Honolulu's Japanese Food Guide: Yakitori Grill and Okonomiyaki


Food doesn’t get more primal than meat grilled on sticks. Yakitori turns it into a delicious art.


With a swath of choices like crunchy grilled chicken cartilage and bacon-wrapped enoki mushrooms, Kohnotori’s the place to indulge your yakitori fantasies.
$$ | 2626 S. King St. | 941-7255


Yakitori Glad

Everything costs $3.90, and when that includes momo tare (grilled thigh meat basted with shoyu) and a homey pot of rice cooked with chicken and vegetables, we can be very glad.
$$ | 766 Kapahulu Ave. | 734-0077


Chris Kazunori Quisote grilling in Da Ala Cart food truck.

Da Ala Cart

Grilled musubi stuffed with pork and miso, crisp and chewy mochi, abalone: you might find these skewered treats on Da Ala Cart’s daily-changing menu, offered via food truck and late night at Lotus Downtown. 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday nights at Lotus Downtown. Get updates on the menu and truck’s whereabouts at daalacart.com.
$ | 34 N. Hotel St. | 888-3928




Yes, you can call it a savory pancake, more or less. But there’s more to okonomiyaki than meets the eye.

Shochan Hiroshimayaki

Fresh cabbage, yakisoba noodles, bean sprouts, pork and egg are layered in classic Hiroshima-style, griddle-cooked and slathered with a little mayo and a lot of Shochan’s tangy sauce.
$ | 449 Kapahulu Ave. | 225-0603



Mochi shiso, kimchee and pork—Jinroku fuses non-traditional ingredients into its Kansai-style okonomiyaki (ingredients are mixed beforehand, instead of layered on the griddle) for delicious results.
$$ | 2427 Kuhio Ave. | 926-8955