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New eats: Nagomi Japanese Teppan and Lounge

An Osaka-style teppanyaki and okonomiyaki restaurant opens in Honolulu with friendly service and a good pau hana atmosphere


Posted January 22, 2014 by Grant Shindo

There’s a new Japanese restaurant in town, Nagomi Japanese Teppan and Lounge, specializing in Osaka-style teppanyaki and okonomiyaki. I ate my way through their menu, and although portions are on the smaller side, there are some very good dishes hidden throughout the extensive menu. The restaurant is spacious and is good for groups. Service is speedy and friendly and make sure to grab a seat at the teppanyaki counter for an aromatic meal.

A number of dishes need more flavor, and I feel the menu is too large to effectively execute, but there are a good number of solid dishes to choose from. After working out the opening month kinks and possibly upping portion sizes and reworking some flavors, Nagomi has the potential of being a power player in Honolulu’s Japanese dining scene.

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Nagomi Japanese Teppan and Lounge

Nagomi boasts an impressive menu, ranging from fried chicken gizzard pupu to a hot-and-cold fried mochi and green tea ice cream. A nice spot for pau hana and catching up with friends, Nagomi's central location and relaxing atmosphere will likely be a hit in Honolulu.

Nagomi Japanese Teppan and Lounge
1687 Kapiolani Blvd.
808-312-3534
Lunch : 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Sunday
Dinner: 5:30 p.m. -12 a.m. Monday-Sunday
nagomilounge.com

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About Grant Shindo

Who is that you spot at your local restaurant, bar, food truck or pop-up? Grant "Chuggy Bear" Shindo is always on the hunt for the tastiest grub this island has to offer. Chuggy Bear not only has a passion for food, but also a desire to share his experiences through colorful and honest storytelling. Next time you're at a farmer’s market, say “hi” to Grant and find out what the next plate has to offer. You can find his favorite spots at chuggybear.com

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