill and calling it quits before they did, the bill was $300 for the 3 of us, which was a bargain for the amount of food we received.

We advise leaving the comforts of Waikiki and taking an Uber to Sasabune so that you can enjoy the Sake too risk free...

2  Thank MsLATam
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Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

Amazing sushi! My family is from NYC and we frequent many of the best sushi restaurants there. And my wife is Japanese and we have eaten at top Tokyo sushi restaurants as well. Believing we are sushi "snobs" we did not expect very much from little Sushi Sasabune in Honolulu, but we wanted sushi on our vacation and it got good reviews so we decided to give it a shot.

Wow, were we blown away. My wife and I ordered the omakase and were each treated to about 20 of the best pieces of sushi we ever had, served over 10-15 courses on small plates with 1-2 pieces per plate. Great variety of fish, shrimp, crab, lobster, scallop, etc. each served in traditional sushi style over rice and flavored with varied and original sauces, purees, garnish, etc. for a spectacular dinner. If you think you are a sushi snob, get your butt over to this place but be warned that you may have to re-evaluate whether your other favorite sushi places are as good as you thought after eating here.

1  Thank Tom C
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Reviewed 20 July 2017

Highly recommended to this place from friends on the mainland so came with high expectations.

Sushi Sasbune isn't your mall sushi train by a million or two miles. Having lived in Tokyo for a year and eaten with good Japanese friends I was looking forward to being served what was fresh, the chefs choice rather than ala carte. And this is the way to do it here.

An amazing array of dishes and pairings. Highly recommended for visitors to Hawaii.

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Thank Kiwi888y
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