One of the best restaurants to emerge from the newly open Waikiki Yokocho so far is Beniya, the namesake of 34-year-old Hirofumi Beniya, who grew up in the biz. His father was a sushi chef so he learned early how to clean, gut and prepare fish from the waters surrounding his home in Ishikawa prefecture, Honshu Island.
Beniya is divided into a main dining room for hot meals and seafood selections, but a visit to its omakase sushi bar provides the more memorable experience and an audience with the chef.
Naturally, the menu changes daily with the chef’s selections of the best offerings of the day, but a recent omakase dinner featured 20 items, including dessert of yuzu sorbet.
Here’s a look at some of those bites:
——————— Beniya is in the Waikiki Yokocho, Waikiki Shopping Plaza, 2250 Kalakaua Ave. Call (808) 777-6660.