We just finished watching a movie and were now on the hunt for an after movie meal. Being the new year and all, we’re on a kick lately to try new places. Although we live close by, we rarely make our way to the Ka Makana Ali’i Mall (or to everyone that lives around here, the Kapolei Mall) so in the spirit of new things, we decided to walk around and try a new place. The other day we tried BonChon, which was ok. So we decided to walk through the food corridor again to see what caught our eye. After some debate, we settled on Okome Bento and Sushi. I’d like to say that there was some interesting reason behind the choice, but really it was because we were able to secure a spot to sit.
They have two rows of seats, one for 4-seaters and one for 2-seaters. So if you have a bigger group like us, it might be tough. There are seats outside, but those are tougher to get since they’re open to everyone and the corridor with all of the eateries is probably the most popular section in the entire mall. At that moment, there was a 2 and 4 seater open across from each other, so everything worked out. I took the shot of the interior from my seat to give you an idea. I couldn’t get a good shot of the outside because there were a ton of people walking around. Maybe I’ll walk around one morning to take shots of all the eateries and update old ones or file them away for new ones. Man, this blogging stuff is a lot of work!
When you walk in, you immediately see the counter that’s set up cafeteria style. You can grab a tray and order from the friendly folks. The first station is the hot foods section, and above them are the things they’ll prepare for you. The next station is more fried stuff, but these are more of the sides like various tempura and other small food stuffs. The third station are their selection of bento items, most of which are prepared sushi. You can also order fish dons from the folks here. Then you hit the cashier where you can order drinks (no alcohol, sadly) and pay for your meal.
Typically I would go straight for the sushi and whatever fish stuff they have, but I had a lot of poke yesterday (the good stuff from Ishihara Market on Kauai!) So I was fished out. Instead I went for the tonkatsu/mochiko chicken wing combo here. It comes in a cool looking cardboard bento box, with each item in it’s own little cardboard box similar to a real wooden bento box. Definitely a neat touch! The sides (miso soup, salad, pickled ginger, edamame and rice) are typical for a bento box; neither good nor bad, just what you would expect. The tonkatsu was a thick cut of pork, not the thin stuff that most other places offer. It was slightly dry, but moist enough to be only slightly chewy. The breading was thin, which I personally like. For me, it’s just there to mop up the katsu sauce and add some crunch and it did it’s job admirably.
The mochiko chicken wings were on the sweeter side of the spectrum, which I like. Some folks don’t like it too sweet and if you’re one of them, then you might want to steer clear of the wings. Having this contrast with the tartness of the katsu sauce made this an enjoyable dish. They also have miso butterfish so I might try that next time. Actually, that’s a lie. The next time I go I’m going to try their spicy ahi don or one of their nigiri sets. As I walked by the third station, I was seriously contemplating giving them back the bento box and going for the fish. The stuff looked pretty good!
All in all, I can honestly say I’ll be back here again. True, it’s going to be for the fishy stuff, but even if that weren’t the case I’d honestly come back for this bento box again. Cool novelty with the box, and decent price for the food. I should mention that my son had the teriyaki chicken bento and he said it was pretty good. I had a bite but it wasn’t enough to really make a judgement call. Maybe I’ll pair that with the aforementioned butterfish next time and see how that goes. Have any of you been here yet? What did you think?