I'll start with where I feasted last night: Izakaya Nonbei.
3108 Olu Street (off Kapahulu behind Genki Sushi)
Some previous reviews of Izakaya Nonbei:Nadine Kam's Honolulu Star BulletinMatthew Gray's Honolulu AdvertiserCheap Eats on KHNL
My review: Two thumbs up!!!!
The chef of Izakaya Nobei, Teruaki Mori, grew up near Nagano, specializes in traditional country cooking, and the menu is mostly fish dishes. At this restaurant you are supposed to select from a variety of small dishes, to share over sake or beer.
All the dishes we ordered were very delicious and beautifully presented. We had Tori Karaage (fried chicken). Very moist and one of the best chicken karaages I've had. A nitsuke karei (flounder) with tofu: perhaps my favorite, except for the Hamachi sashimi. Nasu no kinoko itame, a dish of grilled eggplant (nasu) with kinoko mushrooms. Sorry, I forgot to take pictures of these dishes. Also, i realize i am a bad blogger because I can't tell you the prices for any of these dishes.
Hamachi Sashimi: Yumm!!! Very good quality fat pieces of Hamachi.
Kushikatsu: A skewer of pork (tonkatsu) pieces alternating with onion, all katsu-ed:
Aji Sashimi (it was called Aji-something
), but it is sashimi: yum!
We ordered this because the Japanese buisnessmen next to us had it and it was so beautiful!
Overall, with these 6 dishes plus 3 large Asahis ($6.95 each) the tab ended up being 70$ for 4 people. We were quite satisfied (not stuffed), though some people may want to order more then what we had (I was filled up with Asahi
) Every dish we had was delicious and I definately want to go back here again sometime. As for the menus, they are in Japanese, and translated to English (Romanji), but without explanations, and I only understood about half of it, but our waitress was very nice with helping us order and also listed many things that weren't on the menu.