First and foremost, I want to apologize for the repeat on the sushi places. If you can’t tell already, I love sushi, especially spicy ahi.
Downtown is filled with little eateries for the business person or student on the go. I just so happened to be in downtown and decided to pick some lunch up. I was in a hurry, because parking in Downtown can be pricey.
Fort Street Mall is a city block long street filled with restaurants ranging from Japanese to Greek food. It’s great because it’s nearby the Hawaii Pacific University, so the prices are usually low and the portions big. On this day, I decided to check out Ninja Sushi.
It’s a cute small two story restaurant, where you can order inside or use their outside take out window. I was greeted by a very cute and nice Korean woman. It’s common in Hawai’i to have Korean owned sushi companies. They have the usual sushis like another other Japanese restaurant, but they have a few unique Korean style sushis.
The menu was simple enough, most of them had pictures. I noticed they had a special on Gyoza and handrolls. They even give discounts to HPU student, but no luck for the UH student like me.
In the end, I went with my old standby, Spicy Ahi Bowl. I always judge a new sushi place by how they make their bowl. If the bowl is good, then I’ll come back and try something new. I’m weird like that.
Usually with a Korean style spicy ahi, the sauce is made with kimchi sauce instead of the usual wasabi. I was shocked to see that they made their with wasabi. The ahi was chopped up like negitoro (chopped up finely) style, instead of poke (cubed) style. Personally, I don’t care, but I kinda lean towards negitoro style. It makes the Ahi taste like butter, melts in your mouth. I like that Ninja Sushi served it with pickled cucumbers instead of ginger. It wasn’t the most spiciest ahi bowl I’ve had, but it was pretty up there. The price ($7) was a bit steep for the size and portion of the bowl, but the quality wasn’t that bad either.
In a nutshell:
- Great location IF you work or go to school in Downtown
- Poor location IF you live or work anywhere else
- Korean and Japanese style sushis
- 10% HPU student discount
- No free parking
- A bit pricey for a take out stand, but probably the cheapest in the Downtown area
- Clean (from what I could tell in the kitchen)
- Open kitchen area (sorta)
- Negitoro style spicy ahi
Honestly, I wouldn’t go out of my way to come back to this place, but if I was in the area and wanted some sushi, I would go.
- Ninja Teas
- (of course) Spicy Ahi Bowl
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