A Big Island dining recommendation

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Our friend Hawaii food writer Joan Namkoong e-mailed today with a new restaurant to add to our Big Island eats round-up. Since she’s a Big Island resident and the kind of person who always knows where to find great food, we snapped to attention.

Wrote Joan:

There's a yummy new place to eat on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii Island: Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar at the Queens' Marketplace at Waikoloa Village Resort.

Known for its fresh fish and expert sushi makers, Sansei (with locations on Oahu and Maui) has been a favorite of residents and visitors for years.

Eric Rouelle is the executive chef at the Queens' Marketplace location where traditional and "new wave" sushi and steaks—a favorite of chef D.K. Kodama—will be served … with excellent wine pairings by master sommelier Chuck Furuya. Sansei's "local flavors" will no doubt stand out on the Kohala Coast restaurant scene.

Sansei is open nightly 5:30 to 10 p.m. with early bird and late night specials. Call (808) 886-6286.

Sansei, we’re guessing, will be a great addition to Queens' Marketplace, which is still adding tenants. The marketplace—a 135,000 square foot collection of retailers, restaurants and services—opened last October in the Waikoloa Village Resort area.

Photo courtesy of Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar

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