Happenin’ Happy Hour: Sansei

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, the famous Hawai’i sushi spot that opened its first mainland location in Seattle in 2015, is serving up some outstanding happy hour fare in downtown Seattle. Located across the street from the Paramount Theater, the new happy hour runs from 4:30 to 6:30 pm every day with a late night happy hour from 10:00 pm to 12:00 am on Friday and Saturday evenings, making this the perfect destination for your pre- or post-funk when venturing out to a show. With an extensive happy hour menu ranging from $5-$8 per dish (including some only available on the happy hour menu), these deals are not to be missed.

Photo Credit: Tiffany Ngo (IG: @feedher)

We had been told prior to visiting that Sansei’s chefs were known for their creative and innovative specials, and they certainly did not disappoint. We started off our happy hour with a few of their flagship items, including some award-winners in the Panko-Crusted Fresh Tuna Sashimi (that Soy Wasabi Butter Sauce tho!) ($7), Sansei’s Shrimp Dynamite ($7), and Sansei’s Mango Crab Salad Hand Roll ($6).

—Before I continue, I have to note how sensational Sansei’s Mango Crab Salad Hand Roll was. While everything I tried was outstanding and will have me coming back for seconds, this was one of the most delicious dishes I have ever had the privilege of eating. And healthy, too! I would eat this every day if I could. Now, on with the review—

Mango crab salad roll. Photo Credit: Tiffany Ngo (IG: @feedher)

Needless to say, all of the award winners were top notch and are an absolute steal at those prices. We were also fortunate enough to try the Kimchi Pork Belly Brussels Sprouts, Braised Short Rib Sliders, and Cajun Seared Sashimi. The Kimchi Pork Belly Brussels Sprouts had a perfect level of spice and the flavors worked together wonderfully. For any meat-averse folks, they also do a meatless version using mushrooms in place of the pork. The sliders were tender and had a hint of wasabi that really allowed them to stand out. The Cajun Seared Sashimi was yet another item that would’ve been the star of the show at any other restaurant, with sweet onion, cilantro, jalapeño, and Chef Masa’s yukke sauce striking up a perfect balance. Some other items featured at happy hour include:

  • Sansei Special Roll with spicy crab, cilantro, cucumber and avocado dusted with furikake and accompanied with sweet Thai Chili sauce ($6)
  • Takah Sushi Special Roll named in honor of Takah Sama of Aspen with shrimp, tuna, crab, avocado and cucumber rolled inside out and crusted with masago ($7)
  • Poke bowl with ahi poke served over rice ($7)
  • Kalua Pork Sliders are slow braised served on a King’s Hawaiian sweet role with masago aioli ($5)
  • Asian Shrimp Cake is crusted with crispy Chinese noodles, served over ginger-lime-chili-butter and cilantro pesto ($7)
  • Miso Ramen is served with fresh ramen noodles in Sansei’s house made miso soup with green onions, tofu and seaweed ($7). For an extra $2 pan seared pork belly can be added

For those of you looking to get your drink on, there are some solid drink specials going on as well including $3 beer (Rainier and Miller Lite Tallboys!), $4 martinis, $5 sake, and $7 house cocktails. Get yourself some top-notch happy hour treats while you’re out downtown and thank us later.

Short rib sliders. Photo Credit: Tiffany Ngo (IG: @feedher)

Sansei is located across the street from the Paramount Theater and features a bar, dining room and patio. Sansei is open Sunday through Thursday from 4:30 to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 4:30 pm to midnight. 

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar     |     815 Pine Street, Seattle     |       (206) 402-4414