Ginza Bairin’s secret menu

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I’d been dying to go on another eating adventure with my friends who like to seek out off-menu items in restaurants. The secret menu, or “ura menu,” tends to be a selection of several items that are known only to insiders or employees. I don’t know if ura menu items really do taste better, or if relishing the fact that you ate something that no one else knew to order makes it seem that much more delicious — but they’re always fun to try. You may have already seen the ura menu at Kaiwa. This time, we went to Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin, which has been pumping in Waikiki for more than five years now, despite its $20-plus pork cutlets.

Ginza Bairin's secret menu

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Is there more to life than pork? Should we even ask that in a tonkatsu restaurant? A bunch of us went to Bairin in Waikiki to see what they had on their secret menu.

Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin
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You always learn something new @nonstophonolulu ! Ginza Bairin was my go-to katsu place, but now I know I can order other delicious things, too!


Delicate Blossom:  Yikes!  This is not an everyday type of place.  The prices would bust any budget...fuud luuks guud, though.  This is one place I have not tried yet.  I know EO likes this place as well.

Melissa808 moderator

 @Annoddah_Dave yes, not for everyday eating! But if you're in the mood for know what to order! Kinda hard to go back to regular katsu after this kine, though. I think I almost cracked a filling on one of the plate lunch places' katsu. :(