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Here’s what executive chef Jon Matsubara has in store for you: scrumptious Kona Lobster Linguine and Tiger Prawns.
Hey, all you lovebirds: Get ready to feed your heart and soul with Azure Restaurant’s handcrafted four-course Valentine’s Day dinner. See Page 4 | Leah Friel photo
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By Alana Folen | Photos by Leah Friel
n the eyes of a devout food enthusiast, nothing says “Hawaii” more than a festive spread of “ono kine grindz,” including a bowl of sticky poi with a lot of texture, lomi salmon bursting with refreshing flavor, hearty kalua pig and, of course, you gotta have the lau lau! Imagine earthy and rich luau leaves wrapped snugly around morsels of savory pork (on some occasions, seafood) and then steamed to perfection. Lau lau is the most precise definition of “ono, you know.” And when you have good lau lau, you really don’t need all the bells and whistles of certain side dishes to go along with it. But hey, I’m not complaining — bring on another helping of squid luau, chicken long rice and haupia — that’s all just icing on the cake. So, because I’m in deep love with lau lau, this week, it was time to satisfy this craving of mine and delve in to these luscious local creations at the following Ono, You Know establishments. Oh, wow, lau lau … This is the perfect time to unwrap layers of goodness!
Ocean House Envision a dining experience like no other, one of peace and serenity nestled within exquisite beachfront surroundings. Then, immerse your palate into a world of decadence with incredible fare. Believe me, all this and more is yours at Ocean House in Outrigger Reef Hotel, lo2 | DINING OUT | FEB. 3-9, 2013
cated directly in the heart of Waikiki. The restaurant, which offers breathtaking views of Diamond Head, exudes a casual elegance that is all its own. The staff treats all patrons like guests in their own home, and executive chef Aurelio Garcia takes charge in the kitchen. As I perused the menu during my most
recent visit to Ocean House, general manager David Nagaishi pointed out an entree on the menu that I had never set sights on before. For a unique taste of Hawaii, he highly recommended Seafood Lau Lau. Priced at $33.50, Ocean House’s Seafood Lau Lau is a true testament to the eclectic flavors of the sea — an evolution of lau lau is how I would best describe it. “Lau lau is typically served with pork, but our Seafood Lau Lau is unique, as it consists of fresh mahi mahi, shrimp, seared scallops, purple sweet potato grown on Molokai and authentic luau leaf,” Nagaishi explains. “We sautee our lau lau in a soy sake garlic butter sauce, and this sauce is so tasty — it really brings the dish together.” For the experimentalist, Seafood Lau Lau receives top honor. Finally, the main entree is wrapped nicely in ti leaf and served on a bed of jasmine rice. “Both locals and tourists love this dish,” Nagaishi exclaims. “You have to try it. It’s really good. We serve about 25 orders a night. It’s definitely a specialty here.” Ocean House Outrigger Reef Hotel 2169 Kalia Road 923.2277 – See page 18
Above: The editor gladly unwraps Ocean House’s Seafood Lau Lau. Left: Ocean House’s Seafood Lau Lau ($33.50)
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Dining Out | Cover Story | Azure Restaurant
Story By Kyle Galdeira | Photos courtesy of Azure Restaurant
s it continues to live up to its reputation as the ultimate special occasion restaurant, Azure Restaurant at The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort, serves as the ideal destination for celebrating Valentine’s Day Feb. 14. With the iconic pink palace and picturesque view of Diamond Head serving as backdrops and gentle breezes passing through the open-air setting, diners take in the sights and sounds emanating from the glittering ocean and golden sands of Waikiki Beach while enjoying a host of tantalizing creations prepared by executive chef Jon Matsubara. Visitors from around the world continue to flock to the renowned locale, and local residents are encouraged to make the short trip into Waikiki to enjoy the flavorful foray. “When you come to eat here, you’re sitting in King Kamehameha’s kapu vacation spot, which he cherry-picked back in the day,” explains Matsubara. “You can just sit and relax, and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells. You can’t beat the overall ambiance, especially if the sun is setting and you’re with your loved one, there’s so much to look forward to. We also offer impeccable service to complete the experience.” Matsubara crafted the special fourcourse Valentine’s Day menu ($125 per person, $160 with wine pairing) and coupled the offerings with wines selected by general manager and sommelier Mike Swerdloff with the goal of presenting “really good food and special items” that complement the luxurious setting. Diners start the evening with Chilled Hamachi served with marinated ikura opal shiso,
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The entrée course allows diners the option of selecting from one of three tantalizing dishes. The Grilled Prime Rib Steak is served with smoked bacon and sweet corn, Japanese horseradish and crème fraiche potatoes along with a sauce Bordelaise, and is paired with L’aventure Optimus 2010. Those craving seafood are invited to reel in Kona Lobster Linguine with a spiced and roasted lobster sauce, brandy and saffron Thai basil, abalone mushrooms, baby spinach and marinated tomato, which pairs with Qupe Bien Nacido Cuvee 2010. Hawaiian Fresh Fish with Chinese flowering cabbage, Hamakua Coast shiitake mushrooms, Alaskan crab potatoes and an
Japanese horseradish and yuzu, and may pair the appetizer with Taittinger la Francaise champagne. The appetizer is followed by Tiger Prawns served alongside Hamakua Springs tomato, fresh mozzarella, sea beans, Nashi pear and Japanese pickled plum. “The starters offer very familiar flavors, but with a different presentation and a new take on some of the flavor profiles,” Matsubara explains. “We grill the prawns with a garlic marinade and top them with a white wine and butter sauce.”
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The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, 2259 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu | 923.7311 | Open daily, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. aromatic bouillabaisse rounds out the main course selections, and is paired with JJ Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2007. “When people go out, we want to offer something for everybody to enjoy,” says Matsubara when describing the vast array of flavors presented in the entrée course. “One of my favorite dishes is the lobster linguine. The flavors are so good that I wanted to showcase it for Valentine’s Day. You can’t go wrong with the steak, and we also offer something lighter with the fresh fish.” And, to complete the evening, the Valentine’s Day feast is capped with a trio of delectable desserts. The sweet sensations include: Mini Pavlovas with Tahitian vanilla-infused whipped cream, marinated Kula strawberries and strawberry sorbet; Waialua Estate chocolate mousse dome with crushed Chambord-marinated raspberries; and Lilikoi Chocolate Tart with passion fruit pearls. The final course is paired with Peter Lehmann Botrytis Semillon 2010. “Azure is a special event restaurant, and this Valentine’s Day menu was created to satisfy the local palate — it’s not complicated, but it’s well-executed food that I really like to eat, and local customers will enjoy,” Matsubara says. Guests are encouraged to reserve their tables for the special Valentine’s Day experience as soon as possible, as the event will undoubtedly sell out.
In addition to the special Valentine’s Day menu, Matsubara dazzles guests at Azure Restaurant with his culinary wizardry on a nightly basis. The acclaimed chef has crafted a menu that features local flavors and ingredients while also incorporating The Royal Hawaiian and Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ mission of incorporating sustainable practices. The dinner menu includes savory seafood selections, such as Smoked Swordfish poached in aromatic duck fat and served with Kahuku Sea Asparagus and Hamakua Tomato ($36) and Kona Lobster ($20), which is paired with Big Island avocado and sauce carotene. Diners also may delve into other chef-recommended entrees, including Crispy Breast of Duck ($36) served with a taro brandy puree, duck fat-charred Brussels sprouts and a port wine gastrique, and Hawaii Ranchers Butter Poached Filet & Foie Gras ($29), which is served alongside Hamakua mushrooms and a black truffle Madeira sauce. “We’re right on the beach, and you are able to watch Waikiki unfold before you,” says Swerdloff. “It’s very romantic, and as beautiful a setting as you can get when the sun is setting. The atmosphere allows you to relax at the end of the day.” Customers are encouraged to take advantage of free validated valet parking at the Royal Hawaiian while dining at Azure.
1 Hawaii Ranchers Butter Poached Filet & Foie Gras, Hamakua Mushrooms and Black Truffle Madeira Sauce ($29) 2 Executive chef Jon Matsubara. Leah Friel photo. 3 Preserved Local Beets, Fresh Mozzarella, Compressed Watermelon and Ho Farms’ Tomato ($15) 4 Smoked Hilo Sturgeon with caviar & lemongrass consume (part of the degustation menu) 5 Tiger Prawns (part of Valentine’s Day menu). Leah Friel photo 6 Crispy Breast of Duck, Taro Brandy Puree, Duck Fat Charred Brussels Sprouts, Port Wine Gastrique ($36) 7 Kona Lobster Linguine (part of Valentine’s Day menu). Leah Friel photo
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DON DAY YAKINIKU WHERE 905 A Keeaumoku St. CALL 951.1004 or 205.1004 HOURS Open daily, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. HOURS YakinikuDonDay.com
f you’re in search of an exciting new late-night spot, look no further than Don Day Yakiniku, which has been heating up Honolulu’s night crowds with irresistible Korean cuisine since August 2011. Open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily, the eatery caters to everyone from casual diners looking for a relaxing dinner to those who want to hang out all night. With so many yakiniku restaurants to choose from, Don Day sizzles with unique features 3 that keep it a notch above the rest. Even though it’s situated off the beaten path behind storefronts on 4
1 Kim Chee Fried Rice ($10.95 regular; free with Dining Out coupon) 2 Kalbichim ($22.95) 3 BBQ Combo-B ($79.95). Lawrence Tabudlo file photo 4 Yuri Miura with Fried Mandoo ($10.95 for eight pieces) Ali Resich photos
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Keeaumoku Street, the restaurant stands out as an oasis in a congested area with its spacious outdoor dining lanai in a pleasant garden-like setting. The tables feature durable curved grill tops, which were traditionally used in Korea to soak up flavor from meats and vegetables, while letting any fat drip down the sides. What’s more is that Don Day is the only establishment on the island to offer yakiniku dining outdoors, which alleviates the smokey indoor environment commonly associated with these types of restaurants. Patrons can fire up meat or combination platters at the table and enjoy salad, rice and up to eight side dishes with their meal. Owner Charlene Miura, along with daughter Yuri, who helps out at the restaurant, suggest grilling fermented kim chee as well, a healthy Korean staple. If you’re a grilling pro, you can take hold of the tongs, while a friendly wait staff is ready to help any first-timers. “A lot of people are not familiar with Korean yakiniku style,” says Yuri, “so we’ll go to the table and tell them about each meat. Then we’ll cut it and cook it for them.” In addition to each grilled sensation, Don Day offers a host of delectable a la carte items. Among the most popular dishes are fried or steamed Mandoo ($10.95 for eight pieces), which are filled with minced pork, ground beef, a variety of vegetables, tofu and long rice. Regulars have come to know them as “fat mandoo” because of their notable size — and tastiness. Another must-have is the traditional Kalbichim ($22.95), or double-cooked braised short rib, served with potatoes, carrots and daikon. The meat initially gains flavor when it is slowly cooked for hours. Then, once a customer orders the dish, it’s cooked again for an incredibly rich short rib that falls off the bone. The eatery also is known for its unique selection of soju cocktails in flavors such as cucumber, lemon, yogurt and strawberry. These fun and flavorful sips are the perfect accompaniment to any meal. When readers present their Dining Out coupon, they’ll receive a complimentary Kim Chee Fried Rice or Kim Chee Pancake ($10.95 regular), both served teppanyaki-style on large sizzling hot platters. You can savor these eats all night long, even into the next “Don Day.”
