Yeah I like Izakaya style Japanese food and this is top 2 or 3 in Honolulu. Did not want to write this because it is already hard to get a reservation and the locals like to have a place they can go that has amazing atmosphere and is not filled with Japanese tourists or people who read things like Trip Advisor reviews and then I will not be able to go there without reservation. The food is great.. atmosphere is created by indirect lighting through bamboo creating an elegant zen space. Service is bilingual, the shabushabu is clean and no MSG in the broth, I love ordering a bunch of stuff Izakaya style, the beer is cold. The communal table is beautiful and this a great space mama-san has created... a favorite of local celebrities and tourists in the know.