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The Joy of Sake Honolulu

The Joy of Sake Honolulu

Friday, July 27, 2018, 6:30pm–9:00pm

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Friday, July 27, 2018


Early Access 5:30 pm–9:00pm


Hawaiʻi Convention Center


$105 per person
($120 at the door)
$155 Early Access


The Joy of Sake celebrates Hawaiʻi’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.

Joy of Sake Honolulu


Sake complements 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 2017 are listed below with the appetizers they served.

Banzai Sushi Bar

66-246 Kamehameha Highway
Haleiwa, HI 96712
Phone: (808) 637-4404

Featured Dish: Fresh Hamachi Nameru with ginger, green onion, sea asparagus and spicy miso atop crisp nori

BASALT (Opening this summer)

2255 Kuhio Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 923-5689

Featured Dish: Sake and Lemongrass-cured Salmon Gravlax with crème fraiche, lavosh and micro greens

BLT Market

383 Kalaimoku Street, 8th Floor
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 729-9729

Featured Dish: Big Island Kampachi cured in beet juice with beet jam, crispy breadfruit and apple miso

BLT Steak

223 Saratoga Road
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 683-7440

Featured Dish: Makaweli Ranch Maui Venison Carpaccio with horseradish, arugula pesto, Grana parmesan and crostini

Buho Cocina y Cantina

2250 Kalakaua Avenue, Level 5
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 922-2846

Featured Dish: Da Hawaiian Taco with cochinita pibil, lomi tomato pico de gallo and poi taro gastrique on a luau leaf tortilla


2820 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
Phone: (808) 946-4333

Featured Dish: Mousse Aux Chocolate with Hawaiian chili pepper-scented lilikoi sauce and candied Kahaluʻu cacao nibs

Calabash (Opening this winter)

3750 Wailea Alanui Drive
Kihei, HI 96753

Featured Dish: Miki Noodles with ham hock, marungay and egg

Chez Kenzo Bar & Grill

1451 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 941-2439

Featured Dish: Penne Arrabbiata with grilled bratwurst and parmesan cheese


Royal Hawaiian Center
2233 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 922-3323

Featured Dish: Cajun Ahi Tacos with seared ahi, roasted corn salsa, shredded cabbage and cilantro lime aioli on a wonton shell

Eating House 1849

2330 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 924-1849

Featured Dish: Sake Soy-braised Pork Belly with pickled kai choy and dried opae okayu

Forty Carrots

Bloomingdale’s Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 800-3638

Featured Dish: Sake Toro and Ikura with cold lemon shio, scallion and bonito rice

The Kahala Hotel & Resort

5000 Kahala Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: (808) 739-8888

Featured Dish: Slow-roasted Beef Brisket Taco with “Hong”-made kimchee, gochujang crema and pineapple radish pico de gallo

Kai Poke at The Street

2330 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815

Featured Dish: G-Man Special with compressed watermelon, edamame, masago, basil, mint and yuzu kosho


226 Lewers Street, Suite 215
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 924-1555

Featured Dish: “Kasujiru” Shot of sake lees with Atlantic salmon and eggplant

Koko Head Cafe

1145c 12th Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: (808) 732-8920

Featured Dish: Tomato and Ume Salad

The Pig & The Lady

83 N. King Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
Phone: (808) 585-8255

Featured Dish: Nori Chips with asparagus namul, creme fraiche, smoked trout roe and shiso

Pili Group

Featured Dish: Niʻihau Lamb Flatbread with cucumber, ʻulu, lime, chili; vegetarian option of roasted kalo and garlic

The Rice Place

725 Kapiolani Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 799-6959

Featured Dish: Celebration Stew of Pork Belly simmered in fresh coconut juice with egg and house specialty jasmine rice


2330 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 330
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 800-3094

Featured Dish: Michael’s Tuna Tartare with Asian pear, mint and pine nuts

Umami Teppan Kingyo

Waikiki Yokocho
2250 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 777-3554

Featured Dish: Kurobuta Yakisoba, cooked live with fresh vegetables and house tare


2330 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 326
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 739-9318

Featured Dish: Apple Vanilla Choux with Calvados raisin, green apple, crème diplomat and crumble choux

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