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For a meal to share with friends or your special someone this Valentineâ€™s Day, stop by Korean Hibiscus BBQ for the delicious Bulgogi Pokum (barbecue beef and vegetables stir-fry). Bulgogi, marinated rib eye, is stir-fried with sweet potato noodles, onion, carrots and green onions and served on a bed of hapa rice, which is brown and white rice. The meal comes with four of 13 different vegetable selections and a fried mandoo appetizer. This plate is one of â€œGrandmaâ€™s Specialsâ€? and is only available for a limited time. For more information and hours, call 734-8232.
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Shouting praises for garlic chicken
MITSU-KEN WHERE 1223 N. School St., Honolulu CALL 848.5573 HOURS Open Tuesday-Saturday, 5 a.m.-1 p.m. Breakfast served until 10:30 a.m.
1 Garlic Chicken ($2.10 for three pieces) 2 Green Bean and Chicken Stir Fry ($2.15) 3 Cook Jim Route with Green Bean and Chicken Stir Fry 4 Chow Fun ($1.40) 5 Maki Sushi ($3.60 for an eight-slice roll or 95 cents each)
f you haven’t been to MitsuKen, you’ve been to MitsuKen. By that I mean the longtime Kalihi okazu is like others of the same style, no tables, street-front ordering, good prices and long lines. At least the good ones have long lines, and Mitsu-Ken can have some very long lines. Brad Kaneshiro opened MitsuKen 20 years ago and borrowed the best recipes from friends and family to create a comfortable menu that is as simple as it is tasty. The adobo came from his aunt on Maui, the Maki Sushi from his mother-in-law and the garlic chicken, oh my, the garlic chicken, from a good friend. Evidently a very good friend because the garlic chicken is why people keep coming. Yes, there are other things to try, in fact, many things to try. But to quote an online commentator, “Get the fried garlic chicken. Did you hear that? FRIED GARLIC CHICKEN!” Not convinced? “OH, GARLIC CHICKEN, how I LOVE you!”
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Finally for the locals, you’d be surprised as to how many visitors to Oahu find this place, “This chicken was broke 'da mouth!” All this for $2.10. It’s not hard to understand the affection. The chicken is crunchy, sweet, tangy, moist and the dark sauce topping provides a perfect accent of flavor. We’re calling it a
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Three Bears meal and Goldilocks is the throng of customers who make this a daily habit. It’s not too salty, not too sour and not too sweet. It’s just right. And? My own visit began with the chicken and included the Green Bean and Chicken Stir Fry ($2.15) — yum; Chow Fun ($1.40) — outstanding; and the Maki Sushi ($3.60 for an eight-slice roll or 95 cents each) — huge! Other options may include Stuffed Ahi ($5.50), Teriyaki Meatballs ($1.75), Chicken Katsu ($2) or Nishime ($2). Many of these can be turned into a plate lunch for just a few dollars more. If there is a downside to Mitsu-Ken it is that it closes early. But that’s not really a bad thing. Mitsu-Ken is a family-run restaurant and its hours reflect the availability of the wives and cousins who man the stations. Sherrie Kaneshiro, the bookkeeper, head of human resources, and over all do-it-all, says they have thought about expanding its hours, but the family controls of the family restaurant are too important. But change is coming. Mitsu-Ken is scheduled to open in its new location, 2300 N. King St., across from New City Nissan, Feb. 15. Everything will remain the same except the parking — they’ll have plenty.
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KITCHEN INSIDER ver wonder what goes on behind the scenes at your favorite restaurant? Well, much credit goes to the many chefs, owners and managers who work diligently day in and day out to make sure Hawaiiâ€™s diners have a top-notch dining experience.
Who or what inspires you as a chef/manager/owner? The pride in knowing that people enjoy my cooking, and become repeat customers and friends. Whatâ€™s your most popular dish? Our Soft Beef Tendon Pho (Gan Bo). It is deliciously flavored with herbs, mint leaves, bean sprouts chili peppers, lemon wedges and my â€œsecretâ€? special sauce.
This week, Dining Out gets the inside scoops from Pho My Lienâ€™s chef and owner Lien Bui, who gives us a little taste of Pho My Lien and shares just what fuels her culinary drive.
taught, and as chef and owner of Pho My Lien, being voted Hawaiiâ€™s best Vietnamese restaurant in 2012 by our loyal customers has been my greatest professional achievement and, of course, a huge compliment. If you could serve food to a
celebrity, who would it be and why? What dish would you serve? Chef Gordon Ramsey. It would be my pleasure to serve him a buffet of several of my specialty dishes. While I hope he would be pleased and impressed, I would certainly also look forward to any suggestions.
Name Lien Bui Title Chef/Owner of Pho My Lien Training/education Self-taught family cooking Years at restaurant 14 years
Is there a dish that you create thatâ€™s not on your menu, but available upon request? Yes. Hot Spicy Lemongrass with mixed vegetables, beef and pork stir-fry. What is the biggest compliment you've ever received as a chef/ manager/owner? Having been self-
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Step Up to the Plate
with Alana Folen
3660 on the Rise
A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: TOMATO AND MOZZARELLA SALAD ($12)
here’s more to the Tomato and Mozzarella Salad at 3660 on the Rise than meets the eye. This relatively new starter made its debut on the restaurant’s menu about four months ago, and according to chef de cuisine Lydell Leong, this healthy salad has been a hit among dinner patrons, boasting an impressive culmination of flavor profiles that are pleasing to the palate. As the dish’s sole creator, Leong believes it’s essential to highlight local ingredients, which he exquisitely intertwines into the salad with simple elegance.
Color is key when it comes to presentation, so, of course, vibrant red tomatoes are a focal point of the salad. Leong keeps it local utilizing fresh tomatoes from Wow Farm in Waimea on the Big Island.
Micro basil is a prominent component to the dish. Locally sourced, micro basil is basically tiny seedlings of herbs and greens, which provide the perfect taste. According to Leong, micro basil differs from mature basil because it doesn’t give off a strong, pungent aroma. “The taste of micro basil is perfect and sweet, which is why I can add a nice handful of it to the dish. It doesn’t outshine the other delicate flavors in the dish.”
While micro basil is delicious on its own, Leong has decided to toss it with a blend of Kona sea salt and truffle oil. Interesting fact about Kona sea salt is that it's not your average table salt. In fact, it originates from sea water and has a pure and unadulterated taste. It also adds a bit of crunch and texture to the dish, as the granules are of various sizes.
A nice international twist to the salad is found in the proscuitto (salted and drycured ham leg) from Spain.
Cheese, please! Yet, this cheese is nothing like you’ve ever tasted before. It’s housemade truffled mozzarella — something that Leong created on his own. “I used to use plain mozzarella in a lot of my salads, but one day I was thinking why can’t we add things to it? So, I now add diced truffles to this cheese and it is a great enhancement to the salad.”
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It’s all in the details: Balsamic reduction drizzle is heated in the oven with kiawe wood, which brings a smoky zest to life.
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In addition, truffle oil elevates the dish to a whole new level with its earthy, floral essence that provides a depth to the salad that is incomparable. A little truffle oil goes a long way — a couple of drops is all you need.
3660 ON THE RISE This premier salad was made on a whim, according to Leong. “A local farmer came to me with micro basil and at that moment I happened to be stretching mozzarella cheese and also talking to a farmer on the Big Island about tomatoes. At that moment everything culminated together and resulted in this dish. It all fell right on to the plate.”
3660 Waialae Ave., Honolulu 737.1177 Tuesday-Sunday, 5:30-8:30 p.m. 3660 has four private dining rooms that can accommodate groups up to 200 people
eatthis in a coconut-based curry sauce with special spices. Both dishes are served with your choice of basmati rice or curry mashed BY JAIMIE KIM
f you’ve yet to experience Indian and Nepalese fusion cuisine, make it a part of your New Year’s resolutions to try something new. At Himalayan Kitchen, you can send your taste buds across the world at your own pace. “We don’t use our chili peppers or make it spicy unless you ask for it,” shares
HIMALAYAN KITCHEN WHERE 1137 11th Ave. #205, Honolulu CALL 735.1122 HOURS Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-10 p.m. Monday and Saturday, 5-10 p.m.
Left Himalayan Four-Spice and Saffron dessert special ($6.95) Below Veggie Madras ($14.95) Bottom Mixed Tandoori Grill ($17.95) Leah Friel photos
potatoes. For dessert, try Himalayan Four-Spice and Saffron dessert special ($6.95). The dish features saffron and Himalayan four-spice chocolate ice cream served in the same bowl that will leave your mouth with a medley of sweet and spicy. Make it a night out with friends and bring your favorite bottles of wine or beer; the restaurant doesn’t charge a corkage fee.
