OK they had loco moco and kalua pork on the menu. Had they not been there, I would have considered this a Japanese restaurant. I had katsu curry, my wife had karage chicken. Two menu items available in any family restaurant in Japan. If it weren't for the orchids decorating the plates, neither of these items seemed particularly Hawaiian. Granted, they don't have a long history in Japanese cuisine either, but they are so ubiquitous it never occurred to me they ventured to Japan via a Hawaiian culinary connection.
The karage was yummy, very yummy. I don't think I've ever had good karage outside Japan before. I wasn't as impressed with the katsu, but my wife admired how well the breading clung to the meat, and the overall skill in preparation. I'd wager the curry was House (a Japanese brand) curry base, tasted exactly like the House curry we make at home. I'd recommend they cut the veggies a little smaller, especially the potatoes.
We sat near the window with the intent of watching passersby on the street, but a DVD of a 2010 Hawaiian dance competition was playing on the big screen TV, and that proved more interesting. Seldom in this neighborhood, but if I had reason to be, and it was lunchtime, I'd go back.
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