Some of the best musubi

March 24, 2023 0 Comments

Ah, musubi! That’s one of those cozy comfort foods that always take me back to childhood memories. Growing up in Hawaii, musubi was almost a staple in my diet. It’s fascinating how different cultures have their own unique twists on similar foods, isn’t it? In Japan, they’ve got their onigiri, those delightful rice balls, and in Hawaii, we’ve got our own version – the musubi.

Eat Real Hawaii cookbook by Sheldon Simeon. Photo by Kevin J. Miyazaki

The key to a good musubi is good rice. I prefer rice imported from Japan but you can use normal Calrose rice from the store. It can be intimidating to make your own musubi for the first time, especially if you haven’t had it before. There’s a tendency to overcook the rice and get a sloppy mess. It’s probably best to try it first. Here’s my list of the best musubi places in Honolulu, Hawaii. My favorites are Musubi Cafe Iyasume and Mana Musubi.

Musubi Cafe Iyasume
Address: 2427 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 921-0168
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 6:30am-1pm

Musubi Cafe Iyasume Beachwalk
Address: 1010 University Ave, Mō’ili’ili
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 6am-1pm

Musubi & Bento Iyasume Seaside Shore
Address: 3221 Waialae Ave. # A4, Kaimukī
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 6am-1pm

Mana Musubi
Address: 1425 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96826
Phone: (808) 521-4555
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 6am-1pm

Rainbow Drive-In
Address: 3102 Waialae Ave, Kaimukī
Phone: (808) 732-8111
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 6am-2pm

Got’z Grindz
Address: 41-656 Kakaina St., Waimānalo, HI 96798
Phone: (808) 259-7832
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 8am-3pm

Ono Seafood
Address: 3112 Kāne’ohe Bay Dr, Kāne’ohe, HI 96817
Phone: (808) 242-1121
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am-2pm

Marugame Udon
Address: 1010 University Ave, Mō’ili’ili
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am-10pm

Musubi Cafe Iyasume Waikiki
Address: 2277 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 226-2263
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 6:30am-1pm