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NATTO AGAIN! The un-Valentine dinner

Could you smell this one coming? Nonstop’s third dinner starring the stinky bean, this time on Valentine’s Day

Posted January 30, 2013 by Mari Taketa

Family-style rice bowls heaping with maguro-natto goodness. Spicy Korean natto kimchee stew. And dessert, people: natto cheesecake with honey ume.

Are you ready for Nonstop’s third all-natto dinner? The stinky bean returns on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, with an all-new menu of natto creations by Grant Kawasaki of OC16′s Hawaiian Grown TV, a natto devotee who pounded the table when I brought up this dinner. “I. Love. Natto,” he growled, then leaned in and unleashed a whole litany of his own incredible natto creations, none of which I can remember except for the words ice cream.

I don’t know if ice cream is making a third appearance after the Jack Daniels-corn flakes-garlic chips version from our second natto dinner at Tokkuri-Tei last year, or the natto-saltines version from our first dinner at Naru the year before. But I do know that the first time I tried Kawasaki’s food, he blew me away with what was supposed to be a lamb loco moco but somehow, after his mind got done playing, ended up as a crisp, juicy lamb patty seared to just-pink inside, atop a local succotash of fresh corn, Hamakua mushrooms and currant tomatoes in a mint-raisin-pinot noir demi-glace. It was the kind of dish you don’t want to stop eating. And I’m definitely looking forward to the natto cheesecake.

Kawasaki, who helped develop the original menu at Dash Gastropub, is still concocting more natto recipes, though so far I only know the three tantalizing glimpses he’s named above. But I can promise you this: What you’ll see at NATTO AGAIN! The un-Valentine dinner will be a mix of familiar dishes natto lovers can pound, and completely unexpected, wild and crazy new creations.

So do you love slime? Do you love stink? And can you handle the scorn of the self-respecting world? Who’s in? Just reply in the comments, and I’ll see you Feb. 14.

What: NATTO AGAIN! The un-Valentine dinner
When: Thursday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m.
Where: Dash Gastropub, 1018 McCully St, corner of Young
Cost: $40 per person not including drinks, tax or tip
Parking: Valet on-site, paid lot across McCully or street parking


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  1. nonstopmari
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 11:47 am

    @Petercci see u guys at dash on thur, we’ll be the table of 20+. bring ur appetites and breath mints ;)

  2. nonstopmari
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 11:47 am

    @Petercci see u guys at dash on thur, we’ll be the table of 20+. bring ur appetites and breath mints ;)

  3. nonstopmari
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 11:47 am

    @konaish see u thurs! mounds and mounds of natto … ;D

  4. nonstopmari
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    @Petercci good seeing u and carol last nite! here’s the video recap


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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