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THIS RESTAURANT HAS CHANGED NAMES Okonomi Cuisine Kai

1427 Makaloa St. (Keeaumoku St.) Send to Phone
808-944-1555
Super stylish Kai updates Japan's teppanyaki tradition.
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THIS RESTAURANT HAS CHANGED NAMES Okonomi Cuisine Kai Restaurant Review

: Across the street from the hulky, pedestrian Wal-Mart is small, ultra-stylish Okonomi Cuisine Kai. Shoehorned in between nondescript bars and businesses, Kai's modern interior is by Tokyo designer Ken Numatani. He created a dramatic half-tunnel of dark wood slats rising behind a bank of banquettes. For entertainment you can sit at the steel bar where the signature dish, okonomiyaki, is grilled. The popular Japanese street food here is gussied up in several versions, such as Kobe (octopus and green onion) and Yokohama (shrimp and Parmesan cheese). Get a group of friends and order a slew of small dishes, such as a hunk of daikon simmered in a subtly sweet miso sauce, grilled eggplant and mizuna salad. A big cocktail menu, heavy on shochu and saké, includes lots of refreshing, fruity cocktails that make it easy to camp out at Kai, which is the first Hawaii outpost of a four-restaurant Tokyo chain.

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