Sekiya’s Restaurant & DelicatessenDigest Step Up to the Plate
February 8, 2015
Story By: Lynsey Beth Futa | Photos by: Nathalie Walker
LET’S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK A THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Sekiya’s Party Tray (price varies, as all items are sold a la carte)
At Sekiya’s Restaurant and Delicatessen, the keiki are as excited about the koi pond as the adults are about the food. A Kaimuki staple, Sekiya’s has been serving up local Japanese food for 80 years. Satisfaction is guaranteed, whether you decide to dine-in with a bowl of the restaurant’s acclaimed saimin and a side order of barbecue meat, or opt to choose from the delicatessen selection, brimming with fried edibles and fresh sushi. Mini Okazu Bentos ($5.50) are popular for kid’s sporting events and everyday meals. Recently, Lynn Ky, Sekiya’s new general manger, introduced Sekiya’s Party Tray to the delicatessen menu, allowing customers to customize their own okazu combinations for any party or gathering.
Everything tastes better fried! Sekiya’s takes extra care in its frying process, making sure all items are crispy, flavorful and golden, just the way customers like it. Favorites include: Shrimp Tempura ($1.75); Hash Tempura (95 cents) and Mahi Katsu ($1.85). The fresh fish is brought in daily, alongside the rest of Sekiya’s produce.
Other last minute items to add to your personalized party tray include Sekiya’s Andagi (95 cents), an Okinawan dessert made extra large and extra crispy. Also, consider a handful of Kobu No Tsukudani ($2), a Japanese side dish of shoyu-seasoned kombu.
Choose from a varied meat selection from the delicatessen. Choices include, but are not limited to: BBQ Meat (95 cents), Fried Chicken ($1.75-$2.10), Shoyu Hotdog (65 cents), Pineapple Sauce Luncheon Meat (99 cents) and Shoyu Chicken ($1.75-$2.10).
Sekiya’s Inari Sushi and Norimaki (80 cents by the slice, $1.40 by the roll) is made fresh, “not daily, but hourly,” Ky says. The sushi rice has a distinct vinegar flavoring reminiscent of traditional sushi, but has an exclusive taste that Sekiya’s customers continue to come back for.
Okazu items are savory and pair best with rice. However, for those in the mood for lighter fare, the delicatessen also provides Egg Rolls (75 cents each), Stir Fried String Beans ($1.99) and more, each tantalizing to the tastebuds and a great addition to your Party Tray.
When asked what keeps customers loyal to Sekiya’s, Ky says, “It’s the quality of our food and the affordable prices.” She is quick to add, “Sekiya’s is a place for families, with a very big parking lot and convenient location!”
Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen
2746 Kaimuki Ave.
Sunday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
Delicatessen open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.