A Toast to 15 Golden YearsCover Story
March 1, 2020
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO
As part of its 15th anniversary celebration, Shokudo Japanese Restaurant & Bar is channeling Willy Wonka and offering hot-ticket prizes with each celebratory Honey Toast.
Shokudo has introduced a special S’Mores Anniversary Toast ($20) featuring the sky high honey toast topped with toasted marshmallow cream, crumbled graham crackers and chocolate syrup to take the campﬁre favorite to new heights — it’s available now through March 31. Each of the special Honey Toasts comes with an envelope containing gifts like discounts on future visits and free appetizers (no purchase necessary to win) — 15 of the envelopes will contain special “golden tickets” that afford lucky winners a $500 cash prize!
“We really focus on providing memorable hospitality, and it’s a family-style restaurant, so you can try a little bit of everything and really get a great experience,” says general manager Ryan Ko. “Thank you to all our guests for your patronage over the years and we look forward to your continued support.”
Shokudo has become a go-to dining destination for locals and visitors who seek out the popular cuisine that has put the restaurant on the map. Situated conveniently on Kapiolani Boulevard near the bustling Ala Moana Center, Shokudo offers an array of delicious choices that kamaaina diners and visitors alike have come to appreciate and enjoy since the eatery opened in 2005.
The restaurant’s spacious dining area complete with comfortable seating, a modern interior and high ceilings makes for a memorable dining experience complete with stellar customer service throughout one’s meal. The casual, inviting setting is ideal for families, couples and large groups looking to celebrate a special occasion or simply enjoy a night out — a private party room is also available.
In addition to the extensive menu at Shokudo, the restaurant also features a full bar complete with soft drinks, beer,
wine, shochu, sake and specialty drinks.
Homemade Tofu Salad ($12) is one of the restaurant’s top sellers as homemade tofu is served with mixed greens, crispy won tons, nori and a creamy sesame dressing. Mochi Cheese Gratin ($7) is a must-try pupu at Shokudo featuring mochi cubes blanketed with mozzarella and light soy dashi broth before being baked and topped with green onion and nori.
Sukiyaki Bibimbap ($14) is nearly as pleasing visually as it is tasty. The hearty bowl is ﬁlled with rice, sukiyaki beef, kim chee, bean sprouts, chives and a hint of chef’s secret sauce along with a raw egg yolk that is mixed at one’s table just seconds before guests dig in. Lobster Dynamite Roll ($16) is a Shokudo sushi specialty as a California roll is topped with rich and creamy lobster.
Th e restaurant’s iconic Honey Toast ($9) is a sought-aft er delight at Shokudo all year round. Th e house specialty features thick Japanese white toast that is cut out and cubed before being drizzled with honey and topped with vanilla ice cream. Diners can also add toppings ($2 each) including Hot Fudge, Sweet Red Bean, Matcha Green Tea and Kona Coff ee, and may also select from premium ice cream flavors such as Matcha Green Tea ($4) or Cookies & Cream ($4).