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owner and head chef Suman Basnet. “Consider us your personal chef.” Himalayan Kitchen has been serving its Indian and Nepalese food since 2004. And, since everything is cooked to order, Basnet says customers are always able to alter a dish, including or excluding ingredients to their liking. Plus, there’s something for everyone, regardless of your carnivorous status. Meat lovers can satisfy their cravings with Mixed Tandoori Grill ($17.95), which features a combination of lamb, chicken, fish and shrimp marinated in a yogurt sauce with mild spices for approximately four hours. It then goes through a traditional style of cooking in a tandoori clay oven. If vegetables are more up your alley, the Veggie Madras ($14.95) is cooked
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Banana Royal ($6.65)
KENNY’S RESTAURANT WHERE Kamehameha Shopping Center 1620 N. School St., Honolulu CALL 841.0931 HOURS Sunday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-11 p.m. WEBSITE kennyshawaii.com
Big treats for your sweet twooth
enny’s Restaurant in K a m e h a m e h a Shopping Center is known for its family values and friendly atmosphere. From the breakfast to dinner options, patrons leave satisfied, and the dessert is no different. The dessert portions fit the bill when it comes to sharing and caring, and brings people closer together when eating from the same dish. “Our customers appreciate
that we give them their money’s worth,” says senior assistant manager Erlene Hutchinson. “And usually some people come in for lunch and they’ll just eat dessert.” And it’s no wonder why. Manager’s Special ($9.55) puts out a great spread with fresh, warm waffles under a hearty topping of vanilla ice cream, strawberry topping and whipped cream.
“We’ve had it for years, and I guess people like the combination with the strawberries and the vanilla ice cream,” Hutchinson says of the bestselling dish, which is a perfect breakfast meal for the extreme sweet tooth enthusiast. If the starchiness of waffles is too heavy for you, Banana Royale ($6.65) is the answer. Banana Split ($7.35)
Manager Special ($9.55) Nathalie Walker photos
This “ali‘i-sized dessert” is fit for a king, and it’s big enough to share around the table with family and friends. Hutchinson notes that if people don’t opt for Manager’s Special, Banana
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Royale, topped with hot fudge, whipped cream, nuts and a cherry, usually is their second choice. Kenny’s Banana Split ($7.35) puts its own spin on this traditional dessert and
adds one more scoop to the two-scoop time-honored classic. Those who choose to feast on this can expect the trio of flavors (vanilla, chocolate and strawberry) sprinkled with whipped cream, nuts and a cherry. Two banana slices are hearty helpings, which adds to the substance and fills customers with happiness in each bite. Dessert enthusiasts, your mouths must be watering for Kenny’s large-sized dessert plates, and that’s no surprise. Whether you want an entire dish to yourself (or if you’d wish to share), there’s something on the menu for you!
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ire up your grill at Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ, known for its fun and delicious at-your-table yakiniku-style of dining. Gyu-Kaku perfectly blends traditional Japanese cooking with local tastes at prices you can afford. Those craving plenty of protein should aim for Meat Lovers Set ($10.95), which includes Kalbi Chuck Garlic, Yaki-Shabu Shio, Toro Beef Tare and more. For children or those wishing to return to their childhood, the grill also is the perfect place to roast marshmallows. For more information, call 744-2157.
Left: Nicole Hironaka with Meat Lovers Set and Kobe New York Steak Above: Kobe New York Steak ($13.95) Right: Meat Lovers Set ($10.95) Rachel Breit photos
1 | Wesley, Nathaniel, Wesley Jr., Merry Jane, Michael and Matthew Ramos 2 | Lorna PeBenito, Sarah Kim, June Kawaguchi and Adele Tomoyasu-Oumi 3 | Ethan, Lori, Louise and Keith Emery 4 | Muskie Sparks, Ray Akau, Brandy and Rho Balmilero 5 | Danielle and Amanda Cervantes 6 | Donna and Michael Perry 7 | Lucy Swarens, Cynthia Anonuevo and Erivervo Despuig
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STORY BY KYLE GALDEIRA :: PHOTOS BY LEAH FRIEL
YAKINIKU MILLION makes it a point to welcome customers as if they are coming home to enjoy a freshly prepared meal with family and friends. As it turns out, the eatery is adept at treating its guest like kin because the restaurant is run by multiple generations of extended family members. Yakiniku Million has been serving up popular traditional Korean dishes out of its convenient Sheridan Street locale since 1989, and offers a wide variety of cuisine. Diners may choose from yakiniku sets, which are prepared on the gas grills located at each table, as well as a slew of side orders, soups, noodle dishes, grilled and fried entrée selections in addition to mixed rice and special plates. “This is a family restaurant, and we’re all involved,” explains manager Diana Paik, one of five siblings that have kept Yakiniku Million going strong for nearly 25 years. “Customers will notice the friendly atmosphere. They are encouraged to order their favorite dishes and share them family-style at the table.” Yakiniku Million features a special lunch menu avail-
able daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that includes more than 30 popular selections starting at $5 each. Paik recommends Mool Naeng Myun ($7.95 lunch special, $8.95 regular price), a hearty portion of buckwheat black noodles in a chilled special soup. Book A Kook ($8.95 lunch special) is a dried pollock soup with plenty of tasty pieces of fish in an egg broth. “The lunch specials have been very popular, and you receive large portions at reasonable prices,” says Paik. “The buckwheat black noodle soups and dried pollock soup go perfectly with people’s favorite beverages.” Customers also are raving about Yakiniku Million’s Bi Bim Bab ($8.95 lunch special, $10.95 regular price), which features a bowl of mixed rice topped with fresh vegetables and savory barbecue beef. Sul lung Tang ($8.95 lunch special, $10.95 regular price) is a popular beef broth and brisket meat soup that includes a
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LEFT Bi Bim Bab ($8.95 lunch special, $10.95 regular price) BELOW Diana Paik with Kal Bi and Bi Bim Bab
626 SHERIDAN ST., HONOLULU 596.0799 OPEN DAILY, 11 A.M. TO MIDNIGHT SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY, AND TO 2 A.M. FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Sul lung Tang ($8.95 lunch special, $10.95 regular price); Mool Naeng Myun $7.95 lunch special, $8.95 regular price); Book A Kook ($8.95 lunch special); Bi Bim Naeng Myun and Kal Bi ($21)
broth boiled with beef bone for 48 hours to infuse all the flavors. Kal Bi barbecue short ribs are another specialty at Yakiniku Million, and customers are treated to a multitude of options when ordering the popular local dish. Diners may choose to enjoy the Kal Bi on a sizzling platter with a bed of onions ($23.95), or as a combo with the aforementioned chilled special buckwheat noodle soup ($21 for the combo). Additionally, the short ribs are available in a variety of entrees, including the Kal Bi Plate ($11.95 lunch special, $13.95 regular price) and the hearty Kal Bi, Barbeque Beef and Chicken Plate ($14.95 lunch special, $15.95 regular price). For those looking to get grillin’ yakiniku style, the restaurant offers menu “sets,” which include ample
portions of meat, and also include rice, seaweed soup and a variety of Korean side dishes. The sets are available for $49.95 apiece, and feed two people with a variety of meat options including seasoned short ribs, marinated and seasoned beef, beef brisket, barbecue chicken and shrimp. Diners may also choose from additional meat selections to prepare on the tabletop grills, including Shoyu Marinated Chicken ($23.95), Shrimp ($23.95), Sliced Beef Tongue ($23.95) and Beef Outside Skirts ($25.95). Diners may opt to forego the sets and instead order the individual meat selections to prepare on the grill, and in this case, a minimum of two such orders is required when cooking at the table. “We have a lot of regular customers, and when people come to try our food, they leave happy and keep coming back again,” Paik says. “We’re very thankful to our loyal customers.” Diners can find convenient free parking behind the restaurant, and may park at the metered stalls fronting the eatery as well. Customers are encouraged to call ahead and order their favorite selections to go for the same prices offered on the dine-in menu.
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WHERE 4369 Lawehana St. CALL 422.0059 HOURS Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-1 p.m.; Saturday, 6 a.m.-noon
with Christina O’Connor
ost mornings, the crew at Larry’s Bakery gets up at 3 a.m. in order to prepare all of the fresh baked goods for the day. Brother-and-sister team of Iris and Lance Yafuso co-own the bakery, and a large part of their dedication comes from the desire to keep their father’s legacy alive. Their father, Larry, opened the bakery in the 1960s. The shop was a huge success then, and has continued to attract new generations of customers. When Larry passed away, the Yafusos’ mother took over the company. The Yafusos have fond memories of working in the bakery after school and during summer breaks as kids. Although Iris went on to attend college and baking school before returning to help out with the family business, her most valuable lessons were learned right here in the bakery.
Nikki Tamashiro with a Valentine Rose Push Pop ($4.95 each)
n many ways, Larry’s Bakery represents an era of bake shops that has gone by. While mom-and-pop shops may have carried similar baked goods in the past, those types of bakeries are hard to come by these days. But luckily for nostalgic dessert enthusiasts, Larry’s Bakery still carries a number of menu items that it had when it opened back in the 1960s. “A lot of the things that we have in the showcase daily are things that we had before,” co-owner Iris Yafuso says. “And a lot of times you don’t see it in other bakeries because these are all my dad’s recipes.” Yafuso’s father is the famed Larry himself — and she says that he was
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“We are still using my dad’s old recipes, giving it a flair,” she explains. “But really, a lot of the stuff is just bringing back his old stuff. “A lot of the things that we do bring back tend to attract people who used to come here.” As a family-run establishment, Larry’s Bakery has a tight-knit staff. “We are lucky to have our crew with us. A lot of the crew consists of family or friends, classmates of ours from high school and college,” she states. While Larry’s maintains its foundations, it also embraces change — another trick of the trade that Larry passed down. “I remember one thing that my dad said was, ‘you have to change with the times,’ ” Yafuso says.
behind many of the tasty treats that many remember from their youth. And thanks to Yafuso and her older brother Lance, people still can enjoy many of those treats today, as well as a range of newer items. One example of a tasty recipe from the past that has been brought back is the Butter Log ($5), a sweet, decadent roll. “The Butter Log is to die for!” Yafuso says.
