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Go For Okazu, Local Faves

By Yu Shing Ting Photos By Lawrence Tabudlo
February 2, 2016

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For a limited time, Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen is offering a 10 percent discount for takeout orders from its restaurant menu (excludes okazu).

The iconic Kaimuki eatery (located across from Kaimuki High School, next to Market City Shopping Center) celebrated its 80th anniversary last October, and continues to be an Island favorite for its tasty okazu (Japanese delicatessen foods), traditional and local-style Japanese cuisine as well as some classic American dishes.

For those on the go, Sekiya’s offers a convenient okazu counter (open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily) at the front, with more than 40 items to choose from, such as cone sushi, shoyu chicken, fried chicken and corned beef hash tempura. The okazu menu also is available for party platters and catering.

Or pick up a quick-and-easy bento ($5.75), which has become especially popular for after-school programs, sports games and office parties. Choose a bento with rice, shoyu chicken, barbecue meat, shrimp tempura and shoyu hot dog; or rice, shoyu chicken, string beans, luncheon meat with pineapple sauce and shoyu hot dog. Pre-ordering is recommended for large orders.

On Mondays, seniors (age 60 and older) can enjoy a 10 percent discount when dining in.

IF IT AIN’T BROKE

Majority of the dishes at Sekiya’s are original menu items from when the restaurant opened in 1935, including its famous Oxtail Soup ($17.75), which takes about five hours to prepare and is served with rice, tsukemono, ginger and cilantro on the side, and hot tea. The family recipe has never changed, and the meat is still cut by hand.

Also a favorite is Sekiya’s Combination Special ($17.95), offering two choices of its top menu items: Shrimp, Ahi, Mahimahi or Vegetable tempura; Beef or Pork teriyaki; Yakitori Chicken, Fried Ahi or Mahimahi; Tonkatsu, Chicken Katsu, Marinated Fried Chicken, Nitsuke Ahi or Nitsuke Butterfish (add $3.50). It also includes rice, miso soup, tsukemono and green tea. Substitute brown rice for an additional $1.

Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen

2746 Kaimuki Ave.
732-1656
Sunday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; okazu open daily, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
sekiyasrestaurant.com