Everyone has their own take on what a holiday should be. I love getting caught up in the ‘norm’ of each place that I visit. I love doing touristy things, but at the same time I want to do what locals do. I’m not a difficult traveler but I am one of those people who need an itinerary, or at least a rough sketch with room for movement. In my upcoming Hawaii posts you’ll find it’s not just about the food, but some activities too :)
We schedule in snorkelling on our short visit to Hawaii. Although there are plenty of locations to choose from, we opt for somewhere nearby to where we are staying and that is Hanauma Bay.
We decide to go with a tour for convenience as it had all the inclusions and hotel transfers but it can be done so very easily on your own.
Sadly we did go on a day where it was stop and start rain, but that wasn’t going to stop us from having a dip.
the Hawaiian shaka underwater
We may not have seen much but it was still a great and fun experience! So very proud of the Boy as he isn’t a swimmer but he did it – yay. It was awesome to just say we snorkelled in Hawaii. Next time I would love to go snorkelling in the North Shore of Oahu where all the turtles are!
A couple hours spent in the water really takes it out of you. Our tummies were growling by dinner and with the recommendation of a friend, we go to Sansei for a feed.
The restaurant is located within the Waikiki Beach Marriot Resort and Spa Hotel. It is a large restaurant and it was already quite the full by the time we got seated.
Panko-Crusted Fresh Ahi Sashimi
Fresh Island yellow fin tuna is wrapped with arugula (rocket), flash fried and topped with a soy wasabi butter sauce. There were plenty of textures and it all worked well together. The soy wasabi butter sauce was the standout.
A must order no matter where we go! Crispy tempura soft shell crab, cucumber and daikon filled sushi served with sweet thai chili sauce and a rich unagi glaze. There’s nothing we can really fault on this as it was prepared perfectly.
Sansei Special Roll
Spicy crab, cilantro, cucumber and avocado sushi is dusted with furikake and served with sweet thai chili sauce. This was a little odd in texture but the flavours worked well.
Dungeness Crab Ramen with Asian Truffle Broth
Apparently this is one of the most popular dishes at Sansei. Ramen with a black truffle butter dashi, julienne thai basil, cilantro and diced jalapeno peppers with dungeness crab. This sure was a treat with the truffle broth. There was the perfect amount making the dish fragrant and flavoursome without going overboard. We were very happy with this bowl of ramen but it doesn’t nearly compare to the ones in Sydney.
2552 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
Stay tuned for more Hawaii posts to come. Aloha ;)