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Chew On This

A-list Local Favorites at Asahi Grill

By Alana Folen Photos By Leah Friel
November 25, 2012

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Shrimp Tempura Curry ($11.25)

From its family to yours, Asahi Grill opens its doors to locals and tourists alike who crave a taste of the Islands. Since February 2007, this renowned restaurant on Ward Avenue has treated everyone like ohana and continues to do so thanks to its friendly and accommodating staff, along with its top-notch comfort food available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Famous for its Oxtail Soup, Asahi Grill continues to serve up many favorites from Kapiolani Coffee Shop, where many restaurant staff previously worked.

According to manager Victoria Sayno, Asahi Grill has a diverse customer base that ranges from aunty and uncle who live down the street to visitors from Japan, Taiwan and the Mainland.

“There’s something on the menu that appeals to just about everyone,” Sayno says. “Besides the Oxtail Soup, we have many customers who just love the Butterfish. It’s very popular.”

Priced at $13.95 during lunch, this entree features butterfish (black cod) marinated in Asahi Grill’s very own miso sauce, rice, miso soup, tsukemono and your choice of mac or tossed salad. Fried Rice can be requested for an additional $2, or opt for kim chee or lup cheong fried rice for $2.50 more.

Butterfish Teishoku Set ($15.95)

For dinner, Butterfish is served as a teishoku dinner set ($15.95), which presents patrons with a complete meal of two pieces of tender fish, tofu, tossed greens, tsukemono, fish soup and a bowl of rice.

Another constant staple for lunch or dinner is Asahi Grill’s Shrimp Tempura Curry ($11.25), which showcases four pieces of shrimp tempura deep-fried to perfection and accented with a savory homemade curry sauce over a heaping portion of rice. All this also is accompanied by mac or tossed salad.

So, the next time you are in dire need of local must-haves, make Asahi Grill your restaurant of choice — there is a lot to fill up on.

Asahi Grill

515 Ward Ave., Honolulu
593.2800
Sunday-Thursday, 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m.