A Traditional Taste of Tokyo Served with AlohaFeatures Order of the Day
June 7, 2015
Story By: Andy Beth Miller | Photos by: Bodie Collins
Imagine enjoying authentic Japanese cuisine while scanning the skies from one of the most spectacular seaside views available on Oahu. Here, at Miyako Restaurant, located on the second floor of The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel, a radiant blue ocean view beckons diners to delve deep into the culinary delights before them, all amid an atmosphere as delicious to the eye as it is to the appetite.
Cozy yet classy, Miyako exudes a distinctly zen-like vibe, with a serene style that sets the ideal ambiance for an evening out. Inviting us to leave it all behind, Kimono-clad waitresses cater to guests with a level of service typically found in Tokyo, but with aloha that is distinctly Hawaiian.
Representative for the restaurant, Arlene Chmo-lack, explains that, “Miyako chefs come from the New Otani Hotels in Japan and work at The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel for two years to bring their talents to the Islands and to expand their knowledge of Pacific cuisine. Chefs combine fresh Hawaiian seafood and produce with traditional Japanese preparations.”
And the result? A meal to remember.
Today, these chefs prepare four selections that sweep away guests’ thoughts of all else but indulging completely in bite after decadent bite.
Seared Seafood Salad ($15) starts things off on a light note with its healthy mix of lettuce, tomato, onion, cucumber, shrimp, scallops, snapper and squid, paired with a unique wasabi dressing.
And if sushi is more your style, Bara Chirashi with Shrimp Tempura ($38) provides a perfect seafood-infused fix. For those who go crazy for comfort food, cozying up to a feel-good serving of creamy Shrimp Au Gratin ($20) is sure to satisfy and soothe.
A meaty meal hearty enough for the big boys, yet sophisticated enough to appeal to the ladies as well, Beef Katsu Sandwich ($26) presents wonderfully toasted bread graced with the goodies of cabbage and filet beef seasoned with red miso sauce. Served alongside the dish are onion rings, mustard dipping sauce and homemade vegetable pickles.
Opening its doors for dinner service beginning at 5:30 p.m., Miyako keeps things casual yet classy. Each month the eatery offers seasonal Kaiseki dinners (because of the set menu and the time for preparation, only 20 are offered each day), so dress to impress and call ahead, as reservations are recommended at this highly sought after hot spot.
The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel
2863 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu
Dinner: Wednesday-Monday, 5:30-9 p.m.; closed Tuesdays