LIHUE — Even if you aren’t the biggest fan of sushi, there’s sure to be a dish that will satisfy your cravings at Bamboo Sushi.
The small restaurant, tucked in a passageway in Anchor Cove Shopping Center, offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. From to the sushi.
Thank goodness sushi is only served after 5:30 p.m. or I would still be there deciding what to eat for lunch.
There are plenty of seats for people to walk-in and sit down, whether you wanted to sit inside or outside. The ground floor restaurant’s lanai has a view of Kalapaki Beach but is shaded for its customers.
A friendly wait staff was patient with myself and my friend as we divulged the menu and picked out what to order. When my friend asked me what I was thinking of ordering, I said “everything. It all sounds amazing.”
Our waitress offered us iced tea and water and also told us about a $2 Primo beer special.
As tempting as that was, we eventually decided on two waters, the chicken cutlet loco moco and spicy Korean chicken with a side of kimchi fried rice.
As our waitress wrote down our order, she told us “get ready to be full” and then walked away. At first, I thought, “come on. We ordered two plates. How much food could we have possible ordered?”
She tried to warn us, but our eyes were larger than our stomachs.
My friend and I even joked about ordering the chicken katsu burger on the menu to share because that’s how hungry we were. We felt like we made the right decision based on our appetites.
While the food didn’t disappoint, we disappointed ourselves with our pathetic efforts to do any real damage on the amount of food we had. The portions served Bamboo Sushi are no joke.
At $12.99, the mountain of spicy Korean chicken alone is worth your while. With the $4 side of kimchi fried rice (worth it), my total was $17.
Accompanying the chicken was the generous portion of kimchi fried rice cooked to perfection with just enough spice that would make you take a couple of deep breaths before shovelling more food into your system, but that wouldn’t stop you from enjoying your meal.
Neighboring the rice was housemade macaroni salad which tasted great and wasn’t too heavy, which was a good thing because the chicken was. A knife and fork job for sure, the chicken was cooked thoroughly and was very tender, taking little to no effort to chew.
My friend’s chicken cutlet loco moco, which he could only finish half of before asking for a box to bring home with him, was also delicious.
With a healthy serving of crispy chicken pieces served on a bed of white rice underneath two sunny side eggs and a load of gravy, it’s perfect for breakfast or lunch.
Seriously, that’s how big this dish was. And at $14.99, it’s well worth the price.
With the buttons on my aloha shirt ready to burst, I leaned back and surveyed the landscape of the restaurant.
A full sake bar in the back of the restaurant with the kitchen behind it, the eatery had a couple families seated enjoying their lunch as the waiter talked story with them like they were old friends.
Bamboo Sushi is a family restaurant with dishes that could feed the whole family and for the amount of quality food you’re getting, the prices are quite reasonable.
Price range: $11-$30
Times: Open 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.