Hot dogs, teriyaki beef, chocolate-covered cheesecake — these things are meant to be skewered.
So whenever a new yakitori-ya (Japanese restaurant that serves skewered foods, particularly chicken), I make a mental note to plan a visit STAT.
That’s how I ended up at Yakitori Yoshi last night, a new yakitori-ya — well, it’s more like an izakaya than specifically a yakitori-ya — near Walmart on Keeaumoku Street.
Here’s what we ate:
The restaurant's interior retained the coolness of the previous tenants but doesn't have the vibe of authentic yakitori stand in Japan. Those tend to be small — no larger than an average-size bedroom — with a few stools and a cook grilling skewered foods. Yoshi is more like a chic izakaya that specializes in stick cuisine.
Yakitori Yoshi, 1427 Makaloa St. Phone: 808.941.6891