It’s absolutely no secret that I’m a huge fan of seafood and sushi so when the opportunity arises to get some stellar grinds, know that I’ll be the first one in line. How else do you think I became a plus sized girl? lol My husband and I have dined in at Makawao Sushi and Deli Maui before and have always enjoyed our food there and since it is just a short drive from where we live, we decided to satisfy our sushi fix there on Saturday night.
Makawao Sushi and Deli is a quaint little hole in the wall off of Baldwin Avenue in Makawao. This little establishment has been open now for quite a few years, since my husband and I first ate there about 9 years ago and it was open before then. You can find a variety of Deli type items on the menu from sandwiches and yummy delights like chocolate cream horns, croissants and cheesecake – though that is not the reason we visit the Deli. Inside the sandwich shop is a little sushi bar filled with a variety of fresh seafood for anyone’s desire. I have eaten at many sushi bars and establishments, but one so quaint and small normally does not host fresh seafood as Makawao Sushi does. Here is a line up of the food we ate on Saturday.
The first platter served to us was the Deluxe Sashimi plate which includes fish like Ahi (Tuna), Salmon, Hamachi (Japanese Amberjack / yellow tail), Hamadai (snapper) and another type of fish that I did not get the name of. This particular plate costs $49.00 (21 pieces) but considering how fresh the fish is and the amount on the plate, definitely worth it.
Next on the menu we ordered the Spicy Ahi (tuna) which is a blend of spicy mix and ahi (tuna) which is quite popular for sushi lovers. It is hand-rolled and is $9.00 for six pieces and we got four orders.
Yummy yummy, the Rainbow Roll. As beautiful and colorful as the rainbow, this delicious roll is a hand-rolled sushi with crab on the inside and wrapped with fresh ahi, salmon and hamachi along with avocado and tobiko (flying fish roe). If I had to suggest any sushi on the menu, this would definitely be it. If you love seafood, this will satisfy your craving as the fish is fresh and layered beautifully on the roll giving you yummy fish in every single bite. Each roll is $18 and we ordered two rolls since I could easily eat one by myself… lol.
This fun presentation is the Spider Roll or otherwise known as the Soft Shell Crab roll. This is filled with soft shell crab, avocado and rolled up with a little tobiko on the top. One of my favorites to eat because I’m a huge lover of soft shell crab and the presentation is surely eye appealing. This roll is $16.50.
This is a combo plate with the Tempura Roll (left) and 007 Roll (right). The Tempura Roll ($16.50) is a traditional california style roll with tempura fried shrimp. The 007 Roll ($20.00) is a traditional spicy tuna (ahi) roll topped with Ebi, Avocado and Unagi Sauce.
Last but not least is the Uni sushi. This sushi is probably one of my favorites and when prepared with fresh Uni (sea urchin), it’s delicious and butter in flavor and texture. Makawao Sushi & Deli ALWAYS have fresh Uni which is wonderful because not very many places will have it as fresh as they do. This is definitely an acquired taste and expensive… sold at Market Price per piece, this one piece of sushi can cost anywhere from $5.75 – $9.00 but in my opinion – it’ swell worth it. I grew up eating this stuff (the yellow sea urchin) fresh from the ocean as a kid and it is now difficult to find. If you are in to trying interesting food, you’ll love this.
Now that we have gotten the food part out of the way – let’s talk about Makawao Sushi & Deli in general. Again, this is a small deli which will comfortably host about 25-30 people. It has a small restroom within the establishment which is nice since the nearest restroom on that road is no where to be found. I consider this place pretty kid friendly as you can purchase a variety of beverages in the bottle or cup for your littles and it is a casual environment so shirt and shorts are fine. Makawao Sushi does not sell alcohol which is something traditionally expected at a sushi bar, but they allow you to bring your own alcohol and they do not charge a corkage fee. I think for a girls day out, or a night out with friends, this would be a nice little place to hang out and enjoy some sushi delights. The sushi pictured is not all they carry and they offer a full menu where you can easily pick and choose what you want to eat. Keep in mind that there is usually only two to three people working at a time – the sushi chef and the waitress/host so service can be slow as each sushi plate is made to order.
My family and I enjoy eating here. Again – the environment is casual and the sushi really is fresh and delicious. While the prices can seem a bit steep, I consider them reasonable since you are getting fresh ingredients and they are made to order. Keep in mind parking can be a bit difficult sometimes but usually not enough to keep you from eating there. I hope you enjoyed this, I certainly loved sharing it with you. All photos were taken with my cell phone and the lighting was not ideal, so I apologize for that.
Bon Appetite! If you visit Maui and find yourself in the sleepy old town of Makawao – stop by and visit Makawao Sushi and Deli for some yummy delights.