Unisan on Vineyard Street in Wailuku is known for its Japanese offerings for lunch and dinner. Customers will find all manner of sushi, tempura, bento boxes and local food on the extensive menu.
Now the restaurant is running with an outdoor area called Unisan Back Yard with a Korean emphasis on the menu. It's open from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.
"Sunny Chang is my manager assistant for Unisan Back Yard," says owner and general manager, Sheila Sohn. "It's open Monday to Saturday for our customers who want to drink beer or wine, talk story and share plates of Korean-style pupu."
Sunny Chang (left) runs the new Unisan Back Yard and Sheila Sohn is general manager of the restaurant on Vineyard Street in Wailuku.
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Order a few pupu for the table and enjoy the cool outdoors under the shade canopy. There is plenty of parking in the back lot as well.
The Unisan Back Yard just held its soft opening Oct. 17 and the menu was entirely written in Korean until just a few days ago. Now, just look up toward the flags hanging above the bar to find what's cooking.
"We've got everything from mandoo to baked mussels to hamachi kama," says Sheila. "Other dishes include tofu kim chee, spicy squid, pork hock, chicken wings, rock sole and shrimp tempura."
Sheila is an event coordinator, and Unisan has plenty of rooms and areas to stage parties, so she wants to pump up that part of her business.
"I'm really fortunate to be staying alive with everything so slow right now," she says. "I can do all kinds of parties here, including bridal showers, birthdays. It doesn't really matter. I take care of the entertainment and all of the details for the party."
Other upcoming happenings include the Middle Eastern music show 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday with free music and belly dancing. Tommy Moniz will also do a kachi kachi show Nov. 22 for a $10 entrance fee.
At Unisan, you may eat light with a tuna Nicoise salad or eat hearty with combination plates such as the Bento A with shrimp and vegetable tempura, miso salmon, California roll, sashimi, rice and miso soup. Happy hour runs 5 to 6 p.m. and again from 9 p.m. to closing with half off sushi such as the Okinawan Spider Roll.
From noon to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Unisan will present its first all-you-can-eat sushi and turkey buffet for $25, adults; and $15, children under 12.
For more details, call Unisan at 244-4500.