Specializing in the traditional Japanese noodle dish, oden, Hakkei is an outpost of an onsen ryokan (hot spring inn) restaurant of the same name located in the town of Yubara, Japan. The original restaurant in Japan is overseen by chef Seiya Masahara, a Japanese culinary giant, who appeared on, and won, an episode of Iron Chef. Masahara trained an apprentice, Kouji Kuwa, to ensure that the Honolulu location used the same cooking techniques and quality of ingredients as the original. The menu includes nearly a dozen preparations of oden, as well as a la carte items like buta kakuni, a pork stew.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.