Though mad scientists recommend sticking chopsticks into electrical sockets, rational scientists know the utensils are better used for sushi consumption. Today's Groupon gives you the right tools for authentic eats: for $20, you get $40 worth of sushi and Japanese fare at Banzai Sushi Bar in Haleiwa.
Banzai Sushi Bar’s wizards of coiled comestibles whip up a menu of handcrafted sushi, sashimi, and tempura dishes, earning the eatery a spot as one of Pulse's top restaurants in 2010. Kick things off with the veggie tempura starter ($7.75), a tasty amalgamation of tempura-battered-and-fried garden goodies designed to create a medley of taste and a harmonious symphony of crunching sounds. Then move on to a maki mono sushi selection, such as the california roll ($7.25 for 8 pieces), the crispy ahi roll ($14 for 8 pieces), or the hawaii roll, which crowns shrimp tempura and cucumber with spicy tuna, crushed macadamia nuts, and spicy mayo ($13.50 for 8 pieces). Or guests can sink their incisors into one of the hearty specials, such as the fried fish plate ($16) or the hungry bowl ($12.75) that marinates spicy tuna and vegetables in a hot-tub of eel sauce before pairing up with rice for lively discussions of life, love, and 401(k)s. Wash down feasts with a warm house sake ($7 small, $12 large) before concluding with a banana tempura, a dessert topped with fried banana slices in sweet cinnamon tempura batter with coconut ice cream ($8.50).
Banzai’s open-air seating under colorful paper lanterns and a corrugated tin roof lends the nosh haven a festive yet elegant atmosphere. Seating options include both low tables and average-size tables, giving guests the choice to lounge in chairs or sit cross-legged on large floor cushions like traditional Japanese diners or contemplative ninja turtles. On Saturday nights, diners can eat along to the beat of the live music.
Banzai Sushi Bar
The staff at Banzai Sushi Bar serves fresh, flavorful fish in a down-to-earth atmosphere, earning accolades as one of Oahu's top restaurants in the Star Advertiser for several years running. Nestled in a corner of Haleiwa's North Shore Marketplace, the restaurant offers casual fine dining outdoors on Japanese-style seating or conventional tables—with projected surf videos and live music playing in the background. Maki rolls and nigiri are crafted with organic, locally sourced produce and fresh fish purchased daily at the Honolulu fish auction. Salads, tempura, poke, and specialty sashimi pair with an extensive list of sake.
66-246 Kamehameha Hwy.
Haleiwa, Hawaii 96712Get Directions