A new location calls for a celebra-tory grand opening at Odori-ko — which is owned and operated by the dynamic sibling duo of Rie Akita and Hiro Takei. The pair assumed control of the eatery from their father, who first opened the establishment at King’s Village in 1978. Today, the restaurant welcomes hungry customers to its Kapiolani Boulevard location.
In addition to its traditional and contemporary Japanese cuisine, Odori-ko is known for its distinct interior design and impeccable service. During lunch, patrons order food from the bar, but they still have the option of enjoying their meal in-house or taking it to go. During dinner hours, full-dining services can be expected.
Beyond eating, visitors are invited to use the restaurant for personal or professional reasons — the perfect spot to, as the restaurant’s tagline says, “Escape, Engage, Indulge.”
“We just want it to be a gathering place,” says Akita.
When looking over the menu, try the restaurant’s Combination Teishoku with Wafu (Japanese-style) steak. It includes a small salad, edamame, rice, miso soup, sashimi, tempura and choice of either chicken (yuzu or teriyaki style), salmon, soft shell crab, chicken karaage or dynamic casserole for $24.50. You may choose from beef teriyaki or garlic shrimp for an additional $3, or Wafu steak or Odoriko-style kalbi for an additional $6. This month, as a grand opening special, diners receive 10 percent off main lunch and dinner food items.