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Ala Moana has a new sushi bar. Guess where?

We thought Shirokiya had maxed out with the food thing. We were wrong


Posted March 16, 2012 by Mari Taketa

Have you been to Shirokiya lately? How many times have I been asking that? First they revamp the entire second floor into a Japanese food mecca and beer garden, then they convert half the first floor into a sweets plaza, then they bring in ramen shops from all over Japan for two-week pop-ups … and there’s more?

The Japanese department store at Ala Moana Center, locally owned now and the only one left in the statewide chain, may be 350 years old, but it’s moving pretty fast. Don’t come here if you’re easily overwhelmed or can’t handle change. The first floor has changed focus again. And don’t overlook the corner on the second floor between the crepes and the takoyaki: That’s only one month old.

That corner is the reason why the last time I went looking for ramen, I never got it. Just watch.

Maguro Zanmai
Ala Moana Center, Shirokiya 2F

Comments


  1. DianeSeo
    Posted March 16, 2012 at 7:12 am

    I think they could turn the entire Shirokiya, both floors, into just a food mecca, and it would probably be one of the most successful eateries in the city.

  2. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted March 16, 2012 at 10:35 am

    EO:  Okay, you must have the metabolism of bee.  How can you eat all the stuff you cover and weigh barely 98 lbs!  I get fat looking at the pix!  Maybe that’s why I gained so much weight since following this blog?

  3. Melissa808
    Posted March 16, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Nice! I like that they change constantly. I wouldn’t normally like that in a regular store, but somehow for a place like Shirokiya, the fresh new concepts make me feel like they’re keeping everything…well, fresh. A lot of the concepts can get old and tired rather quickly, IMHO.

  4. nonstopmari
    Posted March 16, 2012 at 11:48 am

     @DianeSeo i’d say it already is. try going on a fri or sat nite. for that matter, try finding an open table any day at 12 noon.

  5. nonstopmari
    Posted March 16, 2012 at 11:48 am

     @DianeSeo i’d say it already is. try going on a fri or sat nite. for that matter, try finding an open table any day at 12 noon.

  6. nonstopmari
    Posted March 16, 2012 at 11:52 am

     @Annoddah_Dave if weather or injury prevent me from exercising one way, i exercise another. at home i eat a lot of simply prepared veggies and fish. i don’t drink soda. ur question wasn’t rhetorical, was it? :)

  7. nonstopmari
    Posted March 16, 2012 at 11:52 am

     @Annoddah_Dave if weather or injury prevent me from exercising one way, i exercise another. at home i eat a lot of simply prepared veggies and fish. i don’t drink soda. ur question wasn’t rhetorical, was it? :)

  8. nonstopmari
    Posted March 16, 2012 at 11:53 am

     @Melissa808 i agree. it keeps me on edge, happily.
    btw that uni-ikura set has ur name all over it.

  9. nonstopmari
    Posted March 16, 2012 at 11:53 am

     @Melissa808 i agree. it keeps me on edge, happily.
    btw that uni-ikura set has ur name all over it.

  10. turkfontaine
    Posted March 16, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    i love to go to Shirokiya, esp. when they have special flown-in- from-Japan-this-am samples of all kinds of fish roe and wet nori snax. i think i ate about 30bucks worth of some orange fish eggs that were 89bucks a pound. then  the local Japanese UPS guy and i  knocked back a half dozen tiny little steel dishes of sea salad in seawater and went “waaaaaaa!” every time. we agreed it tasted just like the beach smells in Japan.

  11. nonstopmari
    Posted March 16, 2012 at 1:18 pm

     @turkfontaine it’s just kirin, asahi and bud, but somehow i can picture u and ur ups guy being v happy in the beer garden.

  12. Melissa808
    Posted March 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm

     @nonstopmari I know!

  13. MyongChoi
    Posted March 16, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Holy crap! Over 60 “like”s! People must love Shirokiya…either that or they love your video! ^_^

  14. konaish
    Posted March 17, 2012 at 6:58 am

    I went to Shirokiya for ramen & found the little custard bears came back. And now a sushi bar?  I need to get there more often so I can keep up!  Great, informative video.  I’ll have to check it out!

  15. Posted March 17, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Gonna have to check out all the new stuff next time we’re in town. The kids love eating here.
    Nice video! What are the custard bears?

  16. nonstopmari
    Posted March 17, 2012 at 9:32 am

    @MyongChoi maybe both? :>

  17. nonstopmari
    Posted March 17, 2012 at 9:33 am

    @konaish The little custard bears had left? Gotta tag-team this coverage!

  18. nonstopmari
    Posted March 17, 2012 at 9:33 am

    @MyongChoi maybe both? :>

  19. nonstopmari
    Posted March 17, 2012 at 9:35 am

    @guavarose Tnku! Custard bears are what u go downstairs for after u eat upstairs. Next to the red bean fish.

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About Mari Taketa

Mari Taketa is a dedicated eater who's as opinionated as she is hungry. She covered everything from neighborhood mom-and-pop places to ethnic eateries to fine dining restaurants on Honolulu's dining scene for Metromix Honolulu and The Honolulu Advertiser's TGIF. Before that, she ate her way through Vietnam, Scotland and Japan, where she lived, traveled or worked, after recovering from a journalism career that included stints as editor-in-chief of Hawaii Business magazine and reporter and editor at The Associated Press. Her goals are to always be hungry for more, and to always want to know what's around the next corner.

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