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Life’s a beach for Ocean House general manager David Nagaishi, especially when it includes one of the restaurant’s specialties: Roasted Beets and Island Papaya Salad.
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Mangoes By Alana Folen
othing signifies summer more than a ripe, juicy and succulent mango! Regarded as an extremely versatile fruit, mangoes (ripe or unripe) are widely utilized in many world cuisines. Sour, unripe mangoes are found in chutney or used to make pickled mango (my absolute favorite). When ripe, the mango is generally sweet, fleshy and perfect. Did you say mango bread? Mango pies? Mango smoothies? I’m all over it. Cheers to mango season! I guess word of my love for mango spread, because a couple of weeks ago I was asked to judge the Mangoes at the Moana Recipe Contest held at Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, where many mango enthusiasts submitted mango masterpieces created from their favorite recipes. I sampled everything mango, from mango carpaccio to mango scones. Talk about a hard job — but someone’s gotta do it!
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Seafood Grill, located in Hyatt Regency Waikiki. This restaurant with spectacular views of Waikiki Beach prides itself on its sustainability factor as it capitalizes on the freshest seafood and meats, always sourced from sustainable and local vendors. And in this sizzling summer heat, cool down with Shor American Seafood Grill’s Mango Daiquiri ($10), a delicious blend of rum, Hayden mango and lemon juice. Shor American Seafood Grill Want a classic American dining experi- A longstanding drink on the menu, ence with extreme local flair? Then swim Mango Daiquiri is ever-popular with the (OK, walk or drive) to Shor American Asia-Pacific market. You’ll be amazed with each and every sip, and the mango is blended to perfection. Now, if you're craving something a bit more tart, but just as tasty, I highly recommend Red Dirt Chi Chi ($10), which is an off-the-menu option available at Hyatt’s Japengo restaurant. In fact, this drink was proclaimed a winner in Mangoes at the Moana’s Mango Cocktail Mix Down, where all entries comprised of mango and Kettle One Vodka. “It's almost like a blended vodka pina colada,” says Japengo restaurant manager Michael Hutton. “I came up with this drink on my own, I was inspired by the red dirt on Kauai.” It’s sweet and savory, and boasts Kettle One Vodka, Grand Marnier, fresh Hayden mango and li hing mui powder. Mango flavored boba tops it off. According to Hutton, locals fall headover-heels in love with this drink. And although I sampled a virgin Red Dirt Chi Chi, I couldn’t agree more.
So now, weeks later, thoughts of onolicious mango still dance in my head, and in order to calm this mango madness I looked to a few beloved Ono, You Know hot spots for help. Believe me, this week, I surely “mango tango’d” my way to pure bliss! I’m one happy gal!
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Dining Out | Cover Story | Ocean House Story by Alana Folen | Photos by Leah Friel
ituated on the beautiful shores of Waikiki is Ocean House, where casual elegance, class-act customer service and world-renowned cuisine are right at your fingertips. Whether you’re out enjoying a meal with the family, or taking part in a romantic dinner for two, one thing’s for certain, each and every guest is always treated to unforgettable meals for breakfast and dinner, expertly prepared by executive chef Craig Yasaka. Dining Out recently paid a visit to this premier establishment, and while soaking up the sun and breathtaking views of Diamond Head, we caught up with general manager David Nagaishi, who eagerly shared exactly what keeps Ocean House at the top of its game for the past 10 years. DO: Ocean House, located oceanfront in Outrigger Reef on the Beach Hotel, opened its doors in April 2002, and this year marks its 10th anniversary.
