Maui Food and Dining

Sansei to Open First Mainland Restaurant

February 18, 2016, 9:07 AM HST
* Updated February 17, 3:12 PM
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Sansei logo. Courtesy image.

Sansei logo. Courtesy image.

After opening the first Sansei restaurant in Kapalua 20 years ago, D.K. Kodama is expanding to the mainland.

As one of the Zagat Survey’s most anticipated Seattle restaurant openings of Winter 2016, Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar Seattle opens on Sunday, Feb. 21. The restaurant is located at Premiere on Pine, a 40-story apartment tower in the city’s downtown area. The 3,500-square-foot restaurant was designed by CLO Design, with a contemporary, clean and upscale vibe. It is chef/restaurateur D.K. Kodama’s first mainland location.

“I spent three years in the Seattle area before returning to Hawaiʻi to open the first Sansei at Kapalua in 1996,” says Kodama. “The Emerald City has such a great selection of fresh seafood and we’re really excited.”

The menu at Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar Seattle features the new-wave sushi and contemporary, Japanese-based “Pacific Rim” specialties that have made the four Hawai’i Sansei locations so popular.

Signature dishes include Mango & Crab Salad Hand Roll, Japanese Calamari Salad, Panko-Crusted Ahi Sashimi, Asian Rock Shrimp Cake and Fresh Local Fish Specials. There is a full bar and wine list designed to complement Sansei’s signature cuisine. The new restaurant has eight seats at the sushi bar, 62 in the dining room and 32 in the lounge.

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