Attention, downtown: Tsukenjo's just opened on Bishop Street

The Kakaako icon is selling loaded plate lunches for $9
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Attention, downtown: We found your best plate lunch deal. Tsukenjo, formerly on Cooke Street in Kakaako, just opened its new location on Bishop Street Tuesday.  

The interior is modest, with just a few tables. Your best bet is to get takeout.

A fixture of the Kakaako scene since 1959, Tsukenjo is known for its Hawaiian food and loaded plate lunches with your choice of tossed or mac salad. Mini plates are $7.50, regular plates $9 and combos are $10. The roast pork has long been the best-seller, at least in Kakaako. Here are the first day’s specials.

Mini roast pork with a side of tossed salad ($7.50).

The roast pork is tender and succulent — not crispy Chinese style — and smothered in flavorful brown gravy. There are even larger pork chunks underneath. 

A word to the wise: Get the regular portion for $9. It’s a better deal and you can always save the leftovers for dinner.  

Here’s the regular roast pork with mac salad and two scoops of rice ($9).

Talk about getting the most bang for your buck. No wonder Tsukenjo sold out of this before closing time on Tuesday. 

Want to mix and match? You can get a combo for $10.

Pastele stew and oven-baked chicken combo.

The oven-baked chicken will take you back to elementary school cafeteria lunch days, in the best way possible. There’s something nostalgic and comforting about the tender chicken — which is gigantic, by the way. 

Regular beef curry ($9).

This could easily be a meal for two; I swear the plate weighs two pounds. It's a comforting, old-school local curry, with lots of tender beef and generous chunks of potato and carrots in a thick, rich curry sauce that blends well with the rice and mac salad.

Starting Wednesday, Tsukenjo will open for breakfast with items like roast pork hash and eggs ($6), Spam mocos ($7.50), a local special of two eggs, two pieces each of luncheon meat, Spam and Vienna sausage, and rice ($6). 

Tsukenjo
1148 Bishop St. 
Downtown
597-8151
Mon-Fri 5:30 a.m.-2 p.m.