Chibo Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 2201 Kalakaua Ave # 305

    Honolulu, HI 96815

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  • 808-922-9724

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Daily 11:30am-10pm

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Chibo used to be a favorite place for okonomiyaki, since it's opening.
We were seated at the counter, placed our order and chef Taka started to cook our okonomiyaki.
Taka was jabbing with the couple next to us and we could see, even as amateurs that the okonomiyaki was being over cooked to a point of becoming black and charred.
Taka finally broke away from yapping and started to turn over the okonomiyaki, regardless of its obvious "ko-ge" state.
I didn't say anyting because i was rather curious as to whether he really intended to serve us the blackened pancake.
A few minutes later, he started to sprinkle flakes and proceeded to hand us the plate of totally over cooked, dry, blackened okonomiyaki.
I cut removed the toppings and cut the pancake to reveal the blackened, charred pancake and called Taka over to ask if this was his version of a "servable" okonomiyaki.
Not saying a word, he went into the kitchen and brought our the head chef(?) - older guy with a moustache who asked if we had a problem with the food.
Showed him the okonomiyaki - no need for words, it was pretty obvious that it wasn't fit for consumption. "Head chef" didn't apologize, but asked if we wanted another one.
So we called the manager, who looked at the okonomiyaki, apologized profusely and proceeded to instruct the head chef to cook another one.
Didn't quite feel like waiting another 15,20 minutes, so we asked for our bill and left.
Won't be back.

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★☆☆☆☆

Chibo used to be a favorite place for okonomiyaki, since it's opening.
We were seated at the counter, placed our order and chef Taka started to cook our okonomiyaki.
Taka was jabbing with the couple next to us and we could see, even as amateurs that the okonomiyaki was being over cooked to a point of becoming black and charred.
Taka finally broke away from yapping and started to turn over the okonomiyaki, regardless of its obvious "ko-ge" state.
I didn't say anyting because i was rather curious as to whether he really intended to serve us the blackened pancake.
A few minutes later, he started to sprinkle flakes and proceeded to hand us the plate of totally over cooked, dry, blackened okonomiyaki.
I cut removed the toppings and cut the pancake to reveal the blackened, charred pancake and called Taka over to ask if this was his version of a "servable" okonomiyaki.
Not saying a word, he went into the kitchen and brought our the head chef(?) - older guy with a moustache who asked if we had a problem with the food.
Showed him the okonomiyaki - no need for words, it was pretty obvious that it wasn't fit for consumption. "Head chef" didn't apologize, but asked if we wanted another one.
So we called the manager, who looked at the okonomiyaki, apologized profusely and proceeded to instruct the head chef to cook another one.
Didn't quite feel like waiting another 15,20 minutes, so we asked for our bill and left.
Won't be back.

Pros: Great ambience

Cons: Taka trhe chef

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It took a while for us to find this place. I had the address but didn't realize it was inside the plaza. Anyhow, this was our 2nd to last meal in Hawaii and I had really high hopes for this place since we've been eating good food up to that day. Sorry to my hawaii group that we went there. =T

We were all really hungry and waited probably 20 minutes. The menu was a bit confusing. I ordered some fruity drink(figured I should since I'm in Hawaii) and ended up with something pink with an umbrellla on top. Shittt....haha! Then I look over to my left and these two girls are drinking big bottles of saporro. Hmmm.... I start downing my drink like there was no tomorrow and then asked for a large saporro. Darren is happy again! =)

We ordered some okonomiyaki and also teppanyaki. This place reminded me so much of Benihana(yes I am somewhat anti fancy teppanyaki places). We watched the chef mix up the batter and grill up our okonomiyaki. It was good but really filling. The chef asked if wanted the sauce on top of it... since we had no idea... he poured both which was a bad choice. Teppanyaki actually tasted better than the okonomiyaki which surprised me!

The restaurant was right off the main strip Kalakaua so I suppose that's why it was expensive. Okonomiyaki was about $40 each I think. =T

I probably won't be trying this place again. I rather wait until I go back to Tokyo and cook the okonomiyaki on a grill by myself. It tastes much better that way!

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★★★☆☆

It took a while for us to find this place. I had the address but didn't realize it was inside the plaza. Anyhow, this was our 2nd to last meal in Hawaii and I had really high hopes for this place since we've been eating good food up to that day. Sorry to my hawaii group that we went there. =T

We were all really hungry and waited probably 20 minutes. The menu was a bit confusing. I ordered some fruity drink(figured I should since I'm in Hawaii) and ended up with something pink with an umbrellla on top. Shittt....haha! Then I look over to my left and these two girls are drinking big bottles of saporro. Hmmm.... I start downing my drink like there was no tomorrow and then asked for a large saporro. Darren is happy again! =)

We ordered some okonomiyaki and also teppanyaki. This place reminded me so much of Benihana(yes I am somewhat anti fancy teppanyaki places). We watched the chef mix up the batter and grill up our okonomiyaki. It was good but really filling. The chef asked if wanted the sauce on top of it... since we had no idea... he poured both which was a bad choice. Teppanyaki actually tasted better than the okonomiyaki which surprised me!

The restaurant was right off the main strip Kalakaua so I suppose that's why it was expensive. Okonomiyaki was about $40 each I think. =T

I probably won't be trying this place again. I rather wait until I go back to Tokyo and cook the okonomiyaki on a grill by myself. It tastes much better that way!

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This is our favorite place in Hawaii. Japanese in Honolulu is very good anyway, but this place is special. We love the "pancakes" which are mouth watering - lick the plate good, and can't find them too many places. We actually stop in Honolulu rather than taking a direct flight just to go to this place. I like the pork pancake, my partner likes the sefood choices best. The seaweed salad and grill items are perfectly done and seasoned.

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★★★★★

This is our favorite place in Hawaii. Japanese in Honolulu is very good anyway, but this place is special. We love the "pancakes" which are mouth watering - lick the plate good, and can't find them too many places. We actually stop in Honolulu rather than taking a direct flight just to go to this place. I like the pork pancake, my partner likes the sefood choices best. The seaweed salad and grill items are perfectly done and seasoned.

Pros: You can't find okonomiyaki like this outside of Japan

Cons: A bit pricey

 

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