Address: 1881 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, HI 96753 Phone: 808-879-0004 Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi Region: South Maui Price: moderate Amenities: Karaoke, Kama'aina Deals, Bar Seating Hours: Nightly 5:30-10 p.m.; Th-Sa 10 p.m.-1 a.m. An award-winning restaurant popular for its delicious and innovative contemporary Japanese cuisine, Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar wins votes across the island for their fresh local fish and lively ambience. Locals and visitors flock to their late-night half-off sushi nights, which also feature raucous karaoke marathons.Th-Sa late night sushi and appetizers 50% off. 21+ w/ID.
Best Sushi, Winner Sansei Seafood Restaurant Address: 1881 S. Kihei Rd., # KT-116, Kihei, HI 96753 Phone: 808-879-0004 Website: http://www.sanseihawaii.com It seems like Sansei isn’t really fighting fair in this “Best Of” battle. I mean, there’s no way a place that offers 50 percent off sushi for late night eaters AND has a panko crusted ahi roll that comes with such an amazing sauce is going to lose this competition. Add endless possibilities to laugh at your friends when they sing karaoke and you pretty much have a slam-dunk. Doesn’t really seem fair, does it?
Best Sushi, Winner Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar Address: 1881 S. Kihei Rd., # KT-116, Kihei, HI 96753 Phone: 808-879-0004 Website: http://www.sanseihawaii.com The line that snakes out the door of Sansei most weekday evenings is impressive. Sure, people queue up for a much-needed bargain (half-price sushi), but also because the food they’re getting at that enticing discount is high quality. Whatever roll gets you rolling, you’ll find it on their expansive menu. A personal favorite: the spicy Japanese BLT roll—a crisp salmon skin wrapped around Kula greens, tomato and masago aioli. Add sake and enjoy. 1881 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 808-879-0004; 600 Office Rd., Lahaina, 808-669-6286. JS
BEST SEAFOOD, Winner Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar Address: 1881 S. Kihei Rd., # KT-116, Kihei, HI 96753 Phone: 808) 879-0004 Website: http://www.sanseihawaii.com Once again, it’s Sansei by a landslide. Chef DK Kodama’s lively sushi bar and Hawaiian fusion menu have forever changed the game for sushi on Maui. Legendary nights have been spent eating half-price delights and watching friends sing karaoke while sucking down sake bombs, but it’s the lovely rolls that keep me coming back no matter what the hour. Whether it’s the 69 roll, yaki-maki, Sansei special, Hawaiian roll or sashimi or nigiri, they have the finest seafood selection and exemplary culinary creativity.
KARAOKE, Winner Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar Address: 1881 S. Kihei Rd., # KT-116, Kihei, HI 96753 Phone: 808) 879-0004 Website: http://www.sanseihawaii.com A few months ago, I popped my karaoke cherry at the south side Sansei—and won a $50 gift certificate to boot. My prize barely covered the liquid courage it took to earn it, but it was swell nonetheless. Maybe that’s one reason MauiTime readers voted Sansei the best place to belt it out. Because even if you’ve got poorly-calibrated pipes like mine, hosts still smile and encourage you to sing a song or five. Too, the crowd is ever-enthusiastic, and the reciprocity of happy energy between seats and stage makes for a fun atmosphere. Join them during their late night dining hours, Thursday-Sunday, 10pm-1am, and peruse books amply stocked with hits. They don’t offer prizes every night, but their half-off late-night sushi deals are winning anytime.