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Japanese 'dining room' opens in Honolulu

by Eija Rissanen, staff writer

 

Interested in trying something new? Love Japanese food? The newly opened Japanese restaurant and bar Shokudo at the corner of Kapiolani Boulevard and Kaheka Street offers diners an excellent opportunity to mix traditional Japanese flavors with those of America, Korea, China, and Mexico.
 

All 60 diverse menu items are photographed for the menu book, so even first- time diners can experience new foods with confidence. On the menu are pupus, salads, freshly made tofu, fish and meat, sushi, sashimi, nabe, noodles, and even teriyaki chicken pizza and deep fried chicken wings. The king of Japanese desserts, honey toast with ice cream, is only one of the many dessert items.

The restaurant can host 182 guests in various settings. Couples can enjoy intimate dinners in booths. Casual diners can relax in the bar with friends. There is also a private room for hosting birthday parties and other celebrations.

Besides the food, Shokudo fulfills the artistic eye. The tiered dining section gives an illusion one is sitting in a sumo arena with the bar as the dojo. And it is hard to ignore the artworks hanging from the ceiling above the bar and in the main dining area.

“ The word ‘shokudo’ means, literally, dining room in Japanese,” restaurant owner Tetsuya Emura told opening-night visitors. “In traditional Japanese households, people ate and slept in the same room, and dining rooms did not exist,” Emura said. “The idea of a room solely for eating was introduced by westerners.”

 

 

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