A Seafood Celebration

A La Carte Columns

December 29, 2015

Story By: Yu Shing Ting |

Tucked away in the heart of Honolulu at 1240 S. King St. — between Piikoi and Keeaumoku streets — Sakura Terrace Japanese Cafe offers a tranquil dining experience with a menu of fresh and healthy Japanese dishes with a light fusion.

The restaurant opened in November 2011, and specializes in donburi and bento items, fresh seafood and sashimi bowls, tempura and more.

Among its signature dishes are Sakura Chirashi Don and Sakura Special Bento, as well as its signature appetizer, Macadamia Nut Tofu.

Customers can choose to sit indoors or outdoors, and there’s plenty of free parking at the restaurant.


Sakura Terrace Japanese Cafe brings back its special Osechi menu this New Year’s, featuring an assortment of traditional foods eaten on New Year’s Day in Japan.

Available for lunch and dinner from Jan. 1 to 6, the Osechi special is $50 per person, and must be reserved at least two days in advance (two-person minimum). Included are sashimi (ahi, hamachi and salmon), tempura (prawn and grapes), soup (mochi, chicken and shrimp), Macadamia Nut Tofu, namasu (pickled vegetables), atsuyaki tamago (rolled omelet) and an assortment of nishime.

A kids menu also is available for children 12 years and younger. Cost is $18 and includes a small tempura udon, mini karaage don, two small side dishes and dessert.

Also, from Jan. 4 to 6, the full regular menu will not be available. However, a selection of the restaurant’s most popular dishes, such as the Sakura Chirashi Don and Macadamia Nut Tofu, can be ordered — and happily devoured.

Sakura Terrace Japanese Cafe

1240 S. King St., Honolulu
Lunch: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m; Dinner: Tuesday-Sunday, 5-9:30 p.m.; closed Mondays, but will open Jan. 4

Honolulu, HI 96814

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