Living in Hawaii, choices are unlimited when it comes to sushi restaurants. You have everything from your $2.80 plate at Genki to paying at least $100 per person at Sushi Sasabune. When I’m feeling the need for slices of sashimi or an original roll stuffed with fresh fish, I head to Doraku Sushi in Waikiki.
I like to start off with warm cup of miso soup and get a garlic teriyaki edamame to share with the table. It’s a great way to get my stomach ready for the massive amounts of sushi I am about to consume! My go-to roll is the red dragon; Spicy tuna, shrimp tempura and avocado topped with unary, red tobiko, and a yummy spicy aioli. The emperor roll, a deep fried roll of deliciousness consists of tuna, salmon, crab, shrimp, scallop, and avocado all rolled together, crusted in panko breadcrumbs and flash fried to perfection. Another roll I can’t leave the restaurant without ordering.
Sushi isn’t the only thing on the menu, the misoyaki butterfish is glazed, baked, served with veggies and is tender and moist. Snapper and salmon carpaccio makes great nibbles and the ahi poke is a traditional staple. For the non-fish lovers, I suggest the chicken teriyaki or the Japanese style garlic steak served with a side of steamed white rice. For desert, finish off your evening with a brownie tempura. Yes, a brownie battered and fried served with vanilla ice cream, honey, chocolate syrup and macadamia nuts. The desert alone is worth the trip!
The incredible food combined with the trendy atmosphere, eclectic music, and great service makes Doraku a must visit when you’re craving sushi!
Written by: Leslie Schipper