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New eats: Yakitori Glad

Cluck, yeah! Ten eaters help me power through most of the dishes on a chicken-centric menu


Posted February 2, 2012 by Mari Taketa

Cluck, yeah! Ten eaters help me power through most of the dishes on a chicken-centric menu.

Yakitori Glad (1 of 25)

Yakitori Glad

When I saw this place, I almost canceled this review.

I'd jumped too fast. Giddy at the discovery that an Osaka-based chain of 13 yakitori restaurants was opening its first overseas location on Kapahulu on Jan. 22, I waited a full half-day before throwing it out there as Nonstop's latest open-invite review. Now I had 10 people coming to eat ... here?

Get a grip, Mar. You see the sign in the window? $3.90 per menu item, and that includes food and drink. Yakitori is the essence of cheap eats. Grilled chicken on sticks, served with huge bottles of ripping sake, yakitori is street food you grab on your way home, at humble counters or streetside carts even, places where there's nothing between you and the cold winter air except fresh-grilled chicken and alcohol warming your belly.

Humble is IT. The review is on.

Yakitori Glad
766 Kapahulu Ave.
808-734-0077
www.yakitori-glad.com

Comments


  1. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 7:47 am

    EO: Thanks for the invite. I slept like a baby…fuud was guud and those that you told readers to pass on I agree. Yeah, service was spotty…with the place so crowded, the smoke tended to dry the eyes and we smelled like chicken going home. TIP to customers…do not plan on going to the Symphony after eating here. You will smell like chicken! Octoberfest will be best especially if you do the “Chicken Dance”!

  2. Melissa808
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 8:26 am

    That was a good little outing! I would go again to try other stuff. IMHO best to go in a big group so you can try more things. ps I liked the tsukune cheese, just didn’t love it.

  3. jlieu
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Mari you crack me up! I cannot wait to try this place! :)

  4. MyongChoi
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I like the cheese one too…not Top 3 good, but I’d order it again.

    And yeah, drinks were pretty weak. Good thing I stuck to beer.

    Thanks for setting this up Mari!

  5. nonstopmari
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    @Annoddah_Dave i was w/ u until the last sentence … ???!

  6. nonstopmari
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    @Melissa808 small grp is good too as long as they’re good eaters, bc then u can eat everything while it’s steaming-hot and not wait for plates to be passed down. tsukune cheese, really?

  7. nonstopmari
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    @jlieu i’m glad i bring laughter to ur life. this place has u written all over it.

  8. nonstopmari
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    @MyongChoi tsukune cheese, really? next time, btw, i’m sitting across from u and we’re ordering a pitcher.

  9. konaish
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Thanks for arranging the yakitori meetup Mari. As with other dinners you’ve arranged, it was great fun!

    Glad we got to try so many different menu items. All in all, it was a great deal, we left full and we even got bowed out to the sidewalk! It was a memorable evening.

  10. nonstopmari
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    @konaish thnx for coming! i’m not sure i’ve ever been bowed out to the sidewalk before. they stood there bowing until we turned the corner. :>

  11. ThomasOhhh
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    for the record, my twitter is back to public! woot.

    nonstopmari , this was 100% awesome sauce. Can’t wait for the meet & eat. *will someplace new and as exciting as Glad open already*

    I still want to break the rules and ask for (extra) dipping sauces. Great to meet everyone and put a person & appetite to the icon. john sy konaish melissa808 honhiguy Maile, Mel, @Annoddah_Dave @michTmon & Kaori.

  12. nonstopmari
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    @ThomasOhhh john sy konaish melissa808 honhiguy @Annoddah_Dave @michTmon extra sauces? that wd have solved the problems of tsukune cheese and renkon. in fact, the thot of tsukune cheese w/ that citrusy ponzu-shoyu sauce is making me salivate. fantastic idea, thomasohhh!

  13. MyongChoi
    Posted February 3, 2012 at 12:08 am

    @nonstopmari @konaish The peeps at Naru do that too.

  14. MyongChoi
    Posted February 3, 2012 at 12:08 am

    @nonstopmari Fo sho!

  15. turkfontaine
    Posted February 3, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    with a name like ‘Glad’t it had to be home grown in Japan. i still have a shirt with the brand tag GTO: Good Taste and Originality. i can almost smell how Good that Tastes too.

  16. nonstopmari
    Posted February 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    @turkfontaine i wd like a t-shirt like that. i wd wear it all the time.

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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