Nestled between Honolulu's busy business district and the thriving streets of Waikiki, lies a sushi dwelling that has been home to locals and tourists for over thirty years.
Yanagi Sushi welcomes lunch and dinner guests with an attentive, courteous valet service that accompanies your first view of the restaurant's quaint wooden exterior. While entering the lobby, the attendant and nearby waiters welcome guests with a cheerful demeanor.
Within seconds of being handed the menus, and seated at a private booth, open table, or sushi bar, you are served with a trio of bean sprouts, shrimp, and edamame. While enjoying the complimentary treat, you will be absorbed by the hundreds of entertainers, from musicians to athletes, in framed photos adorning the walls.
The menu offers traditional sushi as well as fusion-type cuisine using local, fresh seafood, fruits, and vegetables.
Accompanied by pictures to stimulate your eating senses, some of the appetizers (ranging from $4-$9), are tororo (mountain yam), inure oroshi (salmon roe w/ grated radish), hiyayakko (cold tofu w/ ginger & green onion), and sushi baked eggs.
Soups and salads are some of the local favorites, such as miso lobster, miso clam, oriental salad, and mixed seaweed salad. These starters range from $2.50-$9.
While trying to figure out what to satisfy your taste buds with, your waiter will gladly make suggestions and provide you with an explanation of the different dishes.
Two of the broiled dinner favorites include the eel and sea urchin. For about $28, you can experience the flavors of Pacific aloha waters. In the same price range, there is a "Choice of 3" option in which you can choose from tasty dishes such as New York teriyaki steak, fried chicken wings, broiled salmon, BBQ shortribs, shrimp & vegetable tempura, or the popular butterfish misoyaki.
Rolling with humble pride, the sushi chefs work in plain sight at the sushi bar, creating rolls that range from $5 - $14. Some of the most-desired tastes are the Alaskan King Crab California roll, the ume shisho hand roll (plum), the kanpyo roll (sweet squash), the spider roll (soft shell crab, cucumber, avocado, lettuce, kaiware daikon, sesame seeds, mayonnaise, special terry sauce), and the dragon roll (unagi, crab meat, avocado, cucumber, mayonnaise).
For nigiri aficionados, the combination nigiri sushi meals are a satisfying deal starting at $22, and includes soup and pickled vegetables.
With a family-friendly atmosphere, Yanagi Sushi also offers children's meals and ice cream. Local dessert flavors are Macadamia nut vanilla, Hawaiian Kona coffee, and fresh fruit.
With a safe location that is just far enough from the busy nightlife to avoid any unwanted disturbances, there are pupus, wine, and beer that are offered until 2 a.m.
For an average cost of $8, you can tempt your late-night cravings with gyozas, fried baby shrimp, spicy tuna bowl, and Ahi poke. Drink specials
range from $3.95-$13.
From traditional dishes to New York flavors, Yanagi Sushi has been a favorite for those who frequent the town and those who are vacationing for good eats.
Yanagi Sushi is located at 762 Kapiolani Boulevard in Honolulu.
Mon-Sat: Lunch 11am-2pm, Dinner 5:30pm-2am
Sun: Lunch 11am-2pm, Dinner 5:30-10pm
Happy Hour 10:30pm-2am