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November 22, 2005


FatMan Seoul

I have a sudden craving for Japanese ....


I'm with you FatMan! On the good side, I got my craving satisfied on Wednesday night. We went to Minato for dinner. I was desperate for tempura (my fav method of frying and theirs is particularly tasty). I the normal shrimp and veggie but I also tried "Nasu Agedashi" which was an appetizer "special" that evening. The eggplant chunks were outstanding. I liked the grated daikon topping but would have prefered less of it as it made the fried pieces soggy very quickly. I was so intent on ordering "fried food" that when the waitress cleared out table she teased me by asking if I had enough fried food! ::laughing:: All I could do was nod in bleary eyed delight!


OMG! That looks great! It looks more like a yakitoriya than an izakaya, though.

Moiliili, huh? Is it by Puck's alley, by any chance?

It's interesting how Moiliili is getting a new influx of Japanese. Small kid time, that neighborhood used to be mostly local Japanese.

I miss Kalei Poi Bowl, though. That's one thing that I miss, the neighborhood poi bowl...


the first time i went to imanas, my sister & i walked into kohnotori (it's the first door you see from the parking lot) and it took several minutes (after reading the menu and looking at the grill set up) to realize we were @ the wrong place. we would have stayed, but since we were meeting friends, that was not an option... so embarrassing! the staff said that they get that a lot, though - we wanted to go back just 'cause the staff was so nice about it (& the menu did have some interesting items), but haven't made the time to go yet --- glad to see you posting on it! i love restaurants like that. my family went to one in mitaka (tokyo) and it was fun - interesting to see how they prepare all the funky chicken parts... =)


Hi FatMan,

I'm glad you like Japanese food. It's one of my favorites. In fact, I think I could eat it every day!

Hi Jo,

I'm glad to hear that you are still visiting Minato. Have you, Mike and the boys tried all of the menu items already...and have you taken Mills with you? I ate there again a couple of weeks ago and had the steak with ponzu sauce, it was really good.


Kohnotori is right next to Puck's Alley. In fact, it's between Puck's Alley and the 7-11 that's right there. If you've ever been to Imanas Tei, it is in the same building, only right next door.

Hi Renee,

I almost made that mistake too. I thought the door leading to the bathroom on the side of the room, actually connected to the sushi bar at Imanas! LOL!

Do visit Kohnotori when you have a chance. I think the food is great and the service wonderful.


This was our fourth and probably final visit I'm sad to say. I didn't see ponzu steak on the menu! Mike had that night's special meal which was teriyaki mixed platter. Steak, chicken, and ribs. They do a wonderful job with the marinade and the meats are cooked to perfection. Mike really enjoys their sushi and had the hamachi maki. I just wanted tempura everything! Especially since I don't know when I will get a chance to have it again! On the other hand, I understand that near the place we hope to live is an Amish family who produces and sells fresh milk, butter, and cheese... trade off?


I just went here last night with my cousin, his boss, and boss' family. His boss and family are from Japan, and they did all the ordering. Good thing too, because they ordered stuff I would never have thought to try.

The chopped watercress salad with dressing is divine. They also ordered pretty much every kushiyaki on the menu: chicken back, chicken cartilage, chicken butt, chicken gizzard, beef tongue, bacon and quail egg, chicken skin (thin slices, deep fried, and eaten with mayonnaise and kim chee. Very tasty and I don't even like mayo), shiitake mushroom, chicken with shiso, chicken liver, okra, etc . . .

Oh, and we started with boiled daikon in some sort of broth and eaten with Japanese mustard. The daikon was soft and picked up the flavor of the dashi (?, I think).

All washed down with sake served in real green bamboo containers, and to finish, some of the same ramen you had.

How filling was it? We rolled out of there like sumotori after a double serving of chanko nabe and I didn't eat anything for breakfast this morning.


Hi Colette,

Thanks for the report back. I've been back to Kohnotori once since this review and enjoyed the food just as much as you obviously did!

There are so many more dishes here for me to try, so I can see myself visiting for a long time to come.

Next time, I'm definitely going to try the chicken skin. I was a little afraid since I really didn't know what it was, but now that you've told me, I think it's something that I will enjoy.

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