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Select a new favorite from the three pages of contemporary Japanese cooking

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Tokkuri Tei Restaurant Review

: The most enjoyable Japanese restaurant in Honolulu is not in Waikiki, and it’s far from the most expensive. The antic décor of Tokkuri Tei sets you at ease immediately, with garishly colored Japanese souvenir lanterns hung everywhere. There are celebrity autographs scribbled on the wall and even a necktie hanging from a corner. Although Tokkuri Tei started with a very simple menu, it began adding dishes as customers requested and the menu now runs to three long pages of contemporary Japanese cooking. Sit at the sushi bar and ask the chef what to order---not just sushi but kushi yaki---items broiled on wooden skewers, like chicken with wasabi, chicken with cod roe, Japanese shishito peppers, sweet Tokyo green onions. Best of all are the bata dishes sautéed Western-style in butter, like the baby scallops and the king clams. Instead of wine, drink cold saké served in the traditional cedar measuring boxes. Afterwards, drink tea with the green-tea cheesecake. The atmosphere is loose and casual, with half a dozen languages spoken.


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