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Cozy up with comfort meals

Inside Feature

April 14, 2019

Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO

HAWAIIAN-STYLE BEEF STEW ($13.25)
This mainstay, on the full-course meal menu at Sekiya’s, is served with rice, miso soup, tsukemono and green tea (add $1 for brown rice). It’s more of a thinner, “soup-style” beef stew with carrots, potato and celery.

Over the past nine decades, Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen has catered to generations of local residents who have come to appreciate the cuisine first introduced by Taisuke and Katsuko Sekiya in 1935.

More than 80 years after opening the original restaurant on School Street, Sekiya’s Restaurant and Delicatessen still offers local favorites at its iconic home on Kaimuki Avenue just mauka of Kaimuki High School.

MARINATED FRIED CHICKEN ($14.95)
Another popular full-course meal, this fried chicken is served with rice, miso soup, tsukemono and green tea (add $1 for brown rice). The succulent golden-brown chicken is marinated in a special blend of ginger and shoyu, and a house-special coating that adds a lighter, fluffier texture when fried.

Under the direction of general manager Faye Hara and her team, that includes daughter and manager Deanna Hara, Sekiya’s continues to serve an eclectic menu featuring comfort food classics including everything from burgers and sandwiches to traditional Japanese noodle offerings coupled with side dishes that complete any meal throughout the day.

OYAKO DONBURI ($12.35)
This iconic rice bowl is made with an “omelet-style” mixture of chicken, fresh island eggs, long rice and mushrooms. This is an ideal Easter dish for the entire family as Oyako means “parent and child” in Japanese, like the chicken and the egg. The local favorite is served with rice, miso soup, tsukemono and green tea (add $1 for brown rice).

“A lot of people who dine with us relive their childhood tastes because we’ve carried on the family recipes,” says Trey Paresa, Deanna’s fiancee and a manager-chef at the restaurant. “I encourage guests to bring their kids and grandchildren so we can keep the memories going!”

SODA FLOAT ($5.25)
Add a Soda Float that includes a choice of fountain beverage accompanied by two scoops of delicious, refreshing Meadow Gold ice cream. This Sekiya’s favorite is perfect on a hot day!

“Our regular customers continue to ask us to run the restaurant and carry on its history,” adds Deanna, who represents the fourth generation to carry on the Sekiya’s legacy.

Sekiya’s also offers up an okazu menu with a la carte items available deli style — the perfect way to snack or create a unique plate lunch. Okazu items are served daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the counter situated at the front of the store. Sekiya’s okazu spread offers “a great mix and selection of takeout items all in one place” including items made from scratch at the peak of freshness.

Monday is “Senior Day” at Sekiya’s as diners age 65-and-older receive 10 percent off their dine-in check for themselves and those at the table. Sekiya’s also offers bentos and party platters for all sorts of events, from family celebrations to business functions.

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