Japanese-style Treats That are Sure to Please

Columns Jus' Desserts

September 15, 2013

Story By: Nicole Monton | Photos by: Anthony Consillio

The interior of Restaurant Ko is modern and urban, and it caters to patrons of all ages. The restaurant prides itself on its delectable early-bird specials — 8-and 9-course meals and an amazing happy hour — but its desserts deserve a place in the spotlight as well.

Not only are the desserts downright delicious, but their pristine presentation mimics the modern interior of the bar area, making the desserts almost too beautiful to eat. Almost.

For those who love Japanese-style desserts, the syrup-like kuromitsu (literally translated to “black sugar”) and kinako powder (roasted soy bean flour) will take you back to the days of eating mochi-type snacks at your grandparents’ house.

Modernity — and strawberry syrup — oozes from the Strawberry Sundae ($5), which sits nicely in a large martini glass. Corn-flakes on the bottom of the glass add amazing texture to this classic dessert. Strawberries outline the rim of the martini glass, and a mountain of ice cream waits to be devoured.

The Japanese Style Mochi Sandwich Ice Cream ($5) is the perfect finger-dessert.

“The crust is imported from Japan,” explains assistant manager Aiko Miyamoto.

Azuki beans are nuzzled between the exquisite crust, which remains crunchy despite its ice cream center. Kinako powder and kuromitsu adorn the plate, which means you can drag your ice cream sandwich through it for extra flavor!

Pieces of kiwi accent the Japanese Style Ice Cream Puff ($5), which also features kuromitsu and kinako powder. Bite-sized pieces of ice cream puffs sit in a bowl, which makes it perfect for sharing. Although Miyamoto notes that many people eat a whole dessert by themselves.

In addition to offering outstanding sweets, it’s certain that Restaurant Ko is perfect for late night goodies with friends and family. The establishment boasts a magnificent happy hour with Kirin and Asahi Super Dry import beers, $5 shots and more. Happy hour runs Wednesday to Monday, from 10 p.m. to closing.

Restaurant & Bar Ko

3196 Waialae Ave., Honolulu
Monday and Wednesday-Saturday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Sunday, 5 p.m.-midnight
Closed Tuesdays

Honolulu, HI 96816

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