Successful Sushi Spot On A Roll

A La Carte Columns

January 5, 2016

Story By: Caitlin Basilio |

This year, make it your resolution to venture out to Gokoku Sushi at Koko Marina Center in Hawaii Kai for some authentic Japanese food with local and Pacific Rim twists. In addition to great food, the eatery offers a trendy setting with beautiful views of the marina.

Gokoku literally means “the five grains,” which in Japanese culture represent wealth, prosperity and harvest — all of which the restaurant hopes to bring in 2016. The eatery recently celebrated its one-year anniversary and is continuing to the festivities by offering a January Special Menu.

Gokoku also will be opening two new locations within the Ewa Wing of Ala Moana Center later this month. One will offer a tempura-bar experience, and the other, a fresh bakery.


Included in the January Special Menu are Gokoku’s Tuna Special ($12), Deep Fried Mochi Trio ($3 per piece), Multi-grain Kamado Rice ($4) and Matcha Roll Cake ($6).

Here’s a closer look at each one: The Tuna Special is made with tuna, cucumber and avocado, all topped with deep fried ogo. Mochi-lovers will appreciate the shoyu and nori, sugar and soybean powder, and azuki red bean paste varieties offered in Deep Fried Mochi Trio. The Multigrain Kamado Rice is cooked in a special Kamado rice cooker imported all the way from Japan, and highlights Japanese black rice, brown rice, barley, green soy beans and millets.

Top off this yummy meal with Matcha Roll Cake, which boasts flavors of green tea in a moist and fluffy cake.

Gokoku Sushi

7192 Kalanianaole Hwy., Honolulu
Tuesday-Sunday, lunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; dinner: 5-10 p.m.

7192 Kalanianaole Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96825

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