If satisfaction comes from doing well by doing good, then the Takei family’s new venture, Odori-ko at 1680 Kapiolani Blvd., has the right idea. The restaurant, featuring contemporary Japanese fare in a pleasant atmosphere, opened its doors last week in a location next to 24 Hour Fitness in the busy Kapiolani corridor. The owners have a business model that includes giving back to the community, and they have partnered with three nonprofit agencies so when diners order certain dishes, 10 percent goes to the agency. Order the Dragon Tempura Roll to benefit Junior Achievement of Hawaii, the Macadamia Nut Tofu to help the YWCA or the Wafu Steak to give to the Touch a Heart Foundation.
Odori-ko has also partnered with local sweets purveyor Sweet Revenge to offer four exclusive desserts: Chocolate and Peanut Butter Napoleon, Butter Mochi Sundae, coffee panna cotta and lilikoi panna cotta. The owner of Sweet Revenge, Kathy Masunaga, has built up a following for her sweet and savory pies, found at Eat the Street events, farmers markets and the John A. Burns School of Medicine Cafe. While you won’t find pies at Odori-ko, Masunaga says she might whip up a few specials for the restaurant once in a while. For reservations or more details on the new venue, call 955-6555 or go to odori-ko.com.
Michele Ramos, StarAdvertiser TGIF