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.
$$, 2626 S. King St., (808) 941-7255
Everything costs $3.90, and when that includes momo tare (grilled thigh meat basted with shoyu) and a homey pot of rice cooked with chicken and vegetables, we can be very glad.
$$, 766 Kapahulu Ave., (808) 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., (808) 888-3928
Yes, you can call it a savory pancake, more or less. But there’s more to okonomiyaki than meets the eye.
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., (808) 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. (808) 926-8955