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The Joy of Sake Honolulu

The Joy of Sake Honolulu

Friday, July 31, 2015, 6:30pm–9:00pm

The Joy of Sake logo


Friday, July 31, 2015




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.


Sake tastes wonderful with 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 2014 are listed below with the appetizers they served.

Banzai Sushi Bar

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

Featured Dish: Seared Opah marinated in vinegar, dashi and soy sauce with lemon, garden vegetables and needle-cut chili peppers

BLT Steak

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

Featured Dish: Torched Steak Tartare with rice crisp & horseradish

Buho Cocina y Cantina

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

Featured Dish: Slow-cooked Pork Belly Tacos with pineapple pico and achiote aioli on homemade tortillas


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

Featured Dish: Plum Wine, Pikake & Green Tea Gelee

Chef Chai

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

Featured Dish: Shrimp Salad with lemongrass mango dressing on a crispy wonton chip


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

Featured Dish: Dashimaki Tamago with minced scallop, shrimp, Kona kampachi and yamaimo mountain yam

Gokujo Sushi

1020 Auahi Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 537-6555

Featured Dish: Gokujo spicy ahi or California temaki sushi


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

Featured Dish: Olive Oil-poached Cubed Salmon with horseradish and watercress salad

The Kahala Hotel & Resort

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

Featured Dish: Roast Pork Summer Roll with umeboshi honey paste & Asian slaw


1915 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 788-6217

Featured Dish: Tri-tip Yukke with pine nuts and quail egg


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

Featured Dish: Crab Parfait with dashi gelee, soy milk mousse and crunchy green beans

Koko Head Cafe

1145c 12th Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: (808) 732-8920

Featured Dish: Mazemen Soba with crispy chicken skin, parmesan dashi cream and carmelized onion tsuyu

Memphis Minnie’s BBQ Joint

576 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
Phone: (415) 864-7675

Featured Dish: 18-hour slow-smoked Texas Beef Brisket

Migrant Maui

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

Featured Dish: Migrant Adobo with mushrooms, bay leaf rice, atchara pickled green papaya and Boy Bawang

MW Restaurant

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

Featured Dish: “Spam” Musubi of mochi-crusted smoked pork and arabiki meatloaf

The Pig & The Lady

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

Featured Dish: Freshly grilled layers of betel leaf, minced garlic beef and a shiitake cap filled with sake and a drop of artisan Red Boat

Pili Group

Pop-Up Restaurant

Featured Dish: Molokai Venison with Namihana Hawaiian Shochu and fresh paʻiʻai

Three Fat Pigs

69-250 Waikoloa Beach Drive # C01, Waikoloa, HI 96738
Phone: (808) 339-7145

Featured Dish: Kauai Shrimp Poisson Cru

Vintage Cave

1450 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu HI 96814
Phone: (808) 441-1744

Featured Dish: Oyster with yuzu & ginger

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