Izakaya Nonbei

Reid, 29. November 2004, 16:04

(on a side street off of Kapahulu Avenue)

Chef Mavro called this one of the best restaurants in Hawaii. This was the second time I went there, and, honestly, while the food was good, I don’t understand his comment. Grace really loved this place, though.

For those of you who don’t know, izakaya places basically sell heavy pupus or dishes that are ala carte. It’s not cheap here. (We ordered five dishes that came out to $50. The portions are not very big either.)

You also have to either sit on the floor (tatami mats I think), square communal table or at the bar. It’s a place for drinking and eating. I didn’t care for that communal, bar-like aspect.

Here’s what we had:

* Fried oysters
* Matsutake (mushroom) soup–with a piece of shrimp, fish, pork, green onions and the matsutake
* pan fried moi–seasoned in salt and garlic; the skin had a nice cripness and the seasoning and the fish was really good
* spinach

Grace really loved the soup, and I thought it was good, but not as good as she did. The soup gave me a really good feeling, more than a “good taste” if you know what I mean.

I liked the moi, although moi is a mushy fish that you eat in small pieces. I don’t care for that aspect of it.

Everything else was good, but nothing extraordinary.

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