Makino Chaya serves up endless possibilitiesChew On This Digest
March 29, 2015
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: Anthony Consillio
With a bountiful buffet buoyed by a slew of local favorites and surf-and-turf selections, Makino Chaya truly offers a must-try dining experience for the entire family.
And, with important holidays, including Easter and Mother’s Day approaching, as well as graduation season right around the corner, Makino Chaya serves as the go-to locale to satisfy any appetite for all occasions.
When restaurant president Jo Makino explains that the expansive buffet “has it all,” there is no exaggeration on his part. From ahi poke to sushi and shrimp tempura, a ramen station and even a full dessert bar complete with specially-made cakes from JJ Bistro, diners of all ages feel right at home.
Makino Chaya is a three-time winner of Star-Advertiser‘s Hawaii’s Best People’s Choice Award for “No. 1 Buffet in Hawaii,” a telltale sign that diners can’t get enough of the restaurant’s endless buffet options.
Situated at Westridge Shopping Center in Aiea, Makino Chaya features a spacious dining room capable of hosting upwards of 300 guests, and its friendly staff makes dining amid the inviting atmosphere that’s fun for all.
“It’s a local, family restaurant, and it’s all-you-caneat,” Makino says. “I guarantee when you come and eat here, after you walk out the door you’ll be full — maybe until the next day!”
Customers also enjoy extraordinary value when experiencing Makino Chaya’s offerings, as the lunch buffet is priced at $13.98 Monday through Friday and $19.98 Saturday, Sunday and holidays. The dinner buffet features a bounty of snow crab, butterfish, Manila clams and oysters, just to name a few, and is available Monday through Thursday for $28.98, and Friday through Sunday for $30.98.
Makino Chaya also has a happy hour special, which runs Monday through Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. during which customers can partake in dinner for just $19.98 (excluding the a la carte menu, and not available on holidays). Dining Out also features coupons for use at Makino Chaya, including a discounted lunch special, in which seniors ages 55 and up can dine for just $9.95, Monday through Friday.
Diners are treated to succulent steak for both lunch and dinner, as a skilled chef cooks the tender meat to order on a sizzling teppan flat-iron grill. At the ramen station, select from tasty miso or tonkotsu broth, along with piping hot noodles and a host of seasonings and toppings.
“We have a lot of options for our customers,” Makino explains. “Here, you pay one price for all the steak you can eat, as well as snow crab (at dinner) and other favorites. Where else can you find a deal like that?”
98-150 Kaonohi St., Aiea
Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (lunch)
Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 5:30-9 p.m. (dinner)