Boss treated us to lunch today! We had to discuss work-related stuff, of course (there’s no such thing as a free lunch, after all), but we visited the new restaurant downstairs on Royal Hawaiian Ave and Lauula.


“New,” in this case, meaning “brand new”—as in this was literally the first day of operation for this restaurant.

For those unfamiliar with the Tokyo-based chain restaurant, Tsukiji Gen-chan serves “authentic Japanese cuisine,” specializing in seafood, in a casual dining atmosphere.


They have salads, curries, fish, noodles and various donburi (rice bowls) available, among other selections.

Their lunch menu is affordable, with most dishes in the $8 – $12 range, though they offered more expensive options such as steak and fresh fish.

Click to see the English menu

Each of us ordered a donburi (rice bowl) for lunch, getting the spicy karaage don, pork ginger don, eel hitsumabushi, and salmon & avocado don.

Lunch was served on a tray with various sides and sauces, depending on the dish, and the typical bowl of miso soup.

salmon bowl

My bowl of eel was also accompanied by a small teapot that contained broth to pour over my rice, which was delicious.

Why we recommend Tsukiji Gen-Chan:

  • Good price
  • Good portions
  • Casual atmosphere
  • Delicious food

If you’re in Waikiki around noon and like seafood, stop by for a delicious Japanese lunch! Tsukiji Gen-chan is open from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm every day.

Update 6/16/17: Tsukiji Shokudo Gen-chan now offers bentos to go and alcoholic beverages!


If you’ve tried out Gen-chan since it’s opening or been to the Japanese locations, tell us what you think in the comments!

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