Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Experience the divine at Restaurant Wada
Washugyu tataki topped with sea urchin is one of the many wonders on the menu at Wada.
Once the domain of the AARP set, a new generation of the underemployed and the single is discovering the beauty of happy hour, where diners can indulge at reduced prices.
Restaurant Wada’s recent launch of a happy hour menu provided a welcome excuse to revisit this gem, known for serving some of the most decadent sushi in town, as well as beef tongue in multiple forms.
The restaurant showcases the work of Takanori Wada, a Hokkaido native who worked at Sushi Yasuda in New York City, before opening his restaurant here.
Restaurant Wada is at 611 Kapahulu Ave. Call (808) 737-0125. Happy hour starts at 4 p.m. and runs through 6 p.m., and again from 9 to 11 p.m. for late-nighters Tuesdays through Sundays. Select dishes run $3 and $5, and select sushi is $2.50 per piece. Select handroll or roll sushi is $3.75, and Kirin draft, hot or cold sake, shochu, pinot grigio, chardonnay, pinot noir and merlot selections are offered at $3.
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This grilled eggplant was more like an Italian casserole with mild tomato sauce and golden mozzarella. This dish puts many a local Italian restaurant to shame.
Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at email@example.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.