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An Unreal Deal of an Omakase

We’ve shared a lot on Exploration: Hawaii, especially our favorite hikes and places to dine. That said, this is one restaurant that I’m not particularly ready to give away just yet. It’s a sushi bar that is more of a hole-in-the-wall. Actually, it kind of is, literally, a hole in the wall of a larger restaurant. It’s frequented by locals who like to eat good, talk loud, and drink a lot. Did I mention that this sushi bar is BYOB. Yup, and many regulars drag along their own coolers filled with ice and their favorite alcoholic beverage of choice. Their 11-piece omakase is a great value at just $30.  Now do you get why I’m keeping this one to myself?

Let’s take a look at the menu…

Boiled peanuts: the working man’s appetizer.

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Hamachi and maguro…what a great way to start our omakase.

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Aji, or Japanese Horse Mackerel.

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Ebi two ways, fried and raw.

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Uku, or grey snapper.

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Weird pairing, but I’m not complaining if there is chutoro involved. That’s abalone to the right of the fatty tuna.

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Oh yes, uni. Uni that is overflowing. And ikura. Nice juicy balls of ikura that explode in your mouth with the salty flavors of the ocean.

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Another favorite of mine, unagi. Too bad they don’t serve anago, though.

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Kampachi with a kick of pesto.

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Of course, we ended up ordering a few things ala carte, including an especially meaty portion of hamachi kama. This impressed me. I’ve never seen a sushi bar serve such a hearty portion.

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The shrimp and vegetable tempura was good, but not as good as Morio’s.

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And finally, these tasty bits of ocean gold. We wrapped up our night with some fresh oysters from Oregon.

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