Experience Japanese fare with island views

A La Carte Columns

October 11, 2015

Story By: Jaimie Kim Farinas | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO

Quietly tucked away in Waikiki, closer to Diamond Head, Miyako Restaurant at The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel offers an intimate atmosphere with picturesque views overlooking the ocean — especially if you’re seated in the cabana area, which offers optimal viewing for daily sunsets, Friday night fireworks and, of course, Kaimana Beach.

At Miyako, expect traditional Japanese fare, served with a bit of flair. Waitresses who wear kimonos add a nostalgic, fun touch.

“The experience at Miyako is like no other,” says executive chef Yuta Anzai.

Among Miyako’s extensive menu items, Anzai recommends sampling Roasted Onaga-Japanese Style Ceviche ($24). A light and refreshing dish by nature, freshly sliced onaga is paired with red onion and shiso, along with myoga (Japanese ginger), celery, white radish sprouts, grape tomatoes, coriander and lettuce.

Or, opt for Curry “Udon” with Tempura ($33). It begins with a beef stock prepared with vegetables, including carrots, celery, ginger and onion, which then is combined with soba sauce. For spice, Anzai adds ginger, and then milk for a creamy texture. Once it’s complete, the curry is served with udon noodles, and fish and vegetable tempura on the side.

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Those feeling a bit more adventurous also may want to experience Anzai’s kaiseki and prix fixe menus, which change monthly. Kaiseki is a traditional, multi-course Japanese meal — or, a great way to leave the restaurant having tried more than just a few items.

And, if that wasn’t incentive enough to stop in, Miyako offers a 10-percent discount for kamaaina diners — and 20 percent off if you stop in during the month of your birthday. To learn more about these deals and others, visit kaimana.com.

Miyako Restaurant

The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel
2863 Kalakaua Ave.
Wednesday-Monday, 5:30-9 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96815

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