Food La La: Kimukatsu updates menus
BY LINDSEY MURAOKA / Special to the Star-Advertiser
Kimukatsu is a famous tonkatsu restaurant with more than 22 locations in Japan, Korea, California, and Hawaii. On Tuesday, Dec. 3, I visited their Waikiki location (320 Lewers St.) to check out new daily lunch and happy hour specials, and of course try the mouth-watering tonkatsu served here that’s made with pork sliced into 25 layers.
Kimukatsu president Akiko Kunikane, second from left, made a special visit from Japan.
Kimukatsu’s daily lunch specials cost $11 and are available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Happy hour is offered every day from 1 to 6 p.m. and after 9:30 p.m. with $4.00 drink specials and eight types of appetizers for less than $4.50. Some of the appetizers we tried were the crispy and light agedashi tofu ($3.50 happy hour, $5.50 regular price), Japanese-style fried chicken called “tatsuta-age” ($4.50 happy hour, $6.50 regular price) and my favorite, spicy and crunchy kimutaku, which is a combination of kimchi and takuan ($2.50 happy hour, $4.50 regular price).
I tried a lemon highball ($5.50), which is tangy and thirst quenching. My friend ordered the grapefruit chu-hi ($6.00).
Kimukatsu specializes in 10 different types of perfectly cooked tonkatsu. My favorites are the cheese and slightly spicy black pepper flavors. The katsu is priced at $19 a set, served with your choice of tonkatsu, cabbage salad, rice, miso soup and Japanese pickles. They also have combo meals so you can try several types of flavors, depending on the amount of people on your table.
For example, you can try three flavors for two people for $39, and four flavors for four people for $52.
I also really liked the premium Kobe beef katsu. It just melts in your mouth! It went great with the flavorful curry.
Kimukatsu uses premium rice from Japan that’s cooked fresh to order. It’s the short grain type that’s really soft and fluffy.
Kimukatsu is open daily for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (1:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays). Kama’aina receive a 10 percent discount with local ID.
Lindsey Muraoka blogs about food and drink for the Pulse. Contact her on Twitter or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.