Hubby and I were invited out to dinner on Monday night to Sansei’s. On Sunday and Monday, Sansei’s has an early bird ‘local special’ with 50% off sushi, appetizers, entrees, and desserts with the exception of items with an asterick. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. From Tuesday to Saturday, there is a 25% discount but reservations can be made. Read on for my experience and impressions.
Hubby and I drove to the Marriott Resort and Spa to meet our friends who were going to be at the restaurant at 4:30 p.m. We decided to self-park at the hotel which was great since we got a space on the 3rd floor and could just walk to the restaurant. Sansei validates self-parking for 3 hours which was good since we were there for 2 1/2 hours. Valet parking is $12.
Note that line forms early. We got to the restaurant at 4:40 p.m. and there was already a line of over 20 people which is deceiving because those 20 people were saving places for more people in their party. Seating began at 5:15 p.m. It was pretty warm waiting outside the restaurant but the time went quickly because we were talking with friends.
We were seated on the wooden booths but we remembered that there are cushions available so we asked for them immediately. During the early bird special, all food has to be ordered before 6 p.m. to qualify for the discount. The servers are friendly, quick and efficient.
I can’t remember everything that was ordered. I ordered the shrimp dynamite and D.K.‘s Crab Ramen with Asian Truffle Broth. The shrimp dynamite was perfect…crispy tempura shrimp tossed in a creamy garlic masago aioli with unagi glaze drizzle. I really enjoyed the crab ramen. The ramen was not overcooked and the broth was so tasty and enough for lunch today.
The fave was the Matsuhisa Style Miso Butterfish which hubby enjoyed so much he ordered 2 for dinner. NS ordered the Kapalua “Butterfry” Roll but was disappointed because the salmon was smoked. Hubby ended up eating quite a lot of her sushi.
Another best was the desserts. Make sure you order the dessert before 6 p.m. We ordered the creme brulee and the Sansei’s hot Granny Smith Apple Tart. Both were very good. NS said that was the best part of the meal. Not sure about that but the desserts were good and made a nice end to an enjoyable meal.
The local special/early bird is good deal especially if you don’t mind waiting in line. I’d like to go back to Sansei’s to try the chili-porcini mushroom crusted filet of beef tenderloin. Our server recommended that but I was too full. Note that a 17% service charge is automatically added to discounted checks or for parties of 6 guests or more so no additional tip is necessary.