Honolulu’s own izakaya pioneer and innovator, chef-manager Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi of Tokkuri Tei—one of the most popular and award-winning izakaya in this Asian-inflected, mid-Pacific crossroads—presents Izakaya Hawai‘i in celebration of the restaurant’s twentieth anniversary.
In the eclectic spirit of Tokkuri Tei, Izakaya Hawai‘i offers a wide array of Santa’s creations, such as Summer Chawanmushi, Nori- Chos, Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, Beef Tataki, and Ikayaki, as well as recipes inspired by regular patrons, such as Spicy Cori Tofu, Mauna Kea Roll, and Original Poke Pasta. These and other unique dishes, including sushi and poke, are paired with talk-story anecdotes by their unique creator, Santa, who continues to experiment and push the boundaries of Japanese cuisine by mixing it with varying influences—from French to Hawaiian to Italian. Each recipe has a story behind it that gives a glimpse into the creative mind of a chef!
Author: Hideaki “Santa” Miyosh