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Good Eats: Miso Phat Sushi

imageRegarded as one of the best sushi spots in Hawaii, I had to give Miso Phat Sushi a try. With two locations, one in Kahana – West Maui and the other located in Kihei’s Azeka Shopping Center, this artfully crafted, fresh fish, sushi restaurant has received critical acclaim by the likes of the Food Network and holds a nearly perfect 5-star rating on Yelp and TripAdvisor. I stopped by with some friends on a busy Saturday night to see what all the hype was about.

imageEnter into the vibrant dining room and the sushi bar is on your left, with high-top dining room tables on your right. A friendly waitress quickly sat us as we were lucky enough to score the only open table in the place. The interior is very bright and reminds me of cafeteria lighting. You’ll spy Guy Fieri’s signature on the wall behind the sushi chef’s in honor of their feature on Diner’s Drive-ins and Dives this past September.

Now let’s get to the food! On the menu they feature Specialty Rolls with hilarious nicknames, Chef Specials, various Sushi, Sashimi and Combo Platters. They also offer vegetarian-style sushi rolls.

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Spicy Hamachi roll nigiri style, tender morsels of fresh line-caught hamachi, perfectly rolled and prepped to eat and share. $10
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Classic Miso Soup – served nice and hot. The perfect amount and well balanced, although it seemed a bit heavy on the dashi and perhaps there was some shoyu in it? It did have great flavor and was very dark brown in color. It was the perfect starter for my meal. $2.50
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Not going to lie, we didn’t order this poke bowl. I took a photo of it because it was a nice shot and the ahi looked amazingly fresh. Our neighbor beside us had it and ate every bite. $16.50
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Rainbow Roll – what a generous portion. This dish went on for days. The cali roll topped with avocado, fresh ahi, yellowtail, salmon, tobiko and sesame seeds was fantastic. There were three of us and we couldn’t eat it all, it was so big. Great for sharing. Large cuts of delicious fish! $20
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Chirashi Sushi – an assortment of chef’s pick of fresh fish and vegetables served over sushi rice. This was appealing to both the eyes and the stomach. Another generous helping. $40
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Hirame sashimi, compliments of the chef served with a citrus yet smokey dipping sauce and raw daikon shavings. This was a fun dish that enhanced the natural flavors of the fish with a unique sauce.
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Time for Natto – fermented soy bean roll. My friends devoured these slimy natto rolls quickly. They tell me it was very good. $6.50
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Uni – Sea Urchin Roe, these were the tiniest little uni’s I’d ever seen. Fresh and tastes just like the ocean, very delicate and delightful. Market Price.

Overall, I would say our experience was very good. The waitress was attentive, informed and had a really cool, easygoing vibe. She made us feel welcome and did a great job servicing the table in a timely manner.

The sushi is fresh, creative and specialty rolls are excellent in portion size and quality. The price point for a few items may be considered steep, but you get what you pay for.  If you want line to chopstick fresh fish in a casual setting this is the place to be.

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About Olena Heu

Olena is Executive Editor, Food & Lifestyle at MAUIWatch. The founder of Olena Heu Communications, a social media, digital marketing, consulting and freelance writing company, Olena holds a BA and MA in Communication and Speech from Hawaii Pacific University. An adjunct professor, lecturer and motivational speaker Olena is also an award winning journalist, writer, photographer and avid traveler.

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