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Weather here been crazy this summer. Tuesday afternoon, the sky opened up, Noah ark weather (not for 40 days tho, just a couple of hours).

Commuting traffic is a parking lot. Decide to pull into the nearest parking lot, get a bite, wait out the traffic.

End up here.

The place

The place

(600 Kapiolani Blvd. Honolulu)

I think several other cars had the same idea, place was packed, not enough wait staff, wasn’t expecting the crowd.

Anyway …

Tsukemono

Tsukemono

Miso Soup

Miso Soup

The Cat's Teishoku Dinner

The Cat’s Teishoku Dinner

Assorted tempura and miso butterfish.

The Mouse's Oyako Don

The Mouse’s Oyako Don

One of The Mouse’s standby orders from small kid time. Eggs and chicken with onions simmered over rice.

Also ordered an onsen egg.

Onsen Tamago

Onsen Tamago

Slow cooked egg.

Got the dish confused with my favorite tamagoyaki (“grilled egg”), Japanese style omelet. Saw the “tamago” and got excited. The Cat ate this. Adding the slow cooked egg to my simmered egg would have just been overkill.

After eating, traffic cleared, drove home … zzzzz.

Stay dry.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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A combo of celebrations (with P&B and Aunty M) and “non-celebrations” (according to cuz B).

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words. If so, here’s an epic.

The Place

The Place

Favorite sushi bar izakaya (so far).

Fish Bone Chips

Fish Bone Chips

Eat everything. Bones and all. Crunch, crunch, crunch. Good with saké.

Kabocha Squash Karaage

Kabocha Squash Karaage

Dashi Tamagoyaki

Dashi Tamagoyaki

With grated turnip. Huge yum.

Chicken Karaage (唐揚げ or 空揚げ or から揚げ)

Chicken Karaage (唐揚げ or 空揚げ or から揚げ)

Hamachi Kama

Hamachi Kama

Collar of yellowtail fish, grilled or broiled, crisp on the outside, just cooked on the inside. The Cat drooled.

Pork Belly Skewers

Pork Belly Skewers

Grilled Beef Tongue

Grilled Beef Tongue

Chawanmushi

Chawanmushi

Steamed savory custard with shrimp, crabmeat, chicken, and Shiitake mushroom.

Clam Miso Soup

Clam Miso Soup

Spider Roll - Soft Shell Crab

Spider Roll – Soft Shell Crab

Crab Cake

Crab Cake

More like crab hash. Semantics. It was goooooood! One of the bestest eaten … ever.

Vegetable of the Day - Watercress Salad

Vegetable of the Day – Watercress Salad

Ankimo (鮟肝)

Ankimo (鮟肝)

Spicy Hamachi Tartare

Spicy Hamachi Tartare

Served with crisp seaweed “chips”. Mind blowing.

Custard/Flan

Custard/Flan

Kinako Mochi, Vanilla and Matcha Ice Cream

Kinako Mochi, Vanilla and Matcha Ice Cream

Socks blown to the next zip code. An epic meal. One of my favorite ways to dine (pupu, appetizer, tapas). :)

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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At least that’s what my take-out breakfast box said.

Hee hee

Hee hee

Breakfast

Breakfast Bento

From Fukuya Deli (Japanese) and Catering, since 1939 (Wow!). Rice ball with shiso furikake, crab cake, hot dog, and Japanese style omelet. Yum!

Lunch was kinda rushed.

SPAM Musubi

SPAM Musubi

Across the street of the church (Pioneer Saloon, Neither pioneer nor saloon, Japanese take-out) Have to look for the musubi with the thick slices of SPAM. Found ’em. :)

Dinner was a surprise, went to pick-up some lu rou from A J’s Chinese Fast Food. And ran into this.

Pork Pancake

Pork Pancake

Pan-fried, stuffed with ground pork, water chestnuts, and green onions. Here let me show you.

Chomp View

Chomp View

Big yum, shared a little bit with The Cat, she said yum too.

