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Minori Craft Japanese Tavern

Step Up to the Plate

February 4, 2019

Story By: Elima Pangorang | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo

MINORI BEAUTIFYING HOT POT WITH BERKSHIRE PORK BELLY ($24.80)

Taste of the rainbow
All hotpot orders come with a crisp and locally sourced all-youcan-eat salad bar, a signature offering for Minori.

Eat in beauty
The soup is Minori’s exclusive collagen broth, which Minori management explains has great health benefits for consumers’ skin. Choose between three flavors: Original Chicken Paitan (pictured), Spicy Miso and Sukiyaki.

Give it a try
Minori has cut its hotpot prices in half, starting at $19.80, making the meal much more affordable and enjoyable. Plus its broth is light and easy to eat and bursts with undeniable flavor.

A feast of meats
A selection of Chicken, Berkshire Pork Belly, Prime Ribeye or Motsu Beef Tripe will leave mouths watering as you give them a go. Extras such as gyoza, starch or more meat can be added on.

Minori Craft Japanese Tavern — formerly, Tsukada Nojo — recently had its highly anticipated grand opening on Feb. 1, and is keeping foodies on their toes with positive vibes and a brand new management team. So far, the eatery’s revitalized concepts have been ushering in flocks of curious diners into its chic, contemporary setting, offering local fresh products and authentic Japanese eats.

Director Keiji Shimamoto (pictured), shares that there are three main categories that visitors can now enjoy at the revamped eatery. They include its hotpot, grill and izakaya offerings, late night dinner and bar specials, and lunchtime meals.

Boosting the Honolulu nightlife scene, Minori is now offering a late night dinner and two happy hour times. What’s more, dance the night away on Fridays and Saturdays as a live DJ pumps out creative jams and music. Happy hour food and libation selections start at $3.

Also, Minori presents new lunch hours where diners can order a set menu, bowls, appetizers, noodles, dessert, kids menu or try out the Locally Grown Salad Bar. For the set menu, choose between one or two main entrees, starting at $11.80. It comes in a complete deal with rice, miso soup, chawanmushi, salad, a small dish and pickled vegetable.

During dinner, guests can dive into izakaya-style eating, charcoal grilling and hotpot cooking. Many of the items are fresh and homemade while the products come from right here in Hawaii. For example, Minori is partnered with Ho Farms to fill its new garden bar with veggies that can be used for either a salad or the boiling pot.

Minori has much to offer to the community. Its management team along with the enthusiastic staff are more than ready to help all customers appease their Japanese cravings, from food and drink to lively entertainment. The spot also has an upstairs lounge and dining area that can be reserved for private parties.

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