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Yoshihachi keeps you coming back for more

By: Marie W. Conway

Date Posted: 1999-09-25

When new to the island and in search of a quality Japanese restaurant, most Americans are introduced to Yoshi’s. In November 1992, Yoshi Maekawa, an Okinawan native, started Yoshihachi Sushi Bar near the Eagle Lodge. Maekawa had previously owned a popular sushi bar in Los Angeles for 13 years, which attracted Hollywood stars like Danny Glover, Peter Faulk, and musician Stevie Wonder. Memorabilia of Maekawa’s life in the United States is on display at his Okinawan restaurant.

Photos of Maekawa with Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Daryl Strawberry and many other celebrities cover the interior of Yoshi’s, and provide a topic for many conversations at this unique and lively restaurant. Yoshi is successful because he knows how to blend traditional Japanese flavors in a way that is affordable and appealing to the palates of most Americans.

Next month, the menu will also include beef, chicken, and even shark teriyaki, along with more tempura and sushi rolls. Some of the most popular dishes include: Alaskan sushi roll (salmon and cream cheese), California roll (avocado and crab), somen champuru (noodle dish), and yakitori.

Many people have the common misconception that sushi is raw fish. Unadorned raw fish is known as sashimi. Sushi is any item combined with rice. The main ingredient is not limited to fish and may be comprised of cucumbers, boiled shrimp, or crab. The price of sushi ranges from ¥250-¥1100, and the combination dinners range from ¥700-¥1500.

Yoshi’s gets quite crowded after 7 p.m.; the best time to get a table is between 4-6:30 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 098-936-2359. As an additional incentive, Yoshi’s is hosting a Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m. through Nov. 15th with beer ¥250. Open from 4 p.m. - midnight daily but closed on Tuesdays. Only Yen & $ are accepted.

Directions: From Kadena Gate 1, take a left onto Highway 58. At the second stop light, turn left onto Highway 23 and pass the Hammer restaurant and Eagle Lodge. Take a right just under the green overpass and you’ll see Garden Sorra Gallery on the left. Park at the community center (holds almost 200 cars) on the right before Yoshi’s. Don’t park in the street or you may get a ticket. Yoshi’s has red lanterns in front and is located past Hero’s coffee shop.

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