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“The pot of sushi at the end of the Hawaiian rainbow”
Review of Koiso Sushi Bar

Koiso Sushi Bar
Ranked #46 of 186 Restaurants in Kihei
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Japanese
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed December 12, 2012

Yes, the place is only slightly larger than a hand roll. Yes, it's tucked in a corner of a strip mall. Yes, reservations are a must; non-negotiable! Yes, the menu is hand scrawled on the wall behind the chef. And yes, this is the antidote to all those overpriced, flavorless, rice-heavy rolls offered by high-end resorts. As for the nigiri, the fish is exquisite: clean, flavorful and meaty with expert knife cuts, perfect portions and just the right amount of rice to showcase the fish. We asked the chef for his opinion of the best catches in his case and tried the toro, snapper, king salmon and eel. Had I not deferred to the chef, I would not have tried the snapper. Forget mainland snapper that's basically tasteless rock fish. This is deep, deep water snapper. So incredibly flavorful. Cool, dense and wonderfully satisfying. Regarding the rolls, you don't have to fear any "whimsical" Americanized experiments that overpower the fish with cloying sauces and gimmicky names to distract and confuse. Again, the freshness of the fish takes center stage, which all I really ask of a sushi bar. And yet, it's so hard to find! Not at Koiso. This is the sushi you've been looking for.

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Reviewed December 9, 2012

This charming little sushi bar had us from the time we walked through the door. The service was great, we loved watching the talented chef prepared the food, the sushi was very fresh, and the options available were really great! Definitely make reservations as it has very limited seating.

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Thank ride23
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

We were lucky to get two free seats without a reservation at this tiny Sushi place (only space for 15 persons, mainly at the bar, watching the chef preparing your order). The nigiris were sooooooo good and the fish was so fresh like just out of the ocean. Friendly, small place with excellent food. Closes at nine pm.

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Thank gabrielaz123
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

Get a reservation for the best sushi in a laid back setting! You need a reservation Kudo son gets his fish based on the number of reservation, so don't try and just show up and walk-in, you will be turned away.

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Thank Woody B
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

The sashimi was excellent as was the himachi kama. The owner/chef is the only one preping the food, so sometimes you have to wait a little. This isn't a problem as they give you some edamame to munch on while you wait. A few days ahead reservation is a must as the place only seats about 15 people.

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Thank Laddiez
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