Makino Chaya

Digest Step Up to the Plate

June 15, 2014

Story By: Alana Folen | Photos by: Anthony Consillio


Let’s be real: Access to an all-you-can-eat buffet can be an amazing experience, and when you add a reasonable price to the equation, all can suddenly seem right in the world. Makino Chaya in Aiea’s Westridge Shopping Center leads the pack in buffet goodness, as this renowned Japanese Seafood establishment boasts more than 100 items to feast on at the buffet line or from the menu.

Makino Chaya’s famous Miso Butterfish made with Chilean sea bass is a highly requested item. In fact, the restaurant routinely goes through 300 to 400 pounds of fish per week to satisfy the overwhelming demand by patrons.

Manager Chris Mitchell highly recommends Garlic Parmesan Potatoes as an accompaniment to the prime rib. This ideal pairing of protein and starch will have you going back for seconds and thirds.

“You can’t go wrong with such a great value for an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet. Makino Chaya is an excellent choice for hosting large parties. Graduation season is keeping us busy.”

Steamed Argentinian king crab and Maine lobster seal the deal for crustacean fanatics. Butter is always best, but the lobster enhanced with a zest of sesame Tobanjan sauce is even better, thanks to its sweet and spicy appeal.

“Patrons can have their fill of American Kobe Prime Rib served at the carving station. “The meat is so tender, it melts in your mouth and it’s beautifully marbled, flavored with our special Makino Chaya rub,” says Mitchell. “Although the prime rib is part of the buffet line (not on the menu), it’s definitely worth a mention.”

Makino Chaya

98-150 Kaonohi St. #B219
Lunch: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 5-6 p.m.
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday, 5-8:30 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, 5-9 p.m.

Aiea, HI 96701

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