Honolulu Restaurant: Sushi Izakaya Gaku

Not your typical Japanese restaurant...

Only Better!

Met up with an old friend @onokinegrindz and new friend @konish for a different Japanese experience. I've had Japanese food all over the place, even Japan, and Sushi Izakaya Gaku doesn't have the typical Japanese menu. Since it's an Izakaya, the menu is more Japanese tapas or small plates and great for sharing.

See What Jay Eats...

What kind of beer do you order when you're
at a Japanese restaurant in Hawaii?
A Kona Longboard

I can get Sapparo, Asahi, and Kirin at any sushi place...

Hamachi Tartare

Served with a quail egg, masago, and green onions.

Very nice flavor


Sweet Japanese omelet

I usually don't order this, since most chefs today
don't know how to make it.

This was one of the best I've had outside of Japan.


It was dried and toasted,
nice seasoning.

Great smoky flavor

Beef Tataki

Besides the nice presentation,
it tasted as good as it looks...

Served with a special sweet soy sauce

Rock Cod

Steamed in a very flavorful broth.

Saba Nigiri
with shiso and konbu

This is a skill test for a sushi chef.
A lot of times the saba is too salty or too much vinegar.
Some chefs marinate it too long and it is 'cooked'
by the acid.

This one had a very clean taste,
so I know the chef was skilled...

Aji Salad

Spanish Mackerel salad with
shiso leaves, ginger, and onions.

One of my favorites of the evening:
Although it needed ponzu with it,
it was a very good salad.

Asari Clams

Clams cooked in sake

Very tasty broth...

Chef hanging the fish bones to dry.

The bones are fried and you can
enjoy the entire thing.

It goes well with sake...

Coffee Jelly

A nice way to end a fantastic dinner!

As you've probably noticed, we didn't have much sushi.
I was more interested in the other menu items and
what I instructed my friend to order.
For me, that's what new food experiences
are all about...

1329 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 589-1329

Reservations Highly Recommended!

Thank you @onokinegrindz and @konish!

Photos by Jay Terauchi
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