Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin – Honolulu, Hawaii


Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin
255 Beach Walk
Honolulu, HI 96815
Telephone: 808-926-8082

Lunch Daily 11am – 2:30pm
Dinner 5pm – 9:30pm

I always love visiting Waikiki because of the moist air, warm breeze and sunshine – especially when it’s zero degrees celcius in Vancouver, Canada. Another reason is because of its large selection of authentic Japanese restaurants all within walking distance. Ginza Bairin is a solid choice for a simple katsu-don for lunch or dinner. I’ve been here a few times already but never had a chance to take some pictures, so here we go.   Close to one our favorite hotels, the Halekulani (currrently under a 1 year renovation), this is just a few minutes walk. The restaurant seats around 30 people, and is hidden away from Kalakaua Avenue. Not sure why, but it’s prime time lunch hour and is almost completely empty. I remember lining up before to get in this place!   At lunch time they have a special lunch set menu, and with that is a miso soup, half order of the regular tonkatsu filet, appetizer salad, japanese pickles and a side ahi poke don. We also order a special pork tenderloin katsu-don. They claim this pork to be a little different than their standard one in addition to a half cooked egg. Priced at $18USD, this is about $6 more than their standard katsu-don. Well worth it if you ask me!   A little closeup on the ahi poke-don. A nice mixture of local Hawaiian tuna, salmon, squid and yellowtail. I think this ahi poke-don is on par with the special katsu-don. I only wish they could offer a full size on their main menu. Just as you are about to go to the beach, don’t forget their take-out katsu sandwiches are also quite good! Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin on Urbanspoon