Tenyaku – Asian Yakiniku

Overall Review: CorkCorkCork

Service: The service was good at Tenyaku but not refined. The restaurant was very new (only a few months old) so hopefully they will smooth out the rough edges. The staff was friendly and very attentive the only thing we had to wait for our drinks for quite a while and the waiter didn’t bring all our dinner items at the same time (i.e. he forgot about our rice which came with the meal and we had to bring it up to him after all the meats, fishes and other items arrived also at different times) which made it harder to enjoy everything together.

Food: The food was ok and they have typical Korean Yakiniku and Shabu-Shabu menu selections including some noodle and side dishes. Some items where pretty tasty but overall it lacked a little imagination and the wow factor that makes you want to return to a restaurant time and time again. One of the things we look for with a great Korean restaurants are vegetable/kimchi sides are very dynamic and tie the Yakiniku together. The sides where one of the best things on the menu, however, they only had three and it was kind of boring for the price tag attached to Korean BBQ meats. The bibimbap was also ok and did get nice and crunchy on the bottom but needed salt and some more pizazz overall. The best thing we had was the meat and they did cook ours in the back instead of making us do the Yakinkiu ourselves which is a nice option if you are not in the mood to BBQ yourself! so our advice is if you try this establishment go for Happy Hour either from 11am-3pm, 5pm-6:30pm, & 9pm-last call and get the 20% OFF meat options and keep it simple (TIP: Don’t order the set menu for two people…. its a better deal to order off the menu and we only really liked 2 items we received)

Favorite Dishes: The Premium Kalbi & Kone Kalbi Short-Rib meat and Tofu soup where the best dishes. The vegetable side dishes were also good but they only had 3 dishes (Fish cake, Kimchi and Bean Sprouts) which is less than many other of the best Korean restaurants in town which offer 5+.

Atmosphere: The restaurant was very clean and well taken care of which was great. The owner was also present which added to the ambiance and she even came over to ask us how our experience was going and thank us for coming. Tenyaku has a large inside with at least 20-25 tables. They also had a sushi bar so if you want to eat alone or not have Yakinku its a great option. The inside didnt have any memorable artwork or decor but cleanliness is always a very good asset.

Consistency: We have only been once (and went because we got a Groupon) and to be quite honest don’t think we will try again. However, if we do go with some friends we promise to update this section and hopefully with some great news as we know what to order and what to stir clear from.

Parking: Tenyaku Restaurant is located on Keeamoku and has about 8-10 free parking spots in front of the restaurant which is great but also share with the bar “Champions”located  next door. TIP – if you are planning to go for an early bird dinner and catch Happy Hour Tenyaku opens at 5pm so Champions is a good place to pop in for a drink while you wait (and you can park in the same lot!)

Price Range: High-Medium ($19.59-$39.50) per Yakiniku Entree (Sides / Other Entrees $6.50-$20)
Corkage Fee $10 per Bottle
Reservations Accepted
Take Out Not Available

Happy Hour Specials!

Address:
Tenyaku
1108 Keeaumoku St
Honolulu, HI 96814
Tel: (808) 593-8281.
Website: /
http://tenyakuhawaii.com/index.htm
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Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Happy Hours: 11am-3pm, 5pm-6:30pm, & 9pm-Last Call

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Kimchi - Vegetables

Tenyaku keeamuku

Bibimbap

Tenayku shabu-shabu

Kalbi

Migawon Korean Resturant

Overall Review: Cork

Service: Well the service at Migawon on Kapiolani blvd was overall pretty bad. The moment we walked in we were greeted with smiles (most likely excitement because no one else was in the restaurant) but it didn’t last long. At one point we asked for some napkins and the lady pointed to the corner table where they were located! I mean really? its not like they didn’t have the time to service the only customers in the restaurant. Also they barely spoke English and it took two of them to figure out what we wanted.

Food: The food was pretty competitively priced with other Korean BBQ places in town, but Migawon only gave you 5 lousy kimchi sides which were not very good and very disappointing. In fact, we only asked them to refill one of them (the bean sprouts) which is not what you want when you spend $20+ per a person. The menu was pretty typical they had both BBQ options and regular menu items including stews, pancakes, bi bim bap, etc. It was memorable…. but not in a good way.

Favorite Dishes: BBQ Chicken, Boneless Kalbi, Lettuce & Seaweed (for wrapping meat and rice).

Atmosphere: WOW the atmosphere at Migawon is just awful. It’s dirty, has zero personalty and was thrown together with a mish-mash of tables and chairs. The music was like a techno pop which was really strange for a Korean restaurant and flies/gnats were flying around us the whole meal which is super unappetizing.

Consistency: We have only been once and we will never return. Honestly this place is not long for this world. I can’t imagine it being around for longer than 3 months.

Parking: They do offer parking but its really unclear where that was exactly. We ended up paying to park down that back ale off of Kalakaua and Kapiolani.

Price Range: Medium ($20-$27) per BBQ Entree
NO BYOB
Reservations Accepted (Not Recommended)
Take Out Not Available

Address:
1726 Kapiolani Blvd.
#101
Honolulu, HI 96814
Tel: (808) 947-5454

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BBQ Combo Plate

Richo

Overall: corkage

Service: The service was laugh out loud bad! it was just ridiculous. I mean they where very nice but terribly at serving. In fact, it took me three try’s to get them to remove an almost empty dish (the salad and all that was left was some pathetic limp lettuce doused in dressing). Its so annoying when they leave complete dishes to clutter your already small table. Also they brought us cold towels and pointed out they are usually hot – and our waiter didn’t know the different between Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris so it took a while to get even a drink at this establishment.

Food: Most absolutely the worst Korean food we have ever had. They also don’t have the BBQ grill on the table or even the portable grilling option which is rather strange for a Korean restaurant… the owner did say it was part Japanese so maybe that’s the Japanese influence? At any rate it was surely missed specially when the other food was less than impressive.

Favorite Dishes: Note – nothing was really good but these where not as bad: Seaweed Springrolls (tasty and creative but very oily), Bulkogi Salad (lean meat but way over dressed) , Leek Chijimi (like a pancake this was the best dish) – Do not order the Tofu Salad the tofu was rancid or the pickle / kimchi sampler it was awful.

Atmosphere:The Atmosphere of Richo is wonderful! they have floor table seating on the edge of the restaurant which are unique and can be fun for a date. The main seating tables and chairs which are also very modern and elegant in dark tones. The sushi bar sites at the back of the restaurant hiding the kitchen and creating a nice focal point for the guests facing that direction. The bathrooms where very clean and smelled great. If the food was better this would be a great place to go with its dim lighting and an overall aesthetic appeal.

Consistency: We will never go again to Richo. It was so bad it doesn’t even deserve another chance. If you want a good recommendation don’t wast your money or calories on this restaurant.

Parking:Parking is a breeze at Richo which was nice seeing how the food and service where so unacceptable. They have free parking in there lot located to the left of the door and once that fills up you can park in most of the stalls in the lot to the right of the entrance. It shares a few slots with some vendors but at night they are all closed so the entire lot is free for Richo guests.

Price Range: Medium-High ($8-$50) per Entree
Corkage Free $20 per Bottle
Reservations Accepted
Take Out Available (But they don’t have a take out menu)

Address:
Richo Korean Cuisine
3008 Waialae Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96826
Tel: (808) 734-2222