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Begin the year with good food

A La Carte

December 19, 2021

Story By: Jocelyn Lansangan | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO

Kotobuki ($100; upgrade any steak to wagyu for $30)

End 2021 with a bang, and ring in 2022 with loved ones by gathering around the teppan grill at Tanaka of Tokyo this holiday season. Proudly serving Hawaii since 1978, the full-service teppanyaki restaurant now has three locations — each committing to the same mission of providing guests with the highest quality of seafood and steak with impeccable service. Voted “Best Japanese Teppanyaki Steak House” in Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Hawaii’s Best 2021 publication, Tanaka of Tokyo continues to give its honored guests a memorable experience with its New Year’s Eve special promotion.

Central head chef Joseph Escalona

Featuring its kotobuki course, this menu includes a 5-ounce center cut beef tenderloin paired with two 4-ounce cold-water Tristan lobster tails, scallops and housemade poke for $100. It also includes a house salad, miso soup, shrimp appetizer, teppan-grilled vegetables, white rice, pickled vegetables, green tea and dessert.

For an additional $30, you can upgrade your fillet to an 8-ounce cut of wagyu. Try the course with the restaurant’s famous garlic fried rice cooked on the teppanyaki grill for $5.25.

Scallops, cold-water lobster, wagyu (call for prices)

“Who doesn’t love dinner and a show with a little flambé before the fireworks and even better, supporting local,” says vice president Bo Tanaka. “As a local family-owned business, we have so much to celebrate and be grateful for; we want to be here to serve up a great celebratory meal for our loyal supporters that kept us going and pushing to never give up.”

Tanaka of Tokyo has gift certificates available for purchase at all locations.

Follow its Instagram @tanakaoftokyo for more monthly deals and specials.

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