Tsukada Nojo, a popular izakaya (gastropub) chain in Japan, opened its first Hawaii location in early March in a new building near the Hawaii Convention Center.
Nojo means "farm" in Japanese, and the restaurant specializes in farm-to-table meals, and has partnered with more than a dozen Hawaiian farms on Oahu, Maui and Kauai to source ingredients. The menu, created by executive chef Shinogu Sato, includes hot pots, rice and ramen.
"We want to bring a new perspective to the popular Japanese izakaya concept by infusing freshness," Sato said in a statement. "People are savvier about sustainability, regional sourcing and natural ingredients, so we want to give them what they seek."
In addition to creative menu options like saikyo-miso cured avocado, they also serve a kale ale, cold-pressed kale juice blended with Maui Brewing Co.'s blonde ale.
Tsukada Nojo's parent company runs more than 200 restaurants in Japan, and recently expanded to the U.S. with two locations in California.
The two-story Waikiki restaurant takes up a 3,600-square-foot space in a new development on Kalakaua Avenue. It features a full bar, banquet-style seating and a second floor loft available for private functions.
For more information visit Tsukada Nojo Hawaii's Facebook page