Take your pick at central sushi spotA La Carte Columns
July 30, 2017
Story By: Elima Pangorang | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO
Keeaumoku Street, to many, can be considered the heart of Honolulu, or Town. With an array of shopping destinations, eateries and Ala Moana Center close by, this one-mile stretch of road provides the ultimate convenience and diversity for both locals and tourists.
Kozo Sushi, on the corner of Keeaumoku and Makaloa streets, adds to the convenience by providing a subtle retreat for those looking for a quick — yet quality — bite in between shopping.
Kozo’s menu offers a colorful showcase of seemingly endless sushi rolls, bentos and donburi (rice bowls) to satisfy any appetite — big or small.
For customers looking for an assortment of sushi at a generous price, restaurant manager Kyle Higashide suggests the Lunch Box ($6.99), which is a favorite among diners.
“This has been around a long time and is one of our more popular bentos,” he says. “(One) could consider it like a Kozo Sushi ‘classic.'”
If customers are looking for a little more with their meal, Teriyaki Chicken Bento ($7.99) is a strong contender with a pile of teriyaki chicken atop a steamy bed of white or brown rice, topped with nori flakes. The bento also is accompanied by a refreshing serving of soba noodles and vegetables, as well as a couplet of shinko (pickled radish) maki.
For a lighter meal, Kozo Sushi’s Tofu Poke Don ($6.99) is sure to please. “This is a new menu item,” mentions Higashide. “It is poke tofu with avocado, cucumber and poke sauce. They (customers) have the choice of lettuce, white, brown or sushi rice.”
Whichever direction Keeaumoku Street’s current may be pushing, be sure to dive into Kozo Sushi — located in the same shopping plaza as Walmart — to snag a bite of seafood, and then some.
638 Keeaumoku St., No. 101, Honolulu (in addition to four other locations islandwide)
Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.