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September 28, 2014
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: Rachel Breit
With an alluring combination of Japanese and Chinese cuisine, Chukaya Sea Dragon Table offers a wide array of seafood and noodle dishes, as well as tasty appetizers and delectable desserts making up a well-rounded menu.
The restaurant’s name means “Chinese restaurant” in Japanese, and incorporates the sea dragon in its moniker because three of the four owners were born in the Year of the Dragon, and also to recognize the fact that Hawaii is surrounded by a vast ocean.
“We use less oil than traditional Chinese food and serve everything on big plates and in big bowls,” says president and owner Atsushi Fukuda. “We invite families to come and enjoy the food and company. From grandparents, to mom and dad, and their kids, we have lots of choices for everyone to enjoy.”
Conveniently located at the corner of King and Kaheka streets, Chukaya Sea Dragon Table offers complimentary validated parking in the lot behind the restaurant. The restaurant opened in August 2013, and offers an open, inviting dining area, along with three private dining rooms perfect for special events, gatherings or meetings — one of the private rooms was a former walk-in safe, as the restaurant occupies a space formerly filled by a bank.
Diners clamor for Tan Tan Men ($9.50 for “regular” portion), a hearty serving of spicy soup and perfectly cooked noodles, along with char siu, niku miso, boiled bok choy and green onion. The tasty, slurp-worthy soup also pairs well with one of many available appetizers, including Yaki Gyoza or pan-fried gyoza ($5 for five pieces).
Chukaya Sea Dragon Table also serves up specially priced entrees, such as Fresh Ahi Collar Teishoku ($15, regularly $20). The fresh fish is served as part of a set, which includes rice, miso soup and three side dishes that rotate daily.
Those craving noodles are encouraged to reach for Tempura Soba ($16.50), a beautifully presented array of cold noodles and various tempura, including shrimp, eggplant, taro, green bean and kakiage. Nabeyaki Udon ($13) is another popular noodle dish that offers a delicious broth with hot shrimp tempura, fishcake and vegetables — choy sum and Chinese cabbage.
Chukaya Sea Dragon Table features a convenient bar in the main dining room. Happy hour specials are available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and again from 5 to 6 p.m. daily, except for Thursday when the restaurant is closed. Happy hour specials include $4 Asahi draft, selected $3 bottled beer, $5 glasses of red or white wine, as well as multiple pupus including Garlic Chicken ($5).
Chukaya Sea Dragon Table
1491 S. King St. #105, Honolulu
Lunch: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dinner: 5 to 10 p.m.
Happy Hour: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m.