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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.

Nagomi Japanese Teppan and Lounge (21 of 21)

Nagomi Japanese Teppan and Lounge

Owner and chef Victor Jian (right) formerly of Jinroku and Tanaka of Tokyo poses for a picture with one of his chefs.

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


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

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