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“It's "Local" Japanese food!”

Sekiya's Restaurant & Deli
Ranked #821 of 2 592 Restaurants in Honolulu
Cuisines: Deli
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

I would encourage any tourist visiting going to co.e and enjoy what is best describe as local Japanese food.

This is a local Japanese food in the same way TexMex isn't Mexican. It isn't a transplanted Japanese restaurant like Yoshitsune or an authentic Japanese restaurant that simply increased portion sizes like Sushi King. This is a local Japanese restaurant that serve food through the filter of over 100 years of immigration.

That means instead of normal green tea, cheaper genmai tea is served. Saimin, not ramen ( yes there is a diffrence!)
The shrimp tempura is only breaded with extra tempura kasu on one side instead of both. It is fat with shrimp and every bite will have shrimp!
The miso soup is served thicker and saltier than anything you'd have in Japan.

Sekiya is the "Japanese" food that developed here. It is heavier, saltier, and sweeter than authentic Japanese food. You can get more delicate and subtly flavored Japanese food at several places but this is Hawaii. The saimin is softer than ramen and has katsuo broth. Hamburgers are served in case you don't feel like Japanese food.

When you arrive you will seat yourself but all the locals will welcome you. Very few tourist come here and it will be your hidden gem!

This is not high end but does local Japanese food right. Try it!

Thank F5993GMericd
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

I grew up in Honolulu, my husband and I visit every Christmas from California, and we ALWAYS have at least one meal at Sekiya's. It's the kind of food I loved so much as a kid (and still do) but can't find anywhere as good as at Sekiya's. Saimin noodles, chow fun noodles, meat sticks, cone sushi, hamburgers, hotdogs, all that good stuff under one roof!! It's a very down home kind of place, but it serves the stuff my food dreams are made of!

Thank Dale B
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

Birthday pal chose Sekiyas. Two of us had the Nabeyaki Udon with side of unari sushi. It was ok and not a wow factor. The shrimp tempura in my bowl was terrible. It was a sizable piece but mostly breading and very soggy. Everything else was "ok". The inari sushi was tasteless. Not enough vinegar. Had to add salt. Did a take out from the okazuya for my husband. He said the bbq meat was dry and tough, the inari sushi tasteless and the butterfish was questionable like "what kind of fish is it?" In all, it's ok but I know of better Japanese restaurants where prices are comparable and offers okazuya take outs.

Thank Aboutratings
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Reviewed 20 September 2017

This restaurant is right across the street from Kaimuki High School. Not the greatest of neighborhoods but not an issue. The parking lot is pretty big so it is not hard to find open spaces. The menu is pretty diverse having both japanese/hawaiian food. There are alot of specials and combo items on the menu. Alot of seating but a little outdated. needs some upgrades but maybe thats what gives this place character. I come here routinely.

Thank Gary P
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Reviewed 3 July 2017

The restaurant has served great local foods for decades. All he Japanese American favorites like teriyaki chicken, tempura shrimp and many others are served in a simple inexpense setting

Thank Randall S
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