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Aja Sushi & Bento

April 2, 2017 ,

The Choice Is Yours

Whether shopping online with the click of a button or communicating with friends and family via swiftly delivered text messages, contemporary culture is all about having anything and everything at our fingertips — and in the blink of an eye. While some folks are quick to criticize the desire for instant gratification these days, I…

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January 22, 2017

Serving Up Quality, Convenience

Diners can discover their “Aja” moment at Aja Sushi & Bento by enjoying a host of menu items in a convenient, inviting setting within Ala Moana Center’s Makai Market Food Court. As its Korean meaning suggests, Aja’s customers are encouraged to “go for it” when selecting everything from pupus to lunches and combination plates. Patrons…

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December 18, 2016

Tasty On The Go

Judging by the crowd at Aja Sushi & Bento, you know the food has to be good. Since opening its first restaurant on Fort Street Mall in 1999, the family-run business has become popular for its Korean sushi and bento boxes featuring a mix of Japanese, Korean and local favorites, including its signature Garlic Chicken,…

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November 13, 2016

Get A Family Recipe To Go

Aja Sushi & Bento perfectly exemplifies Hawaii’s melting pot of cultures, as it boasts a variety of to-go dishes from Korean, Japanese, Filipino and other influences. Located in the hustle and bustle of Ala Moana Center’s Makai Market Food Court, Aja is the place for you to take a break and enjoy a meal during…

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October 16, 2016

Can’t get enough sushi, bentos

For easy grab-and-go options and numerous bento choices, Aja Sushi & Bento presents a plethora of choices for lunch and dinner. Located in Ala Moana’s Makai Market Food Court, Aja is easy to spot and quick to cater to customers’ cravings. Mini Bento ($6.99) is an especially popular option, according to general manager Lauren Yoo….

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September 18, 2016

Catering To Family-Style Dining

Aja Sushi & Bento has made its name on creating local, home-style cuisine. So it’s no wonder that one of its best sellers is its Garlic Chicken, which is derived from a longtime family recipe. “This is the third generation making this chicken in our family — my grandma has been making this forever,” explains…

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August 14, 2016

You can have it all

A good bento is all about balance, flavor and convenience, and Aja Sushi & Bento meets all three criteria in flying, tasty colors. The restaurant opened its third location at Ala Moana Center’s Makai Market Food Court two years ago, serving up local cuisine in plate lunches and bentos. Aja’s bentos, like the AjaPac ($11.59),…

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July 10, 2016

A Winning Combination Of Local Flavors

Similar to a local-style pot luck, Aja Sushi & Bento brings dishes from around the world to one table for both kamaaina and visitors alike to enjoy. Diners can discover their “Aja” moment at Ala Moana’s Makai Market Food Court, where Aja Sushi & Bento serves up a host of menu items in a convenient,…

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May 22, 2016

It’s a family ‘a-fare’ for local bento shop

After Lauren Yoo had been working in in vestment banking for about a decade, she began to grow tired of the industry. Thinking about what she’d like to do next, her thoughts returned to the restaurant that her parents had founded: Aja Sushi & Bento. “I thought it would be really great if I could…

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April 17, 2016

‘Local Potluck’ of Flavors

Not only does the Yoo family run Aja Sushi & Bento, but most of their menu is derived from recipes they have long enjoyed in their own kitchen. “All the recipes are basically our own,” explains owner Lauren Yoo, adding that some dishes also come from things that friends and employees have shared with them….

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