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“Best sushi...in Iowa, perhaps.”
Review of Ocean Sushi Deli

Ocean Sushi Deli
Ranked #50 of 243 Restaurants in Hilo
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Sushi
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Pasadena, California
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Best sushi...in Iowa, perhaps.”
Reviewed December 29, 2008

I went to this place on the advice of a friend and after looking at reviews. It was not good at all. I had a mix of nigiri, rolls and odds and ends. To begin, the fish was not fresh and was cut poorly - the hamachi and tako are the worst I have ever had in 20 years of eating sushi; the hamachi was half blood line and the tako was like rubber. The rice was old and generally flavorless. The miso soup was straight out of a package, with lifeless cubes of tofu introduced, apparently to fool the unsupecting. The service was slow, partly due the fact that one of the servers is pregnant and on the phone most of the time. And finally, the place is generally filthy; the health department should have a look at the bathrooms, which give any bus depot a run for its money.

Whoever claims this is "great sushi" likely has not had very good sushi before. Perhaps this place was pretty good in the past, as some reviewers have stated. However, just because a place is a hole in the wall and has cheap food does not mean it is good.

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Munich
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Very good imaginative Sushi, very reasonably priced”
Reviewed July 27, 2008

This is a very good sushi place. They have many different rolls and a lot of "experimental" sushi on the menu that you probably don't find elsewhere. The rolls are big. So 4 rolls for 2 people is plenty.

The ambience is akin to a dirty waiting room at a train station. However service was prompt, friendly and efficient.

Not to be missed are their desert specials featuring deep fried mochi and "fat boy" ice cream bars.

The food is very reasonable priced.

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Knoxville, Tn
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great Sushi”
Reviewed July 14, 2008

Something for everyone! We had 10 eating with kids included and not one of us walked away unsatisfied. Even my girl friend who is not a sushi lover...loved her Mahi role. I think it was the Hilo roll.
Everything was great! The place had just closed when we pulled up but reopened just for us! They were great and the food was the best sushi we had while touring the islands. They are located in a great shopping area that includes a small farmers market.

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“Sushi is pretty good and...”
Reviewed January 15, 2008

Sushi is pretty good and inexpensive, but you sort of get what you pay for.

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arizona
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best choice in Hilo / Volcano”
Reviewed December 5, 2007

The food served, the prices, and the service all add up to an excellent rating compared to the disappointments in the Hilo / Volcano restaurants.

We enjoyed the Poke and Sushi. If they are open, it’s not a fancy restaurant but you would get a satisfying meal, service and a good value.

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