Tasty new trends await in KapahuluInside Feature
May 12, 2019
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO
Waioli Grill and Cafe offers a different take on Japanese food with a menu designed and created by its chef with more than 20 years of experience in the teppanyaki-style of preparing and cooking meats to ensure freshness and flavor permeates each bite.
Unlike a traditional izakaya, an informal Japanese pub, the ambiance, service and menu items at Waioli Grill and Cafe were designed around a “new American cuisine” concept with a “Japanese twist.”
During the day, the restaurant serves up healthy lunch sets that are prepared ichiju sansei style — with a soup and three sides including appetizers and rice — to provide a balanced, customized meal tailored to each diner’s tastes.
And, when the eatery shifts focus to dinner service, the Japanese cafe switches up the vibe as a “cozy” bistro with fresh fish, seasonal classics and teppanyaki-style meats. Case in point: Diners can look forward to Wagyu ribeye and roast beef varieties and even raw oysters, just to name a few.
General manager Seiya Nakano explains that the restaurant opened late last year, and “little by little, guests are discovering us.
“For lunch, it’s a healthy cafe with balanced options — a fancier version of a plate lunch, but with more nutritious options and soup as well,” says Nakano. “During dinner, we offer excellent meat choices, and our chef can prepare these various proteins very well. Our soups are made from scratch using the stocks from specific meats.”
Walk-in guests are welcomed, but reservations are preferred by calling 734-5298.