The Jelly Roll ($5), which features strawberry jelly rolled with shredded coconut on the outside, is another tasty blast from the past. “The Jelly Roll is really an old recipe,” Yafuso explains. “That was done in the 1960s, and it was so popular.” Today, the treat is especially popular with people who remember it from that era. “People from that generation …
chewonthis would buy one and they would come back and say, ‘You are not going to believe I ate the whole thing,’” she says. “They just started reminiscing of when they had it long ago.” That’s not the only thing the customers are raving about. Yafuso says that people have been “going crazy” for Loaf Cake ($6), which includes Pineapple Macadamia Nut, Chocolate and Lilikoi flavors. Yafuso adds that these items also can be purchased for fundraising. Larry’s Bakery has plenty of new items, too. While keeping true to its roots, Larry’s also is up-to-date with current trends, such as decorated cookies and what cartoon character to put on your child’s birthday cake. 3 And when special occasions roll around, Larry’s is always rolling out new items. In honor of Chinese New Year, Larry’s puts an innovative spin on the classic almond cookie with offerings that include the Large Almond Cookie ($3.95), Almond Cookie Takeout Box ($6.95), Almond Chinese Cookie Chinese Envelope ($5.95). 4
For Valentine’s Day, your sweetheart won’t want you to miss out on the Valentine Rose Push Pops ($4.95). Choose from three tasty flavors — vanilla, chocolate or red velvet. “Everybody loves push pops, so we decided to do those this year,” Yafuso says. “And it is going to have an edible rose on it … You can get a push pop that is like a single rose, but you can eat this one.” Contact Christina O’Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org
1 Larry’s Bakery’s sweet delights. 2 Loaf Cakes ($6 each) 3 Large Almond Cookie ($3.95), Almond Cookie Takeout Box ($6.95) and Almond Cookie Chinese Envelope ($5.95) 4 Butter Log ($5) and Jelly Roll ($5) 5 Valentine Rose Push Pops ($4.95 each)
It’s the perfect time for Soon Du Bu BY RACHEL BREIT
Lawrence Tabudlo photos
ake a deep breath and let curling ringlets of wafting steam caress you. Feel both soothed and your senses awakened. Sounds like a trip to the spa, right? Actually, this moment is brought to you by soup — more particularly, Chogajib Korean Restaurant’s Soon Du Bu soup. Either midday or midnight, it’s ready when you are. The soft tofu soup, consisting of a special beef base that is cooked for hours, is prepared quickly to order. Choose from seafood, kimchi and pork, beef or Spam. The seafood version features shrimp, clam and squid. The special base and house-made sauce of peppers (peppercorn, red pepper and jalapeno) overflow the soup with flavor. The silky-soft tofu soaks up the broth along with the tender seafood. The soup is topped off with an egg. Then, customize it to your preferred
CHOGAJIB WHERE 825 Keeaumoku St. #111 CALL 744.3440 HOURS Open daily, 10 a.m.-4 a.m.
Soon Du Bu ($8.95) Photo courtesy of Chogajib
spice level at the table with chili sauce. “This soup is healthy, affordable and good for both lunch and dinner,” says owner Jeong Lim, whose recipes are a spinoff of his mother’s. All dishes at Chogajib come with radish kimchi, won bok kimchi and a green salad. Combined with a side of Bulgogi-beef ($14.95) or Kalbi ($14.95), this dish makes a perfect meal to share with a friend.
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ono,youknow Left & Below Shiro’s Hawaiian Plate with Poi ($10.40)
Far left People’s Cafe Hawaiian Plate ($12.50) Left People’s Cafe server Judy Balasico
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People’s Cafe People’s Cafe brings power to the people with its onolicious local Hawaiian and Filipino cuisine. This renowned eatery, which has been in the Islands for 80 years, is filled with bright décor, fresh-cut flowers on each table and a friendly staff to boot. Its simple menu makes the task of ordering an easy one, and better yet, the food is the truest form of comfort food unique to our island home. In love with lau lau? Then you’ll be pleased with the many entree selections dedicated to this local favorite. Regarded as a popular item on the menu, Pork Lau Lau ($6.50 apiece) presents a homemade must-have that features morsels of pork belly and pork butt wrapped in fresh luau leaf. Then, for People’s Cafe’s take on the typical Hawaiian Plate ($12.50), get your appetite ready to go, as you are presented with pork lau lau, kalua pig, your choice
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of chicken long rice or squid luau, poi or rice and a slice of haupia for dessert. The long list of meals with lau lau on the roster continues with the Lau Lau Plate. Priced at ($11.50), have your fill of pork lau lau, lomi salmon, pipikaula and slice of haupia. Also, once again, choose from chicken long rice or squid luau and a bowl of poi or rice to complete your meal. And at last, a hot commodity lies in the Lava Rock Plate ($8.50) — a smaller plate for the not so big appetite — which features pork lau lau and stew gravy with rice, a nice portion of lomi salmon and a slice of haupia. Open daily and located on Pali Highway, a taste of home is what you’ll find here at People’s Cafe. People’s Cafe 1310 Pali Hwy. 521.5552
Shiro’s Saimin Haven A saimin sanctuary of sorts, Shiro’s Saimin Haven holds the secret to some of
the tastiest noodles I’ve ever tasted, which makes the quality of life just that much better. With more than 60 saimin options to select from, the noodles are made from scratch and the broth is, of course, a secret recipe. Yet, do realize that there are actually close to 200 local creations on the menu, meaning there’s a whole lot more than simply saimin at this Aiea dining establishment. Yes, even lau lau is a given here, and according to manager Bryce Fujimoto, it ranks high among the list of diners’ favorites. “Lau lau started off only as a special, but customers loved it so much that now we make it a point to have it available every day,” he says. Lau Lau with Beef Stew ($9.25) seems to be the most highly requested item, yet Lau Lau with Lomi Salmon ($8.50) and Lau Lau with Kalua Pork ($9.65) don’t fall far behind, and they all are served with hot vegetables and your choice of starch, be it white/brown rice, french fries or mashed potatoes.
And the specials for which lau lau first made a name for itself are still on the menu. If you dine here on Fridays or Saturdays, treat yourself to the Hawaiian Plate with Rice ($9.30) or the Hawaiian Plate with Poi ($10.40). Both Hawaiian Plates boast a slew of local classics, including pork lau lau, chicken long rice, lomi salmon and two scoops of rice or one scoop of rice and poi. I asked Fujimoto what exactly makes Shiro’s lau lau unique and oh, so flavorful, and he eagerly dished the specifics about the top-notch lau lau flair. “What really brings a great taste to our lau lau is the combination of pork butt, pork belly and butterfish. Not many people serve butterfish in their lau lau. Also, the wetland taro brings a nice flavor to the luau leaf,” he shares. Shiro’s Saimin Haven Waimalu Shopping Center 98-020 Kamehameha Hwy. 488.8824
Jai ($6.95) Nathalie Walker photo
he first day of the Chinese New Year (falling on Feb. 10 this year, ushering in the Year of the Snake), is celebrated with rich traditions, festivities and best of all, special menus. Jai, or monk’s food, for example, is eaten on the first day of the new
year to cleanse the body and to honor the Buddhist tradition that nothing living should be killed on that day, ensuring good luck and fortune in the coming year. At Golden Palace Seafood Restaurant in Chinatown, you can enjoy traditional jai any day of the
year (whether or not you think your body needs cleansing) — and for those who don’t eat meat or fish, that’s something to celebrate. “We keep it completely vegetarian,” says manager Gary Lam of Golden Palace’s quite affordable Jai ($6.95), a bowlful of symbolism containing long rice, tofu, mushrooms, snow peas, baby corn, bok choy and carrots among many more savory flavors and textures. Jai isn’t the only “completely vegetarian” dish you’ll discover on the Golden Palace menu. Black Mushrooms with Oyster Sauce ($6.95) is self-explanatory, with those meaty, moist ’shrooms taking the spotlight and served simply on a bed of lettuce. Hmmm, oyster sauce? “Our oyster sauce doesn’t contain any oyster," notes Lam, who
adds that one of his favorite dishes is Garlic Sauce Stir-Fried Chinese Broccoli ($5.95). It’s easy to see (or rather, taste) why, since the garlic adds just the right pungent kick to the crisp-tender broccoli, a cruciferous vegetable that tops the list of super-good-for-you foods. Braised Tofu with Vegetables ($6.75) is a favorite among customers, in which the fried tofu cubes are combined with choi sum, carrots, mushrooms and more. It’s a regular on most Chinese restaurant menus and Golden Palace does it just right. Chinese New Year’s Day comes around only once a year, but you can celebrate a new day every day at Golden Palace.
THE KAHALA HOTEL & RESORT WHERE 5000 Kahala Ave. CALL 739.8888
1 Executive pastry chef Michael Moorhouse 2 Decadent chocolate truffles
Photos courtesy of The Kahala Hotel & Resort
ter eating one of his desserts, you think you’ve died and gone to heaven. Overseeing all of The Kahala’s fine pastry products, from wedding cakes to morning muffins, Moorhouse is a graduate of Philadelphia’s Restaurant School and has worked in some of New York’s finest dining establishments, including Alison on
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Truly exquisite truffle decadence hocolates for your valentine might not be the most original gift idea, but chocolate truffles that you made yourself, now that's an extra sweet surprise. The Kahala Hotel & Resort presents a Sweet Surrender cooking class Saturday, Feb. 9 offering a hands-on culinary experience including a cooking demonstration by executive pastry chef Michael Moorhouse, who will create a variety of chocolate truffles so delicious, you’ll surrender to the sweet temptation immediately. "People can expect a demonstration of basic confectionary techniques," notes Moorhouse. "Truffles are fairly easy to make and require having no special skills or training other than being able to measure accurately and patience." At The Kahala, Moorhouse is known as the heavenly chef because af-
Dominick Street, The Plaza Hotel, Tabla, Picholine, Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Restaurant Lafayette. He also worked at London’s Greenhouse and the Halekulani in Waikiki. The chocolate truffles can’t be found on any of the menus at The Kahala Hotel & Resort, however, it’s often created for special amenities and VIP events. Ingre-
dients include chocolate, cream, butter and some natural flavorings. The class is part of an ongoing series of monthly cooking classes at The Kahala Hotel & Resort, and takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at Hoku’s. Light refreshments will be served after the class, and participants will get some truffles to take home. Cost is $85 per person, per class. Reservations are required. Call 808-739-8760 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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WHERE TO DINE Tropics Bar & Grill
Atlantis Seafood & Steak
2284 Kalakaua Avenue 922-6868
Eggs n’ Things Ala Moana
451 Piikoi St 538-EGGS (3447)
2752 Woodlawn Dr. Manoa Marketplace 988-4310
La Palme D’or
343 Saratoga Road 923-EGGS (3447)
Ala Moana Center - Mall Level Mountain Side, next to Shirokiya 941-6161
Waikiki Beach Eggspress 2464 Kalakaua Ave (Aston Waikiki Circle) 926-EGGS (3447)
GRAND OPENING SPECIAL
10 OFF Entire Menu
Daily 11am-3pm Daily 5pm-10pm
BUFFET Camellia Buffet
4369 Lawehana St. (across Target in Salt Lake) 422-0059
( 11amClose ) OPEN SUNDAY FOR THE BIG GAME HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS WAFU STEAK
All-You-Can-Eat Buffet includes hot entree bar.
