There is life beyond maguro and hamachi nigiri, and the best place to experience it is at Izakaya Gaku. The Izakaya restaurants embrace small plates as the best way to eat and drink with friends; although Honolulu offers many of them, Izakaya Gaku is the best. Here you can get uncommon seasonal sushi and seafood, such as wild yellowtail and grilled ray. One of the best dishes here is a hamachi tartare, with hamachi scraped off the bones and topped with tobiko and raw quail egg, served with sheets of crisp nori. But you’re not likely to be disappointed with any dish.
Sushi Izakaya Gaku
1329 S King St., Honolulu
Our Rating Neighborhood Manoa Valley/Moiliili/Makiki Hours Mon–Sat 5–11pm Phone 808/589-1329 Prices Sashimi $12–$40; small plates $4–$13 Cuisine Type Japanese Other Reservations highly recommended
Map1329 S King St., Honolulu Oahu
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