OK so the word is out about this truly wonderful restaurant/izakaya. Many years ago when we first discovered Imanas, my two daughters told me not to write a review because...well, you know the crowd thing, right? Anyways, when you read all the positive reviews on yelp and tripadvisor, you know that this place is probably on the top of everyone's list of fine Japanese restaurants. My youngest daughter received a huge bonus and wanted to treat the family to a dinner at Hy's, but we all opted for Imanas. Heck, who wants to eat top grade steak compared to the freshest and wonderful flavored Japanese food?! Not me, that's for sure. It was only 6:30pm when we were seated and the uni and ama ebi were sold out?! What?! No can be!!! I told the waiter that my daughter had traveled all the way from Hilo just to eat the uni. Not a total lie since my daughter just returned from Hilo on a business trip. He graciously apologized, "Gomen nasai" with a wide grin. Oh dah food: several sushi for starters like California Roll, natto, spicy scallop, etc., etc., all accompanied with a cold Asahi beer; some kind of salad for the mrs; hamachi sashimi (2 orders please), the most delicious fresh oysters on half shells (are you drooling yet?), kampachi collar (hamachi is my all time favorite though) which dah mrs devoured with a touch of grated daikon, lemon and soy, and the last dish was the fried burdock (I'm sure I missed a few dishes) and two servings of cold sake. We'll be back and they better not run out of uni and ama ebi!!! As we were walking to our car we passed a newly opened Okinawan izakaya on King St. hey, we had to stop in and have a night cap, right? Gyoza pizza? flavored awamori? Can't remember how we got home? Oyasumi nasai
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