Getting A Taste Of TraditionA La Carte Columns
April 9, 2017
Story By: Yu Shing Ting | Photos by: Yu Shing Ting
Founded in 1935, and at its current location in Kaimuki since 1955, Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen continues to be a neighborhood favorite for local-style Japanese comfort food.
Still owned and operated by the founding family, but now in its third generation, the casual eatery serves up plate lunches, sukiyaki, ochazuke, donburi, sushi, burgers and more.
There also is a daily breakfast menu available from 8 to 11 a.m. In fact, Sekiya’s now offers Japanese Breakfast (introductory price $12.95) featuring one egg, fried salmon, assorted tsukemono (tsukemono, ume, pickled cucumber, kobutsukudani, takuwan, namasu and pickled ginger), miso soup, rice and green tea. Diners may switch out the salmon for ahi or mahi mahi.
When asked what has kept the restaurant going, general manager Faye Hara says, “It’s the families that keep coming back. They came with their parents and grandparents, and now they’re coming back with their kids.”
For those on the go, there also is a convenient okazuya at the front open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Mondays, seniors (ages 65 and older) enjoy 10 percent off their entire check (dine-in only).
BREAKFAST FAVE IS BACK
Back by popular request is Sekiya’s Fisherman Breakfast ($8.50, available 8-11 a.m.), consisting of ahi or mahi mahi tempura, one scoop rice and miso soup, and a choice of tartar or tempura sauce. “We had it on the menu before but took it off, and people would keep asking, ‘Where is it?'” says general manager Faye Hara. Now they can enjoy it again.
Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen
2746 Kaimuki Ave., Kaimuki
Sunday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.