Raving about this ramenCover Story
January 29, 2023
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO
The friendly team at Camado Ramen Tavern looks forward to seeing “everyone’s big smile” while enjoying a host of Japanese-inspired favorites from ramen dishes and housemade gyoza to delicious pupu choices and even shave ice.
The new dining concept, which launched last year in Waikiki by Tokyo-based restaurant group Zetton, is situated conveniently on Lewers Street and features a stylish urban tavern motif with a menu anchored primarily by an array of ramen and izakaya selections.
Camado Ramen Tavern restaurant manager Logan Iwatate explains that guests enjoy the robust menu coupled with the restaurant’s “nostalgic atmosphere, music and service” that come together to create a memorable dining experience.
Tonkotsu Ramen ($16, lunch; $17, dinner) headlines the restaurant’s assortment of ramen options, as the pork-based broth envelopes thin noodles, negi, menma, kikurage, beni gari and braised chashu pork slices. Iwatate explains that this iconic dish is Camado Ramen Tavern’s bestseller, and it serves as a hearty option any time throughout the day.
Pork Gyoza ($8) features five pieces of the popular steamed pot stickers that make for a great appetizer as well as an accompaniment to one’s ramen selection. The Pork Gyoza is also available in a 10-piece order ($14) as well as in the Pork Gyoza Set ($12, lunch) with rice and soup included. Also, during dinner service, Shrimp Gyoza ($9) is available, as are Vegan Gyoza ($8 for five pieces, $14 for 10 pieces).
During dinner service, be sure to try the Takoyaki ($14), in which the fried octopus balls feature savory notes that pair nicely with one’s favorite beverage.
Takoyaki Tantan Men ($22.50) is the eatery’s newest ramen choice. Chicken-based broth is accented with sesame paste for flavor. This ono ramen also comes with three pieces of takoyaki to essentially create a combo dish.
Iwatate also recommends Vegan Creamy Tan Men ($15, lunch; $16, dinner), one of Camado Ramen Tavern’s popular vegan options that is crafted with a vegetable-based broth and an alluring medley of vegetables.
Camado Ramen Tavern is open daily for lunch (11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) and dinner (5-11 p.m.), and validated parking is available at Waikiki Galleria with a purchase of $30 or more. Guests are encouraged to enjoy various daily specials, including deals on gyoza during lunch service, as well as Kirin beer specials daily — a perfect pair with one’s favorite dishes. Also, on Sunday, bring the keiki as kids enjoy free ramen all day!