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Tasty Lobster Fit for a King

Story By Christina O'Connor Photo By Nathalie Walker
August 28 - September 3, 2011

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When Lobster King first opened about a year ago, it attracted customers in droves. Perhaps many of them wanted to see if the King Street eatery could really live up to its lofty proclamation that it was the “king” of lobster. Now, a year later, the crowds have not died down the ultimate testimony that Lobster King is making good on its bold claim. Drive by Lobster King on any day of the week at any time, and you’re likely to see a full dining room with a line forming out the door.

  • Pei Pa Tofu ($11.50)
  • House Special with Garlic Butter Sauce (regular $14.95 per pound, $9.99 anniversary special)
  • Dried Scallop and White Egg Fried Rice ($10.25)
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The other testimony, of course, would be to try Lobster King’s food, which includes lobster entrees prepared with various sauces. Lobster dishes include Live Lobster with Ginger and Green Onion ($14.95 per pound) and Live Lobster with Black Bean Sauce ($14.95 per pound), which owner June Stewart says is one of the most popular items. The House Special is Live Lobster with Garlic Butter Sauce ($14.95 per pound).

“Everything is fresh,” explains Stewart. “We ship in lobster about two times a week … and we have 30 tanks.” Plus, Stewart adds, Lobster King is always coming up with something new thanks in large part to Jay Chen, Lobster King’s seafood buyer and chef. “He comes up with a lot of the recipes … he always comes up with different things,” she says.

But Lobster King is so much more than just lobster. While the lobster dishes are undoubtedly a main draw, the menu also features an array of other dishes, including the Pei Pa Tofu ($11.50), Dried Scallop and White Egg Fried Rice ($10.25) and Roast Duck ($15 for half; $28 for whole).

Crab dishes, such as the Salt and Pepper Dungeness Crab ($28.95 for 2.5 pounds), are also popular, says Stewart.

But if it’s lobster that you’re looking for, it also makes an appearance in a number of other dishes, like Lobster with Dried Scallop Sauce on E-Mein ($18) or Lobster Rice Soup ($10.99 with one entree).

As if Lobster King didn’t already offer the best seafood deals in town, come in soon to take advantage of the Anniversary Special, which offers a 20 ounce lobster with any of the sauces for $9.99 until the end of September. “We appreciate our customers and we want to do something for them,” Stewart says.

And for year-round deals, Lobster King offers the Senior Special Tuesday and Wednesday during lunch hours. With four orders or more, you get a free order of Young Chow Fried Rice.

Coming soon, Lobster King has a seafood market in the works that will be open the public. The market will be joined with the restaurant and will offer lobster, crab and fresh island fish.

Lobster King

  • Where
    • 1380 S. King St.
    • Honolulu, HI 96814
  • Call
    • (808) 944-8288
  • Hours
    • Open Daily
    • 11 a.m.-3 a.m.
    • (Lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)