This family-run Japanese restaurant is a South Kona landmark. Grandma Teshima, the original proprietor, is over a hundred years old. This small, ... More
This family-run Japanese restaurant is a South Kona landmark. Grandma Teshima, the original proprietor, is over a hundred years old. This small, family-friendly eatery is a special place that still retains that old-time, iconic atmosphere that is the foundation of flavorful and well-done traditional Japanese cuisine. The menu includes pork tofu served in an iron kettle, shrimp tempura along with Okinawan potato tempura, misoyaki butterfish and tasty miso soup. For those passing through Kainalu in the morning, stop by the okazu window for a unique picnic on the way to the volcano.
The kids were sleeping in the car, so we got take-out from Teshima's. We ordered the chicken teriyaki and bento. The chicken teriyaki was a very generous portion, the sauce was delicious, the chicken tender and juicy. It came with rice and mixed vegetables. The bento had 2 rice balls (onigiri), some beef teriyaki, fried fish, and spam. All delicious! I'm Japanese-American and am very picky about Japanese food. This was wonderful, and very reasonably priced. Sadly, I didn't have a chance to go back again during our trip, but I will definitely go there multiple times next opportunity we have to be on the Big Island! Bring cash, they don't take credit cards.
I am one of the luckiest kids around to be able to go to Hawai'i every year, probably because I am part Hawaiian. I live on the mainland but every year one of the things I look foward to the most would have to be this restaurant. The restaurant is a mom and pop kind of place, meaning it is going to have the best food and service around. Although it is small and doesn't look like much from the outside, any local will tell you that this place has the most ono Japanese food on the island. This place is cheap compared to other five star restaurants, but still has the five star taste. If you are looking to find a great restaurant owned by a great family of locals (who I know by the way), this is the place for you. The atmosphere will transport you back to times before chain restaurants (i.e. McDonalds) dominated the small state. Great food and service all add up to make your dining experience one you will want to look foward to again.