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Sushi Sasabune

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#3 of 4409 places to eat in Honolulu
ClosedOpens at 12:00
$$$$ Average price: $61
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1417 S King St, 96814-2506
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
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The walk with a view of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is what you can expect after dining at this restaurant. Japanese cuisine provides flavorsome meals at Sushi Sasabune. Tasty nigiri, smoked salmon and stuffed squid can make a good impression on you. The hallmark of this place is serving good green tea ice cream. According to the guests' opinions, waiters serve delicious beer, wine or bitter. Great espresso, iced green tea or americano are worth a try here.

The success of this spot would be impossible without the friendly staff. Professional service is something visitors appreciate here. From the guests' viewpoint, prices are attractive. There is a cool atmosphere and cute decor at this restaurant. Frommer's experts have rated Sushi Sasabune 2 stars, surely, it's worth visiting.

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One of the best sushi places that you will find, they are top of the line here. From the cuts of fish, the master preparation, the service, and the overall respect for the craft of sushi here, this place is a winner. - I understand this place has a reputation from their structure, look at it this as a way to enhance rather than control. I know many of us aren't used to this, but they want to express their art. I get it and respect it. - Reservations are highly recommend, there aren't many seats here. - Not sure if this is recent or what not, but there is a ala carts menu for the table only. It's very reasonably priced. The staff will explain house rules to you. - The sushi is masterfully done, they do a excellent job here from start to finish. I was really blown away with the preparation of the pieces, all of them had layers of flavor. They do some amazing things here that many places simply do not do or even try, make sure to try several items if you do ala carte so you can get a good experience. This restaurant is most likely way better than what most of us have back home. Overall this is a must try for any sushi lover, it's one of the best that I've had. Plan ahead and check them out, you'll be glad that you did.
If I could sum up my experience in one word it would be: uninspiring.  We made reservations on open table ahead of time and was called to confirm and seated promptly when we arrived.  So far so good.  We were there on a Friday night and it was fairly busy with about 80% full.  Wait staff was nice, as to be expected in any decent establishment.  Decor was simple, dated, but acceptable.  Dinner menu was "omakase" or a la carte.  My wife and I both went with a la carte.  We were explained the a la carte rules that many reviews seemed to complain about:  minimum order is 4 (total of 8 nigiri pieces), maximum order of any particular sushi is also 4.  After our order was taken, some cold towels were brought out for cleaning our hands.  So far so good.  The restaurant chef and staff seem very efficient as food were coming out fairly quickly in between dishes.  The first plate arrived soon enough:  5 slices of albacore tuna in miso marinade with mayonnaise type drizzle.  A for effort and portion, C for taste.  Could not really taste the tuna, seasoning just overpowered any natural fish.  Next course was baby squid filled with  blue crab.  B for taste.  Decent but nothing special.  Most dish comes with 2 pieces.  A few more dishes came that included Hawaiian snapper, Hawaiian big eye tuna toro, baked and raw oysters.  The fish seemed fresh but could not really appreciate it's true taste due to overpowering marinades, sauce, or toppings.   This is my biggest complaint.  Too much enhancements that masked the flavors of almost everything.  Here's my reasoning:  if I'm paying good money for omakase sushi I want to taste the sushi not all the extra ingredients.  I stopped the omakase at the 5th or 6th (total of 10 pieces of nigiri eaten) dish as I simply did not enjoy it.  The waiter was perplexed that I stopped so soon as it wasn't even half way thru the course at that point.  Decided to order some a la carte of seared toro, uni and hand roll.  Uni and toro were good but still not anything exceptional.  Our total bill was $160, which would have been great pricing for good sushi.  Instead it was a bit expensive for just average sushi.  Needless to say, one visit here is enough for us.  Booked another omakase at Maru (crew to our Uber driver for the rec) the following night.  Hoping for a better experience.
Omakase...14 excellent courses, 10 of which we have not experienced at any other place, be it here in Honolulu, Osaka, Tsukiji Market, Manhatten, SF etc...highly recommend!   Reservations are required..do sit at the Sushi Counter..as a point of reference, Omakase was $125 at Sasabune, $175 at Morimoto and $200 at Nobu....highly recommend!
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1417 S King St, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, 96814-2506
Features
Сredit cards accepted No outdoor seating No delivery No takeaway Parking Booking No TV Wheelchair accessible
Opening hours
SundaySun Closed
MondayMon Closed
TuesdayTue 12:00-14:00, 17:30-22:00
WednesdayWed 12:00-14:00, 17:30-22:00
ThursdayThu 12:00-14:00, 17:30-22:00
FridayFri 12:00-14:00, 17:30-22:00
SaturdaySat 17:30-22:00
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