Shop offers fresh selections from JapanA La Carte Columns
January 15, 2017
Story By: Ellise Kakazu | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO
Have you had the opportunity to visit Japan? If you’ve ever wanted to or plan on going eventually, stop by J-Shop in the meantime.
The grocery store/eatery will make you feel like you’ve stepped into “the Land of the Rising Sun,” as 95 percent of its products are from Japan.
Owner Hideyoshi Takasawa, who has been in the importing business for more than 40 years, explains that customers can expect fresh, quality food because new shipments arrive at least twice a week to the local business.
And while J-Shop still is a fairly new kid on the block (it opened about two years ago), it’s quickly gaining recognition in the community.
One of the store’s most popular offerings is its succulent sashimi, and the Assorted Sashimi ($14.75) plate is a great way to taste a little bit of everything. The meal features slices of ahi tuna, tai (snapper), aji (mackerel), Alaskan king salmon, hamachi (yellow-tail) and hirame (flounder), garnished with green onions and seaweed.
Whether you want to enjoy a meal on the go or at the store, J-Shop has got you covered with its Buri Teriyaki Bento ($9.75). The bento box is composed of hamachi — which is cooked to perfection and topped with teriyaki sauce — kinpira gobo (burdock root and carrot), nishime (a mix of mountain yams, bamboo shoots, lotus roots, chicken, konnyaku and carrots), assorted pickles and a bed of white rice.
1513 Young St., Honolulu
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.