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Today is Auntie M’s b-day, but today she went to play mah-jong. So, it was dinner last night.

Gyotaku

Gyotaku Menu, Chandelier, Crab Cakes, Lemon Wedges

I think this is one of Aunty’s “go-to” places. Aunty orders the senior portion of miso butterfish (sorry, no picture, he chopstick speed is like “Kung Fu Panda’s Shifu).:)

Miso Soup, Side Salad

Miso Soup, Side Salad

The Cat ordered the “daily special”.

Hamachi Kama

Hamachi Kama

The Mouse ordered a combo.

Zaru Soba, Inari, Norimaki, Tempura

Zaru Soba, Inari, Norimaki, Tempura

Details

Details

Can we say “carb” overload? Hee hee.

Kinako Blondie "Sundae", Key Lime Pie, B-Day Ice Cream

Kinako Blondie “Sundae”, Key Lime Pie, Vanilla¬†Ice Cream

Notice the candle? Happy B-Day Auntie M!

Hope you won today!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Real Dinner

It’s The Cat’s freedom day, end of the tax season (almost, but close enough).

Celebration dinner.

Sign

Sign

Choi Sum with Mustard Miso

Choi Sum with Mustard Miso

The Mouse liked, The Cat thought a bit spicy.

Miso Simmered Eggplant

Miso Simmered Eggplant

Seafood Chawan Mushi

Seafood Chawanmushi

Beef Tendon Stew with Turnip

Beef Tendon Stew with Turnip

Rainbow Roll

Rainbow Roll

Hamachi Kama

Hamachi Kama

Japanese Omelet

Japanese Omelet

I think next time I’ll ask them to leave off the bulldog sauce, I prefer ketchup (just my opinion).

Beef Tongue Curry

Beef Tongue Curry

Leave off the cheese next time, not quite a match (again, just my opinion).

Hot Noodle Soup

Hot Noodle Soup

Ume on the side

Ume on the side

It was supposed to go into the noodles, server was kind enough to serve it on the side, The Cat wasn’t too sure about the combination.

Condiment Bowls

Condiment Bowls

The Mouse liked the one on the left, The Cat liked the one on the right. Go figure.

Back Door

Back Door

The Mouse liked the place, The Cat liked it a little less. She prefers Sushi Izakaya Gaku, difference being one is a restaurant, one is an izakaya.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Sorta.

She has a Japanese client in a “challenging” situation. The Cat’s been meeting with the hired “fixer” to help resolve the issues. Since a lot of business is discussed at meals, a few dinner meetings.

Tonkatsu Lunch

Tonkatsu Lunch

Izakaya Dinner

Izakaya Dinner

Wait! The Mouse likes tonkatsu and izakaya too. Good noms without The Mouse.ūüė¶

Oh well, it’s business.

Sigh.

Enjoy. Eat well.:)

The Mouse

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Had to do some business in town yesterday.

Planned to try a new-ish vegetarian Chinese lunch spot. Got to town too early. Not about to wait.

Ended up at a Ahi Lovers (Yelp link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/ahi-lovers-honolulu). Paid a dollar extra for miso soup and salad.

Ahi and Natto Bowl with Soup and Salad

Ahi and Natto Bowl (on Black Rice) with Soup and Salad

With blanched choi sum and pickled ginger.

Close-Up

Close-Up

Colorful, no?

Included was a little (think tiny) bit of wasabi.

The size of a rabbit pellet (input or output)

The size of a rabbit pellet (input or output)

I kid you not. Good thing there was pepper on the table.

Shichimi Togarashi

Shichimi Togarashi

Overall, not bad, especially priced at a Hamilton with no tax.:)

Any big plans for tomorrow?

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Escape – Engage – Indulge. That’s the tagline of the restaurant Saturday.

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A newly reimagined restaurant I was curious about.

The Cat's White Peach Nigori The Mouse's Iced Tea

The Cat’s White Peach Nigori (Unfiltered Sake)
The Mouse’s Iced Tea

 

Mac Nut Tofu

Mac Nut Tofu

Mac nuts instead of soybeans. Winner! Imaginative. One of our new favorite foods. The texture is a lot rougher than soybean tofu (coarser on the tongue), but the taste more than makes up for the difference. Didn’t even need the soy “broth” that accompanied the dish. Just ate it plain.

Plus the restaurant donates part of the proceeds to charity.

Eat & Support

Eat & Support

Hamachi Sashimi

Hamachi Sashimi

Hearts of Palm Tempura

Hearts of Palm Tempura

Another not-so-usual dish. Another winner. Ate it with the accompanying salt (bottom right of the plate) instead of the usual tempura dipping sauce.

Odor-ko Style Wafu Steak

Odor-ko Style Wafu Steak

Eight ounce New York sirloin.

Miso based sauce.

Daikon, green onion, and garlic chip garnish.

Sautéed onions and mushrooms.

Fried potato wedges.

Not so epic as Chef W’s steak plate, but still very good.

Miso Marinated Butterfish

Miso Marinated Butterfish

Large piece. Could’ve been a bit more charred for The Cat’s taste. Personal preference.

Soft Shell Crab Roll

Soft Shell Crab Roll

Instead of a bowl of rice.

Ramen

Ramen and Chasiu close up

Because it’s tradition. Not bad, the chasiu was nicely cooked and thick. Had better ramen at dedicated ramen shops, But for tradition sake …

Dessert(s).

Lilikoi Panna Cotta

Lilikoi Panna Cotta

Extremely dense. Nice flavor, not too sweet.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Crisp

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Crisp

Chocolate phyllo pastry, peanut butter mouse, whipped cream. Does it get any better? I think not.:)

This concludes the epic weekend.

Happy Monday. Sigh.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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