Eat! Lansing

February 26, 2008


Filed under: Best of, Campus, East Lansing, Japanese, Sushi — dkastner @ 9:32 pm

Hannah Plaza, 4750 S. Hagadorn Rd, Ste 10, East Lansing, MI 48823

Hours: M-Sat 11:30-2:30 & 4:30-10:00, Sun 3-10

Sansu is movin’ on up, but is staying on the East Side.  The last time I had been there, the restaurant was crammed into a corner of a strip of mall in Hannah Plaza and featured budget seating and decor.  While the atmosphere was bland, the food was good.

But oh, how times have changed!  The new Sansu, located next to the old, has gone upscale and competes among the higher-end restaurants in the area.  This is a great place for a date or a business meal.  A “traditional modern Japanese” look is achieved, complete with a dining area that  mimics a traditional Japanese eating style of sitting on the floor at a short table.  Don’t worry, though, you don’t have to kill your knees sitting cross-legged.  Instead, the wait staff will sacrifice their legs for you by stepping in and out of the pit “dug into” the floor that allow your legs to dangle at rest.  It’s a fun, unique experience for the diner.

Looking at the a la carte menu, it was difficult to judge quantities.  When in doubt, ask, or you’ll be eating two meals worth of sushi.  The combination sushi/sashimi platter was a great sampling of Sansu’s standard offerings.  While not the freshest sushi you’ll get, it is definitely top-notch and probably the best you’ll find in the area.  I didn’t opt for the flashy dishes served in volcano bowls, but they looked intriguing.  Be sure to specify hot sake if you like it that way.  There is a good selection of the drink.

The staff were all very friendly and I can see Sansu becoming a cornerstone of Lansing eateries.


  1. This restaurant confused me. The decor is just beautiful and the service was OK. On the one hand, the drink menu was very comprehensive and lots to choose from for just about every taste and price. I did end up with a glass of white wine for $4 and it was a healthy pour.

    On the other hand, for $6, I had a tofu appetizer that consisted of 4 small portions of tofu smothered in a teriyaki sauce of some sort and sprinkled with sesame seeds.

    My wife ordered a nearly $20 bento box of grilled sushi. It was tasty but not $20 tasty.

    I wasn’t feeling all that adventurous and settled on Galbi for about $15. Not many ribs and it came with a heap of white rice and some steamed baby carrots and broccoli. Not a super good deal but it hit the spot.

    By the time we were all done, my wife, me and my 4-year-old left Sansu nearly $60 (with tip) later. Probably not an every weekend trip for us!

    Comment by Jack — July 5, 2008 @ 6:48 pm

  2. When are you going to write about Omi? I like it better than Sansu (it’s less expensive and cozier, in a modern Japanese cartoon sort of way), and we eat there much more often than Sansu!

    Comment by Julie — September 19, 2008 @ 10:25 pm

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