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November 4, 2020

Tanaka Ramen & Izakaya Opens Second Hawaii Location at Ala Moana Center

The wait is over! Hawaii’s favorite new-dle joint, Tanaka Ramen & Izakaya, is set to open its second Hawaii location at Ala Moana Center on November 16. The ramen eatery will be located in the Ewa Wing in between of Victoria Secret and Rokkaku Hamakatsu. Noodle on by Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. to order from their mouth-watering menu of appetizers, ramen bowls, and izakaya dishes, as well as new dishes that will be offered exclusively to their Ala Moana Center location including a Beef Sukiyaki Tonkotsu Ramen, Yuzu Tori Ramen, Tanaka Garlic Cheese Ramen and more. 

“While the state’s stay at home orders delayed our opening plans, we are excited to finally open our Ala Moana Center location and to be able to serve even more island residents who have been craving our fresh dishes,” says Jue Tina Wang, owner of Tanaka Ramen & Izakaya. “We appreciate the support we received when opening our first location in Kapolei Marketplace in the midst of the pandemic and would like to take this opportunity to celebrate this event with the community and our diners.”

To help guests get a taste of its new Ala Moana Center restaurant, Tanaka Ramen & Izakaya will offer its first 50 customers a FREE bowl of ramen. Additionally, during the grand opening weekend from November 21 and 22, customers who spend $30 or more will receive one (1) free appetizer of their choice of Fried Oysters, five-piece Karaage Chicken, Crispy Chicken Wings, Shrimp Shumai or Takoyaki.

New ramen dishes available only at the Ala Moana Center location include the Tanaka Garlic Cheese Ramen – a pork broth, bean sprouts, green onions, fresh garlic, parmesan cheese and a seasoned egg served with thick noodles, a Beef Sukiyaki Tonkotsu Ramen – a pork broth, beef sukiyaki, green onions, crispy onions and a seasoned egg served with thin noodles, as well as a Chili Cilantro Tori Ramen – a chicken broth, chicken chasu, cilantro, lime, kikurage and a half-seasoned egg served with thin noodles, and a Yuzu Tori Ramen – a chicken broth with yuzu, chicken chasu, green onions, kikurage, and a half-seasoned egg served with thin noodles.

Tanaka Ramen & Izakaya’s second location had initially planned to open in July but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed their plans. Wang added “We’re happy to see that Oahu is moving in the right direction with restaurant restrictions slowly being lifted. The health and safety of our customers and staff continue to be our top priority and our restaurant will be following the city’s health and safety guidelines and protocols very closely to ensure our dining experience is as safe as possible.”

Tanaka Ramen & Izakaya’s menu features a wide selection of fresh and gourmet dishes, and includes the option to build your own ramen or pick from their authentic Japanese creations which include their signature Tanaka Classic – a pork broth, pork chasu, kikurage, spicy bean sprouts, green onions, fried onions, garlic oil and a seasoned egg served with thick noodles – or their vegan options which include the Spicy Creamy Vegan Ramen – a vegan sauce, green onions, spicy bean sprouts, spinach, atsuage tofu, crispy onions with garlic and chili oil served with kale noodles. If noodles aren’t your thing Tanaka Ramen & Izakaya also offers a variety of Rice Bowls like their Beef Sukiyaki Don or Karaage Don as well as Tokyo curry bowls including a Pork Katsu w/ Curry and Pork Gyoza w/ Curry.

And to start off any meal, you’ll want to check out their new selection of appetizers and izakaya options including Shishito Peppers that’s served in a homemade shio sauce, Cold Tofu Salad featuring a homemade chili-sesame sauce and fries which you can order in different flavors: truffle or cumin.

Tanaka Ramen & Izakaya’s Ala Moana Center location will be open for dine-in services daily – with proper safety measures in place – from Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The restaurant will also be offering its full menu of lunch and dinner items for takeout. To place an order, call 808-400-0506 or order online at www.tanakaramen.com. Delivery will also be available through Uber Eats and Bite Squad.

All University of Hawaii system faculty and students, Ala Moana Center employees and military members will receive 10 percent off with proof of ID. The business is also planning to open an additional location at Pearlridge Center in January 2021.

For more information on Tanaka Ramen, visit www.tanakaramen.com

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