You know you’re in for a real authentic sushi treat when you walk into Seiji’s Sushi on the west end of Ali’i. Get your appetite ready for a glorious experience. This hidden gem off the beaten path is an adorable little Japanese sushi house serving up the freshest and most delicious sushi. There is a wonderful story about the owner, Seiji. He started his career as a young sushi chef in Japan learning and absorbing everything he could about the art of sushi making. He then moved to the United States where he mastered his craft to the point where he taught hundreds of students to prepare authentic and traditional Japanese sushi. Today, he calls Hawaii his home, opened his business, married his wife and business partner, and continues to delight customers in his thriving restaurant.
One thing remains clear. Suiji insists on preparing sushi using only the freshest fish and locally sourced fruits, vegetables, and ingredients. As a matter of fact, all the fish he uses in his dishes are caught right in the harbor nearby the restaurant. Seiji respectfully prepares and uses what they catch the same day! All the vegetables are from a local farmer’s market, too. It’s like a fresh explosion in your mouth! If you are a vegetarian, there is something for you, too. The agedoshi tofu is freshly fried and in a tasty broth. The freshly fried tofu is scrumptious and both hearty and satisfying.
The menu is full of both raw and cooked selections. If raw fish isn’t your thing, give it a try. You may be pleasantly surprised. The sushi they prepare here is, melt in your mouth wonderful. It’s fun to read and explore all the items because they are written in both English and Japanese. This is where locals stop when they are hungry for a scrumptious meal. Seiji’s is the place for awesome service in a cozy, intimate environment. There aren’t many tables inside, so reservations are highly recommended as they have to limit the number of guests they serve each day.
Some menu items are listed below. No worries if you aren’t familiar with the ingredients. Seiji or his awesome team will explain it all to you happily with a smile.
Shrimp Tempura, and Green Leaf
California Roll, Shrimp Tempura, with Aioli Sauce
Soft Shell Crab
Kitsune Soba/Udon Noodles
Cooked Fried Tofu with Soup
Cold Soba with Seaweed
Cold Soba with Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura
Shrimp & Vegetable
Shrimp and Assorted Vegetables
It’s remarkable to watch the sushi masters making artistic meals right before your eyes. The sushi bar is a hub of activity while they create their tasty craft. It’s like entertainment while you dine! Add a glass of ice-cold sake for a refreshing beverage or enjoy it hot. Either way, sake is the perfect complement to your meal. Try something new because Seiji and his team know how to do it right! If you haven’t tried, or you love octopus, order the octopus salad with cucumber and shrimp. Team it up with a bowl of their spectacular miso soup for a savory combo. Fall in love with the Japanese hospitality and the chef’s attention to every single detail including stopping at your table and saying, “Mahalo.”
There is a small pay-to-park lot available next to the restaurant as well as other parking lots within walking distance. Seiji’s is a dine-in-only eatery with no takeout or delivery.