Chic, modern, cozy and fun are the first words that come to mind when describing Odori-ko. Owned by siblings Hiro Takei and Rie Akita, the family has roots in Hawaii’s restaurant business that extend all the way back to when their parents’ first restaurant opened in 1972…
Oftentimes, you can tell a lot about a restaurant from its name, and that certainly is the case at Odori-ko. When expressed in English, the Japanese moniker translates to “a dancer,” and hints not only at the story behind the new Kapiolani Boulevard eatery, but also at the unique dining atmosphere it is creating for the local community.
From Quick Bites/TGIF: Odori-ko: A “Best of Odori-ko” Christmas set dinner will be available from 4:30 p.m. to midnight Dec. 21-25. The $49.95 meal consists of salad; seafood sampler with palm heart tempura; miso soup; choice of wafu steak, miso butterfish or teriyaki or shio chicken; and chocolate or lilikoi panna cotta. With sake pairings the price is $69.95. Also, from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 22-25, guests can enjoy live entertainment with their meal. The lineup includes Benny Chong, Dec. 22; “Little Albert” Maligmat, Dec. 23; Tommy James, Dec. 24; and Jim Howard, Dec. 25. Odori-ko is at 1680 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite F-8. Reserve at 955-6555.
Sometimes you want to joke around with a bunch of buddies and stuff your face while a game blares in the background; sometimes you and your significant other want to down a shot or two of shochu without a lot of wasted words. But if you’re still in the getting-to-know-you phase, and you’re looking for a clean, well-lit spot that’s not too romantic, not too dank, but just right, Odori-ko is a place that hits the spot. It’s a refreshing option in pau hana enjoyment, well-suited for girlfriend get-togethers, date nights or a family meals.
When the shopping center where their parents’ longstanding restaurant was located was going to be shut down for redevelopment, brother and sister Hiro Takei and Rie Takei Akita couldn’t bear to see it close. So they relaunched the eatery with the same name, Odoriko, at a new location on Kapiolani Boulevard in October.
Odori-ko, a new restaurant that opened last month next to 24-Hour Fitness on Kapi‘olani Boulevard, offers a contemporary take on traditional Japanese—think teishoku-style meals, local-style sushi rolls, udon and soba, fried tempura and more. Here’s the link to the full article: http://www.honolulumagazine.com/Honolulu-Magazine/Biting-Commentary/October-2015/First-Look-Odori-ko-Restaurant/#.VjqGAKKgJ9V
A new place to eat with familiar faces. This week on Cheap Eats, Guy and a special guest, Ian Scheuring, head to Odori-ko on Kapiolani Boulevard.
Odori-ko just opened on October 1st – but the Takei family has been serving excellent Japanese food for over 4 decades in Hawaii.
Co-owners Hiro and Rie Takei tell us more about the restaurant and its community partnerships in today’s Hawaii’s Kitchen. Chef Yasu also shows us how to make a delicious dragon tempura sushi roll.
Odori-ko is located at 1680 Kapiolani Blvd., in the same building as 24 Hour Fitness. They serve lunch and dinner daily, and have valet parking every evening during dinner hours. Also, throughout October, they are offering 10% off lunch and dinner entrees as their grand opening special. Watch the program here: http://khon2.com/2015/10/15/odori-ko-makes-dragon-tempura-roll/
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.