Senior/Military Discounts Available Mon.-Thurs. Cannot be combined with other offers. Exp. 2/7/13
711 Queen St. 597-8880 1111 Bishop St. #4 536-8363 Ala Moana Center 946-6388 Royal Hawaiian Center 791-2969
Eggs n’ Things Saratoga
Located inside of Zippy’s
2005 Kalia Road Hilton Hawaiian Village (Ali‘i Tower) 949-4321
930 McCully St. 951-0511 • 951-0611
11am-4pm • Pepperoni or Cheese Pizza • Small Salad • (2) Soft Drinks Reg. $19 *Offer not valid with other offers/ discounts. Expires 2/7/13
5-6p & 9pm-midnight
DINNER Tues-Sun 5p-Midnight • Closed Monday LUNCH Tues-Sun 11am-2pm
Stadium Mall 4510 Salt Lake Blvd. 486-3311
RESTAURANT & PUPU BAR
(next to Ryan’s Grill)
Open Daily 11am - 9pm
3008 Waialae Ave.
Valentine’s Day 4-Course – February 14, 2013 –
Course 1 SALAD
MACADAMIA NUT CRUSTED AUSTRALIAN LAMB CHOPS Fingerling Potato Sauté, Blueberry Port Wine Reduction
STRAWBERRY & ARUGULA Feta, Candied Pecans, Balsamic Vinaigrette
$9.95 LUNCH Mon-Fri $9.95 Sat-Sun $11.95 DINNER Mon-Thurs $16.95 Fri-Sun $18.95
Course 2 APPETIZER
WASABI PEA CRUSTED WILD SALMON Kabocha Squash Puree, Braised Choy Sum, Kabayaki Beurre Blanc
ROAST BUTTERNUT SQUASH & BACON DUMPLINGS Sage-Brown Butter, Arugula
Course 3 ENTRÉE SELECTION
Course 4 DESSERT
SURF N’ TURF Malbec Braised Beef Short Rib, Crispy Crab Fritter, Horseradish Mashed Potatoes, Charred Asparagus, Hollandaise
CHOCOLATE & PEANUT BUTTER CRUNCH PIE Kahlua Chocolate Ganache, Rice Krispy Granola Crumble
of the Month
Red Velvet Cake & Red Velvet Gourmet Cupcake
1131 Nu‘uanu Ave. • 587-7877 • Reservations recommended
STARTS FEB.4! CHILI FRANK PLATE
$6.39 Fast Food
SPAM or PORTUGUESE SAUSAGE OMELETTE
$4.99 Fast Food Breakfast Hours Only
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Take-out: MON-SAT: 6am SUNDAY: 8am Dine-in: DAILY 10am - 9pm
Prices may vary at locations.
CALL TODAY KAPOLEI MARKETPLACE 590 Farrington Hwy
PLEDGE TO PROMOTE & LIVE A DRUG-FREE LIFESTYLE & ENTER TO WIN A
JAI & GAU
Available now thru Feb 14th
to the U.S. Mainland Equivalent to 240,000 HawaiianMiles!
Purchase a total of $50 in Zippy’s gift cards & receive a $5 Zippy’s gift certificate for FREE! Go to zippys.com/giftcards, call: 973-0880 or visit any Zippy’s location.
*Restaurant Price: Chili Frank $7.39, Spam or Portuguese Sausage Omelette $5.99. Prices slightly higher at Zippy’s Kahului. Must be 18 years of age or older & Hawaii resident to enter giveaway. Offer and giveaway valid 2/4 through 2/28/13. Cannot be combined with any other promotional offers, coupons or discount cards. While supplies last. Sorry, no substitutions. Other restrictions may apply.
WHERE TO DINE CAFE
Five Star International Buffet
Royal Hawaiian Center, Bldg C, Level 3. 380-9300
Market City Shopping Center 2919 Kapiolani Blvd 735-3888
98-150 Kaonohi St. 486-5100
Ho Ho Chinese Cuisine
590 Farrington Hwy. 692-9880
Canton Seafood Restaurant 923 Keeaumoku St. 955-3388
Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant
Golden Palace Seafood Restaurant
Ala Moana Center •1450 Ala Moana Blvd. 4th Floor - Ho’okipa Terrace 947-8818
111 N. King St. 521-8268
88 Piikoi St. 593-1200
Little Village Noodle House
Happy Day Chinese Restaurant
Yakiniku Camellia Buffet
Stadium Mall 4510 Salt Lake Blvd. 486-3311
A Catered Experience 94-1068 Ka Uka Blvd. 677-7744
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $15.95 Complete Dinner (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) “Serving Quality Food and Spirit of Aloha for over 38 Years.”
New Hours 5:30 - 6:45pm
$11.45 Complete Lunch & after 10:30 p.m.
Sapporo & Kirin (large) $5.75 after 10:30pm
3553 Waialae Ave. 738-8666
1113 Smith St. 545-3008
Hee Hing Restaurant
Lung Fung Chinese Restaurant 5724 Kalanianaole Hwy. 377-5566
449 Kapahulu Ave. 735-5544
BOUNTY Y SEVEN SEAS AS AS
Try our Mabo Tofu Ramen with Vegetarian Gyoza!
2080 S. King Street (past McCully St.)
Friday & Saturday 5:30 – 9:30 pm
Our Broths are made from scratch with no MSG!
Mon: 5-10pm | Tues-Fri: 11am-2:30pm/5-10pm Sat: 11am-10pm | Sun: 11am-9pm
739-8760 topped with a seafood cream sauce served on a bed of mixed vegetables.
Coupon Required. Exp: 2/7/13.
(Valentine’s Day Only) Reservations recommended
AT Open Daily 8am - 6:30pm 1637 Kapiolani Blvd. (Across from Pan Am Bldg.)
Open 7 Days • 2700 So. King St.
HOTEL & RESORT www.kahalaresort.com
Open Daily 11:30am - 10pm 1138 Smith St. (corner of Smith/Pauahi) www.adegahi.com Specials cannot be combined with Hot Deals or any other discounts/coupons/offers.
98-150 Kaonohi St. • Tel: 486-5100
Casual Elegance on the Beach at Waikiki…
*MENU AND PRICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE *DINNER MENU ONLY
FRESH SEAFOOD, SUCCULENT PRIME RIB, DELECTABLE DESSERTS & SPECTACULAR SUNSET…
ONLY ONE TYPE OF COUPON PER PARTY
ONLY AT THE…
Please call 923.4056 to RSVP OUTRIGGER REEF ON THE BEACH | 2169 KALIA RD. www.oceanhousewaikiki.com
SENIOR SPECIAL! 55+
LUNCH & DINNER
Not combinable with other discounts. 55 or older w/ coupon & ID. No online or photo-copied coupons. One coupon per person. Discounts off regular adult price. Excluding Holidays. Expires 2/8/13.
ONLY ONE TYPE OF COUPON PER PARTY
BIRTHDAY SPECIAL! FREE BIRTHDAY MEAL FOR ANY AGE With Family & Group
LUNCH & DINNER
Must have minimum party of 4. Coupon valid on actual birthday, ID required. Not combinable with other discounts. Discounts off regular adult price. No online or photo-copied coupons. Must purchase beverage. Expires 2/8/13.
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WHERE TO DINE 1055 Alakea St. 525-8585
1110 McCully St. (Corner of McCully & Young) 946-8833 or 230-8866
Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant
909 Isenberg Street 941-6641
Asahi Grill Ward
Henry Louiâ€™s 2850 Paa St. 833-3728
Asian Mix 1234 South Beretania St. 521-1688
Himalayan Kitchen 1137 11th Ave. 735-1122
Big City Diner
Kailua 263-8880 Kaimuki 738-8855 Pearlridge East 487-8188 Waipio 678-8868 Ward Center 591-8891
Street Level, 2424 Kalakaua Ave., #102 971-1818
Liliha Square, 524-1628
888 Kapahulu Ave. 734-7345
515 Ward Ave. 593-2800
Ala Moana Hotel, 3rd Floor 410 Atkinson Drive 942-7788
Nice Day Chinese Seafood Restaurant
Good To Grill
ON ON At McCully
JJ Bistro & French Pastry 3447 Waialae Ave.
Special New Year Menu Chinese Chicken Salad FREE (AMĂĽĂĽ3CALLOPĂĽ3OUPĂĽsĂĽ0EKINGĂĽ$UCKĂĽ-EAT JAI with 7ALNUTĂĽ3HRIMPĂĽsĂĽ#RISPYĂĽ3KINĂĽ#HICKEN Party Menu! 'INGERĂĽĂĽ/NIONĂĽ3TEAMEDĂĽ3EAĂĽ"ASS 0EKINGĂĽ$UCKĂĽW"UNĂĽsĂĽ2ICEĂĽsĂĽ*AI "ONELESSĂĽ#HICKENĂĽ#AKEĂĽ.OODLE #HEFSĂĽ$ESSERTĂĽOFĂĽ$AY Jai & Gau available for Chinese New Year
111 N. King St. near Maunakea
Dim Sum $ 98
Served 7am Daily
Take-out Orders Welcomed
Chicken with Corn Soup Fried Crispy Whole Chicken Walnut Shrimp Salt & Pepper Pork Chop w/ Tofu Steamed Fish Filet w/ Ginger Onion Shanghai Cabbage w/ Meat Sauce Beef Noodle w/ Veggies Steamed Rice Dine-in/Take-out available. Cannot combine with other discounts or specials
WHOLE LOBSTER 12.95 *with 1 reg. priced entree. Dine-In Only. $
Cannot combine with other discounts or specials
377-5555 or 377-5566
Lungfunghawaii.com â€˘ Open Daily 11am-9pm 5724 Kalanianaole Hwy â€˘ Niu Valley Shopping Ctr. LOTS OF FREE PARKING | Dine-in/Take-out available daily.
