Fodor's Expert Review Doraku Sushi

$$ Waikiki Japanese

From entrepreneur Kevin Aoki, son of Benihana founder Rocky Aoki, comes this low-lit bells-and-whistles sushi-roll chain (Miami and Atlanta have other branches) aimed at a nightclubbing crowd. There's better sushi in town, but the nightlife, bar scene, and late-night hours keep the place packed. Order dishes such as tuna tataki and the popular Emperor Roll, a seafood extravaganza of tuna, crab, shrimp, and scallop crusted in panko and flash-fried. And there is tempura everything—from lobster to brownies. The Waikiki location caters to the visitor crowd, while locals head to the Kakaako location on Kapiolani Boulevard, near the Ala Moana Center (1009 Kapiolani Blvd.808/591–0101).

Japanese Sceney Lunch Dinner $$

Quick Facts

2233 Kalakaua Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii  96815, USA


Known For:
  • A happening bar scene, with both early and late happy hours
  • Tempura everything, including brownies
  • Creative rolls like the Emperor seafood roll

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