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Ert’s Grill

Digest Kitchen Insider

May 19, 2012

Story By: Dining Out Team |

Always wonder what goes on behind the scenes at your favorite restaurant? Well, much credit goes to the many chefs, owners and managers who work diligently day in and day out to make sure Hawaii’s diners have a top-notch dining experience.

This week, Dining Out got the insider’s perspective from Ert’s Grill owner Steve Ichioka, who gave us a little taste of Ert’s Grill and shared just what fuels his culinary drive.

Name: Steve Ichioka
Title: Owner of Ert’s Grill
Training/Education: Taught by my mom at home!

Who or what inspires you as owner of Ert’s Grill?

I really like to cook. Getting compliments from people and my customers is what really pushes me forward and inspires me. My brother Robert, “Ert,” who I named the restaurant after, was my biggest fan and told me early on that I was a great cook.

What is your favorite dish on the menu? Why?

My favorite dish is definitely Smoked Meat. It takes a lot of time and effort to make it well, I have to hone it. The end result is a perfect balance of a little sweet, a little salty and a smoky flavor.

What is your favorite ingredient to work with? Why?

Garlic. It’s the natural flavor that spices up all dishes in many different ways. It enhances and brings out flavors in most dishes.

Is there a dish that you create that’s not on your menu, but available upon request?

We have a special sauce that some people know about. It’s like a tartar sauce with an Oriental flavor. We serve it on our Pulehu Chicken Sandwich and Shrimp and Chips. People also request it to put on our cheeseburgers, steak, fries and anything you can think of!

What are your culinary goals? What do you hope to improve on?

I hope to improve on everything that I do. My goal is to always learn and get better. I enjoy experimenting with ingredients to make my own sauces or add different tastes to certain dishes.

Ert’s Grill

  • Where
    • 99-082 Kauhale Street #B10
    • Aiea, HI 96701
  • Call
    • (808) 488-8898
  • Hours
    • Tuesday – Saturday
    • 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    • Sunday
    • 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Closed Mondays
  • Notes
    • While alcohol is not available for sale, customers are allowed to bring their own alcoholic beverages.