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New eats: Rinka

A new Japanese restaurant in town with an exciting menu and delicious food


Posted March 22, 2013 by Grant Shindo

Jiro dreams of sushi; I dream of succulent slices of sashimi, ribbons of pork in shabu shabu, and the satisfying pop of ikura over sushi rice.

On March 1, a new Japanese restaurant opened in the Ala Moana neighborhood behind Heald College on Makaloa Street. Entering the sliding wooden door, a gentle wind chime welcomes you to Rinka. The menu is expansive and showcases fresh sashimi, sushi, shabu shabu, hot pot and impressive daily specials. The ambiance and feel of Rinka is reminiscent of Japan. The service is warm and inviting; the sushi bar is well stocked; and the hum of quiet conversations fill the beautiful, clean space. Also, most of the diners are Japanese nationals, which is definitely a good sign.

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New eats: Rinka

Combination Sushi Deluxe (10 pieces, $31.75). The ikura was some of the best I've ever had, with amazing clarity and texture on each piece of roe.

Rinka
1500 Kapiolani Blvd.
808-941-5159
rinka-dining.com

Comments


  1. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted March 22, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Chuggy:  Sounds and looks good.  One thing, how much moolah does one need for some of these dishes?  Us dudes on a fixed income got to plan out our budget before barging into a place.  Saves us from those embarrassing  moments of being informed that “we have been declined”.

  2. Grant Shindo
    Posted March 22, 2013 at 8:49 am

    @Annoddah_Dave The first meal was a party of 4, we shared 10 dishes, $30 per person excluding tip. The second meal was with a party of 3, shared 7 dishes, $29 per person excluding tip. Overall Rinka is a great value especially if you’re going with a small group and you can share and taste a number of dishes. Thank you for reading!

  3. Grant Shindo
    Posted March 22, 2013 at 10:37 am

    @Annoddah_Dave The first meal was with a party of 4, we had a total of 10 dishes, came out to $30 per person excluding tip.  The second meal was with a party of 3, a total of 7 dishes, $35 per person excluding tip.

  4. nonstopmari
    Posted March 22, 2013 at 11:59 am

    rinka’s a must-try for me, esp after seeing ur review. and thnx for adding prices!

  5. nonstopmari
    Posted March 22, 2013 at 11:59 am

    rinka’s a must-try for me, esp after seeing ur review. and thnx for adding prices!

  6. Melissa808
    Posted March 22, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    It was fun sharing dinner with you this week! I would totally go again….now that I know where it is, I can walk. FYI to newbies, you can park in the Heald College lot and then can cut thru or around the building to get to the restaurant on Makaloa Street. Or you can park on Makaloa Street if there’s anything.

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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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