Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Japanese culture and food seems to be well and alive in Hawaii; who would have thunk it...after all it was Japan's bombing of Pearl Harbour that brought the U.S.A. into WWII. Enough with the history lesson and on with the food.
Being as Japanese food is almost as popular as fast food in Hawaii, it was difficult to make an informative decision on where to eat. We decided on Genki Sushi in Kapolei as it was close to Costco which we had just finish shopping at. Genki Sushi is a chain sushi restaurant with locations throughout Hawaii and Washington state. The big reason we decided to eat their wasn't because of the atmosphere of rave review, it was simply because my wife wanted to go because you can pick your sushi off of a conveyor belt! It's the little things in life...
Now, I am a firm believer that fresh is always best and the thought of eating sushi off of a conveyor belt that has gone around the restaurant umpteen times doesn't really peak my appetite. However, I was happy to learn that you can pick off of the conveyor or order off of the menu. If you have ever been to a Japanese restaurant such as this you will be familiar with the pricing system; if not, each item is on a colour coded plate and each colour represents a different price. At the end of your meal you simply add up all of the corresponding colours and plates to know how much your bill is going to be.
There were two big standouts at Genki that would and did bring me back to eat their a second time. Those standouts are Masubi: a Hawaiian twist on sashimi where they use fried Spam instead of raw fish to top the rice; and secondly the Genki Burger: seaweed for the bun, then filled with rice, spicy tuna, cucumber, tomago, mayo and Spam. I know the both items seem a little weird, but trust me they were both delicious; seriously, I don't even like Spam and I enjoyed both the Masubi and the Genki Burger.
If you are in Hawaii check out Genki Sushi, if not, at least have some Masubi.