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Although the heavenly harbor view alone would be more than enough to entice Islanders to come running, Gokoku Sushi — a new gourmet sushi spot making its home in Hawaii Kai — also offers fresh and delectable eats as well.
“When a first-timer walks in, they always comment on how beautiful the restaurant is, and love the gorgeous view of the marina,” explains PR and marketing director Mona Wood-Sword.
The added wow factor of the enticing gourmet fare found at Gokoku Sushi should come as no surprise either, as the establishment’s executive chef, Katsuhisa Inoue, has an extensive history of catering to the culinary elite.
“Chef Inoue is so talented, and really honed his skills while working at famed Megu Restaurant in New York,” says Wood-Sword.
The Hawaii Kai eatery’s menu is an eclectic mix of sushi staples alongside fusion-inspired fare, a magic mix which is already receiving rave reviews. “We have been so pleased with the response from the community, and already have a lot of regulars who come often, and also have hosted dinner parties with us, so we are really grateful,” smiles Wood-Sword. “We just launched our new lunch menu, which features six different kaiseki (or set) menus, and we will be expanding our dinner menu from April 1st.”
These lunch kaiseki menus range in price from $20 to $48, and include everything from appetizer and soup to dessert. Although the regular rendition includes meat/seafood items, diners may also request a vegetarian option, as chef Inoue has graciously prepared this week for Dining Out.
Vegetarian “Ontake” Kaiseki ($20) includes Vegetable Roll Sushi, Udon with Vegetable Broth, Lotus Root Kobachi (kobachi means “small bowl,” and is served as a side dish), Vegetable Tsukemono (pickled vegetables), Vegetable Kakiage (a mixed, meat-free tempura made with vegetables) and Warabi Mochi (a jello-like mochi topped with kinako, or roasted soybean powder).
As popular as the eatery already is, the restaurant highly recommends reserving your spot for lunch or dinner by calling ahead, and be sure to stay tuned for the unveiling of new and mouthwatering menu items just in time for Spring.
7192 Kalanianaole Hwy., Honolulu
Lunch: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (closed for lunch Mondays)
Dinner: Nightly, 5-10 p.m.
Note: Complimentary valet service by Elite Valet is available for Gokoku Sushi patrons only (fronting the restaurant) Friday and Saturday, from 5 to 10 p.m.