KAILUA 263-8880 KAIMUKI 738-8855 PEARLRIDGE EAST 487-8188 WAIPIO 678-8868 WARD CENTER 591-8891
Find us on Facebook & Twitter
Special Valid Sun 2/3 thru Sat 2/9
$138 for 10 people
Pre-Order Your Cakes Now! Ala Moana Center â€˘ Mall Level (Mountain side, next to Shirokiya)
Two Fresh Kalei Eggs with Choice of Honey-Cured Bacon or Breakfast Link Sausage with Choice of White or Brown Rice
OPEN DAILY 10:30am-8:30pm
Lion Dance at 7pm
525-8585 Monday-Sunday 10:30am to 9:00pm
Sunday, February 10, 2013
DIM SUM BRUNCH BUFFET SEATINGS: 10:30AM & 12:30PM
featuringâ€Ś a variety of Hong Kong Style Dim Sum
1055 Alakea Street FREE PARKING Mon-Fri after 5pm & All Day Sat & Sun
â€˘ Pork Hash â€˘ Chicken Dumpling â€˘ Shrimp w/Nori Roll â€˘ Deep Fried Shrimp Dumpling â€˘ Mochi Rice in Lotus Leaf â€˘ Tripe w/Ginger Sauce â€˘ Chicken Feet â€˘ Jai â€˘ Taro Puff â€˘ Egg Flower Soup â€˘ Haupia Gelatin Cake â€˘ Fresh Fruit â€˘ Gau â€˘ and much more!
SPECIAL Chinese New Year Dinner available
Adults $21.99 â€˘ Senior (60+) $17.99 â€˘ Children (3-12) $13.99
Honoluluâ€™s Most Unique Lunch Spotâ€”
Brasserie Du Vin Full Service Monday - Saturday, 11:30 to 4:00 Featuring a French-inspired menu, complemented by an extensive wine list. Lunch includes soup, salads, sandwiches and seafood. Perfect for casual, business and special occasions.
545-1115 â€˘ www.brasserieduvin.com 1115 Bethel St (across from Hawaii Theatre) 22 | DINING OUT | FEB. 3-9, 2013
KOREAN CUISINE â€˘ LUNCH $17.95 10:30AM - 2:30PM â€˘ DINNER $25.95 2:30PM-10PM
SUPER SUNDAY SHABU SHABU SPECIAL
KAL BI, SIRLOIN, CHICKEN, SPICY PORK, FRESH SHRIMP
1 lb. of short rib shabu shabu
*DISCOUNT EXCLUDES ALL BEVERAGES WITH THIS AD. EXP. 2/28/13.
930 McCully St. â€˘ 951-0511/951-0611
â€˘ PRIVATE PARTY ROOM â€˘ CONVENIENT PARKING
** only availale Sunday 2/3/13. Dinner Only. ** Not available with other offers/discounts
TWO GREAT LOCATIONS! AIEA â€˘ 484-2222 HONOLULU â€˘ 589-2299 98-150 Kaonohi St. 510 Piikoi St.
WHERE TO DINE Shiro’s Saimin Haven
Pagoda 1620 N. School St. 841-0931
Wailana Coffee House
WAIMALU 98-020 Kam Hwy. • 488-8824
1525 Rycroft St. 948-8356
1860 Ala Moana Blvd. 955-1764
WAIPAHU 94-256 Waipahu Depot St. • 676-2088
Panya Bistro • Bakery • Bar
EWA BEACH SHOPPING CENTER 91-919 Fort Weaver Rd. • 689-0999
Ala Moana Center, Mauka - Mall Level 946-6388
Zippy’s Call the one nearest you
Kenny’s Hawaiian BBQ Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, 2nd floor 922-3333
Shore Bird Restaurant
Outrigger Reef on the Beach 922-2887
1131 Nuuanu Ave. 587-7877
Kit N Kitchen
580 N. Nimitz Hwy. 545-7979
Korean Hibiscus BBQ
FREE MANDOO* 4 PIECES
with purchase of regular plate
with purchase of mini plate
*Cannot be combined with any other offers. Expires 2/28/13.
Kaimuki Shopping Center 734-8232 (Lower Level) Formerly in Aina Haina Shopping Center
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Special NEW YEAR Menu $188
Seafood with Fish Maw Soup ♦ Peking Duck (Whole) Live Lobster with Ginger & Onion ♦ Shrimp Walnuts with Mayonnaise Tenderloin Steak with String Beans ♦ Crispy Garlic Chicken Chinese Broccoli w/ Dried Fish ♦ Young Chow Style Fried Rice ♦ Dessert $99, $239, $288 MENUS ALSO AVAILABLE
OPEN DAILY: 10am — midnight 923 KEEAUMOKU ST.
Best Cantonese Cuisine
Cash Sale Only (With Coupon)
Excludes Set Menus; Roast Pork, Roast Duck, Char Siu & other specials. 5%, 10% and lobster special not to be combined with any other offer/discounts/ specials. Expires 2/28/13. Must present coupon.
1299 with purchase of $
Full Price Entree Valid 5-10:30pm
Nice Day Chinese Seafood Restaurant Liliha Square by Times Supermarket
Celebrating 11 Years! Dim Sum Take Out Special! 8am-11:30am Lobster $1299 with purchase of Full Price Entree Valid 5-10:30pm
10% OFF(Charge) • 15% OFF(Cash) Dim Sum & Reg. Menu Dine In Special!
(Charge) • Happy Day Chinese Restaurant 3553 Waialae Avenue
Kahala Mall 738-5696 (KOZO)
Keeaumoku by Wal-Mart 946-5696
801 Dillingham Blvd. 951-6297
Pearl City by Wal-Mart 455-6805
$2.00 OFF One coupon per order. Cannot be combined with other offers. Expires 2/15/13.
94-300 Farrington Hwy
KUNG HEI FAT CHOY Buffet Dinner $21.95 Table of 10 $298.00
Best “Japanese Style” Shabu Shabu in Hawaii
Special 10-Course Menu
Lion Dance Feb 10 @ 6pm Shabu Shabu or any Sukiyaki Set
featuring our special sukiyaki sauce. Exp. 2/7/13
*Free parking available at First Hawaiian Bank
Maple Garden/Yen King ¬)SENBERG¬3TREET¬s¬941-6641
Mon-Sat 11am-2pm (last call 1:30pm) Dinner Nightly 5pm-10pm (last call 9:30pm) Validated Parking • 1221 Kapiolani Blvd. • 597-1655
Ala Moana Center
5% OFF Credit Card Sale Only
Hong Kong Dim Sum & Regular Menu Items
Max’s Of Manila
WAIKIKI 1972 Kalakaua Ave. • 942-2121 AIEA 98-150 Kaonohi St. • 487-9911
Sam Choy’s BLC
1010 University Avenue 942-7622
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Excludes Set Menu; Roast Pork, Roast Duck, Char Siu & other specials. 5%, 10% and lobster special are not to be combined with any other offer/discounts/specials. Expires 2/28/13. Must present coupon.
What is harder to gain and easier to lose than material things? Trust. This bond is worth more than any amount of money or wealth. It comes secondary only to health. Trust cannot be obtained overnight. The true test usually surfaces in the midst of some sort of trouble or plight. Once trust is lost it is nearly impossible to recapture. Without it you simply cannot share relationships of rapture.
NEW YEAR SPECIAL $318 for table of 10 $438 for table of 10
Bryce “Saimin Jr” WAIMALU
EWA BEACH SHOP. CTR.
98-020 Kam Hwy.
94-256 Waipahu Depot St.
91-919 Fort Weaver Rd.
w w w. s h i ro s s a i m i n . c o m
• Cold Cut Appetizer Platter • Crab Meat & Fish maw Soup • Peking Duck with Home made Buns • Steamed Whole Fish with Scallion & Soy Sauce • Sautéed Peking Duck Meat with onions & peppers • Sautéed Shrimp & Scallop with Honey Glazed Walnut • Baby Pak Choy w/Crab Meat & Carrot Sauce • New Year Good Luck “Jai” • Seafood Fried Rice w/Garlic • Mochi Balls in Sweet Ginger Broth
• Steamed Scallop in half shell • Imitation Shark Fin Soup w/Crab Meat • Lobster w/ Garlic & Butter Sauce • Sautéed Shrimp & Scallop with Honey Glazed Walnuts • Steamed Whole Fish with Scallion & Soy Sauce • Smoked Chrysanthemum Chicken • Braised Shiitake Mushrooms w/ Vegetable • New Year Good Luck “Jai” • Sticky Rice w/Preserved Meats in a Lotus Wrap • Mochi Balls in Sweet Ginger Broth
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WHERE TO DINE People’s Cafe Hawaiian & Filipino Food
1310 Pali Hwy 521-5552
The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Lobby Level 5000 Kahala Ave. 739-8760
1250 Kapiolani Blvd. 237-5429
2440 Kuhio Ave. 922-5555
53 Ahui Street 536-5353
Hawaiian & Filipino Food
The Fat Greek
The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Beach Level 5000 Kahala Ave. 739-8760
Kaimuki - 3040 Waialae Ave. 734-0404 Ala Moana - Makai Market 949-2120 Waikiki - 1831 Ala Moana Blvd 941-3444 Kailua - 1020 Keolu Dr 230-2300
Bali Steak & Seafood Ruth’s Chris Steak House Restaurant Row 599-3860 Waikiki Beach Walk 440-7910
1310 Pali Hwy 521-5552
Plumeria Beach House
Hilton Hawaiian Village (Rainbow Tower) 2005 Kalia Road 949-4321
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Bldg C, Level 3 2301 Kalakaua Ave. 922-3600
Hy’s Steak House
Fifty Three By The Sea
Royal Hawaiian Center 922-3400
Inferno’s Wood Fire Pizza Ward Center (Next to Ryan’s Grill) 1200 Ala Moana Blvd. 375-1200
OPEN 'til Midnight (Monday thru Saturday) TRY OUR NEW ITEMS!
