Tsukada Nojo restaurant offers late night hours

There are limited options for late night dining in Honolulu, but Tsukada Nojo’s recent introduction of its farmer’s hours—a late night happy hour menu—makes it a great contender for those craving a bite after most eateries close for the evening. Seven small plates, including four types of ramen, and a selection of drinks, will be available at special prices from 9 p.m. to last call, Monday through Saturday.

Tsukada Nojo Hawaii’s Ramen. Photo: Craig Bixel

The seven dishes on the happy hour menu that are 30% off the regular prices are:
*Sesame Salmon ($10.50) – salmon sashimi dressed with sesame soy
*Chicken Liver Shochu Patty ($7.00) – a patty made with chicken liver, onion, saikyo miso, and shochu, served on sliced baguette
*Nojo Fries ($5.95) – French fries dressed with takoyaki sauce, mayonnaise, nori powder, and shichimi
*Umami Chicken Wings ($7.00) – deep fried chicken with a shichimi teriyaki sauce
*Kale & Smoked Caesar ($9.10) – a salad of kale, Chinese cabbage, smoked chicken, and creamy Caesar dressing
*Nojo Salad ($6.30) – a mixed green salad with cherry tomatoes, almonds, and a veggie-based garlic anchovy dressing (for vegans, a soy mild dressing substitute is available)
*Nikumaki Rice Ball ($2.45 each, and $1 more with cheese or spicy garlic chili) – pork belly-wrapped rice ball in sweet soy ginger sauce, served on green leaf lettuce with teriyaki sauce

Tsukada Nojo Hawaii’s Nikumaki Rice Ball. Photo: Craig Bixel

In addition, four ramen—three of which contain a chicken-based broth that has been boiled down for eight hours—available only during farmer’s hours include:
*Chicken Paitan Ramen ($13) – a ramen with a light yuzu note, topped with chicken tsukune meatballs, daikon sprouts, bamboo shoots, scallions, and ginger
*Chicken Paitain Shoyu Ramen ($14.80) – the most popular ramen, with a whole slow-braised chicken leg on a bed of noodles and soup, garnished with black garlic oil, chives, dashi egg, red onion, scallions, bonito seasoning, and gobo (burdock root) chips
*Chicken Paitan Tan Tan Spicy Miso Ramen ($13.80) – a ramen with heat, featuring spicy ground chicken, toasted sesame, cilantro, scallions, fried gobo, and a spice “bomb”
*Veggie Miso Ramen ($13) – deeply flavored ramen with miso-seasoned ground soybean, fresh corn, green onion, garlic oil, and butter (simply ask without butter and make it vegan)

For larger appetites, add $3 for an extra order of noodles.

Tsukada Nojo Hawaii’s Kale Beer. Photo: Craig Bixel

There are also a few drink specials:
*$3 draft beers (Maui Brewing Co.’s Bikini Blonde or Big Swell IPA)
*$3.50 bottled beers (Coors Lite)
*$5 Kale Beer – cold-pressed kale juice blended with Maui Brewing Co.’s Bikini Blonde
*$2 off signature cocktails

“Honolulu offers just a handful of options for people who want to still socialize while having a bite late at night, especially for those who work in the restaurant industry,” says Shingo Sato, Executive Chef. “We know that besides smaller plates that go well with beer, people love to end the night with ramen, so we decided to offer a nice variety.”

Tsukada Nojo is located at 1731 Kalakaua Avenue, in a brand new two-story building near the Hawaii Convention Center. The restaurant is open from 5 – 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 5 – 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Last call for food is an hour prior to closing. For drinks, it is 30 minutes prior to closing Sunday through Thursday, and an hour prior on Friday and Saturday. For more information, call (808) 951-4444.

Diane Ako

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