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Lobster King Delivers Cuisine Fit for Royalty

By Kyle Galdeira Photos By Tony Grillo
November 18, 2012

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With a large selection of fresh seafood available daily, Lobster King provides diners with the royal treatment by offering up a king’s ransom of tasty dishes at affordable prices.

Customers have flocked to the eatery located conveniently at the corner of South King and Keeaumoku streets to enjoy a wide variety of items, which also are available to-go, that satisfy lunch, dinner and late-night cravings.

“We’ve been doing business here for more than two years now, and we really appreciate our customers,” says owner June Kim. “We’ve been busy ever since we opened. We still have the same low prices and a variety of specials.”

Through November, customers can enjoy a whole live lobster prepared to their liking for just $9.99. Larger lobsters also are available for $14.95 per pound, and as Kim explains, “We cook it for you just the way you like it in a variety of spices and seasonings.”

In addition to the more than 170 dishes on the menu, Lobster King also serves up an assortment of daily and lunch specials. Kim recommends Jajangmyeon ($8.95 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.), a large bowl of stir-fried meat and vegetables with black bean sauce served on a bed of noodles and topped with fresh cucumber. As a special offer for Dining Out readers, Jajangmyeon is available for $6.95 with the coupon found on Page 6.

“The reason why we’re offering some of these new items is because a lot of local ladies asked me, because I’m Korean and they watch the popular Korean dramas, and they see the black noodle dish on TV and asked me if I would serve it,” Kim says. “I put this together and it became very, very popular — the customers love it. It tastes exactly like what they were used to eating 30 years ago in Korea.”

Another popular new addition to the menu is Samsun Jjamppong ($10.95 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), which is a spicy seafood noodle soup that has also drawn rave reviews from diners.

“The Jjamppong is for those spicy food lovers. It has big chunks of seafood, including scallops, squid, mussels and shrimp, and everybody loves it,” says Kim. “The customers are surprised with how much seafood we can give them in this one dish for such a reasonable price. We’re a seafood wholesaler, so that’s why we can do that.”

Lobster King also serves up a hearty assortment of fresh seafood in Crab Combo ($69.95), a large platter full of Rock Crab, Dungeness Crab, King Crab legs and Snow Crab. Diners can choose from a wide variety of flavor and spice combinations as well, including garlic butter, lemon mayonnaise and spicy onion sauce.

“The combo offers really big portions. It’s a great value,” Kim says.

The eatery also boasts a seafood market adjacent to the restaurant that is open to the public from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and offers what Kim calls “the best prices in town.” Seafood seekers can choose from a wide variety of fresh, live lobster, crab, abalone, fish, clams and other seasonal selections available at market prices. The items are shipped in two to three times a week from all over the country to guarantee freshness.

Lobster King offers up a full bar, and customers can also bring their own wine for a corkage fee of $10 per table. Catering and set party menus also are available for special occasions and large groups.

Just in time for the holidays, Lobster King is offering a special on gift certificate purchases. Customers will receive 10 percent off each gift certificate purchased, and Kim encourages diners to make holiday dining reservations in advance as the eatery continues to gain popularity thanks to loyal eaters who enjoy the royal treatment.

Lobster King

1380 S. King St., Honolulu
944.8288
Open daily, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m., lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.