Friday, July 18, 2014




Hawaii Convention Center
(1801 Kalakaua Avenue)


$95 per person


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The Joy of Sake celebrates Hawaii's hundred-year love affair with sake—from the early days of Japanese immigration and the founding of the Honolulu Sake Brewery up to the present. Today Honolulu hosts the annual U.S. National Sake Appraisal and has more sake-serving restaurants per capita than any other city in the country.


Sake tastes wonderful with a wide variety of appetizers and entrees. The restaurants below distinguish themselves not only by their outstanding cuisine, but also by their appreciation of the luster that fine sakes can add to a meal. Restaurants that participated in Joy of Sake 2013, and the appetizers they served, are listed below.


2233 Helumoa Road
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 237-6999
Featured Dish: Cold smoked Scottish salmon pastrami with grape tomatoes, yuzu ponzu, aji pepper aioli and salmon skin chip

Chef Chai

1009 Kapiolani Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 585-0011
Featured Dish: Smoked duck breast taco with avocado mousse and spicy mango salsa


2199 Kalia Road
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 923-2311
Featured Dish: Scallop and lychee with chili-lime soda

Vintage Cave Honolulu

1450 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu HI 96814
Phone: (808) 441-1744
Featured Dish: Housemade rice crackers topped with dabs of yuzu and white miso-tofu-potato, brined/smoked ikura and assorted micro flower blossoms

Hoku's (The Kahala Hotel & Resort)

5000 Kahala Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: (808) 739-8888
Featured Dish: White asparagus, mentaiko, rakkyo & shiso aioli; Candied ginger shortbread stack with yuzu-peach blackberry compote

BLT Steak

223 Saratoga Road Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 683-7440
Featured Dish: Braised short rib and seared strip steak with jalapeno puree and Tokyo negi


2233 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 922-3323
Featured Dish: Ahi on wonton chip with garlic aioli, ikura, garlic chips, micro shiso and kabayaki sauce


226 Lewers Street
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 924-1555
Featured Dish: Lightly broiled smoked salmon with dashi foam

Banzai Sushi Bar

66 Kamehameha Highway
Haleiwa, HI 96712
Phone: (808) 637-4404
Featured Dish: Tasmanian king salmon saikyo misozuke sashimi with Okinawan sweet potato mash and chrysanthemum ohitashi


2820 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
Phone: (808) 946-4333
Featured Dish: Fresh ginger ale float with lilikoi sorbet


1824 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
Phone: (808) 949-4584
Featured Dish: Ahi Caesar salad with miso garlic dressing, parmesan cheese and arare croutons

Chez Kenzo Bar and Grill

1451 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 941-2439
Featured Dish: Uni pasta with tobiko, shiso and nori

Pili Hawaiʻi

Pop-Up Restaurant
Featured Dish: Heeia salad with fresh hand-pounded poi

The Pig and The Lady

Pop-Up Restaurant
Featured Dish: Oysters with bone marrow mousseline

Gokujo Sushi / Umami Café

1020 Auahi Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 537-6555
Featured Dish: Sushi hand rolls

3-Chef Hui

Top Chef's Sheldon Simeon, MW Restaurant's Wade Ueoka and Skybar's Lance Kosaka
Featured Dish: Sake flight of Kona Kampachi Ceviche with soy and lime; Roast Duck and Pork Sandwich with ginger-cilantro topping; Arroz Caldo, smoked seafood, tomato dashi

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