There are a few places in Hawaii that serve okonomiyaki. What is okonomiyaki? According to Wikipedia, it is a "Japanese savoury pancake containing a variety of ingredients." The more well known restaurant that is known for okonomiyaki is Chibo in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center. But tonight, we went to Jinroku in the Pacific Monarch Hotel in the heart of Waikiki.
You have the option of sitting at the teppanyaki area, where you can watch the chefs cook your meal, or you can opt to sit at a regular table.
The takoyaki is a must if you like tako (octopus).
The garlic fried rice was also a favorite of mine. One order serves two.
The Jinroku Special Okonomiyaki is one of their specialties. You get it all - scallops, shrimp, squid, octopus, pork and beef. Personally, I feel that it almost has too much in it, making it hard to truly appreciate every item that's in there.
The fried chicken negiyaki was interesting. Lots of green onion (hence the name "negi"), and a very crispy texture.
For dessert we tried the rice dumplings with sweet azuki bean beans - this wasn't anything special...
But I really liked this pudding with black sugar syrup.
2427 Kuhio Avenue (the restaurant entrance is actually on the corner of Uluniu and Prince Edward Street)
Valet parking available for $4 plus tip