Perpetual award-winner D. K. Kodama, who built Kapalua's Sansei into one of Maui's most popular eateries, has become something of a local legend with his exuberant brand of sushi and fusion cooking. Although some of the flavors (sweet Thai chile sauce with cilantro, for example) may be too fussy for sushi purists, choices abound on the extensive menu: Sansei's award-winning trademark Asian rock shrimp cake and Sansei special sushi (crab, cilantro, cucumber, and avocado with a sweet chile sauce), seared foie gras nigiri sushi (duck liver lightly seared over sushi rice, accompanied by caramelized onion and ripe mango), or the wonderful mango crab salad hand roll with mango, blue crab, greens, and peanuts all wrapped in soybean paper with a sweet Thai chili vinaigrette. More traditional selections range from very fresh yellowtail sushi to Japanese miso eggplant.
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- Highly Recommended 2010