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Aiea, HI — Tadashi

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Published on: November 5, 2009
98-199 Kamehameha Hwy
Aiea, HI

After Todai last night I was not sure that I wanted to have sushi today. But my colleague had built it up so much that I decided that I decided to go anyway and I am glad I did. My colleague said that Tadashi was notable for its rolls. So we ordered rolls.

I ordered a Rainbow roll and a Salmon Skin roll. My colleague ordered a roll with shrimp tempura and another that I do not remember. But to top it off, he ordered a Dynamite roll. My Rainbow roll was excellent and all the rolls were huge. All of the fish was fresh and tasted great. The Salmon skin roll was rather average. I really like salmon skin but the roll lacked something.

The Dynamite roll was something special. It consisted of a scallop roll, sliced and topped with Japanese mayonnaise. The roll was then baked. I don't know that I have ever had as rich an entree in a sushi bar. I do not normally order fancy rolls but this roll was absolutely awesome. I love scallops and the mayonnaise was perfect.

Tadashi was good and the Dynamite roll was amazing.

Tadashi 4 rice bowls * * * * -

Honolulu, HI — Todai

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1910 Ala Moana Blvd

Honolulu, HI

After an afternoon snorkeling at Hanauma Bay

, I was ready to enjoy sushi for dinner. Several colleagues and people at my hotel reccomended Todai. Todai is an international chain of Japanese buffet restaurants. I have been to Todai in Los Angeles and Chicago (before I was doing these reviews). In both cases Todai was average at best. In fact I found the non-sushi items to be pretty good and the sushi not so good.

So I have a history with Todai and it is not good. But this is paradise, I am surrounded by ocean and there is a thriving Japanese culture here.So, I decided to try Todai again.

Todai is a huge Japanese buffet in the Waikiki area of Honolulu. When I arrived I went right to the sushi buffet. There was a tremendous variety of nigiri and rolls. They also had sashimi. I tried a combination of sashimi and rolls. Unfortunately, the sushi was terrible. The sashimi was slimy and tasted a bit spoiled. The knife work on the sashimi was dismal! the pieces were not fully separated and the salmon had bones in it. The rolls were no better. I left nearly a whole plate of sushi and sashimi on my table. 

So, I decided to try the hot food. It was really no better. The noodles had been sitting under the heat lamp so long that the ones on top were beginning to get crispy. During the hour or so that I was there, the large quantities of sushi and sashimi on the bar simply sat there getting old.

Even on Waikiki, Todai is not worth it — I will never set foot in a Todai again,

Todai 1 rice bowls * - - - -

Pearl City, HI — Zippy’s (Pearl City Sushi)

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Published on: November 3, 2009
Zippy's (Pearl City Sushi)
806 Kamehameha Highway

Pearl City, HI

Hawaii, 148 sushi restaurant reviews in 41 states, on my way to 50. I am in Hawaii this week for work and on Monday a colleague took me out to one of his favorite sushi places — Zippy's in Pearl City. Zippy's is a chain of Hawaiian restaurants that my colleague described as being like a Hawaiian Denny's only better. Zippy's specializes in local food and the Pearl City restaurant has a bakery and a sushi bar.

When we arrived we sat down at the sushi bar. We were given as appetizers turnips and clams in an almost watery sauce, very tasty. As well as a mixture of salmon with skin and onions in a vinegar mixture. I love salmon skin so Zippy's had me at hello!

Zippy's is not like the mainland sushi places that I visit. On the mainland, even in the best sushi restaurants, the selection is typically limited. I ordered salmon, toro (tuna belly), mirugai (giant clam) and white tuna. They also had some really good looking uni (sea urchin). In a mainland sushi restaurant I am usually pleased if I find one of: toro, mirugai, white tuna or uni. Here in Hawaii, surrounded by ocean, with a large Japanese population, these items seemed commonplace on the menu.

The sushi chefs were helpful and the service was very good. I was even able to ask for little dish of pickled daikon a form of Japanese radish (we called it daigu on Guam). I don't think I even looked at the menu, we just sat at the bar and ordered what looked good and everything looked good.

Zippy's is nothing special, not fancy in any way — just great sushi.

Zippy's (Pearl City Sushi) 5 rice bowls *****


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