Savor The Sizzle

A La Carte Columns

June 26, 2016

Story By: Lynsey Beth Futa |

Zabuton Kalbi ($39, 4 ounces)

Zabuton Kalbi ($39, 4 ounces)

Japanese BBQ Yoshi is bustling with business as usual and “firing up” its high-tech infrared grills. The yakiniku spot has seen great success in its first year of business and continues to welcome new patrons and regulars alike.

Adding to the quality of the meat and the overall cooking experience, Teflon sheets are added to the grills to decrease oil and increase flavor. Although the cooking time takes a little longer, the end product is worth the wait.

Throw USDA Prime Rib Eye Steak ($50) on the grill and listen to the 7-ounce cut sizzle. Japanese BBQ Yoshi suggests that you share its a la carte options, but don’t worry, that isn’t binding.

There also are set menus available, as well as various Japanese-style appetizers, newly added desserts and a Special Yoshi Hour — which is the restaurant’s version of happy hour. During this time (Monday-Sunday, 5-6 p.m. and 9 p.m.-closing), select beer, sake (hot or cold), wine and shochu are offered at discounted prices, while a la carte orders of meat, seafood and vegetables are on special for grilling (Monday-Sunday, 5-6 p.m. and 9-10:30 p.m.), too.


Since most of Japanese BBQ Yoshi’s red meat is imported from Japan, diners can expect the best of the best. Imagine the lusciously soft look and feel of a traditional zabuton, which is a Japanese pillow that people sit on. Now, imagine that in meat form. Zabuton Kalbi ($39, 4 ounces) mirrors those delicate and soft qualities and is offered in perfect squares.

Japanese Bbq Yoshi

1316 Young St., Honolulu
Nightly, dinner: 5-11 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96814

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