An Excuse To Be Cheap
Half off sounds good any day, especially when talking about Chef Hiroshi Fukui’s contemporary, fresh sushi and seafood creations at Hiroshi Eurasian Tapas. Fancy, locally sourced ingredients prepared with sophistication by the hands of a James Beard Award nominee? Budget-conscious taste buds can hardly wait.
Early-bird deals equate to half-off food, excluding specials. The pau hana crowd flocks to Hiroshi for the vital 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. happy hour slot, packing the bar. “If you’re not there by 5:30, you pretty much don’t get a seat . . . and people don’t usually leave by 6:30,” says manager Sara Villiers. Another hurdle to overcome before achieving Hiroshi satisfaction: The bar, where deal-seekers amass, is a mere 14 seats. This most advantageous hour is also sans reservations.
Part of the acclaimed D.K. Restaurants family that includes Vino, D.K. Steak House and Sansei Seafood, Hiroshi carries a trusty reputation for locavore-friendly, cutting-edge cuisine, without the pretentious vibe.
“Japanese cooking techniques fused with European style,” describes Fukui’s cooking, according to Villiers. “It’s like having takoyaki with butter, or foie gras with a teriyaki glaze. That’s ‘Eurasian.’” Hiroshi delivers on this fusion-founded experience, easy for the pau hana crowd to enjoy. Favorites include Hawaiian kampachi carpaccio ($6.98) and the duo of sushi ($7.48). The carpaccio is prepared with fish straight from the Big Island, WOW Farm tomato concasse and homemade tofu from Mrs. Cheng’s in Kalihi, and the sushi is paired smoked hamachi with miso glazed salmon.
When’s the last time you traded rush-hour traffic for an encounter with the D.K. family? Hiroshi’s very happy hour gives the perfect excuse to pay a little, maybe treat a special someone and revel in a lot.Hiroshi Eurasian Tapas, Waterfront Plaza, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., open nightly 5:30–9:30pm, happy hour 5:30–6:30pm, 533-4476