Sushi! I love sushi. I recently had an amazingly unforgettable sushi experience and I simply had to share. That, and the chance of forcing all of you hungry Exploration: Hawaii readers to drool at the photos, was too good to pass up.
Sushi Sasabune is a nondescript little restaurant located South King Street. This sushi establishment is known for its omakase, which means that your taste buds are completely in the hands of the sushi chef.
“The expression [omakase] is used at sushi restaurants to leave the selection to the chef. It differs from ordering à la carte. The chef will generally present a series of plates, beginning with the lightest fare and proceeding to heaviest, richest dishes. The phrase is not exclusive to service of raw fish with rice, and can incorporate grilling and simmering as well. Customers ordering omakase style expect the chef to be innovative and surprising in the selection of dishes, and the meal can be likened to an artistic performance by the chef. Ordering omakase can be a gamble; however, the customer typically receives the highest quality fish the restaurant currently has in stock at a price cheaper than if it was ordered à la carte. From the restaurant’s perspective, a large number of customers ordering omakase can help in planning for food costs.” Via Wikipedia.
Many say that ordering omakase can be a gamble since you don’t get to choose what you eat. This, is definitely not true of Sushi Sasbune. Each dish was masterfully prepared, featuring only the most fresh and highest quality fish. Upon serving, the sushi chef would tell you exactly how to eat the dish. No shoyu. A little bit of wasabi. Eat in one bite please. Please, a little shoyu.