A Tasty MixA La Carte Columns
October 18, 2015
Story By: Rasa Fournier | Photos by: Nathalie Walker
The elegant dining locale locals remember as Palomino and then Cassis now is Rijo Restaurant, an upscale Japanese establishment. Unlike many chain options on the island, Rijo is one of a kind, and specializes in traditional Japanese offerings, but with a fusion flair.
From an assortment of contemporary sushi dishes, to appetizers, soups, salads and sandwiches, Rijo appeals to a range of interests. The entrées come with side selections of the day, miso soup, a house salad and rice. Not to mention, the weekend buffet spreads.
“We are a modern Japanese restaurant, but Rijo doesn’t look like a Japanese restaurant,” says Rijo Restaurant president John Hayashi. “We have dishes with traditional Japanese taste, but we also have a mix of flavors, like French and American as well.”
There’s the same expansive atmosphere that’s always been a key feature of the space, but one whole wall now is giant-glass panels, offering even more of an open ambience and a luxurious vista of Honolulu Harbor.
Harbor Court, Third Floor,
66 Queen St.
Monday-Saturday: lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Friday-Saturday, lunch is buffet); dinner, 5-9:30 p.m.; Sunday: brunch buffet, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.