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Char's Chopsticks: Aloha Tower’s super seafood and sushi buffet


Aloha_Tower_Super_Seafood_and_Sushi_BuffetI can’t get enough sushi. One of the places to indulge in this Japanese cuisine is Makino Chaya, located in Aloha Tower Marketplace.

The restaurant’s decoration is a bit cheesy (where else would you find fish and octopus legs hanging from the ceiling?). Aloha_Tower_Super_Seafood_and_Sushi_BuffetBut don’t let that deter you from entering the restaurant.

Makino Chaya has five different food stations: Neptune Island, We Love Sushi, Tempura Bar, Teppen Yaki Ki and Makino’s Kitchen. The restaurant’s setup is similar to a food court, but unlike the mall’s food courts, it’s a buffet!

I ordered pretty much everything I saw: from shrimp tempura, unagi (freshwater eel) sushi, California rolls, sashimi, lumpia, spicy ahi rolls, stuffed crab shell, baked onaga (red snapper), mussels, salmon to tako (octopus) on a stick. There was an endless joy of seafood and sushi in the We Love Sushi section.

Aloha_Tower_Super_Seafood_and_Sushi_BuffetIn addition to sushi, you can also have fried rice, fried noodles, miso soup, grilled-to-order Wagyu beef, salads and several side dishes such as poke and macaroni salad.

A must-try? The sushi covered in tempura batter and then deep-fried. Yes, that’s right. The best of both worlds, sushi and tempura.

I managed to save a room for dessert. We headed straight for the station where Aloha_Tower_Super_Seafood_and_Sushi_Buffetfresh crêpes are made right before your eyes, with your choice of fresh fruits, mixed berries, whipped cream and ice cream. I chose to have strawberries, blueberries and vanilla ice cream in my crêpe, topped with powdered sugar and drizzled with chocolate sauce (pictured right). Yum.

Makino Chaya also has a chocolate fondue station (pictured below). As I walked back to my table, I couldn’t resist dipping a marshmallow into the cascading chocolate waterfall. Who could blame me?
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I must say, it was a great lunch deal for $13.98 (plus tax). It’s amazing I walked back to the office after lunch.

Makino Chaya is open daily for lunch and dinner. Buffet prices are slightly cheaper on the weekdays. Children 3 years and younger are always free. Call (808) 585-6360 for hours, menu prices and reservations.

Photos by Sherie Char
 


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