I'm a bit late, but finally made it down to check it out.
it's a good idea to exercise our way there and then eat. Doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose?
I wasn't expecting much, but once you step inside the basement floor of the Waikiki Shopping Plaza,
it really does feel like you're inside a Japanese Department store (albeit...a small version but still great).
If I had to compare it with the Shirokiya Village Walk in Ala Moana, I would say its a lot smaller (and has less vendors), but way more authentic. While the actual space for this food alley isn't that big, it's thoughtfully laid out with restrooms and ATM machine near a convenient area.
So after "exercising," we treated ourselves
to some Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream at Nana's Green Tea.
While in line, I can't help but notice one of their staff had "Azuki"
on their name tag.
Side view of the dessert.
There's Agar Agar, Corn Flakes, Azuki Bean Paste, Matcha Green Tea, Green Tea Chocolate, and cream.
Nana's Green Tea Ice Cream shop is located in the smack middle of the gourmet alley
(mini Japanese paradise to me).
It's actually a chain throughout Japan (there's over 70+ shops).
- Some of Nana's Soft Cream's Cones -
Even if you aren't into Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream, they do sell regular (hot Japanese food):
While we were standing in line, I can't help but noticed they had boxes of Corn Flake cereals.
When I got my order, then it hit me.
What an odd combination but holy cow.
In the words of Tony the Tiger..."they're...great!!!"
You can see their awesome wall of Japanese Whiskies
right as you enter from the Royal Hawaiian Avenue side.
I can't help but stare and I have to admit,
it makes my heart race a little.
And yes, I do have a "slight" fascination with Japanese Whiskies.
Ever since coming back from the Suntory Yamazaki Distillery
my life has not been the same.
(I highly recommend a visit if you are ever around the Osaka/ Kyoto area;
all of the visiting info is in my link).
NOMU has a darn good collection on display
(Hibiki 30 years, special editions, etc.).
I'm quite jealous.
Though the displays are not for sale.
or across at the more private lounge area (where they offer free live entertainment).
Lounge it is!
Their happy hour and comfy chairs were calling our names.
The performer of the night was Randy Allen (who has a great voice).
He takes song requests too.
Ok, I admit their Dewar's highball isn't the tastiest.
But since it's almost a DIY affair, I guess I'm partly responsible too.
it took quite a while to finally arrive.
We thought the fries were under seasoned and for $7 it could have been better?
Since I wasn't too impressed with the highball, my Fiance got me a Margarita.
I'm generally not a Margarita fan, but this Lychee one with Li Hing Mui was pretty good so I would order this again.
I think it's better to eat dinner at one of the restaurants inside the food alley,
then come here with a group to grab drinks after.
The atmosphere at the Pour Lounge was very conducive to relaxing I must say.
- NOMU Pour lounge Menu -
(includes Happy Hour)
[NOTE]- NOMU's actual bar has a longer drink list that starts from $6+.
Just to name a few:
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You can check our their monthly performing schedule posted on the side near the bar.
Live entertainment on Friday and Saturdays from 9-11pm :
- Other photos of Waikiki Yokocho -
- Parking -
right across from Waikiki Yokocho.
Parking varies from ~$2.50 per hour, to $7 flat rate (valid on certain times at night).
Please refer to their official rates.
- Entrances -
Waikiki Yokocho has 2 entrances:
We look forward to returning to try out other restaurants here next time!