Japanese comfort food…to me that’s the kind of food Gyotaku serves. My SO and I wanted to have an early lunch on Saturday morning. We went to Hinome Mizunone first since I thought they opened at 10:30 a.m. I was wrong. They actually open at 11:00 a.m. so we drove down King Street to Gyotaku. The parking lot was full of cars so we thought Gyotaku was open. After we checked in, we were told the restaurant opens at 11 a.m. and that there was a private function upstairs. We decided to wait. We were not the only ones who thought Gyotaku was open.

You have a choice to sit downstairs or upstairs. We opted to sit upstairs. Our server brought hot tea and water. My SO RM ordered the lunch tonkatsu don ($12.95) and I ordered the senior nishime ($10.95). Our meal came with miso soup, salad, rice (your choice of brown or white) and hot tea. The miso soup was hot and tasty with bits of tofu. The salad was crisp filled with a rainbow of colors and included a piece of imitation crab with a sesame seed dressing. The tonkatsu don came in a large bowl. The pork was thick and very tender. The nishime was very flavorful with tender pieces of chicken with carrots, konbu, and other vegetable in a delicious broth.

Gyotaku has several locations on Oahu. We went to the 1824 S. King Street location where there is lots of free parking. The food was not fancy but good. The restaurant is simple and neat. Portions of food were ample. Although the price of our lunch was fairly reasonable, there are entrees in the $20s.

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