Doraku in Waikiki, located on the third floor of the Royal Hawaian Center, is one of the very few Westernized Japanese restaurants that I actually go to for pretty good sushi on Waikiki. The restaurant have traditional fresh sushi, Japanese stables, as well as a range of Japanese Fusion creations. The decor is modern and very Japanese-Hawaiian with stained wood tables and chairs. They also have a large slab of wood designated as a first-come first-serve community table in the middle of the dining room. Fun fact: Doraku was created by Kevin Aoki, son of Rocky Aoki – the founder of Benihana.
While their menu is solid, the regular price is suitably (or ridiculously?) high for the tourist-centric Waikiki strip. That’s what make their happy hour menu so special and more people need to know about it.
The short summary on Happy Hour:
- $3 Well drinks
- $4 Kirin Draft
- $5 large Kirin Ichiban Sake, house chardonnay and merlot
- $2.50-$7 appetizers (California rolls, chicken kara’age, ahi poke, steak/chicken/tuna tataki, yakitori)
Below are some of the dishes I tried for a single person at the bar. I was happily stuffed by the end of it the meal–
Overall, I’m pretty happy about the Doraku Happy Hour. The food is quality Japanese fusion, and the happy hour prices make it reasonable. The only problem is that the 4-6 PM time limit is a bit restricting for most people that have working day jobs…
Yelp Link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/doraku-sushi-honolulu