Getting a Mouthful of Fresh Poke, Donburi

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April 6, 2014

Story By: Michelle Lee | Photos by: Nathalie Walker

When Mamaya opened its second location at Pearl Kai Shopping Center, a fitting follow-up to the eatery’s widely successful Shirokiya location at Ala Moana Center, diners everywhere breathed a sigh of relief knowing they now could answer the daunting question, “What should we eat for lunch today?”

Comprised of fresh, made-to-order Japanese fare, Mamaya’s menu offers something for everyone, from a customizable bento station to virtually every kind of donburi, poke bowl, musubi and homemade sushi.

Mamaya Special Poke Bowl ($7.50)

Mamaya Special Poke Bowl ($7.50)

Bestsellers for lunch and dinner include Oyako Don ($5.50), a traditional Japanese dish made from boiling chicken and eggs in a homemade sauce of shoyu and sake.

“The word oyako means ‘parent and child’ in Japanese, which is represented by the chicken and egg,” explains retail manager Dan Kobayashi. “The dish is very comforting and savory with a hint of sweetness.”

For poke fans, Mamaya Special Poke Bowl ($7.50) offers a great deal, allowing diners to choose two types of poke over rice with either seaweed salad or kimchee.

“We have four different types of poke including spicy poke, shoyu poke, oyster poke and Masago poke,” says Kobayashi. “We get our fish delivered fresh to us every morning and make sure nothing is ever frozen.”

Oyako Don ($5.50)

Oyako Don ($5.50)

Smaller variations of the poke bowl include Regular Poke Bowl ($6.95) and Mini Poke Bowl ($5.25).

In addition to carefully prepared dishes cooked only upon request to ensure freshness, Mamaya also has a unique multi-grain rice formula composed of a variety of grains.

“Our customers can choose our multi-grain rice in lieu of regular white rice,” Kobayashi confirms. “The multi-grain rice is very flavorful and, as one can imagine, quite healthy.”

In addition to dine-in service, phone and fax orders are also welcome.


Pearl Kai Shopping Center
98-199 Kamehameha Hwy., Aiea
Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-7:30 pm.
Sunday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Note: Made to order bentos served from 8-10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to closing. Deli is available 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Aiea, HI 96701

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