Two-Minute Takeout in Honolulu: Aburiya Ibushi

Quick video review of a new Kapahulu izakaya that opened in the middle of a shutdown.

It’s still a delicious landscape out there! As we ride out this pandemic by staying at home, many of us are trying takeout from places we’ve never been before. Thomas Obungen picks up dinner from Aburiya Ibushi, a new izakaya that specializes in charcoal-grilled and flame-teased meats. 



Hey! It’s Thomas again, back for another Two-minute takeout.


And this time I’m actually going to be following the rules. I went to a place that’s new to me and new to Hawaii. It’s called Aburiya Ibushi. So they’re a new izakaya that just opened on Kapahulu, towards the middle, and they specialize in charcoal-grilled stuff.


But I got some shio koji chicken karaage, and they’ve got a spicy dipping sauce. And then I got a teishoku set with grilled pork belly that’s been marinated and it looks so delicious! Oishisou!


So let’s see, all of this, and I got some grilled asparagus, ’cause you gotta get some greens. It came with miso soup.


Of course, I gotta get my imojochu (sweet potato shochu), haha. Let’s dig in, let’s try something.


Ooh. *crunch* Mmm! Fried chicken thigh I think. Mmm. Very well seasoned. Excellent. Still has some crunch. Let me try some pork belly too. This one looks like it has a garlicky kind of sauce on the side, too.


Mmm! It’s tender. You definitely get that charcoal … grilled meat essence in it. Mmm! Kind of got like a miso quality to it. Wow. Mmm! That’s pretty good.


Let me try some asparagus. Comes with like a mayo-y, salty, umami dipping sauce. Very good! I haven’t had Japanese food in a while, which is a surprise, but I’ve been cooking Korean at home.


But this. This hits the spot. Definitely going to come here again.


*sips shochu* Ahhhh.


That’s my Two-minute takeout from Aburiya Ibushi on Kapahulu Avenue.


More Two-minute takeout episodes:
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Yama’s Mediterranean Cuisine
Ige’s Lunchwagon & Catering


740 Kapahulu Ave., (808) 738-1038. Open daily, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.