Shirokiya's Yataimura Beer Garden & Food Court is like being at a Japanese festival every day, and the next best thing to a plane ticket to Tokyo. Even if you don't care for Japanese food, there will be something here that will tempt your palate. There's so many different types of foods to choose from the various vendors and stations, it can actually become overwhelmingly difficult to decide, yet no matter what it is, chances are it's going to be oishii (delicious)!
Sure, you can spend $50+ per person at nearby Tanaka of Tokyo, if you want a full restaurant Tepanyaki experience. Or you can spend $5-10 per person at Yataimura, and get pretty much the same food and quality, with much more selection. Not only that, cheap beer during happy hour. Try $1-$2 pints and $4-$8 pitchers from 5:30-10pm.
Specialties you'll find in Yataimura include authentic made-to-order Japanese Ramen, Tempura Udon, Tonkatsu (Pork Cutlet), Yakitori (BBQ Chicken Skewers), Takoyaki (a ball-shaped squid dumpling), Omusubi, Sushi, Japanese Curry, a wide assortment of bento lunch boxes, a full service buffet line of American, local and japanese favorites, plus much more!
And this isn't no "tourist trap" joint, but a place also very popular with the locals due to the reasonable prices and wide selection.
There's lots of restaurants and a huge food court in Ala Moana Center, but make sure before you settle on any of them, you make it a point on checking out Shirokiya's awesome Yataimura Beer Garden & Food Court. You'll be absolutely blown away, thanking folks like us who recommended it!
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