Food La La: Halloween thrills at Shokudo

Oct. 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

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BY LINDSEY MURAOKA / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Shokudo first opened its doors in 2005 and has been a popular destination for delicious Japanese-inspired cuisine and, of course, their addicting honey toast desserts. On Tuesday, Oct. 29, I was invited to try some of their newer menu items, as well as their popular classics.

During dinner Shokudo CEO Hide Sakurai shared some exciting news — Shokudo will open an outside patio dining area and beer garden in December where guests can relax and enjoy happy hour. He said the company also plans to open a Mexican restaurant at the Waikiki Shopping Plaza in spring 2014.

It has been much too long since I last ate here, so I was excited to try the sushi from their sushi bar which opened about a year ago.

This is the Ginza platter ($32.95) which comes with an assortment of nigiri made with fish flown in from Tsukiji Market in Japan (hamachi is my favorite!). There is also Shokudo’s signature tamago Castella; soft and almost sweet enough to be a dessert.

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I had to take this picture of Honolulu Star-Advertiser Style Editor Nadine Kam consulting a zombie on which drink she should order.

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Actually the same “zombie” participated in a flash mob called “Shouko Thriller” in the middle of dinner. Head down to Shokudo tonight, Oct. 31, for a repeat performance at 7 and 9 p.m.

This is a special presentation of aji sashimi from Tsukiji Market. We later ate the bones deep fried, which tasted like chips!

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This is the Crunchy Spider Roll ($11.45) with a fancy design to go with the Halloween theme.

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One of their newer rolls, the Kusai Kudasai ($12.95) with spicy tuna, hamachi, and a whole lot of garlic chips!

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This is the Crunchy Shrimp roll ($10.45) also with crab, avocado and tempura flakes.

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Crispy and light assorted tempura ($12.45) comes with an assortment of vegetables and shrimp.

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One of Shokudo’s popular dishes is their Mochi Cheese Gratin ($7.45).

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Another newer item is Shokudo’s take on Loco Moco ($12.45). I took this picture before the server mixed it all up in the hot pot.

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I love hamachi so I wanted to try the Yuzu Hamachi Carpaccio ($13.95). It was refreshing and light!

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My friend, Haein Park, created this amazing dessert for Shokudo. This is Tempura Bread Pudding ($6.45) which is made using honey toast bread, covered with a Sake caramel sauce and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Of course we also had to order the famous Honey Toast dessert ($.745). We got it with a combination of strawberry and chocolate sauce. A great way to end dinner!

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Lindsey Muraoka blogs about food and drink for the Pulse. Contact her on Twitter or via email at foodlalablog@gmail.com.

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