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Fill up with crafty delights

A La Carte

March 31, 2019

Story By: Elima Pangorang |

Homemade Cold Aloha Tofu ($6), center-left, and Beautifying Hot Pot with chicken ($19.80)

If you’re looking to spice things up with fun times while dining on carefully crafted and tasty cuisine, then look no further than Minori Craft Japanese Tavern.

Honolulu’s latest hot spot boasts two happy hour times, one from 5 to 6 p.m. and then 10 p.m.-midnight. During these hours, expect to enjoy scrumptious food items and libations starting at just $3.

The late-night hours turn this charming tavern into a kickin’ place to be as DJs take over the sound waves with creative jams and music on Friday and Saturday nights — plus, on these evenings, Minori is open until 2 a.m., perfect for industry crowds to go to and unwind after a long night serving others.

Locally Grown Salad Bar. File photos

Popping flavors are in full effect during lunch and early dinner hours with fresh cuisines sure to satisfy. Lunch-time presents diners with the options of a set menu, bowls, appetizers, noodle dishes, desserts, a kids menu or the Locally Grown Salad Bar. Set menu options include diners’ choice of one or two main entrees starting at $11.80, served alongside rice, miso soup, chawanmushi, salad, a small dish and pickled vegetables.

Dinnertime then offers an exquisite menu of izakaya-style items, charcoal grilling and hotpot cooking. A popular appetizer to start with is the Homemade Cold Aloha Tofu ($6), which is made in-house using soy-milk from Aloha Tofu and will melt in your mouth with its soft, silky texture.

Polar Bear Shave Ice ($9)

Then, you’ll want to hop in on this hotpot, which is exclusive to Minori. The soup that Minori makes is a collagen broth explained as having great health benefits for the eater’s skin. Flavors to choose from are Original Chicken Paitan, Spicy Miso and Sukiyaki. What’s more, an array of vegetables for the steaming soup can be selected fresh by customers at the all-you-can-eat Locally Grown Salad Bar — where majority of the veggies are sourced right in Hawaii. Finally, meat selections include Chicken, Berkshire Pork Belly, Prime Ribeye or Motsu Beef Tripe.

End the meal — or star it, depending on your style — with the tongue-tingling dessert menu, such as Minori’s signature Polar Bear Shave Ice ($9).

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