I’m a big fan of food on a stick.
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
Although this place may be dressed up like a chic izakaya, the dishes they serve appear reminiscent of real Japan. I think the wife and i are going to have to try this place sometime. Until i saw the photo you took of the menu, I don’t think I had known a place in Hawaii that serves all the parts of the chicken (tail, back, etc.). In fact, the only place I had seen these parts was in the basement level of japanese department stores, which is basically a bigger version of Shirokiya’s second-floor food area (with even more delicious foods, like yakitori, okonomiyaki, fresh ama ebi, hamachi, chuutoro, …). Wow, my mouth just started watering.
Have you ever had chicken back? I was tempted to try it, but I had already over-ordered and couldn’t put another thing in my mouth.
Happy Fuud pixs Friday!
Another place to add to my list.
Have a great weekend!
Thanks for posting on both sites! Appreciate it! 🙂