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It’s Party Time at Sekiya’s

By Alana Folen
December 9, 2012

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Holiday party planning is in full swing, and Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen in Kaimuki has all of your local Japanese favorites to woo your friends and family at your next potluck.

This family-owned establishment made famous for its Marinated Fried Chicken and tempting bowls of saimin also serves up beef sukiyaki, beef teriyaki oxtail soup and more.

Yet, it’s Sekiya’s okazuya that’s the life of the party. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the okazuya features longtime kamaaina classics such as inari sushi, nori maki, musubi, fried noodles and chow fun noodles, among others.

“Our customers like to order things from the okazuya to take to parties,” says owner Joy Morihara. “Everything is served a la carte, and you also can order trays of food. When it comes to the trays, we charge by the pound.”

According to Morihara, patrons go crazy for Sekiya’s Shoyu Hot Dog (55 cents each), Fried Chicken (starts at $1.50), Potato Mac Salad ($5 per pound) and, of course, Noodles ($1.95 per serving).

“This time of year, our Nishime does very well, and Hash Tempura is always a year-round favorite,” she adds, noting that okazu items sell out rather quickly. “I recommend you come early to get what you’re looking for. There’s something here for everyone.

“We’re open on Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day,” Morihara states, adding that Sekiya’s dine-in, 88-seat restaurant is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

And during these cooler months Sekiya’s signature saimin just hits the spot any time of day or night.

“Home-cooked saimin is hard to come by these days, and our saimin is prepared the old-fashioned way,” she says.

Sekiya’s saimin presents a soup base made from scratch with dried shrimp base, konbu and chicken, a mound of saimin noodles, and char siu and green onions for garnish. And for those with a hearty appetite, feel free to add on a barbecue stick, or upgrade to a Saimin/Hamburger Combo.

“We are very consistent here. The food hasn’t changed much, and our quality and high standards remain the same,” Morihara says.

Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen

2746 Kaimuki Ave., Honolulu
732.1656
Sunday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
Delicatessen open daily, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., full course meal service begins at 9 a.m.