Find an extensive sake collection and modern soba bowls

First Look: Kikue, a New Soba-Focused Restaurant Opens in Kaimukī

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Location: HI-Hawaii (All Islands)

Story Date: 9/25/2019

Publisher: Honolulu Magazine   

Author: Martha Cheng

"Soba gaki has the texture of pa‘i‘ai,” says our server, when we ask him to explain the menu. Kikue in Honolulu is probably the only place anywhere you’d hear a line like that. The new restaurant in Kaimukī (in the former Kona Kai space) soft-opened a few weeks ago, and it specializes in soba, which is made in-house. But while the soba gaki ($8), served with wasabi and shoyu (and which does indeed have the texture of pa‘i‘ai) is a traditional preparation made with soba flour, most of Kikue’s soba bowls lean modern. The cold uni soba ($18) is topped with uni foam and caviar and surrounded by a dashi jelly, and there’s a truffle soba ($18), too.

Place Category: Food & Drink

Story Category: New Places