A Look Inside Rinka at Ae’o
It’s nearing 9pm when the cravings begin. After the end of a long work week, the lure of a late-night sushi dinner shared with a handful of close friends proves all too appealing. And on this night, it’s the siren song from Rinka, a lovely homestyle Japanese restaurant, that can’t be denied.
Foodies will fondly tell you that Rinka has been a go-to destination for the finest assortment of sushi, tempura, soba, and sashimi in the city for years. After recently moving from their original locale within the Heald building into a gorgeous new location on the ground floor of Ae‘o, the restaurants has tripled in space. And now that it’s nestled in within Ward Village’s growing network of world-class restaurants, residents—especially homeowners of the forthcoming Kō‘ula and ‘A‘ali‘i towers—will have easy access to a quintessential Japanese eatery at their fingertips. For those living outside of the community, parking is now a cinch if you head to Whole Foods Market, which also sits adjacent to the restaurant.
Inside their new space, you’ll find an authentic handwritten Japanese menu that boasts the day’s specials. Rinka favorites include their sizzling sukiyaki platters, miso butterfish, and crab cream croquettes. And of course, their chicken karaage—lightly fried, expertly seasoned, and paired with a simple wedge of lemon and salt—makes for an ideal pairing with a frosty Asahi. They also offer hot pot options as well, if you’re craving something to warm your soul.
Patrons should take note that the space is currently allowing for BYOB following its soft opening. And to feed your midday hunger pangs, it should be noted that Rinka also offers a host of teishoku lunch sets that include your choice of entrée items, served with miso soup, chawanmushi, and a pair of their legendary sides. As small tasting dishes, these delectable sides are guaranteed to whet your appetite, allowing you to experience a wealth of flavors prior to even enjoying your entrée.
Large groups will delight in Rinka’s private dining room, which can comfortably seat a large party or extended family, making it perfect for celebrating special occasions with the whole ohana. Whether you’re visiting Ward Village in search of a mouth-watering Japanese lunch set with an old friend or are a resident yearning to take in an unforgettable late-night sushi dinner with new neighbors, you’ll find it all and more at Rinka. Head to their new location tonight for an authentic Japanese meal you won’t soon forget. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed—especially if you opt for the sizzling sukiyaki.