Hawai’i: Kats Sushi

Friday, May 28, 2010 6comments No tags Permalink 0

(note: Robyn’s camera broke, so all these photos are taken by Robyn with my camera body and her lens. Complicated! ;)

Sushi buffet time! The only state where I’d be excited to indulge in a sushi buffet is Hawai’i. We seem to have an abundance of Japanese buffets spots…Makino Chaya, Todai, etc. I’ve been to them all before, but this was my first visit to Kats Sushi. $20, all you can eat.
Kat’s does their buffet a little differently. You order off a menu, and they bring the sushi to you. You have to finish everything before ordering more. AND. If there are any leftovers, you get charged a la carte prices. Talk about pressure! But also a good way to minimize wasted food.
The restaurant is super tiny, just a bar that could seat about six, and four small tables. I went with Robyn and Noelle on a Monday evening, the place was about half full at 7. Reservations recommended for groups larger than two. It’s BYOB too :) They started us off with a complementary grilled butterfish collar. So ono. We ordered handrolls for the first “round.” Cannot recall the names of all the rolls we ate, but there was definitely ikura, tuna, spicy salmon. All the basics (minus natto ;)…the options here aren’t too adventurous. As for quality? Of course, not as good as many sushi bars in town. Decent, but very thin cut fish, plenty rice, you know the drill. But don’t forget – it’s a buffet! And for $20 all you can eat sushi, how can you complain.
This is our third and final round. We didn’t intend to order so much – make sure to read the fine print at the bottom of the menu. Nigiri comes two pieces to an order…and they thought each of us wanted one order :/ We were so stuffed towards the end…there was NO POSSIBLE way to finish those last few pieces.

The woman took pity on us (I think she could tell just how stuffed we were!), and said that it was ok to leave the last pieces, hehe. Robyn and I had just come from an entire day of eating (read her post on what we ate prior to Kats…only part 1 is up – look out for part 2 soon), so to finish all that sushi was quite a feat…
…but I still had room for dessert! Hehe. We stopped by Bubbies on the way home.
One scoop of Rocky Road for me. Noelle had the Green Tea, and Robyn was much too full!! No worries, we made a return trip a few days later!

Kats Sushi
715 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 526-1268

Bubbies Homemade Ice Cream
1010 University Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 949-8984

  • anonymous
    May 28, 2010

    Another one to try – I love your visits home! I didn't know all you can eat Sushi even existed.I looked at Robins's posts and if you don't mind me asking, does the salted fish and pork dish from dinner at your grandmothers' house have a name? It looks like something I ate and loved as a kid. I think it was called hum yu or hum yee. Have you ever seen it at a restaurant in Hawaii?Alan from Makiki

  • KirkK
    May 28, 2010

    My goodness Kathy; I didn't know Kats was still around!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    May 28, 2010

    Hey Ala!OO I know exactly what dish you are thinking of. We call it "hum yee" which means "salted fish" in Cantonese, or "jing hum yee", steamed salted fish. My grandma adds TONS of ginger in the dish too. Oh man, it's so good over hot rice!!!Hey Kirk!Yup, definitely around and doing well :)

  • anonymous
    May 29, 2010

    Hooray,you're back,hope you had an awesome time..missed your posts this last week..so have enjoyed reading today's.

  • anonymous
    May 29, 2010

    Hi Kathy,I actually saw you and your friends at Bubbies on a Friday night. I couldn't believe my eyes; my food blog idol in person! I wanted to say "Hi" but didn't want to bother you and your friends; plus I had my two kids with me. Glad to hear you had a great time back home. Looking forward to seeing other places you visited. Aloha, Deanna

  • Kathy YL Chan
    May 30, 2010

    Hey Anon!Glad you are enjoying the posts, hope to have more up soon! :)Hey Deanna!Oh man, I wish you would have said 'hi' that night! :) We got the "Eat My Balls" which is one scoop of EVERY SINGLE ice cream flavor. That was sixteen scoops in total! Small scoops, but a lot of ice cream nonetheless. We were just commenting on how we wish we had more people to share it with :)

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