In October, Ev’s parents took the family out to a belated birthday Dinner for Ev. After much debating, Ev decided on Yakitori Hachibei, which opened in Chinatown earlier this year.When we first arrived, it was still happy hour (from 5pm – 6pm) so we ordered a few of the appetizers off the happy hour menu. Our favorite items were the Teba Karraage (fried chicken wings) with Hachibei’s special citrus dressing ($5) and the Goma Kampachi ($5), shown below.I was impressed with the happy hour menu, which had eight appetizers, 16 oz Kirin draft beers, and a selection of shochu highballs for $5 each. I wouldn’t mind coming back for happy hour again.
The family ordered many items off the regular menu, but one of the more notable dishes that we ordered was the Cream Cheese Tofu and Miso Zuke Cheese ($8.60), which we spread on a fresh baguette slices.
I was also very impressed with the Hachibei Kashiwa Meshi Yaki Onigiri ($5.80 for 2), which was a grilled musubi made with Hakata rice cooked in chicken broth. They also had a Shiso Yaki Onigri version ($5.80 for 2) that was also very tasty.
I also enjoyed the various chicken items, which were sourced locally from the J. Ludovico farm in Wailua. My favorite chicken item was the Hachibei Foie Gras ($3.80), shown above. And, my favorite dish of the night was the Tsukiyaki Tokusen Kushi (specialty skewer, which was well worth the $6.80 price tag. Of all the skewers I tried that night, I would definitely recommend trying this one.
We ended the night with a large bowl (3 scoops) of pumpkin cream cheese ice cream, which was a dessert special that night. I really like pumpkin (my favorite pie is pumpkin pie), but even I thought it had a strange taste. Even though we would not recommend ordering it again, Connor still enjoyed it.