Sushi YuZu is the best sushi in Ko Olina because it is good, and well, because it's the only sushi restaurant in Ko Olina. Yes, the JW Marriott Ihilani has Ushio Tei, but their limited sushi menu is available for only 1 hour certain days of the week. At Sushi YuZu, you can get sushi whenever they're open. That being said, the menu here offers a variety of options, but differs significantly from that of it's sister restaurant, YuZu at the Ala Moana Hotel. There's actually only a few items that both restaurants share, beyond that, everything is different.
The restaurant is located in Ko Olina Station (called that because it's right next to the historic Oahu Railway mainline) across the street from the JW Marriott Ihilani and Disney's Aulani, and across the driveway from Monkeypod Kitchen. The restaurant has a modern feel to it, but is actually quite small. Reservations are recommended, though it was quite slow when we visited. Service wise, the restaurant was really good. The staff was friendly and attentive. They even gave their honest opinions when we asked for recommendations.
But enough about the restaurant, onto the food! For our first order, the wife, a friend and I decided on the Hamachi Jalapeno Carpaccio ($18). This dish was simply hamachi sashimi, yuzu ponzu, prepared jalapeños, masago and sea asparagus/beans. The dish was tasty, but wasn't spicy at all, with high-quality, melt-in-your-mouth hamachi. Along with the hamachi, we were also served the Ume Yakitori ($9) we ordered. These were the same as the Ala Moana location, delicious dark meat chicken grilled to perfection.
Next up was my favorite dish of the night, Australian Wagyu Beef Nigiri ($13). This dish was composed of flash seared, rare, wagyu beef over sushi rice. It was fatty, sumptuous, goodness. While I was chowing down on the wagyu nigiri, the wife & friend were served the King Salmon Lovers tray ($30). While I highly doubt this is king salmon, but is instead farmed salmon, it's good nonetheless. There's actually 3 different one of these sushi nigiri lovers trays (Ahi, Salmon, and Hamachi). The Ahi and the Hamachi cost more at $35 rather than $30, but all come with traditional nigiri preparation, seared nigiri, and nigiri with yuzu tobiko and vegenaise.
Our last sushi dish was the Ko Olina Roll ($19). This roll is simply a California roll topped with avocado, ahi, hamachi, salmon, and tobiko.
For dessert, we decided to split the Mango Snow Ice. While it sounded good in concept, I wasn't impressed. I've had way better snow ice before, and won't be ordering this one again. All-in-all, though, it was a good meal and I wouldn't hesitate to pay it a visit again the next time I stay in Ko Olina.