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Grindz of the Day: Toyo Sushi

Toyo Sushi – Okazu plate: (clockwise from top left) Shrimp Tempura, Gobo Kinpira (underneath the Tempura), (Japanese) Stewed Vegetables (not Nishime), Furikake Omusubi, Garlic Chicken and Long Rice, $7 “something”

Here we have yet another Okazuya plate picked-up by Diner E, this time from Toyo Sushi in Liliha Square, a shopping plaza with anchor tenant Time Supermarket. Toyo Sushi is on the Liliha street side of the plaza, nearby Aala Bakery.

Here’s a few things uncovered on that plate…

Toyo Sushi – Okazu plate: (clockwise from top left) Shrimp Tempura, Kinpira Gobo (underneath the Tempura), (Japanese) Stewed Vegetables (not Nishime), Furikake Omusubi, Garlic Chicken and Long Rice, $7 “something”

Diner E gave a thumbs-up for the Garlic Chicken (moist), Kinpira Gobo (flavorful), stewed vegetables and Furikake Musubi, and a thumbs-down to the Shrimp Tempura, which tasted like it was a day old left-over (hard and chewy).

Those “stewed vegetables” were a simple preparation in shoyu and sugar, made-up of Konnyaku, Shiitake Mushrooms and Gobo…

Toyo Sushi – (Japanese) Stewed Vegetables: Konnyaku, Shiitake and Gobo

Looking at this next photo reminds me I need to pay another visit to Manabu’s sometime soon!….

Toyo Sushi – Furikake Omusubi

Summing it up, Diner E gives his Okazu plate from Toyo Sushi on this visit 2 SPAM Musubi (that hard, “day-old” Shrimp Tempura took away a whole Musubi point…ouch!).

Diner C went for Toyo Sushi’s Grilled Saba…

Toyo Sushi – Okazu plate: Grilled Saba (Mackerel), Fish Cake, Furikake Omusubi and Gobo Kinpira, $6.28

Simply said, Diner C gives her Grilled Saba Okuzu plate here on this visit to Toyo Sushi a solid 4-SPAM Musubi rating. She really enjoyed it.

You’re probably wondering now where’s the sushi? Well, click on their menu below and you’ll find what they have to offer in that regard, including a ‘Nigiri Sushi Yatai’ service.

Toyo Sushi
1425 Liliha St # 10
Honolulu, HI 96817
Tel. 537-4752

Toyo Sushi take-out menu: click here to download PDF (78k) document

Menu current as of 9/16/09. Subject to change without notice.


7 thoughts on “Grindz of the Day: Toyo Sushi

  • September 17, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Pomai, how long has this place been around? Liliha St. is where I grew up and so much has changed. Is it at the Liliha Sq Plaza? My classmate from high school Yuk Mei own Lin Canton Food there. From your past entries I recall about New Ala Bakery for also haupia donuts also. There was once a Crackseed Center branch at one time in that location too.

  • September 17, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Sorry, finally found the rating. But it’s Diner C’s. Miss the old way of them at the bottom.

  • September 19, 2009 at 6:38 am


    Man, Lilliha St. sure bring back memories of Honda Deli. and Masu and Young Fish Market now all gone. Young Fish Market of course relocated. I sure miss Dutch Girl Bakery, Dairy Queen and there was a big movie theater on Liliha St. My sister at one time worked at the Liliha Sq. Crackseed Center where they sold li hung mui arare .

  • September 19, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Kelike, Masu’s Massive Plate Lunch is gone. I don’t know about the other places you mentioned, though some other readers here have mentioned a few of them before. Thankfully the one and only Liliha Bakery is still around, although under new ownership (the folks that run Yummy’s Korean BBQ).

    Okihwn, this was a surrogate post. I didn’t eat any of it. Hence the “Grindz of the Day” designation.

    Betty, I just called them. Toyo Sushi has been in Liliha Square for 20 years. Wow! If anything, Okihwn would probably know about those Chinese restaurants you mentioned. Nate?

  • September 19, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Don’t know much about Chinese restautants up in the Liliha area. Only the little hole-in-the-wall from 20 years ago – Kailan- on Liliha St. just above Vineyard. Most of my Chinese food history is in Chinatown from before that, growing up and being taken to eat there by my parents. Includes the likes of Tin Tin, Dai Sam In (?), and of course Wo Fat which was the place to go for banquets and parties at the time.

  • September 28, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Just back from Japan and so happy to be back in the US. The food was awesome. this meal above looks very Japanese, maybe i’ll go try and see how it compares!

    Food in Japan can be awesome, also can be gross like anywhere else. Good news – Japan has gotten SUUUPER cheap. Meals averaged about $5/person in Tokyo. Recession has caused deflation there like crazy!

    Even Disney Tokyo was cheap at about $10/meal.


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