Shokudo Japanese restaurant and bar


When youre driving down Kapiolani blvd, you cant help but notice the unmistakable wooden blinds hanging in the large picture windows of Shokudo. Located directly next to the Ala Moana Shopping Center, and Nordstrom, its in a terrific location if youre downtown shopping or just hanging out.

Although the low lighting does make for an excellent atmosphere, perfect for a dinner for two. it didn’t lend well to photographing the experience. So i apologize in advance. But just look how pretty the lamps are.

Looking for something a little more classy than the mall food court for lunch? This just might be what you’re looking for. And best of all, theyre open late. 1-2am depending on the day. So even if youre looking for a late night snack, theyve got you covered.

Speaking of late night snacks…

You will never see a blog, post, review, or mention of Shokudo, without someone saying “Honey Toast”. What is Honey toast, you ask? Only the single greatest late night snack known to man. So simple, yet so elegant. I mean, I’m sure when you hear that is just bread, honey and vanilla ice cream, you’re not impressed. Why would you be?

“i have those things at home. why would i go spend $8 on bread, honey, and ice cream???”

allow me to show you:

I’m sorry, but if your mouth isnt watering, you may want to contact your primary care physician, because there may be some damage to your temporal lobe.

Seriously though. I’m not sure what it is that makes this simple concept so darn tasty, but you just don’t argue with a good thing. And a good thing it is indeed.

Although they are very well known for the above mentioned Honey Toast, this is a full service restaurant and bar, with all the classic Japanese offerings like Sushi dishes and Udon, and  an ample bar, brimming with all the standard stuff, as well as a host of wines, and specialty Asian inspired drinks.

Prior to the honey toast, i enjoyed some Ahi Tataki, and Spicy Ahi on Crispy Rice.

(sorry again for the image quality. room was dark)

We also washed down the good eats with one of their specialty drinks. A carafe of white peach infused soju (essentially a sweet korean vodka). Bewawe of the Soju. It goes down like juice, but creeps up on you.

Many shots of Soju, and a tummy full of honey toast later, it was time to say goodbye.

…Until next time

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© Chuco Townsend. Darq Labs Photography 2011

Wedding, Event, Food Photography. Honolulu, Hawaii.

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