To-go has never tasted better

Cover Story

April 19, 2020

Story By: Nicole Monton | Photos by: AKIRA JAPANESE RESTAURANT

Tempura Bowl ($8.50)

Staying at home doesn’t have to be boring, especially when it comes to what you’re eating. Keeping things fresh — literally — and fun, Akira Japanese Restaurant has a variety of dishes on its takeout menu to satisfy every palate. From its bentos and fresh seafood bowls to the famous happy hour kaiseki, the restaurant has quickly established itself as Honolulu’s go-to venue for Japanese cuisine with a local twist.

“We will be here for you, and open to offer delicious takeout options from our menu,” assures owner chef Taiki Kawai.

Chef Taiki Kawai

Known for his pursuit of perfection each and every day, Kawai is continuing Akira’s offerings of quality, fresh foods from local sources — and at a very low price.

The Akira Bento Box comes with your choice of miso butterfish, miso king salmon or unagi teriyaki, and a cold appetizer, chicken karaage, tamagoyaki, rice and pickles — all for just $12.

Ribeye Steak Bento ($15)

In addition, patrons can choose from Japanese-inspired bowls like the Salmon Ikura ($9.50) or Tempura ($8.50), both of which pair steaming rice with premium mainstays.

Or, for beef-lovers, there’s the Ribeye Steak Bento ($15), featuring thick cuts of prime meat accompanied by rice, veggies and tamagoyaki.

Are your taste buds fully tantalized yet? Call the restaurant at 376-0928 to place a takeout order from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last order needs to be picked up) Mondays-Saturdays. And, to keep things new and exciting for guests, Akira Japanese Restaurant is featuring daily specials every few days. Patrons are encouraged to call ahead to see what the specials are.

“We do offer curbside pickup if requested by phone,” adds Kawai, who notes that this is based on staff availability.

For his part, Kawai looks forward to the day he can once again host guests in his restaurant, but until then, he has encouraging words for readers.

“Everyone, please take care of yourself and loved ones during this time,” he says. “It is a tough time for everyone, and we are all doing our best. Thank you for supporting our restaurant during this difficult time.

“Please support the local restaurants by picking up directly from them or buy gift cards to show support,” he adds. “We are all in this together!”

Honolulu, HI 96814

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