Imari Bentos!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007 14 No tags Permalink 0

For lunch today, we’re headed to Imari’s for the most delicious bentos on the island!

I’ve posted on Imari’s previously, but we’re eating something different today and thought you all might be interested in…

…Japanese kine hamburger steak! Pretty awesome huh? It looks kinda funny if you don’t know what it is, and at first I thought the hamburger steak was deep fried cause the top looks well, fried. But I was very wrong. Two ‘mounds’ of hamburger steak (thicker than patties, but flatter than meatballs), simply seasoned with salt and pepper, then pan fried and topped with grated radish in a ponzu sauce! Super NEATO! The daikon/ponzu topping is clean and refreshing, cuts through the meatiness of the ‘steak’ quite nicely. I actually liked the topping more than the hamburger – one big bowl of rice and one medium bowl of grated daikon and ponzu, and we can call it dinner!

My mom had a salmon bento which came with all the same sides. Mom and I are definitely brown rice people (but we still have FIFTY pounds of white rice to finish at home, hehe), I find the nutty flavor of brown rice comforting. That’s Japanese potato salad on the top middle, more vinegary than creamy, and rather ‘light’ considering it was potato salad, you know? It was super awesome though, and almost tasted semi-healthy, more better than the usual potato salad you find at local potlucks! (But for really good potato salad, I like the Korean version at Yummy’s Don Quijote location).

After lunch I needed to drop by Ala Moana cause apparently Banana Republic has a good sale going on right now. I shopped, I bought two shoes and three dresses, but most importantly, I had dessert! Well I didn’t intend to eat dessert, it just happened. I just wanted to read browse books at Barnes & Nobles, but I was tired so I also wanted to sit at the cafe. But you can’t sit at the cafe without buying something. So I had a cookie. An oatmeal raisin cookie. It was a very, very big cookie. If you were there, I would have shared. But no one was there. So I ate it all myself. It was a decent cookie, maybe a bit overbaked and/or dried out, super crunchy. But lots of raisins and not toothachingly sweet. So I read magazines and ate the cookie and peeked around to see if there were any cute guys (cause if you don’t know by now, the Ala Moana location of Barnes & Nobles is often patronized by cute guys!). But there were none. So I finished the cookie and went back to the office. I’d say it was a pretty good day :)

Imari

661 Keeaumoku St. #102

Honolulu, Hawaii 96814

808 941-8866

14 Comments
  • K & S
    August 1, 2007

    OMG! I love Imari bento. I used to eat their wa-fu hamburger bento when I lived in Makiki. :)

  • KirkK
    August 1, 2007

    Hi Kathy – Seems like you’re making the rounds. It’s good to know that Imari’s is still around.

  • J. Lo
    August 2, 2007

    regarding your last post about akamai oat cakes: A-MA-ZING. I love those things! I’m super pake so I usually just go to the KCC farmer’s market and eat multiple servings of their free samples – that way, i don’t have to buy them. lol. hmmmm, my family loves to hang out at the ala moana barnes and nobles after dinner, but I don’t think it’s because of the hot guys. haha….my mom loves their bagels (which they toast for you) and my sister loves the fact that they serve cheesecake factory cheesecake. but thanks for the tip – now I can go to barnes and nobles for more than just coffee. :)

  • anonymous
    August 2, 2007

    I just found out that Akamai ships their oatcakes!I’ll be thinking of you as I eat my way through New Orleans this weekend – coconut custard bread pudding,praline bread pudding,white chocolate bread pudding……

  • Kathy YL Chan
    August 2, 2007

    Hey Kat!ooh, you lived in Makiki? Have you ever gone to that coffee shop on Wilder? It’s called Sure Shots. I was just there the other day, and their whipped cream is diviiinneee! :)Hey Kirk!The amount of business they get is incredible, I don’t think I’ve ever seen the place empty!Justin!lol, akamai is getting a bit cheap – now the sample sizes are only nibbles, whereas before they gave you huge chunk! lol, glad you liked the B&N tip! ;)Hey Terri!omg, all that bread pudding sounds SO good!! (esp the coconut custard one, hehe). Enjoy New Orleans, and eat plenty & well!! :)

  • J. Lo
    August 2, 2007

    i know! they used to give you like HALF an oat cake as a sample.

  • anonymous
    August 2, 2007

    Heh heh….I knew that I should’ve picked up some bento and chinese food containers the last time I was home. Popping a bento lunch out of a backpack on a hiking trip would totally blow the italians away.YUM-MEE bentos!

  • K & S
    August 2, 2007

    I haven’t lived in Makiki for 6 years, so I don’t think it was there when I lived there, Kathy, was it?? :(

  • elmomonster
    August 2, 2007

    Yummy! Bentos! But brown rice…hmm…I guess I can’t knock it until I’ve had it!

  • Chubbypanda
    August 2, 2007

    Imma panda who likes his bentos. Was the hamburger steak like the ones used for loco moco?

  • anonymous
    August 3, 2007

    On “first meals”….that’s ok Kathy [….some day your prince will come.] or however that Disney song goes. I’m just rolling my eyeballs at how those tomatoes reminded me of that guy, which, even if the meal was good, his singing was way, way better. But I couldn’t see myself hooking up with a guy that modelled himself after Justin Timberlake.

  • anonymous
    August 5, 2007

    your previous post (12/2005) on Imari was just as excellent, too. Barnes and Nobles wasn’t around then, so where did you check out the magazines, back then?

  • anonymous
    August 5, 2007

    You should of taken pictures of the dessert. I would of loved to see them. By the way, I just found your site and I’m loving it.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    August 5, 2007

    Hey Kat!I don’t think it was open then…but when you come back, you MUST GO there…get any drink, coffee, steamers, italian sodas, but you MUST get the whipped cream – it’s the best whipped cream I’ve ever had! Amazing stuff, I don’t know what they do to it, but I once ordered a cup of whipped cream (instead of a drink) and just sprinkled cocoa powder on top and ate it like dessert! :) So good!Hey Rowena!lol! Good idea! You must do that next time you’re back – I would love to see the reaction on people’s faces if you took out a bento in Italy! :)…Justin Timberlake?! hmmm, I think you made a right choice not sticking with that one, hehe :)Hey Elmo!I think I like brown more than white now…it’s the nuttiness and ‘earthy’ looking shade that attracts me, lol :)Hey Chubbypanda!Yup! Same kind like the loco mocos, only they formed it into a smushed tennis ball shape…not quite round, but not really flat…Hey Ron!Thanks! :) As for checking out ‘magazines’? Why, the B&N in Kahala Mall of course, hehe!Hey Doodoolicious!Ooh, I’m glad you like the site!! :) I’ll make sure to take pics of allll desserts from now on! :)

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