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Looking for a Tasty Appetizer? Try Kobe's Garlic Pork Chops
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Looking for a Tasty Appetizer? Try Kobe’s Garlic Pork Chops

Story By Kyle Galdeira
February 13 - 19, 2011

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At first glance, the casual diner might see Kobe Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar and immediately think of the renowned eatery’s exciting food preparation techniques. Kobe chefs prepare their tender-aged beef teppanyaki-style — a Japanese cooking method that utilizes a flat iron plate to grill, broil or pan-fry multiple delicacies. In addition to great taste and flavor generated by the large hot plates, diners are entertained as the chefs prepare the meals with flair including circus-like flips of ingredients and the juggling of utensils.

  • Garlic Pork Chops ($12) are deep fried and dipped in ketchup and a secret sauce.
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However, as Pupu Picks found out, Kobe’s new appetizer menu is chock- full of a la carte items served in a casual lounge setting. Whether dropping by for a quick bite after work or jump-starting one’s taste buds before dinner, Kobe’s extensive pupu menu offers choices for any palate.

Try the Garlic Pork Chops ($12) before dinner, or as a complement to one’s favorite pau hana beverage. Each order comes with two hefty chops prepared in Kobe’s special brine and spices, and deep fried to lock in flavor. According to general manager Roy Nakamura, Kobe’s pork chops have drawn comparison to those popularized by Side Street Inn.

“It’s something different from our teppan,” says Nakamura of the pupu selections. “We needed to add something to our menu for those diners seeking alternatives.”

Oh, and Kobe starts serving cocktails at 5 p.m — certainly a perfect start to happy hour.

Kobe Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

  • Where
    • 1841 Ala Moana Boulevard
    • Honolulu, HI 96815
  • Call
    • (808) 941-4444
  • Hours
    • 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
    • Open nightly for dinner
    • Lounge opens at 5 p.m.
  • Notes
    • Reservations are recommended.