Keeaumoku Eats: Million Restaurant

If you’re a night owl, be it for work or play, the city of Honolulu has got you covered, with most nightclubs open until either 2am or 4am nightly, along with a few restaurants within the vicinity open 24 hours a day to cap off a night on the town.

For late night grindz, right in Waikiki alone you have Wailana Coffee Shop, Mac 24/7 and Jack in the Box (he he). Heading towards Kalihi there’s Liliha Bakery’s 24 hour diner. Then of course there’s your favorite Zippy’s out in your neck of the Oahu woods. Or if you (or your designated driver) drives just a block out of Waikiki up to Keaaumoku street (a.k.a. “Koreamoku”), there’s the old school Like Like Drive Inn. Just a stone’s throw away from there is Sorabol, a popular 24 hour Korean Yakiniku Restaurant. Or, you can get even more hole-in-the-wall here at Million Restaurant, also featuring Korean Yakiniku, located in a rather obscure building on Sheridan street behind Walmart.

Well OK, not exactly 24 hours a day here, but late enough for most folks swingin’ the graveyard shift. Million restaurant is open on Monday from 12pm to 5am, Tuesday thru Thursday from 11am to 3am, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 5am and Sunday from 11am to 12am. This information from someone I just confirmed with over the phone.

Let’s get right to it and savor a few dishes we enjoyed here the other night, or should I say more like very early in the morning.

When it comes to Korean cuisine, I’m all about the Banchan, those wonderful prepared, pickled, and /or spiced side dishes brought out to accompany your meal. And the complimentary banchan that’s brought out for every table at Million is just delicious, tasting very fresh and generous in both portion and variety…

Crab legs marinated in Kochujang sauce…

Gotta’ get Kim Chee…

Korean style potato salad

Spicy octopus…

People not familiar with Korean cuisine may sometimes mistaken banchan as being appetizers, but they’re not. They’re intended to be eaten along with your entree. So to go along with this spread, Diner CH got a mixed plate entree of BBQ Chicken and Beef…

Diner ER went with Korean style BBQ Chicken…

Diner JO went with the spicy seafood hot pot soup (this had shrimps, scallops and tofu in it)…

Diner J went with the Kal Bi Chige..

Finally, yours truly ordered the Dolsot (stone pot) Bi Bim Bap…

There’s a raw egg underneath the nori in the center. What you do is mix everything on top into the rice underneath, along with some of that Kochujang sauce. The scorching hot stone pot creates an absolutely delicious fried rice right before your eyes. A very unique dining experience for sure. Awesome.

Here’s a close look at the Kochujang sauce that goes in there, noticing the chili pepper seeds…

Every entree also includes a small bowl of this soup…

Million offers Yakiniku as well, with this interesting ventilation vacuum system at each table…


There you have it. Another restaurant in the heart of Honolulu popular with the night owls, serving up delicious Korean food at great prices.

Million Restaurant
626 Sheridan St
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814

Tel. 596-0799

Business hours:
Monday: 12pm to 5am
Tuesday thru Thursday: 11am to 3am
Friday and Saturday: 11am to 5am
Sunday: 11am to 12am

The Tasty Island rating:

(4) Excellent. Worth another visit or purchase. (Winnahz!)

Related links:
Million Restaurant – Yelp user reviews


Comments

Keeaumoku Eats: Million Restaurant — 10 Comments

  1. You’ve gotta get the prices for the stone pot rice and the spicy seafood soup, they both look so good… Otherwise, this post needs more detail, I’m afraid lol.

    Anyway, keep it coming!

  2. Yoro and Ricky, I wanted to, but our server took our order and swooped away the menu before I had a chance. Surprisingly they were cool with me taking photos of the food. More often than not, the Korean restaurants or stores I go to, the owners don’t allow picture taking (actually they get quite hostile about it). I just don’t understand it.

    Marvo, regarding not eating there after 6pm, read some of the reviews on Yelp about this place.

    Clinton, well said. lol

  3. I do like potato salad and with go there to try their Korean Potato Salad and other food. Saw on tv how the Korean mix their food with rice to eat. It not Bi bim bop it just any kind of dishes serve at the table. A custom and culture of their. I use to do it when I was little mix all the

  4. Man, that is one funky looking exhaust system.

    Seattle is full of Korean BBQ restaurants, where you can grill your meat at the table, but none of the places I’ve been to have exhaust systems as pretty as the one you posted. :)

    The banchan in your photos look outstanding. What is it about the potato salad in banchan that makes it so delicious?

  5. I love Korean potato salad! Never had this one but the ones I have had are more creamy I think… maybe it’s like mashed potato?

    I’m glad to know where to get this kind Korean food in Hawai’i. I only had plate lunch style before in Hawai’i. And only had this kind Korean food in Michigan!

  6. Kelike, Jenny and Robyn, I think the secret to Korean Potato Salad – at least the one served here – is that there’s just a little bit of Sesame Oil in it. And I think Cucumber. And the cooked potatoes seemed riced (not mashed or cubed).

    Jenny, there’s another Korean restaurant with a similar fancy ventilation system at Yakiniku Migawon on Kapiolani Boulevard near the convention center. Their prices are much higher than Million though. Million’s prices (pun intended) can’t be beat!

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