Indulging In A Nostalgic Bite

A La Carte Columns

July 2, 2017

Story By: Elima Pangorang | Photos by: Elima Pangorang

Combination Special with teriyaki beef ($17.95)

Tucked away from the bustling streets of Kaimuki is a little gem that diners escape to for a taste of the “hanabada” days. Founded in 1935, Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen is a refreshing mom-and-pop shop that attracts customers for its local-Japanese a la carte options.

Whether dining in or taking out, Sekiya’s offers a simple yet mouthwatering selection of food. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the restaurant features pick-and-choose okazuya (side dishes) presented in Sekiya’s display case. Customers can select from an array of items — and it’s not as easy as one might think to choose from golden fried chicken, tasty shoyu hotdog and oodles of endless noodles, among other delicious options.

If diners have time to sit down for a meal, the eatery’s dining area is a quaint and comfortable area that looks out to Sekiya’s peaceful garden and pond out back.

With options varying from saimin to plate lunches and combo specials, it’s hard to go wrong at this beloved establishment.


Diners are presented with even more options when dining in at Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen. Assistant manager Monica Hara suggests ordering Sekiya’s Combination Special ($17.95), which she says is very popular among diners. Customers can order two main entrees — including various meats, vegetables or fish. Pictured here is the eatery’s most-popular combination of teriyaki beef with uniquely made shrimp, eggplant and string bean tempura. Each combo comes with pickled veggies, miso soup, rice and a pot of hot green tea.

Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen

2746 Kaimuki Ave., Kaimuki
Sunday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96816

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