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  • Next on 'Ono Kine Grindz:

    The Wedding Cafe, Manoa

    Recently Consumed:

    Zaney's, Downtown Honolulu
    Bob's Bar-B-Que, Kalihi
    Restaurant Yamagen, Moili'ili

    Below you will find a never ending list of restaurants that I want to visit or re-visit:

    Young's Fish Market
    Alan Wong's Pineapple Room
    Cafe Sistina
    Indigo Eurasian Cuisine
    Yakiniku Toraji
    Sushi Masa
    Ono Hawaiian Foods
    Tsukuneya Robata Grill

    If you would like to give me a tip on a new restaurant that is opening up, or give me a recommendation on some of your favorite restaurants, please send an e-mail to:

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    The following posts should be completed someday (!):

    New Diner's Drive In
    Border Grill
    Penang Malaysian
    Chez Panisse
    Zuni Cafe
    Indonesia Restaurant
    Boston's North End Pizza
    Happy Inn
    Kat's Sushi
    Fritz's European Bakery
    Makino Chaya
    Singapore/Bangkok Posts
    Chin's Kahala
    Hata Restaurant
    Ebisu Catering Service
    Bubba Burgers
    The Eggberts
    Blossoming Lotus
    Hamura Saimin Stand
    Bob's Big Boy

    WHEW! I hope to have them done by year's end!

    Upcoming adventures

    San Francisco, CA

    Sydney, NSW, Australia

    London, UK
    Paris, France
    Chicago, IL
    Seoul, South Korea
    I won't be able to visit Korea this year.
    San Francisco, CA
    New Orleans, LA
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Shanghai, China

    Hopefully, some of you can provide me with recommendations for some good eats!

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August 19, 2006



I've heard about this place, but never been. Looks good!


OMG----That all looks sooo good. It all looks so fresh and it's very pleasing to the eye. I bet it tastses as yummy as it looks. What is that in the bottom pic? Saba No Shioyaki? Whatever it is, it sure looks good.


Wow, haven't been to Kat's Sushi since it first opened many moons ago. Their sushi still looks really good. I know it couldn't still be $20 for "all you can eat"? If I remember correctly, when he first come to Hawaii, he couldn't speak English, so he started as a plumber apprentice. Talk about a hard working success story.


ono brah....ono.....da ahi looks da most onoest of dem all..


wow, i thought that place looked too... contemporary or... generic to be good, but these pictures!! (besides the food looking good, the photos are really nice too.)

Will Lee

Sushi lovers,

What's the best sushi place in town?

How about best sushi for your buck?

Kats sushi does look good though!


Hey Reid!
A friend passed me a business card to Kats noting the $20 special - I found it hard to believe, but after your pictures...I think I know where dinner will be tonight! :)


Hi Reid - I used to take visitors from the Mainland there, and they'd flip out. No Todai garbage there. Do they still have the "you must finish all your rice" sign?


Hi Reid - it's so weird. Mr. Wonderful & I were just talking about Kats when we drove past recently. We wondered about the price since it's been MANY years since we last went there. I guess we'll have to make a visit soon! Your pictures are great!

In response to Will Lee's questions, my favorites for sushi in Honolulu are: Sasabune, Mitch's, & Kabuki in Waimalu. It can be pricey, depending on what and how much you order :9
Value-wise, Genki is not bad.

Yummm.... sushi.....

Will Lee

Thank you. I will have to try Kats' $20 throw down until you throw up deal. Genki Sushi - is it me or has the place gone down and has it actually gotten a little expensive? The tuna poke sushi that used to be on their least expensive plate now jumped like 2 colors and is kind of expensive to stack like 10 of them. :)


Wow...that sure brings back memories... I remember a bunch of us going there after work tons of times. My friend and I used to get scoldings from Kats because we used to just order hamachi over and over again. And, we used to contest with each other...keeping track to see who could be tops at that particular visit...the ongoing score to beat was somewhere between 35-45 sushi...I've heard of some big guys topping that easily. I sure miss those days... Kats is tops as the ingredients are excellent quality.


Actually, the management at Kat's changed hands in the late '90s; Kats relocated to Vegas to open a restaurant there, last I heard. None of the original sushi chefs are there anymore. My dad was one of the original sushi chefs there who would scold people for ordering too much hamachi or throwing their rice over the wall. You guys who did this, you know what I'm talking about, ha ha. (FYI: he works at the Pearl City Zippy's sushi bar now.) I remember him telling me some of the "big eaters" there would eat anywhere from 75-100 pieces of sushi at a sitting, a bit headache for Kats. Ah, the memories!


Hey miyumi! Ha ha! I know who your father is. I've often gone into the Pearl city Zippy's and commented to my friends that that sushi chef looks just like one of those guys that used to scold us at Kat' now I know I was right! :) Oh, and I used to hear stories from this older gentleman (that I'm related to by marriage) that he used to know Kats personally as they worked as plumbers together. Later when he changed professions, they would hire him out to cater their parties and I heard it was unbelievably gooood...and as Kats knew him personally, it was very very inexpensive. What I would have given to have attended a party like that.... Hmmm...hey Miyumu, having a sushi chef dad must have had some long as you don't eat all the hamachi or throw the rice away :)


I went there a few years ago on a few recommendations from some friends at work and I was a little disappointed. I still like Yanagi's for the large, fresh portions of fish over small rice balls.


The food looks delicious! However, I can imagine how much this will cost. :-(


omg miyumu --- i was gonna post about that but you beat me to it! are you in hawaii??? email me! btw, i still haven't tasted a better inari...


ww_eater - hmm, I think I know the "older gentleman" you're talking about. . . we should compare notes. As for being a restaurant brat, it isn't all that it's cracked up to be. I remember going to eat at Kat's (and paying!), only to have my dad growl at me, "Eh, girl, we're busy! Hurry up and finish up and help Aunty Jane clear the tables. Go wash some dishes in the back or something!"

renee - nope, unfortunately, I'm not in Hawaii anymore, but in Fresno (long story). I still try to go home as often as I can for the food and family though (uh. . . though, not in that order, *laugh*)


I wish I had seen this before my return from Honolulu on 08/25... Pics are gorgeous and am sure the sushi was ono!


I love sushi. I ask for a Carepaket: -)


miyumu, I too know who your father is. He was one of the guys who used to say that I'm running them out of business as I was one of the big eaters that used to go there (70 pieces is my record). My parents are your father's regulars now at Zippy's and he still remembers me.


Hi, this comment has nothing to really do with food. I just wanted to say I am really impressed by your photography. Your pictures look like they could be in a magazine. It really makes your blog look impressive :)


Your site has been fun to run through. I do have to note, tho', that this sushi has REALLY thin pieces of fish and too much rice- a sign of money-saving. They camouflage it well with their beautiful presentations. When I remember the name of this excellent family-owned sushi place in Hilo, I'll holler back your way so that you can see and compare with what I think is quality. Take care!




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