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Chew On This

Makino Chaya Boasts Bentos

By Alana Folen Photos By Nathalie Walker
October 7, 2012

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Grilled Salmon Bento ($4.95)

Extreme appetites can do some serious damage when it comes to Makino Chaya’s all-you-can-eat buffet. With more than 100 delicious items to indulge in at this Aiea restaurant, it’s hard to imagine anything better than this.

President Jo Makino founded the establishment in 2005 and says patrons come in droves for the seafood, and Japanese and local favorites, among others. And while the buffet may be the main draw at the eatery, that’s not to dismiss its other attractive options. Take Makino Chaya’s bentos, for example.

“We prepare between 150 and 200 bentos per day, and they always sell out,” Makino says.

Misoyaki Butterfish Bento ($4.95)

Choose from Misoyaki Butterfish, Grilled Salmon or Barbecue Chicken bentos priced at $4.95 each, or from Garlic Ahi or Chicken Katsu bentos for $3.95 each. Perfect for those on the go, all bentos are served with rice, nishime, two-piece California roll, inari sushi, an orange slice, dorayaki and more.

“The bentos priced at $4.95 also come with one piece of shrimp tempura,” Makino adds. “It’s best to pre-order the night before if you want to make sure we have a bento for you. If not, we begin serving the bentos at 11 a.m. each day and it’s first-come, first-serve until we run out.”

Makino Chaya’s bentos are made fresh daily and are popular among everyone, especially large organizations or those who want to grab a quick lunch or an after-school snack for the keiki.

“You can’t beat our prices; it’s a great deal,” Makino says.

Makino Chaya

Westridge Shopping Center
98-150 Kaonohi St. #218, Aiea
486.5100
11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (lunch)
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (lunch)
6-8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday (dinner)
6-9 p.m. Fridays (dinner)
5:30-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (dinner)