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Yajima-ya Japanese and Local Cuisine

Step Up to the Plate

January 20, 2019

Story By: Elima Pangorang | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: DAILY SPECIAL BENTO WITH RIB-EYE STEAK

Yajima-ya Japanese and Local Cuisine churns out beloved traditional eats, all of which appeal to diners of any age.

The eatery is well-known for its teishoku sets that bestow customers with a plethora of mouthwatering choices from the land and sea, including sashimi and sushi.

The unique teishoku selection is different from the usual teishoku offerings one would find at other Japanese restaurants. Yajima-ya presents Selection A and B for its sets that can be ordered through Teishoku Ichi (two choices from Selection A), Teishoku Ni (one choice from Selection A and another from Selection B) and Teishoku San (two choices from Selection B).

The options are endless from Selection A and B, as they include Mushroom Chicken, Hamburger Steak, Tempura, Salmon, Assorted Sashimi, various Rib-Eye Steak selections, miso butterfish, Garlic Ahi, Pork Katsuni and much more. It doesn’t end there as each teishoku comes with rice, miso soup and three kobachi (side dishes).

The menu continues with sushi and sushi combos from nigiri and rolls to chirashi bowls. Rounding out the possibilities are Udon, Soba and Donburi bowls, side dishes, soothing curries and Daily Special Bento. During dinner, bentos are served with miso soup and green salad.

With a subtle and comfy interior, Yajima-ya offers many a retreat that both refreshes and refuels. Having opened as a quaint lunch wagon a decade ago, the restaurant has come a long way and will continue to grow into a community staple within the Honolulu area.

Everyone’s favorite

An array of shrimp and vegetable tempura adds a nice crunch to this spread.

Love me some sushi

Lighting up this super set are three pieces of nigiri sushi (salmon, hamachi and ahi) and three ahi rolls.

Happy grillin’

A grilled fillet of saba or salmon (depending on availability) provides fall apart, savory goodness.

Fresh as can be

Smooth and soft salmon, hamachi and ahi sashimi cuts bring joy to diners who indulge in these light yet flavorful bites.

Load me up!

Thick cuts of Rib-Eye Steak provide a nice complement to the seafood counterparts. This combo may also be ordered with chicken instead of steak for $25.

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