Like sushi but don’t want to pay sushi bar prices? Like Japanese
flavors? Like all-you-can-eat at reasonable prices? Todai is
for you. Located at 1910 Ala Moana Boulevard, across from the
Hilton Hawaiian Village, Todai Restaurant caters to both local
regulars and tourists and serves hundreds of them everyday.
“We have an average of 1,000 customers every day,” said Todai’s
Manager, Sean Aye. Todai serves an average of 5,000 pieces of
sushi for lunch and more than 25,000 pieces for dinner! And
you can eat as much as you want for $14.95 for lunch or $ 26.95
for dinner which includes more items to select for.
“Our strong point is our large variety of sushi and other dishes,”
Aye said. With 40 sushi items, 12 salad items, more than 18
hot-food entrees, and 20 different kinds of dessert, Aye is
proud of the huge variety of food he serves in Honolulu. Since
there are 40 sushi items, you can taste almost any kind of sushi
you can imagine – shellfish, squid, salmon, eel, yellow fin
tuna, mackerel, spicy tuna, and futomaki which is rice rolled
with omelet, gourd, vegetables, and spices.
At the hot food section, you will find teriyaki chicken and
beef, Japanese noodles, and different seafood entrees including
lobster. Todai desserts include cookies and many different kinds
of small cakes. The most interesting pastries are crepes with
a variety of fruit and cream filling.
Aye, who recently moved from the San Jose Todai Restaurant,
is working on unique, local-tasting dishes such as Spam Hand
Rolls. “Hawaii’s local people just love Spam,” he said. “We
also try to offer customers healthy, tasty, and satisfying ordinary
Japanese food, so we have local Japanese supervisors for each
section in order to satisfy Japanese tastes,” he added.