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Best romantic spot: Shokudo

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Have a date coming up and need an intimate venue? Ka Leo’s readers say Shokudo, Japanese for “dining room”,  is the place for a romantic meal out.

Variations on Japanese classics anchor the menu here, with items such as the sushi pizza ($14.15) and foot-long chicken katsu ($10.95). Want to keep your date interested in the meal? Order one of the ishiyaki (hot stone) bowls, which includes various ingredients, such as shrimp, scallops and rice, mixed together in a hot bowl that cooks the dish as the ingredients are mixed. Shokudo also offers a wide variety of sushi like their Lobster Dynamite Roll and their Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice. 

The drink selection is more varied, offering beers, sake and blended drinks, among others.

Arguably, the most popular item at Shokudo is the honey toast ($7.45): two thick slices of white bread toasted, served cubed along with ice cream and — what else — honey. For a dollar or two more, you can add other toppings such as crushed strawberry purée, caramel or sweet red beans.

You can enjoy each of your courses in the restaurant’s Ala Moana location two miles away from the UH Mānoa campus. The dining room’s vaulted ceilings, low lighting and modern décor make this a romantic spot for a date close to campus.

Address: 1585 Kapi‘olani Blvd.

Phone: 941-3701


Hours: Sun. - Thurs. 11:30 a.m. - 1 a.m.

Fri. - Sat. 11:30 a.m. - 2 a.m.

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HOURS: Sun. - Thurs. 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Fri. - Sat. 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. 

Phone: 923-7697