Review: Tsukemen at BARIO in Waikiki Yokocho

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This restaurant review comes from Eriko, who had lunch at BARIO in Waikiki Yokocho, just downstairs from our office.

BARIO is a Japanese ramen restaurant that specializes in Tonkotsu broth—rich, creamy soup made from pork bone.

BARIO has a $9.95 lunch special, making it (along with its location) an attractive option for a midday-meal.

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On the left is the lunch special, compared to a regular bowl

However, the lunch special is smaller than the regular bowl, so if you’re a big eater you might want to opt for the regular $13 bowl anyway.

The regular cost is on the pricier side, even with the large serving size (which BARIO is known for), but locals receive a 15% kamaaina discount, which certainly makes it more reasonable.

I had the tsukemen for lunch. Tsukemen (“dipping ramen”) is a style where the noodles and broth are served separately.

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My tsukemen bowl, with red chili powder

Unlike ramen, where the noodles are served in the broth and soak up the flavor, tsukemen broth is much stronger.

Noodles are generally served cold or at room temperature, to be dipped in the hot broth.

To compensate, the noodles are also thicker so they can easily soak up the broth.

There are many ramen restaurants in Waikiki Yokocho’s “Ramen Street” and BARIO is definitely a place to try if you’re a ramen lover.

While it can be pricey, the ramen is served in generous portions, and the kamaaina discount makes it a good deal.

Notes:

  • Hours: 11AM – midnight
    • Lunch special is from 11AM – 2PM
  • Average Price: $15~$20
  • Cash only
  • No take-out options
  • No reservations

Why we recommend BARIO:

The tonkotsu broth is great, and the portions are generous. If you’re craving tsukemen,  stop by BARIO in Waikiki!

 

Have you been to BARIO before? What’s your favorite ramen restaurant in Yokocho? Let us know in the comments!

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