New eats: Rinka

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Jiro dreams of sushi; I dream of succulent slices of sashimi, ribbons of pork in shabu shabu, and the satisfying pop of ikura over sushi rice.

On March 1, a new Japanese restaurant opened in the Ala Moana neighborhood behind Heald College on Makaloa Street. Entering the sliding wooden door, a gentle wind chime welcomes you to Rinka. The menu is expansive and showcases fresh sashimi, sushi, shabu shabu, hot pot and impressive daily specials. The ambiance and feel of Rinka is reminiscent of Japan. The service is warm and inviting; the sushi bar is well stocked; and the hum of quiet conversations fill the beautiful, clean space. Also, most of the diners are Japanese nationals, which is definitely a good sign.

New eats: Rinka

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Combination Sushi Deluxe (10 pieces, $31.75). The ikura was some of the best I've ever had, with amazing clarity and texture on each piece of roe.

1500 Kapiolani Blvd.

Melissa808 moderator

It was fun sharing dinner with you this week! I would totally go that I know where it is, I can walk. FYI to newbies, you can park in the Heald College lot and then can cut thru or around the building to get to the restaurant on Makaloa Street. Or you can park on Makaloa Street if there's anything.

nonstopmari moderator

rinka's a must-try for me, esp after seeing ur review. and thnx for adding prices!


Chuggy:  Sounds and looks good.  One thing, how much moolah does one need for some of these dishes?  Us dudes on a fixed income got to plan out our budget before barging into a place.  Saves us from those embarrassing  moments of being informed that "we have been declined".

Grant Shindo
Grant Shindo

@Annoddah_Dave The first meal was with a party of 4, we had a total of 10 dishes, came out to $30 per person excluding tip.  The second meal was with a party of 3, a total of 7 dishes, $35 per person excluding tip.