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Agu Ramen Waikiki and Tsukada Nojo Offer Summer Deals


HONOLULU – AGU A Ramen Bistro in Waikiki recently launched a lunch teishoku as an affordable meal option for those who live or work in the area. For just $15 plus tax and tip, patrons may customize their meals by selecting among three different appetizers and among six different main dishes. The special lunch teishoku will be offered seven days a week, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

“We understand that affordable lunches are important for those who live and work in Waikiki, so we decided to offer set meals with good portions at fixed prices,” says Hisashi “Teddy” Uehara, owner and executive chef. “This will also be quite attractive to the visitors in Waikiki.”

The lunch teishoku will include:

Appetizer (choose one from the following):

  • Agedashi tofu (four pieces of deep fried bean curd dressed with a soy-based sauce)
  • Gyoza (three dumplings filled with a savory blend of pork and cabbage)
  • AGUcini (two panko-crusted balls made from rice sautéed with tonkotsu broth, garlic, char siu, and parmesan cheese)

Main dish (choose one from the following):

  • Jidori Shio Ramen (chicken-based broth flavored with salt)
  • Jidori Shoyu Ramen (chicken-based broth with bonito soy sauce
  • Tonkotsu Shio Ramen (pork bone-based broth with Hawaiian sea salt & konbu
  • Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen (pork bone-based broth infused with bonito and soy sauce)
  • Vegetable Ramen (vegetable-based broth with vegan-friendly toppings)
  • Pork Curry (rich pork-based Japanese curry topped with pork)

All lunch teishoku come with a cabbage salad drizzled with a sesame soy dressing, garlic edamame (soy beans), and rice.

AGU A Ramen Bistro operates five locations throughout Oahu. AGU A Ramen Bistro in Waikiki is located at 2146 Kalakaua Avenue, #101. It is open from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight on Friday and Saturday. For more information, please visit the website at www.aguramen.com or call (808) 797-2933. 

About AGU A Ramen Bistro
AGU A Ramen Bistro was founded in Hawaii in 2013, by a group of savvy business partners enjoying a beer and doodling ideas on a cocktail napkin. Within just a few years, the popular ramen chain known for its tonkotsu (pork-based) ramen grew to five locations within the Aloha State. Now, owner and chef Hisashi “Teddy” Uehara slowly boils over 1,500 pounds of pork bones to create AGU’s signature, creamy yet hearty, tonkotsu broth. The rich, clear chicken broth is made using organic, cage-free Jidori chicken that has been raised on a vegetarian diet. The noodles are made fresh daily from a special house recipe. However, good ingredients are not enough to create AGU’s specialty menu items. The chefs are dedicated to preparing each item with perfection, patience, and a little extra aloha, which have become the hallmarks of the brand’s success.


HONOLULU – There are limited options for late night dining in Honolulu, but Tsukada Nojo’s recent introduction of its farmer’s hours—a late night happy hour menu—makes it a great contender for those craving a bite after most eateries close for the evening. Seven small plates, including four types of ramen, and a selection of drinks, will be available at special prices from 9:00 p.m. to last call, Monday through Saturday.

“Honolulu offers just a handful of options for people who want to still socialize while having a bite late at night, especially for those who work in the restaurant industry,” says Shingo Sato, Executive Chef. “We know that besides smaller plates that go well with beer, people love to end the night with ramen, so we decided to offer a nice variety.”

The seven dishes on the happy hour menu that are 30% off the regular prices are:

  • Sesame Salmon ($10.50) – salmon sashimi dressed with sesame soy
  • Chicken Liver Shochu Patty ($7.00) – a patty made with chicken liver, onion, saikyo miso, and shochu, served on sliced baguette
  • Nojo Fries ($5.95) – French fries dressed with takoyaki sauce, mayonnaise, nori powder, and shichimi
  • Umami Chicken Wings ($7.00) – deep fried chicken with a shichimi teriyaki sauc
  • Kale & Smoked Caesar ($9.10) – a salad of kale, Chinese cabbage, smoked chicken, and creamy Caesar dressing
  • Nojo Salad ($6.30) – a mixed green salad with cherry tomatoes, almonds, and a veggie-based garlic anchovy dressing (for vegans, a soy mild dressing substitute is available)
  • Nikumaki Rice Ball ($2.45 each, and $1 more with cheese or spicy garlic chili) – pork belly-wrapped rice ball in sweet soy ginger sauce, served on green leaf lettuce with teriyaki sauce

In addition, four ramen—three of which contain a chicken-based broth that has been boiled down for eight hours—available only during farmer’s hours include:

  • Chicken Paitan Ramen ($13) – a ramen with a light yuzu note, topped with chicken tsukune meatballs, daikon sprouts, bamboo shoots, scallions, and ginger
  • Chicken Paitain Shoyu Ramen ($14.80) – the most popular ramen, with a whole slow-braised chicken leg on a bed of noodles and soup, garnished with black garlic oil, chives, dashi egg, red onion, scallions, bonito seasoning, and gobo (burdock root) chips
  • Chicken Paitan Tan Tan Spicy Miso Ramen ($13.80) – a ramen with heat, featuring spicy ground chicken, toasted sesame, cilantro, scallions, fried gobo, and a spice “bomb”
  • Veggie Miso Ramen ($13) – deeply flavored ramen with miso-seasoned ground soybean, fresh corn, green onion, garlic oil, and butter (simply ask without butter and make it veganFor larger appetites, add $3 for an extra order of noodles.

There are also a few drink specials:

  • $3 draft beers (Maui Brewing Co.’s Bikini Blonde or Big Swell IPA)
  • $3.50 bottled beers (Coors Lite)
  • $5 Kale Beer – cold-pressed kale juice blended with Maui Brewing Co.’s Bikini Blonde
  • $2 off signature cocktails

Tsukada Nojo is located at 1731 Kalakaua Avenue, in a brand new two-story building near the Hawaii Convention Center. The restaurant is open from 5:00 – 11:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. on Sunday. Last call for food is an hour prior to closing. For drinks, it is 30 minutes prior to closing Sunday through Thursday, and an hour prior on Friday and Saturday. For more information, please call (808) 951-4444. Also visit www.NojoHawaii.com

About Tsukada Nojo
Tsukada Nojo opened its first location in Tokyo in 2007. Owner Hisashi Yoneyama sourced from farms located in Miyazaki, Hokkaido, and Kagoshima to create his farmer’s table style of dining. Fresh farm ingredients were served in an izakaya format to diners who sought after healthy meals without worries about from where they were sourced or how they were harvested or raised. The restaurant grew in popularity as evidenced by its 150 locations throughout Japan, and has since expanded to Singapore and Beijing, China.

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