No worries, picked up an order of lu rou too (for lunch today). :)

All in all, the take out box was correct, a great day. Maybe the box was psychic. Hee hee.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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At least that’s how The Cat and D translated it. Last night’s dinner. Shokudo. D treated.

Sushi Pizza

Sushi Pizza

Baked sushi rice, salmon, scallops, crabmeat, and onion. Topped with jalapeno. Cut bite sized. D likes hot food, The Cat and The Mouse had to pass on  the jalapeno. The rest of it was good.

Unagi Rice

Unagi Rice

Nagoya-style unagi fillet served in a sizzling stone pot.

Homemade Tofu Salad

Homemade Tofu Salad

Homemade tofu drizzled with creamy sesame dressing, served with crispy won ton chips, nori, and mixed greens. One of The Cat’s favorite. Sorry, angle was wrong to do the dish justice.

Char-Siu Pork and Japanese Scallions

Char-Siu Pork and Japanese Scallions

Japanese-style barbecue pork, slightly torched, Japanese scallions, homemade ponzu sauce. It’s more like cha siu than char siu (braised pork belly vs. slow roasted pork), still, not bad.

"Foot Long" Chicken Katsu

“Foot Long” Chicken Katsu

Self proclaimed “biggest chicken katsu in town”. :)

Red Eye Roll

Red Eye Roll

Spicy tuna and cucumber wrapped with tuna and green onion.

I think the real reason D chose here.

Honey Toast

Honey Toast

“Specialty of the house – Thick Japanese white toast cut-out and cubed, drizzled with honey and topped with ice cream.”

"Thick"

“Thick”

Enough for all of us.

Xie xie D. Have to do this again soon. :)

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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The Cat’s been wanting to try for a while. The Cat invited an associate (since the associate’s mother was out of town).

The Place

The Place

Yelp reviews were positive, pictures looked appealing. The restaurant took over a long closed American contemporary eatery (Palomino). I guess to save costs, very little renovation was done (I think they even used the old furniture).

Two appetizers looked interesting. Crispy Tofu with Quinoa and Dungeness Crab Cake with Truffled Egg Tofu.

Apps

Apps

The crispy tofu app was not bad: hijiki seaweed, kinpira, asparagus, cucumber, tomato, sweet onion sesame vinaigrette. The crab cakes was okay, deep fried crab cake, chilled egg custard crispy ginger & onion, black truffle dashi-consomme. Yelp pictures had the dish garnished with shaved black truffles. What’s missing from our dish on the right? No truffle garnish (couldn’t fine the crispy ginger and onion either). Dish got altered between Yelp pictures and our dish … sooo very sad. :(

Things kinda went downhill from there. Don’t get me wrong, the food was pretty good, we just had higher expectations.

Entrée

Entrée

Sizzling “Gin Mutsu”: pan seared chilean seabass with warm spinach & kale ohitashi, sizzling sweet black bean sauce with yuzu vin blanc. Big (huge) plate syndrome.

Two Way Saikyo Yaki Butterfish: served in a sizzling stone bowl with asian herbs, simmered shimeji, shredded nori and dashi consomme. This dish was another Huh? We thought the butterfish would be prepared two ways. No. The dish comes with a pot of dashi. You can eat the dish dry or pour the dashi over like chazuki (just my opinion, kinda lame).

Nori “Tsukudani” Ahi Katsu: celery roots puree, grilled asparagus and shiitake served with sweet soy foie gras vinaigrette. No celery roots puree, couldn’t taste the soy foie gras vinaigrette either. Sigh.

Dessert

Dessert

Japanese cheesecake and green tea molten lava cake. Maybe our palates are unrefined, we didn’t get the concepts.

Oh well, got to catch up with D, The Cat got to try try.

Overall, kinda underwhelmed tho’. Not bad, just not very impressed from all the hype. Maybe if we didn’t see the pictures and read the reviews, we might have a better perception … but … have to experience some rain to appreciate rainbows. :)

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

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