Shirokiya began in Japan as one of its first stores, at one point became the nation's largest retailer, opening a branch in Hawaii, and suffering through buyouts, economic difficulties and the like, so that this is now the only Shirokiya store sign in the world.
J-Shop in Honolulu, a pound of wagyu sirloin costs $80/pound, and in the basement of large department stores, Japanese beef can come up to $200/pound. Under those pricing conditions, my lunch was a bargain.
Our table, with three wagyu meals, two ramen and sushi:
THIS. I will return to Miyazaki next month to enjoy the #1 beef in the world.
My general sense was that the meals here are a bit expensive, but okay. The $1 beer is fabulous. My steak was overcooked and so was the other order. They placed this fried meat on a hot metal plate, making the tray heavy. I also noticed that other customers were carrying a large and steaming ramen bowl on a tray to their table. Something will need to be better organized or there will be some serious accidents, for most don't know how to handle this load, and people are bumping into you. There are small children everywhere.
Yokocho Gourmet Alley, another Japanese food village concept, this one of 16 restaurants. On 23,076 square feet, which once housed Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Subway, Love Culture and similar shops, there will be sit-down eating/drinking establishments representing Sweet Sake Alley outside of Ningyocho Station in Tokyo, Omoide Yokocho (memory lane) and even drunkard's alley from Shibuya. Hmmm...sounds like my kind of place.