Monday, March 25, 2019

Kabuki Restaurant (Waimalu)

Kabuki Restaurant has two locations on Oahu. This blog post covers the spot on Kamehameha Hwy in Aiea, Hawaii (in the Waimalu Shopping Center).

If you're more towards downtown Honolulu, check out their other location on Kapiolani Blvd.

As the name implies, Kabuki is a Japanese restaurant. Their menu has teishoku (meals where all dishes are served as one set), hibachi items (where customers cook it themselves on a table-side grill), and sukiyaki meals (customers cook it themselves table-side in a pot). There are also family-style dinners and sushi platters.

Of course, you'll get as much tea as you want here.

For something different, my mom and I went with the Chicken Sukiyaki meal ($23.95). It's a choice meant for two people to share. First, they'll bring the gas burner to your table. Then, a large plate piled high with chicken, long rice, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, and green onion. You'll also get one egg per person to put into your helping of sukiyaki. Finally, you'll also get a container of sweet-savory sukiyaki sauce, which has ingredients like soy sauce, sugar, and mirin.

Platter of uncooked ingredients

Cooking the chicken first with some sukiyaki sauce

Adding the veggies

Cracking the eggs in to finish

Neither of us had done this before, but it's a pretty cool experience. In a few minutes (even with our struggles), we had a tasty chicken sukiyaki. We also got white rice on the side to complete the meal. For $23.95, feeding two people at dinnertime is a very good deal. And we had a bit left over to take home.

This choice also comes with tsukemono (Japanese pickled veggies) and miso soup.

Top-notch service, and a wonderful experience overall. Perhaps next time, I will try one of the teishoku meals and/or the sushi.

If you'er in the mood for some Japanese food, Kabuki is a great place to try! 8/10

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