Izakaya Takonoki

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.

Takonoki - Takowasa ($4.50)

An izakaya staple, Agedashi Tofu ($4.50).

Takonoki - Agedashi Tofu ($4.50)

And a parade of other dishes.

Takonoki - Wafu Salad ($8.50)

Takonoki - Garlic Shrimp ($11.95)

Takonoki - Yakitori ($4.50/2 skewers)

Takonoki - Scallops Butteryaki ($5.25)

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.

Takonoki - Okonomiyaki ($15.00)

Takonoki - Yakisoba ($9.75)

And of course, we finished off with some Salmon and Ume Musubis ($4.50).

Takonoki - 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.

Izakaya Takonoki
355 Royal Hawaiian Ave. #201
Honolulu, HI 96815
Mon-Sun 6:00p-12:00a


3 Responses to “Izakaya Takonoki”

  1. 1 RobynT July 9, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Do you have a favorite izakaya on Oahu?

    • 2 honolulueats July 10, 2010 at 2:39 pm

      Hi Robyn! I really like Konotori on S. King St. Also I haven’t been in a while, but enjoyed Tsukuneya and Tokkuritei.

  2. 3 RobynT July 10, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Cool. I’ve only been to Tokkuritei and I do like it but figure I should try others too.

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