We Deliver! Need delicious dishes? Simply select the items you want and have us deliver them hot!
CALL FOR DETAILS!
*Additional fees apply.
2752 Woodlawn Dr. • Manoa Marketplace
Mon-Sat 7:30am-7pm; Sunday 7:30am-3pm
A colorful, bite-sized piece of French pastry heaven. $2.25 each 4-piece & 8-piece gift boxes available
Fresh Island still available
Wafu Dishes available
Year of the Snake
at Chinese Cultural Plaza FIREWORKS & LION DANCE February 1, 2, 8 & 9
Spinach Linguine with Shrimp and Scallop M - F 10am -12midnight $16.95 Fresh spinach pasta with pesto •••••••
SAT 8am -12midnight SUN 8am -10pm
cream sauce topped with flavorful pieces of shrimp and scallop
Won Ton Noodles • Pasta • Risotto • Burgers • Sandwiches • Pizza • Salads • Soups
1223 N. School St.
Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, 3rd Floor
BENTO SHRIMP $ JUMBO SHRIMP $11.95 Reg $15.95 SPECIAL 9.25 SPECIAL $11.95
Breakfast • Lunch Catering • Okazu
OPEN TUE-SUN LUNCH 11AM-2PM, DINNER 5-8:30PM • CLOSED MONDAY LUNCH & DINNER (Parking inside Chinese Cultural Plaza)
2919 Kapiolani Blvd. Market City Shpg Cntr
on Thurs., Feb. 14th with purchase
100 N. Beretania Street #113
Fresh spinach pasta sheet layered with eggplant, mushrooms and ricotta cheese
Home of the Famous Garlic Chicken
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! FREE DESSERT
Come and celebrate the…
KUNG HEE FAT CHOY!
Tues-Sat 5:00am-1:00pm Sun-Mon Closed Celebrate the New Year with our homemade New Year Goodies
Max’s Valentine Special
Snow crab legs, prawns and mussels prepared halabos style in garlic wine sauce.
801 Dillingham Blvd. (next to Costco Iwilei) Honolulu Hawaii 96817
Waipahu Shopping Plaza 94-300 Farrington Hwy., Suite F-1 Waipahu, Hawaii 96797
One Ice Cream Parlor Item
Now le b Availa
with any purchase
Cuisine of the Philippines www.maxschicken.com
Vegetable VEGETARIAN DISHES Lasagna Expires 2/15/13 $15.95
OPEN ‘til 7pm on WWW.ACATEREDEXPERIENCE.COM
MONDAYS 10% OFF
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Coupon must be surrendered at time of purchase. One discounted item per coupon. Not valid on previous purchases or with other offers.
88 Piikoi St., Honolulu 593-1200 • kissatencafe.com
• Red Bean • Water Chestnut HEALTHY, WEALTHY, • Brown Sugar • Coconut Créme HAPPINESS and MORE
946-6388 • 597-8880 ALA MOANA CENTER WWW.PANYAGROUP.COM
Only available when ordered in advanced. Pick up on 2/8, 2/9 and 2/10. Like us on Facebook
WHERE TO DINE Romanos Macaroni Grill Ala Moana Center Hookipa Terrace 356-8300
Taormina-Sicilian Cuisine 227 Lewers St. 926-5050
Hifumi Japanese Restaurant
Aina Haina 373-4033 Ala Moana 942-9102 Ewa Town Center 683-1003 Kaneohe 247-9595 Kapahulu 735-7700 Kapolei Commons 674-4227 Waiau 485-0227 Waikele Center 678-3180 Ward Center 591-5600
Chinese Cultural Plaza 100 N. Beretania St. 536-3035
JAPANESE Chinpei Ramen 2080 S. King Street 947-5919
Tail her that you LOVE her… LOBSTER TAILS $14.95 for One $34.95 for Three Dine-in or Take-Out
CALL 739-0993 3447 Waialae Avenue J J F R E N C H P A S T R Y. C O M
1841 Ala Moana Blvd. 941-4444
CHAR SIU FRIED RICE
SMALL $22.50 MEDIUM $45.00 LARGE $67.50
CRISPY KAU CHEE
Thursday • February 14, 2013 11A.M. till Midnight
SMALL $23.85 MEDIUM $47.70 LARGE $63.60
Roasted Rib Roast
SMALL $23.85 MEDIUM $47.70 LARGE $71.55
Seafood Continental $14.50
Roasted Chicken $12.75
DINNERS INCLUDE Salad Bar, Corn on the Cob, Strawberry Short Cake, & much more!
"GON LAU" CHOW MEIN NOODLES
Sakura Restaurant 3008 Waialae Ave 259-7100
For a day filled with love, a night
full of flavors.
PANKO CHICKEN FRITTERS WITH SWEET CHILI SAUCE
CHINESE CHICKEN SALAD, BEEF BROCCOLI OR HEE HING NOODLES SMALL $26.85 MEDIUM $53.70 LARGE $80.55
GOLDEN SPRING ROLLS OR MANDARIN POT STICKERS
HONG KONG DIM SUM PLATTER
SMALL $28.30 MEDIUM $56.60 LARGE $84.90
ROAST DUCK OR HONG KONG CRISP CHICKEN
Portuguese Sweet Bread with Eggs, Bacon, & Coffee or Tea. Breakfast served 24 Hrs.
(10 to 15 people) (20 to 25 people) (30 to 35 people)
Royal Hawaiian Shpg Cntr, 3rd Flr. 922-5511
Kobe Japanese Steak House
SMALL $19.65 MEDIUM $38.25 LARGE $59.00
BAKED CHAR SIU MANAPUA PLATTER
Kozo Sushi Kahala Mall • 738-KOZO Keeaumoku • 946-KOZO Moiliili • 951-KOZO Pearlridge • 483-6805 Pearl City • 455-6805
Pearl Kai Shopping Center 98-199 Kamehameha Hwy, #A-7B 492-1863
ENJOY THE BIG GAME “BIG GAME” PARTY TRAYS
CHOCOLATE DIPPED STRAWBERRIES
2400 Koa Ave. 923-7368
AIEA 98-150 Kaonohi St. 484-2222 HONOLULU 510 Piikoi St. 589-2299
WINDWARD MALL 46-056 Kamehameha Hwy F1 922-5511 KAPIOLANI - 1221 Kapiolani Blvd., #105 589-2989 WAIKIKI - 307 Lewers St. 926-2989
Odoriko Japanese Restaurant
SMALL $35.80 MEDIUM $71.60 LARGE $107.40
DELIVERY AVAILABLE JUST $8.99 Call Aloha To Go (808) 591-TOGO
SOUP OF THE DAY
FEATURED HOT ENTREES
New England Clam Chowder
Steamed Alaskan Snow Crab Legs | Shrimp & Vegetable Tempura | Steamed Whole Kona Kampachi w/Asian Pesto Sauce | Baked Oyster Rockefeller | Seafood Medley w/Black Bean Sauce
SALAD BAR Tofu Watercress Salad | Asian Chicken Salad
POKE BAR Island Sashimi | Shrimp Cocktail | Ahi Inamona Poke | Tofu & Edamame Poke | Sesame Tako Poke | Korean Style Mussel Poke | Shoyu Ahi Poke | Specialty Sushi Rolls
ACTION STATION Roasted Garlic & Herb Prime Rib w/Homemade Horseradish & Au Jus and Steamed Whole Kona Kampachi with Asian Pesto
955-1764 • OPEN 24 HOURS 1860 Ala Moana Blvd. Validated Parking
Try Our Tasty HASH TEMPURA!
The Best Hash Tempura on the Island!
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries | Soft Serve Ice Cream w/Assorted Toppings | Macadamia Nut Tarts | White Chocolate Bread Pudding | Pecan Pie and Much More!
Seating is limited. Reservations required.
SEKIYA’S RESTAURANT & DELICATESSEN
A new twist on an old favorite
Serving Hawaii for 77 Years!
New Hours of Operation: 6:30am-1pm *For information/reservations call 11:00am-2:00pm Pagoda Restaurant at 948-8356 10:00am-2:00pm or go to our website at: Pagodahawaii.com 5:00pm-9:30pm
Featuring oysters on the half shell and your choice of Hawaiian grouper a la oscar, butter roasted filet, or Kaua‘i prawns and scallop.
Sun-Thu 8am-10pm • Fri-Sat til 11pm Okazuya open daily from 8am
Enjoy some refreshing Valentine’s Day Drink Specials Adults: $42.95 | Children (5-8): $18.95
Breakfast Service: Daily Lunch Service: Monday-Friday Brunch Buffet: Saturday & Sunday Dinner Buffet: Wednesday-Sunday
449 KAPAHULU AVE., STE 101 www.HeeHingHawaii.com
4-course valentine’s day dinner $ 75 per person
2746 Kaimuki Ave
ACROSS KAIMUKI H.S.
beachhousewaikiki.com • 921-4600 • Complimentary valet parking.
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WHERE TO DINE Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen
2746 Kaimuki Avenue 732-1656 RESTAURANT & PUPU BAR
Korean Hibiscus BBQ
2700 S. King St. 947-2836
Kaimuki Shopping Center 3221 Waialae Avenue 734-8282
Tanaka of Tokyo
EAST, in King’s Village 922-4233 CENTRAL, in Waikiki Shopping Plaza 922-4702 WEST, in Ala Moana Cntr-Hookipa Terrace 945-3443
Kaneohe 234-6868 Kapolei 693-8808 Market City 737-1868 Kamehameha Shp Cntr 848-8186 Pearl Highlands Cntr 456-8082 99 Ranch Mapunapuna 833-3139
1111 McCully Street 947-5411
Wahoo’s Fish Taco Kahala • 4614 Kilauea Ave. 732-9229 Ward • 940 Auahi St. 591-1646
905 Keeaumoku St. 951-1004
KOREAN Sushi Company
Chogajib Korean Restaurant
825 Keeaumoku St. #111 744-3440
626 Sheridan St. 596-0799
1223 N. School Street 848-5573
Kapalama Shopping Center 1210 Dillingham Blvd # 8 841-8535
Early Bird Special Only
Sauteed Mahi with Lobster Sauce Steak & Shrimp Chicken Alfredo Pasta
Call for Reservations & Information 2284 Kalakaua Ave.
