The Best In Japanese GoodsA La Carte Columns
March 26, 2017
Story By: Caitlin Basilio | Photos by: Anthony Consillio
When Hawaii residents visit Japan, most often their favorite part of the trip is trying the food and picking out a variety of omiyage (gifts) that they can bring home for themselves and their loved ones. J-Shop gives its customers the option of saving a trip by delivering those Japanese goodies right to Hawaii.
The Japanese grocery store is located on Young Street and caters to both kamaaina and tourists, as it provides an array of Japanese products such as high-quality ingredients and food products that visitors can’t get anywhere else on Oahu.
Ninety-five percent of the store’s inventory is from the Land of the Rising Sun, and J-Shop receives shipments multiple times a week. Shoppers will find goodies such as meats, seafood, fruits, vegetables, stationary sets and more. J-Shop also houses a small eatery inside, serving tasty made-to-order bentos.
FRESHER THAN FRESH
If you were to look for fish that’s any fresher than the variety sold at J-Shop, you’d have to catch it yourself. According to chef Toru Mitake, J-Shop is the only place on Oahu where guests can choose their fish and ask the available chefs to cut it and make sashimi. All fish is offered at market price, but sashimi is arranged into portions that usually cost $6-15, he says. The shop offers Japanese and local fish favorites such as Tai Snapper, Akule, Yellowtail, Hirame, Tachiuo and Shima-aji.
1513 Young St., Honolulu
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Closed Sundays