Thursday, March 6, 2014

Doraku Sushi: Royal Hawaiian Centre in Waikiki

Doraku Sushi was created by Kevin Aoki, son of Rocky Aoki, the founder of Benihana and is the sister restaurant to one in Miami Beach, Florida. Doraku's inventive cuisine combines traditional Japanese ingredients with Pan Asian and Latin flavours with most of the dishes being made from fresh local ingredients. A modern, peaceful aesthetic envelops the bar and lounge area, with the dining area resembling an authentic Japanese teahouse with textured wall to ceiling coverings made from natural woven elements. Serving some the freshest and most regionally inspired sushi in Waikiki, Doraku is a hidden treasure in Waikiki's Royal Hawaiian Centre.

Sushi Bar at Doraku

Shrine covered with orchid flower leis

Doraku open-air booths overlooking a courtyard of palm trees at the Royal Hawaiian Centre 
on Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki

The table setting on the long Hawaiian wood table beside the sushi bar

Orion Beer brewed in Okinawa Japan, with hand-carved volcanic rock sake chiller

Doraku chef's special selection of sushi with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, shrimp, nairagi and ono

Ikura, salmon roe

Sashimi with local Hawaiian fish: Tuna, Nairagi and Ono

The Red Dragon roll with spicy tuna, shrimp tempura and avocado topped with unagi, red tobiko, unagi sauce, Ao nori and spicy aioli