Japanese restaurant honors moms on Mother’s Day

Recently opened Tsukada Nojo is inviting customers to enjoy an incredibly affordable Mother’s Day menu for lunch or dinner on Sunday, May 14, 2017. The chicken and vegetable-centric restaurant known for its hot pots will offer a six-course meal for just $40 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then again from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Bijin nabe. Courtesy: Sean M. Morris

The menu:

Nori Avocado
Seasoned seaweed paste, horseradish, shredded nori

Chicken veggie tacos. Courtesy: Sean M. Morris

Chicken Veggie Tacos
Curry chicken, tomato, red onion, and cilantro wrapped with sliced radish

Kale Caesar Salad
Kale, Chinese cabbage, and Caesar dressing

Entree (choose two from below):
Sesame Salmon
Salmon dressed with sesame soy
Nojo Chicken Nanban
Miyazaki-style chicken fritters dipped in a soy vinaigrette, topped with house tartar sauce
Beef Steak with Jalapeno Miso ($7 additional charge)

Hot Pot
Bijin Nabe
Chicken-based collagen soup with garland chrysanthemum, zucchini, watermelon radish, tofu, chives, enoki mushroom, maitake mushroom, abura-age, green onion, and tsukune meat ball

Polar Bear dessert. Courtesy: Sean M. Morris

Polar Bear ($2 more for Yellow Bear)
Shaved ice with mixed fruits, mochi, black bean, milk syrup, and vanilla ice cream (yellow bear includes a mango sauce)

The dishes at Tsukada Nojo as prepared by Executive Chef Shingo Sato incorporate island-grown ingredients whenever possible. Besides the fresh chilled chicken from Punachicks, the produce is sourced from over a dozen other farms on Oahu, Maui, and Kauai, including Aloun Farms, Maui Farmers’ Cooperative Exchange, and Kaneshiro Farms. The result is a series of contemporary Japanese dishes vibrant in color and bursting with local freshness.

Tsukada Nojo opened its first location in Tokyo in 2007. Owner Hisashi Yoneyama sourced from farms located in Miyazaki, Hokkaido, and Kagoshima to create his farmer’s table style of dining. Fresh farm ingredients were served in an izakaya format to diners who sought after healthy meals without worries about from where they were sourced or how they were harvested or raised. The restaurant grew in popularity as evidenced by its 150 locations throughout Japan, and has since expanded to Singapore and Beijing, China.

Tsukada Nojo is located at 1731 Kalakaua Avenue, in a brand new two-story building near the Hawaii Convention Center.Reservations are highly recommended. For more information, please call (808) 951-4444. 


Monday through Thursday, 5:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Sunday, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. on Sunday

Diane Ako

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One thought on “Japanese restaurant honors moms on Mother’s Day

  • May 11, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Hello Diane,
    That menu looks good! I’m planning to make dinner for my wife.


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