Open 7 Days from 11am-10pm
Lunch 11am - 4pm Dinner 5pm - 10pm
Enjoy Our Signature Porterhouse Steak for Two - and Take Me Home This Valentine’s Day!*
February 14th 5-10:30 p.m. Choice of Caesar or Mixed Green Salad Porterhouse for Two Mashed Potatoes Creamed Spinach Chocolate Mousse Pie with Strawberry $102.14 per couple
*WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. REGULAR MENU ALSO AVAILABLE.
at the old Waikiki III Theatres Parking available at the Pro-Park location Seaside Ave. Pay $2 at the Restaurant. www.atlantisseafoodsteak.com
ROYAL HAWAIIAN CENTER VALIDATED PARKING WOLFGANGSSTEAKHOUSE.NET
OYSTER FESTIVAL 2013
Happy Valentines Day
thru Wed. Feb. 6th
FRESH LIVE OYSTERS Served with a Ginger, Lime Mignonette Sauce
4369 Lawehana St. (across Target in Salt Lake) | OPEN Mon - Fri 6am - 1pm www.larrysbakery.com or ﬁnd us on Sat 6am - 12pm
Goose Point Oysters FEB 7th, 5PM & 11PM A FUN MIXER FOR SINGLES Fun Speed-Dating Sessions • Great Pupu & Drink Specials • Games & Prizes FEB 14th, 5-10:30PM VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER Appetizer, Entree & Dessert Specials Each Couple will Receive Belgian Milk Chocolate Hearts as Our Gift REGULAR MENU ALSO AVAILABLE. ROYAL HAWAIIAN CENTER VALIDATED PARKING WWW.ILLUPINO.COM • 808.922.3400
$12.00 (half dozen)
Shigoku Oysters $15.00 (half dozen)
~~~ Roasted Pacific Oysters Tempura Oysters Rockefeller Oysters 580 Nimitz Hwy.
545-7979 Like us on Facebook for Special Deals & Offers
SENIOR (65+) DISCOUNT
February Special $4.99 Green Papaya Salad
Offer valid on dine-in orders only. Must present coupon. Cannot be combined with other offers or coupons. Exp 2/28/13
10% OFF ENTIRE MENU
Must present coupon. Does not apply with other discounts/offers. Dine-in only. Applies to senior’s orders only. Exp. 2/7/13
SUN-THURS 6:30AM-10PM FRI-SAT 6:30AM-11PM
Military w/ID receive 10% OFF facebook.com/phomylienhawaii
WESTRIDGE SHOPPING CENTER • 488-4900 (Next to Makino Chaya) 98-150 Kaonohi St., Aiea Mon-Sat 10am-10pm • Sun 10am-8pm
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515 WARD AVE.
Kam Shopping Center Open 6am Daily
WHERE TO DINE PACIFIC RIM
3660 on the Rise 3660 Waialae Ave. 737-1177
The Ocean House Restaurant
Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood
Shabu Shabu House
1006 Kapahulu Ave. 688-8891
1221 Kapiolani Blvd 597-1655
PORTUGUESE SHOR American Seafood Grill
Waimalu Shopping Center 98-042 Kamehameha Hwy 487-5091
(across Pan Am Bldg) 1637 Kapiolani Blvd. 366-8226
1380 S. King St. 944-8288
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach 2424 Kalakaua Ave. 923-1234 ext. 59
1138 Smith Street 566-5909
Hi Sandwich & Drink
Waimalu Shopping Center 98-042 Kamehameha Hwy #3 487-7372
Outrigger Reef On The Beach 2169 Kalia Rd. 923-2277
Thai Issan Cuisine
Pho My Lien
Market City Shopping Center 2919 Kapiolani Blvd. 736-4152
98-150 Kaonohi St. 488-4900
Happy s e’ Valentin! Day
Private Party Menu Available for All Groups
Entire Menu with coupon
Daily 10am - 9:30pm Exp: Exp: 2/7/13 2/7/13
1137 11th ave
Belly Dancing (1st & 3rd Sunday)
City Shopping Center 735-4152 Market Near Foodland
Celebrate Your Birthday With us and Receive a complimentary Hy’s Cheesecake & Keepsake Photo For Honoree
Limited Time Only Expires 2/18/13
www.genkisushiusa.com 1. Royal Garden Roast Meat Combination
Mon-Fri: 6:00 - 10:00 pm Sat, Sun: 5:30 - 10:00 pm
2. Dried Oyster Served In Lettuce Wrapped 3. Bird’s Nest Soup w/Crab Meat
• Wine Spectator Award-Winning Wine List • Live Entertainment • Valet Parking
4. Peking Duck 5. Steamed Island Fish w/Ginger & Green Onion 6. Live Maine Lobster Royal Garden Style
7. Baked Rock Salt Ranch Chicken 8. Shredded Duck Meat w/E-Mein
ALA MOANA 942-9102 AINA HAINA 373-4033 EWA TOWN CENTER 683-1003 KANEOHE 247-9595 KAPAHULU 735-7700 KAPOLEI 674-4227 WAIAU 485-0227 WAIKELE 678-3180 WARD CENTER 591-5600
KONA KUKUI GROVE LAHAINA MAUI MALL
(808) 327-6776 (808) 632-2450 (808) 661-0333 (808) 873-7776
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9. Mochi Ball In Red Bean Soup
Special $450/per table of 10 1. Deep Fried Seafood Roll
2440 Kuhio Ave.
2. Shrimp w/Glazed Honey Walnuts
3. Steamed Chicken Soup w/Mushroom & Virginia Ham
4. Steamed Dried Oyster Roll w/Seaweed 5. Crispy Roast Chicken w/Red Preserved Bean Curd Sauce 6. Braised Sea Cucumber w/Black Mushroom 7. Sauteed Fish Fillet w/Vegetable 8. Fried Rice In Lotus Leaf When You Purchase
9. Mochi Ball In Red Bean Soup
Special $330/per table of 10
New Year’s Gau Now Available till 2/10/13
Dinner & Dine-In Only Not to be combined with any other discount or offer.
SERVING LUNCH & DINNER • TAKE-OUT AVAILABLE
Proper Attire Required
**Please Order One Day In Advance**
Large $12.95 Small $8.95
AT ALA MOANA HOTEL • 3RD FLOOR 410 ATKINSON DRIVE • 942-7788
Okinawan • Japanese Steak • Seafood Local Favorites Buy One Entrée Get the second
*Some exclusions may apply. Exp. 2/28/13
Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11am - 2pm • Saturday and Sunday: 10am - 2pm • Dinner: (Last Order is 9:30pm) DINING OUT | FEB. 3-9, 2013 | 27
orderoftheday Cashier JB Ballesteros, cook Victoria Sarmiento, cook Chika Iwamoto and cashier Marivic Bolloso.
Local Japanese Fare that’s Unbeatable Story by Michelle Lee • Photos by Nathalie Walker
fter the success of Mamaya’s first location at Ala Moana Center’s Shirokiya food court, it was only a matter of time before owners of the tasty Japanese eatery would expand the business. The time finally came last December when Mamaya launched its second location at Pearl Kai Shopping Center. Loyal customers quickly expressed their appreciation. “Many of our customers would commute to Shirokiya from the west side of the island to eat lunch at Mamaya,” says Kayo Noguchi, Mamaya’s store manager. “Now they can experience the same great meal without traveling far.” The new Mamaya offers the same delicious, local Japanese
dishes as the original location with a few particularly inviting enhancements. Now located within the walls of its own store, the Pearl Kai Mamaya establishment offers significantly more dining space for patrons to sit and enjoy their meal. One of the main features of the new restaurant is its fullblown deli station, which allows customers to create custom bentos. “Our deli items are freshly made each day from the highest quality ingredients,” says division manager Monette Guevarra-Lastino. Side dishes available on the deli line include local favorites such as
fers a variety of pre-made delicious bento boxes such as Miso Butterfish ($9.95) and Mochiko Chicken ($7.50), two of the most popular dishes on the menu. Additionally, customers may choose to try any of Mamaya’s popular Donburi bowls (starting at $5.75) or Musubis (starting at $1.30). “With so many tasty options, there is something for everyone no matter what your tastes are,” says GuevarraLastino. Mamaya’s dedication to continually improving the flavor and quality of its menu items has resulted in the creation of several signature ingredients. “We offer a special multi-grain rice chockfull of ingredients such as whole oats, red rice, rye berries for customers who want a healthier rice option without compromising on taste,” says GuevarraLastino. Other Mamaya-exclusive foods include a special miso sauce and honey mustard dressing, which the chefs use to marinate many deli and bento items. “Rather than use store-bought sauces, we prefer to use our own,” says Noguchi. “People always ask Fried where they can buy Noodles, Mamaya Special them, but they are Mochiko Chicken, Bowl ($8.25) specially made for Tofu Steak and Mamaya.” Eggplant with Equally as important as flaTeriyaki Glaze ($7.75 per vor and quality, cleanliness is pound). Past the deli line, Mamaya also also a top priority at Mamaya. boasts an impressive poke sta- Whereas many restaurants lation where consumers can pick bel their bento boxes with a from freshly made Spicy Ahi sell-by date, Mamaya’s bento poke, Oyster Sauce Ahi poke, labels indicate a sell-by time. Shoyu Ahi poke and others. From the moment the chef Prices are reasonable with the prepares any bento, its content mini Poke Bowl at $5.75 and a stays on the table for only four regular Poke Bowl at $7.50. hours before it is thrown away. For those who “This ensures every dish is as may not have the fresh and flavorful as possible,” time to visit explains Guevarra-Lastino. In addition to the dine-in the deli or poke sta- menu, Mamaya also offers tions, Ma- takeout and catering options maya also of- as well. Spicy Ahi Poke Bowl ($7.50)
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Tofu Steak with veggie sauce Beef Broccoli
MAMAYA WHERE Pearl Kai Shopping Center 98-199 Kamehameha Hwy., Aiea CALL 492.1863 HOURS Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.8:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.