Being the izakaya kind of dude that I am, I’m happy to read news of a new restaurant called ‘Off the Wall’ that opened in the Pearl Kai Shopping Center. The restaurant’s executive chef happens to also be one of the most well-known musicians of Okinawan music in Hawaii (and around the globe), Grant “Sandaa” Murata. Here’s an excerpt from Nadine Kam’s Weekly Eater article:
There’s confusion by association because Murata’s known in Okinawan circles as a musician, in addition to his past affiliation with the Okinawan restaurant Hanagasa Inn. There are many old-timers who depend on him for traditional local Okinawan fare, while a younger generation expects a lighter hand, free of oil and extracting the bitterness from bittermelon.
He says he’s feeling the pressure from both factions while also trying to please that other faction of newbies who don’t know a single thing about the restaurant and can’t even guess based on its name.
Off the Wall
98-199 Kamehameha Hwy.
Aiea, Hawaii 96701