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The Joy of Sake Honolulu

The Joy of Sake Honolulu

Friday, July 22, 2016, 6:30pm–9:00pm

The Joy of Sake logo


Friday, July 22, 2016




Hawaiʻi Convention Center
(1801 Kalakaua Avenue)


$95 per person
($105 at the door)


The Joy of Sake celebrates Hawaiʻi’s hundred-year love affair with sake—from the early days of Japanese immigration and the founding of the Honolulu Sake Brewery up to the present. Today Honolulu hosts the annual U.S. National Sake Appraisal and has more sake-serving restaurants per capita than any other city in the country.

Joy of Sake Honolulu


Sake complements a wide variety of appetizers and entrees. The restaurants below distinguish themselves not only by their outstanding cuisine, but also by their appreciation of the luster that fine sakes can add to a meal. Restaurants that participated in Joy of Sake 2015 are listed below with the appetizers they served.

The Kahala Hotel & Resort

5000 Kahala Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: (808) 739-8888

Featured Dish: Soy-braised Kurobuta Pork Belly Ramen with toasted sesame seeds, bean sprouts, Tokyo negi and chili oil

Chris Kajioka

Kaimuki, Oahu
Opening fall 2015

Featured Dish: Sake-cured Ikura with potato purée, grain furikake, green apple

BLT Steak

223 Saratoga Road
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 683-7440

Featured Dish: Grass-Fed Molokaʻi Ranch New York Striploin atop green papaya salad finished with a spicy-sweet-sour vinaigrette


2199 Kalia Road
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 923-2311

Featured Dish: Lobster Espuma, Puffed Rice

Top of Waikiki / SKY Waikiki

2270 Kalakaua Avenue Suite #1800
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 923-3877
SKY Waikiki opening August 2015

Featured Dish: Kim Chee Quinoa and Kalbi Marinated Pork with Kula baby romaine in a rice paper wrap

Buho Cocina y Cantina

2250 Kalakaua Avenue Level 5
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 922-2846

Featured Dish: Tsukiji Yellowtail Ceviche Taco with caramelized jamaica, serranos, red onions, micro cilantro and pickled watermelon rinds in a hand-pressed corn tortilla

Migrant Maui

3700 Wailea Alanui Drive
Kihei, HI 96753
Phone: (808) 875-9394

Featured Dish: Kiawe Bean Flour Fat Chow Funn with tinono pork belly and bacon-shiitake cream

Banzai Sushi Bar

66-246 Kamehameha Highway
Haleiwa, HI 96712
Phone: (808) 637-4404

Featured Dish: Fresh Ahi & Salmon Pinchos with avocado, white miso-marinated tofu and hibiscus gelee

Gokujo Sushi

Phone: (808) 679-7951

Featured Dish: Freshly rolled Temaki Sushi filled with spicy ahi or crab and cucumber

Chef Chai

1009 Kapiolani Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 585-0011

Featured Dish: Grilled Lemongrass Beef Salad with mango, tomato, cucumber and roasted peanuts in a fresh lettuce cup

The Pig & The Lady

83 N. King Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
Phone: (808) 585-8255

Featured Dish: Foie Gras Snow with coconut crumble, haw flakes, lychee and Thai basil

Morimoto Waikiki

1775 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 943-5900

Featured Dish: Bigeye Tuna Pizza with olives, anchovy aioli and jalapenos


2820 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
Phone: (808) 946-4333

Featured Dish: Sake Noodles with Green Tea Shave Ice and fresh mango

Highway Inn

680 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 954-4955

Featured Dish: Smoked Wild Boar with Big Island poha berries and kabocha purée


226 Lewers Street
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 924-1555

Featured Dish: Softly Steamed Octopus with warabi fern

Mission Social Hall & Cafe

553 S. King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 447-3913

Featured Dish: Summer Salad of Namihana Hawaiian Shochu-braised celery, tofu, dried akule, young chard

Mud Hen Water

3452 Waialae Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: (808) 737-6000

Featured Dish: Pig’s Feet Soup


1009 Kapiolani Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 591-0101

Featured Dish: Kakaʻako Kainalu Ahi & Scallop Poke with sambaizuke and habanero tobiko creme fraiche in a won ton cup

MW Restaurant

1538 Kapiolani Boulevard, Suite 107
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 955-6505

Featured Dish: Roast Beef with Corn Polenta Fries and yellow ketchup

Hale Ohuna

3605 Waialae Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
Opening summer 2015

Featured Dish: Chilled Udon served with a Mana Ai sour poi-coconut ponzu broth, Ho Farms okra and tomatoes and toasted coconut

Chez Kenzo

1451 S. King Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 941-2439

Featured Dish: Uni Pasta with snow crab and ikura

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