Authentic Japanese Flavors

Cover Story

February 27, 2022

Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO

Like the Japanese flower that it was named for, Rinka continues to blossom with an array of delicious dishes and flavor combinations within its spacious, inviting setting.

Situated on the Ae‘o tower’s ground level within the bustling Ward Village, Rinka offers an assortment of authentic Japanese cuisine including sushi, tempura, soba and sashimi that are prepared fresh by the talented heart-of-the-house team.

The awe-inspiring locale was constructed with an open concept that includes a sushi bar and a sleek interior complete with warm tones and a high ceiling accented by modern lighting elements. Rinka has a private dining room, which includes beautiful wood accents and is ideal for parties, family gatherings or special events. The restaurant also features a full bar at which guests can enjoy their favorite food and spirits, and ample parking is available in the lot above the restaurant, as well as throughout the Ward Village complex.

Dessert: Daifuku Mochi Ice Cream with fruits

Rinka manager Midori Omura explains that she and her team strive to bring smiles to the faces of guests.

“Normally diners say that they had a great time and really enjoyed our food,” she says. “The goal is to provide a great meal, drinks and excellent customer service.”

Warm appetizer: Savory egg custard with Japanese sea lettuce seaweed source

Seafood enthusiasts will be thrilled to see the diverse options that Rinka prepares with the freshest ingredients to order. Sashimi Combination Deluxe ($68.75) and Sushi Combination Deluxe ($68.75) are crafted with precision with assorted fish varieties from Japan.

Grilled dish: Grilled Lobster Tail with yuzu miso garlic butter

Simmered Hawaii Abalone ($19.75) is prepared in white wine and cooked until tender as the delicious morsels are brought in fresh from Kona on Hawaii Island. Black Throat Seaperch Kamameshi ($19.75) offers an incredible flavor as the rice dish incorporates the fish within small cooking pots that the popular menu item is served in.

Soup: Seafood Aloha Soy Milk Soup

Grilled Japanese Beef Shabu ($24.75) features thinly sliced wagyu beef that is served to guests to cook at the table. The wagyu beef variety is one of the most desired in the world as its flavor, texture and tenderness are coupled with extraordinary marbling.

Three kinds of basket-filled appetizers: Tuna Yukhoe with sea urchin; Deep-fried Crab; and Bamboo Shoots with yuba Kona abalone that’s been boiled

In addition to enjoying the a la carte menus, Omura encourages guests to stay tuned for a new course menu that will be introduced in March. Customers constantly leave positive comments about their experiences at Rinka, including making sure to commend their servers and the chefs who go out of their way to tailor a unique experience with each visit.

Sashimi: Japanese Bonito Tataki with yuzu kosho ponzu jelly

“We hope that you will enjoy the new courses that our chefs are creating and put their best effort into creating,” she says. The restaurant is open daily for lunch (11 a.m.-3 p.m.) and dinner (5-10 p.m.) with last call at both seatings coming 30 minutes before closing.

For more details about this special offer and other popular menu items, follow Rinka on Instagram (@rinka_restaurant) and visit rinkahawaii.com.

1001 Queen St, Honolulu, HI 96814

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