I recently met up with some friends/former co-workers for drinks at Izakaya Takonoki in Waikiki. It’s a small Japanese izakaya in the heart of Waikiki, on the Diamond Head side of DFS.
In true izakaya fashion, we just ordered a bunch of stuff and picked at it all night long while my friends progressed from beer to wine to shochu.
Tako Wasabi ($4.50): raw octopus in a wasabi-flavored marinade. So yummy. It’s crunchy and soft and slimy all in the same bite, with a kick of wasabi.
An izakaya staple, Agedashi Tofu ($4.50).
And a parade of other dishes.
This izakaya features Kansai (“Western” Japan area including Osaka and Kyoto) inspired items such as okonomiyaki and yakisoba, so we had to try some. This one was a Cheese and Mochi Okonomiyaki ($15.00), my absolute favorite dish of the night with gooey melted cheese and soft chunks of mochi.
And of course, we finished off with some Salmon and Ume Musubis ($4.50).
Takonoki is kind of hole-in-the-wall-ish, and I think the number one reason you might not have heard of it or been there is because there’s no parking. A bummer for us drivers, but the restaurant seems to be doing fine with a steady crowd of Japanese who probably either live or work in Waikiki. But don’t let the parking situation stop you from coming here – we parked at the old Waikiki movie theatre for a flat fee of $7.00 – just make a night of it and you can walk around after dinner. The drinks are reasonably priced, the food is good, and they’re open until midnight.
MENU: Click to view the menu here. I apologize for the terrible quality, but they didn’t have takeaway menus so I took pictures of their menu which came out a bit blurry. It’s probably best to view it at about 75% size.
355 Royal Hawaiian Ave. #201
Honolulu, HI 96815