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Reviewed 26 February 2023

This restaurent was one of the best in Honiara - if not the best. Since COVID the menu is now only 1 page and the choice is limited. very few options and entrees but saved by the Bento box. The Bento box however (over many...nights) varied only slightly. Tempura was not up to standard - and included seafood that was manufactured (e.g. cray/crab stick - ugh!) but generally all round average. Airconditioning does not seem to be working that well, and the area can get hot. Staff are friendly and service good. Let's hope the menu expands and the chef improves.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 24 August 2022

Our Honiara Dinner Group attended the Hakubai Japanese Restaurant last night and it was a lovey experience, The menu was small but sufficient with many enjoying the Bento Box which was substantial and came with Miso and fruit, We all has a great evening. Pricing...was OK given our location and the staff were marvelous. Our table had a lovely view out to the Sound. Will definitely go again.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 29 July 2022

Dear tourist and citizens DO NOT go to the Japanese restaurant here. It's a trap to bait customers whoever came here before or not. If you want some Japanese food. Go to Tenkai Sushi Bar! The manager mean to use the chance (border open) to...rip your flesh. I've lived here for more than 5 years and I must say the new pricing is totally to cheat customer. They deleted almost 90% of items in menu with very limited choices and higher price. I can understand that everything become expensive since COVID but they not only increase their price but reduce the 60% amount of meal, too. There used to be some side dishes included soup, salad, rice, fruits with main dish as a set. You might find some photos on google map review. BUT NOT ANYMORE!!! Right now they use the same name with those remain items BUT never mentioned anything in the menu that you can ONLY get the main dishes WITHOUT any side dishes. Do you think that at least there's some starch with meat right? OF COURSE NOT!!! PAY FOR IT!!! They put the rice in $30 SBD, made them become the most expensive restaurant which is not worth it. Don't tell me that you import special rice from somewhere else. I was a rice breeder so don't fool me. Trust me I know Japanese food very well. And they mean to charge you that price because they know it's a trap not mentioned in their menu. They DID provide all other side dishes in the old menu. Now you can only see the main dishes lonely lay down on your plate ALONE. It's so funny because the plate design for putting all side dishes but right now is so empty. Dear tourists and citizens, if you have money to go to restaurant with similar pricing, go to ANY place INSTEAD of Hakubai. Everything is more expensive than before after these years, riot, covid, or tax. But HAKUBAI is still the increasing price like hell compare with all other restaurants in Honiara. I register account on Tripadvisor just because I'm so angry to share the review.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 8 January 2020

Hakubai is the best and authentic address of a Japanese Restaurant in Honiara. The Japanese food it serves meet the standards of Japan.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 17 December 2019 via mobile

Been there several times with friends and business. Has a seperate private dining room for private functions up to about maximum of 20. They also serve a la carte on occasions. Never been disappointed with food quality. Service can be a bit slow. Well air...conditioned and quiet.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 9 October 2019 via mobile

A good accessible place for a quick escape from the sun and dust. The restaurant was tidy, clean Good friendly staff with awesome air conditioning. The sushi was professionally prepared, presented and very tasty. Beautiful seaview looking out onto savo and gela Islands. They have...newly constructed toilets as well.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 15 August 2019

The selection was really good but the quality was average. There was plenty of food that was presented on a regular basis. I was hoping for good quality sea foods but found them to be a bit bland. The fried dishes were all tepid, nothing...was hot. Desserts were better.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 27 May 2019 via mobile

One of the nicer restaurants in town. Service is good. Can get a bit crowded so better to book ahead for dinner.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed 30 December 2018

popular night and a good sign with so many Japanese dining. great selection of sushimi, sushi tempura octopus salads etc. food continually replenished. don't miss when n Honiara

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed 16 December 2018 via mobile

Dining at Hakubai is a delicious delight. Spacious, relaxed atmosphere with great service. Excellent food and beverage choice and options. A very lovely dining experience in a city with few options.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed 12 December 2018

I had a lovely dinner at the Hakubai Japanese Restaurant. Service was excellent. Food was just so fresh and health and tasty. The atmosphere is what I liked the most. Its quiet and peaceful. The decor is elegant. I enjoyed the having time to myself...to experience the subtle flavours and textures of the food and reflect a little.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile

This is not the first time where we’ve come here and waited an hour for our food. I hate to leave bad reviews but honestly when the food finally came, the sashimi was frozen solid and looked brown/stale, the “chicken teppanyaki” bento box had only...1 piece of chicken! I was so hungry I almost cried! And we had to ask for our drinks 3 times before they brought it, the staff just pretended not to see you. It’s honestly the worst service and food you can get in Solomon Islands. If you want good Japanese go to Tenkai, the food is always consistent in quality, the staff are friendly and the wait time is normally pretty good.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed 10 October 2018

Very few restaurants serving sashimi here. This is one of the only two well known Japanese restaurants.

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

We found it difficult to find a restaurant with a great menu and food that was acceptable in Honiara. However we came across this Japanese restaurant with an extensive menu and excellent food. Can't wait to go back there for the rest of the week's...dining.More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

There is only a few Japanese restaurants in town.This one is exceptional.Plus the bonus of Japanese Cutlery and a clear view of the ocean.Space can be an issue so check with the reception first.

Date of visit: August 2018
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Hakubai Japanese Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5