FUUD: Doraku Sushi in Waikiki


For years, I had walked past — or, rather, under — Doraku Sushi on Kalakaua Avenue and always thought, “Someday, I’m going to eat there.”

Friends had raved about it. Foodies love it. And it was just a matter of time before I just walked up there and made reservations.

So one night, as Derek and I strolled around Waikiki, we decided to pop in and see if the restaurant had any available tables. It was 9 p.m. — and the restaurant was packed. Luckily, there was an open table on the lanai overlooking Kalakaua, so we ordered drinks and sat down.

Here’s the backstory about this place: This fusion sushi bar was started first in South Beach, Fla. by Kevin Aoki, the son of famous restauranteur Rocky Aoki (of Benihana fame). Doraku — which literally means something like path of fun — boasts a contemporary menu fusing Asian and Cuban flavors, from a nigiri with slices of Cuban beef to a South Beach roll with shrimp, takuan, avocado, shiso, salmon and mango salsa.

Interesting, right?

So here’s what we ate on our recent visit to this unusual sushi bar:


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In all, this was a fun place with fun dishes that were inspiring and delicious. There were so many other things on the menu to try — we'll definitely be back!

Doraku Sushi, Royal Hawaiian Center, 2233 Kalakaua Ave. Hours: Noon-10:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, noon to 11:30 p.m. Friday, noon-midnight Saturday. Happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. excluding holidays. Phone: (808) 922-3323.

Its second location on Kapiolani Boulevard is also worth trying. Read the review by Ed Morita from Nonstop Honolulu.

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7 Responses to “FUUD: Doraku Sushi in Waikiki”

  1. Annoddah Dave January 4, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    CAT: Aaaiiiyyyaaahhh! Fuud Pix! Tenks! Luuks guud! I guess there is plenty of parking although I know that one is a bit tight for bigger cars and truck/van.

    • Catherine Toth January 4, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

      Oh, yeah, and I shoulda mentioned that the restaurants validates. We walked from the Honolulu Zoo parking lot. But it was a good way to walk off those calories!

  2. M January 4, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    Hello Cat!
    Fuud pixs Friday!
    Looks so ono but kinda out of my budget….

  3. David Jackson January 4, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    Might be eating there soon :)

    • Catherine Toth January 4, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

      How soon? Like, really soon?

      • David Jackson January 5, 2013 at 5:42 am #

        Couple of weeks if it works out… fingers crossed and lots of prayers.

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