Wednesday, July 26, 2017 This Week's Paper

Local Restaurants: Hong Kong Lui’s Teriyaki

// Authentic teriyaki with a twist

Born in Yokohama, Japan, Hong Kong Lui’s Teriyaki owner Bob Lewis knows what it takes to create high-quality, authentic dishes. Using a mix of family recipes and new concoctions, Hong Kong Lui’s offers a menu full of affordably priced dishes, specializing in teriyaki, beef short ribs, Mongolian Beef, fried rice and Yakisoba. The average priced meal is between $5.99-$7.99.

The atmosphere is bright and cheerful, and full of Martial Arts memorabilia thanks to Lewis’ early fascination with it. In addition to film art and Bruce Lee photos, the restaurant also showcases many of the local martial arts studios through free, framed advertisements on the wall.

In keeping with its martial arts theme, the restaurant also offers a “Karate Kids Meal” featuring chicken nuggets and fries.

Although Lewis admitted that food costs were pricy in the early months, he consulted with an experienced restaurant manager and found ways to cut costs by making certain items in-house. After attempting to make his own salad dressing and testing it on customers and employees alike, Lewis knew he was onto something. “People started saying the dressing is really good,” he said. “Now, we make our own teriyaki sauce, too.”

The restaurant also offers Fish Frydays each week, featuring tavern style cod with fries and a salad, all for $6.99.

Keeping the prices at a reasonable rate is important to Lewis, who wants to keep the south end neighborhood restaurant in tune with its customers. “Our goal is to help boost the economy and try to keep people employed while serving customers with affordable meals,” he said.

The restaurant also offers lunch specials featuring chicken teriyaki with an eggroll for $4.99, and chicken teriyaki and Mongolian Beef for only $5.99.

Hong Kong Lui’s Teriyaki is located at 759 S. 64th St. in Tacoma.