Celebrate Natto Day with 21 New Natto Takeout Dishes Around Honolulu

From Kalihi to Kāhala to Kāne‘ohe, a record 12 eateries will prepare one-day-only natto creations featuring Japan’s famously slimy bean on Saturday, July 9.


Natto again! Yes, Honolulu, the one day a year when natto lovers unite in open celebration of Japan’s much-maligned fermented bean is upon us. Across the city on Saturday, July 9, 12 eateries will prepare and sell natto takeout dishes specially created for this day. Among them are three newcomers to this annual tradition: Got’z Grindz musubi and snack shop in Kāne‘ohe, elevated local brunch spot Nami Kaze in Iwilei, and The Curb in Kaimukī, debuting with natto desserts.


Natto aficionados will be quick to note that we’re off by a day because officially, Natto Day is July 10 (in Japanese, na means 7 and means 10). We’re celebrating a day early simply because many eateries are closed on Sundays.


Devotees who’ve followed the Natto Day celebrations that we started 11 years ago will realize that this is the first year the stinky bean is being celebrated on the Windward side. Most of the time, we’ve organized all-natto dine-in feasts at restaurants including Pig & The Lady, Ethel’s Grill, Zigu and Tokkuri Tei. We launched the broader takeout format two years ago to spread the slime among more eateries, with diehards trekking to all the restaurants on Natto Day. In most cases you just show up and place your order. At Okim’s and Kapa Hale you have the option of dine-in or takeout; Feast and The Curb have counter service with tables; and for Nami Kaze you’ll need to pre-order. Find all details in the gallery below.


Shoutout as always to my Natto Takeout Dine-Around co-organizers, Greg Sekiya and Scott Pang. Now scroll on for a look at the slimy delicacies that await, and get your chopsticks ready for July 9.


Dell’s Kitchen & Bakery


Dells Kitchen Natto Omurice Pc Chihiro Kitagawa

Photo courtesy of Dell’s Kitchen

Natto Omurice, $14

Soft, gooey natto omelet with bacon, jako and takana over natto fried rice; served with kabayaki sauce, green onion, shredded nori, side potato salad, cabbage salad and pickles.

Takeout only. Open July 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., 1110 McCully St., (808) 840-0496, dellskitchenandbakery.com, @dellskitchenandbakery



Ethel’s Grill


Ethels Grill Natto Robert Urquidi

Photo courtesy of Ethel’s Grill

Natto 4 Ways, $8 each

  • Boursin Pesto Natto
  • Shoyu Sugar Saba Tsukudani Natto
  • Ginger Scallion Natto
  • Yuzu Ume Hijiki Natto

Takeout only. Open July 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., 232 Kalihi St., (808) 847-6467, @ethelsgrill_kalihi



Feast by Jon Matsubara


Feast Natto Tartine 1 Jon Matsubara

Photo courtesy of Feast

Natto Tartine, $17

Japanese hamachi, pickled wasabi, Feast chickpea natto and garlic toast.

Takeout and dine-in. Open July 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., 2970 E. Mānoa Road, (808) 840-0488, feastrestauranthawaii.com, @feast808 


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Got’z Grindz


rice bowl topped with natto, ham and cured egg yolk

Photo courtesy of Got’z Grindz

Natto Don, $7.95

with cured egg yolk, egg whites, ham, green onions, mayo.

row of three natto cheese crisps with mayo drizzle

Photo courtesy of Got’z Grindz

Cheesy Natto Senbei, $3.95

Grilled mix cheese crisps with bacon and natto.

Takeout only. Open July 9 from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., 45-726 Kamehameha Hwy, (808) 234-0818, @gotzgrindz 


SEE ALSO: Got’z Grindz Now Has Poke Bowls and Ochazuke in Kāne‘ohe 


Kapa Hale


Kapa Hale Why Natto Keaka Lee

Photo courtesy of Kapa Hale

Why Natto? $12

Miso Chiizu Natto Yaki, Ho Farms eggplant dengaku.

Takeout and dine-in. Open July 9 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m., 4614 Kīlauea Ave., (808) 888-2060, kapahale.com, @4614kapahale 


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Made by Aliyoko


Made By Aliyoko Matcha Natto Shortbread Alison Yokouchi

Photo courtesy of Made by Aliyoko

Natto-misu, $10

with natto caramel mascarpone sabayon, Guinness chiffon, mocha natto crunchies.

Guava Natto White Chocolate Chip Cookies, $6 for 3

Azuki Natto Sando Cookies, $6 for 3

aka matcha natto shortbread filled with sweet red beans made from scratch.

Takeout only. Popping up at Ethel’s Grill, open July 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., 232 Kalihi St., (808) 847-6467, @madebyaliyoko



Mama Kim’s


Mama Kims Spicy Ahi Natto Bowl Soonie Kim

Photo courtesy of Mama Kim’s

Spicy ‘Ahi Natto Bowl, $13

Fresh spicy ‘ahi poke mixed with natto and takuan over sushi rice.

Takeout only. Open July 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 1481 S. King St., (808) 260-4109, @mamakimshawaii


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Mio Pastalogy


Mio Pastalogy Natto Lasagna 2 Chihiro Kitagawa

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Natto Lasagna, $15.50

with house-made fresh pasta, bolognese sauce, pesto genovese natto mix, natto cheesy sauce, eggplant, spinach, ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.

Takeout only. Open July 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., 1110 McCully St., miopastalogy.com, @miopastalogy


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Nami Kaze


Nami Kaze Natto 2 Jason Peel

Photo courtesy of Nami Kaze

Natto ‘Ahi Zuke Bakudan, $21

with yamaimo, sizzle ginger, egg yolk jam, kizame nori, sushi rice.

Pre-orders only; call (808) 888-6264. Natto ‘Ahi Zuke Bakudan available July 9 and 10 from 9 a.m to 2 p.m., 1135 N. Nimitz Highway, toasttab.com/namikaze.hi, @namikaze.hi


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Okim’s Korean Kitchen


Okims Natto Kim Chee Pancake Pc Hyun Kim

Photo courtesy of Okim’s Korean Kitchen

Natto Kim Chee Pancake, $17.95

filled with natto, scallops, house-made kim chee and side of house-made pickles.

Takeout and dine-in. Open July 9 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., 1028 Nu‘uanu Ave., (808) 537-3787, okimshawaii.com, @okims_honolulu


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The Curb


The Curb Natto Desserts Pc Mari Taketa

Photo: Mari Taketa

Natto Rice Krispies Treat, $5

with caramelized sesame white chocolate.

Kinako Stroopwafel, $6

with natto and shoyu kuromitsu caramel.

Takeout and dine-in. Open July 9 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3408 Wai‘alae Ave. Suite 103, @kaimukistoreroom


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Zigu Natto Spread Courtesy Of Zigu

Photo courtesy of Zigu

Local Tako Wasa & Aloha Tofu Natto , $12.5

Locally caught octopus, Big Island myoga, Aloha Tofu Natto

Mix Poke Natchos, $16

Locally caught poke, Hawaiian Taro Chips, Aloha Tofu Natto

Natto Sesame Tantan Soba Noodle, $17.5

Local vegetables, Big Island citrus sudachi, Aloha Tofu Natto sauce

Regular natto menu items including Local Power Natto ‘Ahi Poke and Chilled Natto Soba Noodles will also be available.

Special Natto Day creations available for dine-in and takeout July 7 to 10. 413 Seaside Ave., (808) 212-9252, zigu.us, @zigu.hi