Fujimamas Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Kailua Kona

Bev and I celebrated our 2nd anniversary here and it was wonderful! We had such a great time. The food was amazingly fresh and super ono. Ambiance was really warm/intimate, and the service was friendly… and not too obtrusive, which was nice since it was our anniversary.

They offer different places to sit. You can choose outside or inside on tables, the sushi bar, or on the floor in the tatami room. We wanted to sit in the tatami room… it’s really cozy. :)

We started with some nice genmaicha (green tea, $5 a pot).

The kitchen brought out little samples of roasted eggplant with tomato and creme fraiche on a toasted baguette which were delicious. I love it when the kitchen surprises you with little goodies!

We then ordered some sushi! Starting with some local snapper ($8) and Maguro ($6).

Hamachi ($7) and more Maguro (since it was so good!).

Wowzers this is some ono sushi! Super fresh and was prepared perfectly. The waitress said that the fish just came in that afternoon. Too bad they never had some of the other sushi we wanted (chutoro & saba) — she said that they only will serve the fish if it’s absolutely fresh. It was a great to know how important freshness is to them.

At this point, we ordered a couple Kirin beers on tap.

We had to try one of their rolls. This is the Four Tower roll ($12 or $14, i forget).

You know, I don’t remember exactly what was in here… I think it was some kind of combination of tuna, salmon, yellowtail, shrimp, crab, avocado, fried up tempura style… for sure I got that wrong… anyone who knows please post a comment. It was scrumptiously good. My only problem with rolls is that it’s hard to appreciate all the ingredients in the roll… especially with top quality ingredients like this, but as a whole, it was yummy. The sauce was nice and spicy and it came with a wakame salad.

We were tempted to just eat more sushi, but had to try one of their entrees (for research reasons, I told Bev). It was really hard to choose. We decided on their Wok Lacquered Prawns with Caramelized Onions ($17).

Hoooo brah. Dis was seriously broke da mout’! For real, these prawns were super juicy and cooked perfectly. The caramalized onions rocked. The sauce was so tasty — very very rich and not too sweet. It complimented the prawns perfectly. Very generous portion too.

And for desert, a Kona coffee chocolate cake with tahitian vanilla cream and chocolate sauce ($8 I think?).

Now I’ve had a lot of chocolate cakes, but I gotta say this was one of the best I’ve ever had. What made this one special is how well the coffee complimented the chocolate. It had a very deep dark roasted nutty flavor. The cake as a whole also was not too sweet, which allowed the chocolate and coffee shine. Add to it the Tahitian vailla and the rich chocolate sauce, and it was perfect! The Tahitian vanilla cream had a really nice flowery sweet flavor. Could it get any better???

Thank you Fujimamas for the wonderful time. It was very memorable! We will be back.

Fujimamas Restaurant & Sushi Bar
75-5719 Alii Drive (right next to Panchos & Lefty down a small alley off of Ali’i Drive)
Kailua Kona, HI 96740
(808) 327-2125
www.fujimamas.com

26 Responses to “Fujimamas Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Kailua Kona”

  1. Lori Says:

    Thanks for sharing all those great photos of Fujimamas. That sushi and cake look so good!

  2. kelly Says:

    looks ono brah…..dey wen have any opihi?

  3. Reid Says:

    James,

    I am going to have to try the food here next time I am on the Big Island. Hopefully, that will be soon!

  4. Kristy Says:

    We drive all the way from Hilo just for Fujimama’s. This is an amazing place! Their fish is always fresh, not something you can really find in Hilo. Some of our favorites are (I downloaded the menu from their site) the Curried Chicken Spring Rolls with Ginger Coconut Dip, Sirloin Strip Steak with Miso Mashed Potatoes and Shiitake Salsa (I love the potatoes and the steak was always tender), they also have a sparkling sake drink that I love.

    Another favorite of ours is Huli Sue’s, located in Waimea. They are a part of Fujimama’s with a whole different approach… country. It’s my husband’s favorite place to eat on the Big Island because they give enormous meat portions. He also loves their shakes. My personal favorite thing there is drinking a glass of wine out of a jam jar.

  5. Samdooby Says:

    Hey James, found your blog googling through cyber space. Enjoying reading it brah. Just started my own. Anyways, never been to Fujimama’s but after reading about this and seeing the flicks, I am going to have to swing by here. Hey, ever been to Norio’s at the Fairmont Orchid. Ono’ sushi there. You can sit up front and talk story with Chef Norio and I think that is something worthwhile. Not like alot of other restaurants where the chefs’ name is on the door but he is never there. I don’t know why, but that irritates me. Anyways, keep us reading and I hope you can swing by and check out my blog. Aloha and Mahalo!!

  6. Pomai Says:

    Congrats on your wedding anniversary James and beau! All-the-better to hear that the dinner celebration turned out great.

    If you like this kind of fusion Japanese cuisine, do check out Sansei in the Waikoloa Beach Resort. We recenty dined at the Waikiki location and it was fantastic. Stick with the appetizers. Nuff. Plus you get to sample more variety. No need the main entree.

  7. Roland Says:

    James,
    You are sooo da bomb. I check your website often, and need to let you know that this is such a great thing. I’ve shared your website with many, many people (with pride), and thank you for continuing this very special gift of Aloha.
    Makes me hungry :)
    Aloha,
    Roland

  8. laupahoeboy g.v. Says:

    my o my i am having sushi tonight.Ibought a book on how to roll your own sushi and let me tell you they come out looking just like the professionals,and the taste is definitely there . so yes i am a big time sushi lover. take care my friends love geno

  9. lynn Says:

    It’s gone. I heard from a friend, just tried to call (5:30 Friday night) — no answer. Times are tough.

  10. ArtTv Says:

    Its history….
    And so is Domino’s Pizza.
    And Hard Rock Cafe.
    And Rio’s.
    And Cassandra’s.
    And Bitchin’ Burrito.
    And Dairy Queen.

    Lots of closures in Kona.
    Check out
    http://konatimes.blogspot.com/
    to see what’s happening in Kona, Hawaii.

  11. anna Says:

    The restaurant is now located in Waimea. I have not been to new location as of yet, but am sure the food is probably the same!

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