Comfort Never Goes Out Of StyleA La Carte
October 28, 2018
Story By: Randy Dela Cruz | Photos by: Randy Dela Cruz
Delicious local-style food served in an environment reminiscent of one’s home is the perfect combination to keep diners satisfied and coming back again and again.
Since 1935, Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen has been attracting customers, both regulars and newcomers, with its ability to offer timeless traditional meals in its comfortable dining space.
“We definitely have our customers that come every day, or a few times a week, or like every Sunday,” says manager Deanna Hara, who is the great-granddaughter of founders Taisuke and Katsuko Sekiya.
The food especially keeps hungry crowds returning, as Sekiya offers an extensive menu of local and Japanese cuisine that includes full-course meals, such as teriyaki and steak, tempura, pork and chicken cutlets, ahi, sashimi and oxtail soup.
Another great option is Sekiya’s combination specials, which allows customers to mix and match two choices from a selection of 14 main dishes, including shrimp tempura, yakitori chicken, marinated fried chicken, tonkatsu and more.
All combination specials and full-course meals include rice, miso soup, tsukemono and green tea. You may substitute brown rice for an additional $1.
What’s more, Sekiya’s offers an all-day senior discount (10 percent off, dine-in only) every Monday — customer must be age 65 or older.
TRY SOMETHING HOT AND COOL
A popular full-course meal is Sukiyaki ($16.95), which can be custom ordered to include chicken, beef or pork. Served in a nabemono (Japanese hot pot), the thinly sliced and tender pieces of meat are simmered in broth along with other items like shiitake mushrooms, tofu, round onions, green onion, gobo and ito konnyaku.
No matter what you order, you’ll want to top it off with Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen’s refreshing Mochi Coconut Creams ($2.55 for one, $4.95 for two), which comes in six delicious flavors — Chocolate, Chocolate Raspberry, Mango, Green Tea, Coffee and Strawberry. These delectable custard confections, which have been a big hit from the time they were introduced a month ago, combine the velvety texture of ice cream without the dairy and come wrapped in a soft covering of mochi for just the right touch of divine indulgence.