Take Your Taste Buds To JapanA La Carte Columns
December 18, 2016
Story By: Caitlin Basilio | Photos by: Catilin Basilio
Hawaii is heavily influenced by Japanese culture, so it’s no wonder a place like J-Shop exists. According to owner Hideyoshi Takasawa, 95 percent of the grocery store’s products are imported from Japan, making it perfect for anyone craving authentic Japanese flavors.
With a small eatery inside serving tasty bentos made-to-order, guests leave feeling as if they’ve just taken a quick trip to Japan. J-Shop also houses high-quality ingredients and food items that can’t be found anywhere else on Oahu. The aisles and fridges are filled with Kobe beef, seafood, fruits, vegetables and even office supplies — all of which get shipped to the shop two to three times a week.
One new menu item is Kaisen Dom ($19.75), offering a seasonal array of ahi, hamachi, salmon, flounder, snapper, shrimp and more (depending on availability).
DUCKS IN A ‘ROE’
Especially new to J-Shop is Ikura Donburi ($18.75) The traditional roe is served in a large bowl and sits atop a bed of white rice. The salty ikura adds flavor and juiciness to the salmon and cucumber placed on top.
1513 Young St., Honolulu
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.;
Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day