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“Terrific buffet, great value and location - be sure to save room for dessert!”
Review of Ushio-Tei Restaurant - CLOSED

Ushio-Tei Restaurant
Price range: US$30 - US$60
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Named for the subtle tides of Hawaii, Ushio-Tei is a quiet oasis in an authentic setting adjoining a peaceful Japanese garden. Ushio-Tei serves traditional Japanese fare including sushi and sashimi.
Reviewed 22 July 2014

They typically host buffets on weekends so check first. We have never eaten a la carte and enjoy their buffet immensely. They have three primary sections - sushi/sashimi, Japanese warm/cold cuisine and desserts.

The sushi selection is impressive and very tasty. They do not present "basic" sushi selections like mainland California rolls, but many from their specialty list. I particularly enjoyed some of their creations, that fuse local ingredients like fresh mango and papaya, with sushi staples like spicy tuna etc. The sashimi selection is good and fresh. The hot/cold food selection is impressive. There is a nice salad section with local toppings like fresh seaweed.

The warm food includes items like NY steam with Japanese ponzu sauce, tempura featuring local vegetables and shrimp, miso glazed salmon, green soba noodles shrimp scampi etc. For a buffet, they managed the ensure that the NY Steak was cooked perfectly - you can select cuts from rare to well done, and dress with various sauces include a ponzu creation. The salmon was amazing - the glaze lends a tasty crunch to the fish. I was pleasantly surprised by the green soba noodles shrimp scampi. The noodles were not al dente but the sauce and preparation saved it from being a soggy disappointment.

Finally, SAVE ROOM FOR DESSERT. Don't make a rookie mistake here. The section included shortbread (OMG), pineapple upside down cake, lillikoi cream cake, mini shot glasses of sake gelee with fruit, homemade mochi, fresh haupia and the best creme caramel I've ever had.

The restaurant is a short walk (barely 20 feet) from the beach. If you have an early meal, take a stroll along the nice walkway along the lagoons, enjoy the sunsets as you digest your tasty meal. Kids and adults will enjoy this place. Ono!

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1  Thank May P
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

The restaurant is located in the J.W. Marriott. This was the best tasting, freshest Sushi I have ever had. The Sake flight with three different types of Sake was a great complement to our meal. The staff are very friendly and attentive. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Thank Dan and Maureen B
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Reviewed 24 April 2014 via mobile

Repeat customer for five years and this restaurant is consistently great in its food quality and service. Enjoyed the buffet which offers a lot of excellent options.

Thank Spwilson13
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

What better way to watch sunset then having fresh sushi.

Take out was easy and fast. Service and quality top notch.

Thank safooma
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

Not sure where Floyd and qanik ate - but that wasn't the experience we had. We had the seafood buffet on a Friday night. Service superb, Sake list extensive, only down was no sushi on the sushi table. I love sushi, my husband not. So he ate lots of steak and other wonderful things from the buffet. I had some very creative and fun rolls but if we go back I think I'll order sushi off the menu instead of doing buffet. Miso best I've ever had, seaweed salad was incredible. Yummy desserts. Service person was amazing - attentive and helpful but not hovering. Expensive yes, but what isn't in Hawaii? It was worth it. While we made it a kid free night, there were kids in the place and they fit in fine. It was a dark rainy night for us, but could see there was a wonderful view and outdoor seating for nicer weather.

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Thank Elissa M
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