A Push In The Right DirectionA La Carte Columns
August 21, 2016
Story By: Caitlin Basilio | Photos by: Caitlin Basilio
According to Junpuu owner Eiji Kato, the name of his ramen eatery translates to “tailwind” in Japanese, or “a wind from behind that is going to push you forward.” This push forward symbolizes good luck, and that’s exactly the direction Kato is heading in with his own restaurant venture.
Guests may remember Junpuu’s former location in the old Shirokiya food court. Kato recently branched out with his own new location on South King Street, which debuted this past March.
Each week, Junpuu offers an Early Week Special consisting of Oxtail Soup, which is loved by patrons.
Although known for its specialty ramen, Junpuu’s menu also is filled with tasty appetizers, such as Homemade Potato Chips ($4). The hand-sliced potatoes are seasoned with Himalayan salt.
Additionally, the restaurant is BYOB (bring your own booze) and features free parking in a lot located off of Young Street, behind the building.
VOTE FOR VEGGIES
Guaranteed to satisfy your appetite is Vegetarian Tantan Men ($10.50). This spicy ramen includes a vegetable soup base made with almonds, sesame seeds and peanuts. Vegetables, such as pumpkin, ocra, red bell peppers, zucchini and spinach, fill the bowl, giving off a steamy and delectable aroma. Additionally, Junpuu is proud to offer more than one vegetarian dish, not to mention gluten-free options.
1010 S. King St., Honolulu
Daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (last call 9 p.m.)