Japanese fare with added f lairA La Carte
April 14, 2019
Story By: Elima Pangorang | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO
Casual, modern and fun, Shokudo Japanese Restaurant & Bar presents Honolulu diners with a comfortable space for them to enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine with a 21st-century twist — take for instance its sushi pizza.
Founded in 2005, the restaurant quickly grew to the top of the popularity list of Honolulu eateries, seriously firing up the dining scene. Today, it continues to keep the flame burning with its innovative creations and top-notch service, thanks in part to Shokudo’s chef de cuisine Christopher Murakami.
Expand your palate and tastefully discover Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice ($13) that’s a crisp delight similar to a fried tater tot — except rice. Then, Lobster Dynamite Roll ($16) is a one-of-a-kind dish, which is an amped-up California roll beautifully crowned with house-made dynamite sauce and baby lobster tail.
Sukiyaki Bibimbap ($14) is an exciting, steaming hot crowd pleaser of sukiyaki beef, vegetables, kim chee, kabayaki sauce, rice and raw egg yolk, all mixed right at the table. Hamachi Carpaccio ($15) acts as a lovely, cool counterpart to the bowl, presenting thinly sliced cuts of fish drizzled with a house-made yuzu vinaigrette sauce and topped with kizami wasabi (pickled wasabi from the root). The wasabi and vinaigrette give the dish a light flavor with refreshing accents, giving off a clean-eating feel.
Finally, don’t forget Shokudo’s signature Honey Toast ($9) featuring two scoops of ice cream atop toasted, hallowed out Japanese bread — the inside is cut into cubes and toasted. This treat gives off the perfect hot and cold experience for all to revel in.