For lovers of the hole-in-the-wall joints
Makai Sushi, Koloa
Located inside a local grocery store and offering just a few barstools at a counter, Makai Sushi may not look like much. But owner and chef Matthew Oliver is passionate about food -- especially his sushi. He traveled to California to study at The Sushi Chef Institute, a Japanese cuisine school, before opening “The Dragon Wagon” in 2013. It was a mobile sushi food truck, but a year later Oliver opted to have his patrons come to him, rather than the other way around.
As for the menu, don’t expect an 18-page novella offering endless maki options. Instead, Oliver has kept the menu small at his spot inside the Kukuiula Market on Poipu Road, focusing instead on just six specialities: four rolls and two poke bowls. If you need help narrowing down the menu options even further, the gorilla ahi bowl is his signature dish. It’s made with ahi, ono, salmon, cucumber, avocado, and sweet maui onion, perfect for enjoying at the bar -- or taking out on the beach.