Food Box


Outside In

Shirokiya’s Yataimura brings Japanese street food inside

There’s good eating everywhere in Tokyo, and some of the most fun epicurean adventures take place in the department store food halls. Shirokiya’s top floor has always offered a glimpse into this facet of Japanese food culture with takoyaki stations, tonkatsu sandwiches and taiyaki (fish-shaped waffles stuffed with fillings such as red bean and custard).

With the opening of Yataimura, in what used to be the housewares section of Shirokiya, the entire second floor has now been given over to Japanese street food. The addition of 21 yatai, or “shop stand,” includes a sashimi stand; a tempura station; a selection of yakitori, curry plates and simmered Japanese favorites like oden and pork kakuni (braised pork belly); a soba and udon bar; homemade tofu bentos and more. All with prices ranging from $5-$13. Even better, Yataimura also offers beer and sake.

A recent promotion of dollar beers had the place packed like a German biergarten celebrating Oktoberfest. But even on regular days, there’s a steady crowd that gives the space a bustling Tokyo street feel.

Ala Moana Shopping Center, 973-9111