Tasty Treats on the Go
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If I could, I would eat all day long, but somehow I sometimes skip lunch because I’m just too busy.
Oftentimes, lunch is eaten at my desk or in my car.
So, it’s nice when you find a restaurant that offers not just takeout, but really quick takeout such as okazuyas or Japanese delicatessens, where the food is already prepared and you can just pick up and go.
At Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen across Kaimuki High School next to Market City Shopping Center, you’ll find a great assortment of okazu and it’s totemo oishii (very delicious).
Its most popular okazu item is Hash Tempura balls (85 cents each), which is made with corned beef hash and potatoes, and deep fried in a tempura batter. “We’ve been told ours is the best,” shares Joy Morihara, general manager.
Also popular are Inari Sushi ($1.35), Fried Chicken (around $1.25 depending on size), Fried Noodles ($1.95), Shoyu Hot Dog (55 cents), Namasu (small $1.35), Potato Tempura ($1.10) and Shrimp Tempura ($1.75).
If you prefer to dine-in but still are in a rush, Saimin ($4.95 small, $6.95 large, $8.95 extra-large) is cooked to order and can be made in about five minutes. It comes with charsiu and green onion, and a homemade broth or dashi that is made with shrimp, vegetables and chicken.
You also can add bean sprouts for 80 cents, and/or vegetables for $1.30. Customers also often order it with BBQ Meat Sticks ($1.95 each).
“Our food is local homestyle cooking, something your mom or grandmother would’ve cooked,” adds Morihara. “It’s Japanese dishes with a local flavor.”
Sekiya’s Restaurant and Delicatessen
- 2746 Kaimuki Avenue
- Honolulu, HI 96816
- (808) 732-1656
- 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Sunday – Thursday
- 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
- Fridays and Saturdays
- Delicatessen open 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., full course meal service begins at 9 a.m.