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Kona's Izikaya Kai is now Fujimamas

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Kona's Izikaya Kai is now Fujimamas

Bob Oaks | Nov 14, 2005 01:11 PM

The bad news is that Izikaya Kai in Kailua-Kona, so highly recommended by many on this board, has been replaced by a new Japanese restaurant called Fujimamas. The good news is that Fujimamas is great. Went there last night--they have only been open for three weeks. They are a Tokyo based restaurant that is expanding to Hawaii. Future sites in Maui and Honolulu. The place still looks the same, although the operations manager told us she has plans for sprucing it up. They literally copied their Tokyo menu, and this is definitely not your typical Japanese restaurant. The only thing more or less standard is the suchi bar, but because there were so many other interesting things on the menu, we didn't sample the suchi.

It's a Japanese version of fusion. Their Tokyo website gives the menu. It is a much smaller menu than Izikaya Kai. Everything was beautifully presented. They started us off with a complimentary amuse--a kind of soup (don't know exactly what) served in a cordial glass. Delicious whatever it was.

For appetizer, we had rum and pepper glazed crispy chicken wings. Main course was slices of seared lamb chops served on a bed of marinated cucumber, flavored with cumin. Then we finished with stir fried homemade Chinese noodles, flavored with sauteed mushrooms and truffle oil. There are many other interesting things to try next time I go. I had planned not to like the place when I realized it was no longer Izikaya Kai, but the food, service, and friendliness of the staff quickly disabused me of that notion. They were also doing a good business for a Sunday night. Price out the door seemed cheaper than previous Izikaya Kai visits, and also cheaper than the prices on the Tokyo menu.

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