Veggie rolls (the majority of which is the maki roll) at most sushi joints tend to be dull and mediocre — after all, it is “just” vegetables — but at Miso Phat Sushi, it is anything but. While Chef Ahren Uyeda, who is the master behind the sushi bar creations, specializes primarily in seafood delights, his veggie rolls are to-die-for.
A favorite of ours is the Joy Roll (aka Miso Happy) which is aptly named. Rolled with crisp fresh vegetables and topped with hamachi (imported from Japan), thin-sliced jalapeño, habanero tobiko, and drizzled with Sriracha and Unagi sauce, this roll combines sweet, spicy, savory, and tangy all in one luscious bite. Quite a bit of umami for one roll comprised mostly of veggies!
Oh my, the edamame! OMG good! Sprinkled with salt and heated to perfection, the edamame beans are tender with an almost buttery taste (but without the butter) as the salt seeps into the shell during the cooking and combines with the moisture inside to create a soft and buttery flavor without the pesky calories. We usually devour one bowl per visit, but this time, we ordered two!
We topped off the meal with a favorite stand-by, the Spicy Tuna Roll, and our meal was complete. Simple, elegant, tasty, and satisfying.
It’s clear that Chef Ahren is particular about his ingredients. “Only the best,” Kihei location Manager, Colin, advised Dining on Maui. Dedicated to presenting only the best, Chef Ahren trained for 6 years under a master sushi chef, Sakanishi-san. (Click here for more in Maui No Ka Oi’s story.) Chef Ahren has meticulously created the menu for both the Kahana and the Kihei restaurants, while he currently spends most of his time at the Kihei location located at Azeka Mauka on South Kihei Road. “90 percent of the fish is fresh-catch from Maui waters,” says Colin, “and he imports the hamachi and uni directly from Japan.” Only the best, for sure, and it is clear in the taste.
Fresh fish, local ingredients, dedicated owners and staff, and an innovative chef combine their efforts to make Miso Phat Sushi one of the best sushi establishments on the island of Maui. Owners Joy and Shawn Steadman also own their own boat, Shiso Phat, which sets out with her crew to find the freshest fish for it’s customers. Take a quick peek at the YouTube video I stumbled upon today — which features not only the restaurant, but Chef Ahren and the lovely Shiso Phat boat.
From their fresh and beautifully sliced sashimi to their hand-crafted rolls, nigiri, and more, Miso Phat Sushi is a cut above most of its competitors. Whether you are visiting Maui or you live locally, give them a shot! You will LOVE it.