No restaurant at Ke‘eaumoku International Village (R.I.P.) was bigger or older than Sorabol. It ruled its corner from the mid-’90s, a holdover from an earlier age of family-oriented Korean eateries with large menus. So when it closed Jan. 31 with all the opposite Ke‘eaumoku small companies between Rycroft and Liona streets to make means for a condominium challenge, there was loads of anguish amongst its followers.
But not for lengthy: Sorabol reopened final Friday, March 18, throughout the road on the identical block within the previous Pagoda Floating Restaurant house.
New Sorabol is all home windows with an almost 360-degree view of koi ponds, gardens and open sky. It’s all desk seating, no cubicles, however the variety of seats is about the identical. The meals? Same menu, minus tabletop grilling for now. That’s coming in a separate room simply off the principle eating room, which suggests you’ll be able to nonetheless order kalbi and different meats, however they’re being grilled within the kitchen. And there’s already a liquor license and a full bar.
After consuming at windowless Sorabol all these years, digging right into a kalbi plate and banchan in pure mild appears bizarre at first—however not for lengthy. It’s enjoyable to stroll the pathways over the koi ponds, counting the turtles and non-koi swimming amid the orange and gold undulations. (We forgot to ask what occurred to the massive arowana dragon fish that lived in its personal tank by previous Sorabol’s entrance.)
Pagoda Restaurant’s floating pavilions are additionally a part of new Sorabol. (Pagoda nonetheless serves breakfast seven days per week within the lodge’s ballroom.) Round tables in every pavilion seat as much as 10 folks and must be reserved, we’re advised. As for parking, your choices are valet parking in Pagoda’s two-level construction or metered road parking close by.
Welcome again, Sorabol. This is the second Ke’eaumoku International Village eatery to reopen after Yogurstory, which soft-opened three weeks in the past down the block within the house that housed Like Like Drive Inn. We love the excellent news coming from this neighborhood.
Open each day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., 1525 Rycroft St., (808) 947-3113, @sorabolhawaii