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Japanese cuisine made for sharing

By Nicole Kato Photos By ANTHONY CONSILLIO
October 18, 2015

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Since opening its doors in February, Japanese BBQ Yoshi has been making waves with its pristine selection of meats — eaten yakiniku-style — including its various wagyu beef options, which are notable customer favorites.

And according to supervisor Scott Motoda, feedback has been nothing but excellent in regards to the establishment’s first-class customer service and high-quality beef selection, not to mention its exquisite, eye-catching presentation.


While Japanese BBQ Yoshi’s yakiniku has proven to be its bread and butter, the restaurant’s “shareable” menu is substantiating itself as an all-time winner, as well.

Start the night off right with an appetizer of pan-seared Seoulful Hokkaido Scallops ($11.50) that are the perfect portion for sharing. In this meeting between the lands of Rising Sun and Morning Calm, a house-made sauce of Japanese mayonnaise and Korean gochujang finish off the bite-sized seafood morsels — cooked medium rare — that sit atop a bed of crunchy namasu.

And it’s the happiest of hours every day from 5 to 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to closing when Special Yoshi Hour takes over! The happy hour set menu ($32) starts patrons off with a small salad and moves into 2-ounce arrangements of pork loin, pork belly (shio or tare), kobe toro kalbi, harami and U.S. prime kalbi (shio or tare) — complete with a side of rice. It’s the perfect way to sample a little bit of everything and find the variety that takes over and totally tantalizes your taste buds.

Japanese BBQ Yoshi

1316 Young St., Honolulu
784-0067
Daily, 5-11 p.m.