Ideta Restaurant - Honolulu
My wife and I went to Ideta Restaurant located in the Kapalama district last Saturday night. We hadn't been there for a couple of years and I'm sorry to say we had a very disappointing meal.
I started going to Ideta over 25 years ago and have eaten there many times over the years. It was one of the more reliable Japanese restaurants in Honolulu where you could depend on getting a good meal at a reasonable price. Maybe 10 or so years ago you could see that the place was starting to become threadbare and musty, but the food quality was the same as always, so we would return to eat there whenever we were in the area and wanted some decent Japanese food.
How bad was our meal? My wife wanted nabeyaki udon since it was a rainy evening. When you eat a well prepared nabeyaki udon it comes to the table bubbling with an assortment of topping that fills you with great anticipation to dig in. What came was a rather plain bowl of noodles that my wife said you could make at home, and that you don't come to a restaurant to eat something you could do better yourself. It was nothing like what was served in previous years.
My teishoku combination was mahimahi in shoyu butter and tonkatsu. The mahi wasn't as good as before, just ok, and the katsu was flavorless. My wife pointed out that the katsu I make at home was much better than what was served. Even the presentation, an important aspect of Japanese cooking was poorly done.
Overall it was a disappointingly mediocre dining experience. Sad to see a once good and reliable restaurant fall so far in quality.