You’ve been here since the beginning. How has the restaurant progressed since then? Nagaishi: It’s so neat because I’ve been able to watch the restaurant grow. We still have return customers who have dined with us since the beginning. I see a lot of people come through the doors, even celebrities such as Adam Sandler, princesses from Saudi Arabia and more. There are so many guests who travel to the Islands each year who make it a point to visit us, and that’s a huge compliment! And I love the local people who are such loyal patrons. DO: What is the concept behind Ocean House and what can diners expect? Nagaishi: Ocean House has a nice plantation feel, as if you were dining at a friend’s house. We offer a very nice and relaxed atmosphere — the ocean is just steps away and the sound of the waves crashing on shore is soothing. Our main goal is to
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1 make our guests feel as if they are at home. We serve island cuisine — we have a little of everything here. Our restaurant has definitely progressed cuisine-wise, but we still kept the authentic island feel. We’re always changing with the times, the seasons and the new trends. DO: Upscale, casual dining is the main focus here. What are some signature items that diners love? Nagaishi: Our Parmesan Crusted Opah ($34.50) is a mainstay. It features Hawaiian moonfish, pan-seared with a light lemon caper butter cream sauce, and served with grilled Kahuku corn and sun-dried tomato polenta. Of course, the Ocean House specialty is Hawaiian Sea Salt Slow Roasted Premium Angus Prime Rib. Diners may choose from The Ocean Cut ($34.50), a heartier portion of juicy, tender beef; Lite Cut ($31.50), a smaller cut for a lighter appetite; The Alii Cut ($42.50), generous bone-in
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cut fir a king-size appetite; Pulehu Prime Rib ($36.50), grilled with garlic and fresh herbs; and Blackened Prime Rib ($36.50), pan-seared on an iron skillet with Cajun spices served with a sweet Creole sauce. All prime rib entrees are accompanied with traditional English peas, creamy horseradish and Maui onion mashed potatoes. People really love our Sizzling Ahi Carpaccio ($14.50) as well. DO: In honor of its 10th anniversary, Ocean House is celebrating with some changes to its menu concept. Is that correct? Nagaishi: Yes. As far as our anniversary, we have some new menu items, which are geared toward healthier trends. These new dishes offer a lot more vegetables and healthy grains, such as quinoa, polenta and others. Guests have been loving our Roasted Beets and Island Papaya Salad ($11.50). We also have nice gluten-free menu options that a lot of people are taking advantage of, as well as vegetarian and vegan options. A popular gluten-free creation is Vegetables and Saffron Quinoa Saute ($24.50), which consists of broccoli, snap peas, carrots, onions, squash, zucchini, mushrooms and asparagus sauteed in a light lemon, garlic and olive oil. It’s very tasty. For our 10th anniversary we wanted to do something special, so we’ve added various new items to our menu, such as Hawaiian Sweet Bread Stuffed French Toast. Priced at $14, this favorite is filled with guava jam and topped with toasted coconut. Macadamia nut cream syrup completes this dish. DO: Ocean House originally was known for its predominant seafood selection, but since then many hearty dishes have been brought to the table, especially for meat eaters. What are
some relatively new entrees that carnivores can look forward to? Nagaishi: Definitely our Grilled Veal Chop ($39.50). Veal is a filet with an attitude. We present you with a 12ounce cut served with wild mushroom, Madeira demi, topped with avocado gremolata butter, tomato concasse, grilled hearts of zucchini and served with a risotto croquette. However, our seafood selection continues to be strong. In fact, our Ginger Green Onion Steamed Monchong ($32.50) is a hit. This island favorite is delicious, and served with yuzu chinoise sauce and a medley of stir-fried vegetables. DO: Does the restaurant obtain any of its products locally? Nagaishi: Yes, executive chef Craig Yasaka uses as much local produce as possible. We use a lot of local, line-caught seafood, and a lot of our vegetables are all
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grown here in the Islands. DO: Are there any promotions or specials diners should be on the lookout for? Nagaishi: Yes, for the entire month of August we have two specials going on. First, with the purchase of a breakfast entree you’ll receive a glass of fresh-squeezed grapefruit or orange juice on the house. Secondly, patrons will be treated with a complimentary Uncle Moki’s Chocolate Lava Flow Cake with the purchase of two entrees when you bring in the Dining Out ad on Page 23. This dessert is big enough to share and is one of our best-sellers. DO: What are your hopes and dreams for Ocean House in the next 10 years? Nagaishi: Simply put, we hope that the cuisine will keep improving, along with our service, and we hope our customers keep returning for more!
Life’s a beach for Ocean House general manager David Nagaishi, especially when it includes one of the restaurant’s specialties: Roasted Beets and Island Papaya Salad.
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uch has changed in Waikiki since Odoriko opened its doors 34 years ago. Hotels have come and gone, and shopping centers have opened, closed and changed names. But the tasty Kyotostyle menu at the King’s Village Shopping Center restaurant has remained. The Takei family opened the eatery in 1978 as a companion to their Ilikai Hotel restaurant, Maiko, which they opened six years prior. Today, the family is still in charge and outdoing its signature pupus in a fast and friendly style. Believe it or not, the six course SushiKaiseki ($47.50) is designated as a one-person appetizer/main-course menu item. Whether it’s a pupu or something more is up to the diner. The adventure begins with pickled vegetables, soup and rice. After that comes the sashimi, shrimp and vegetable
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tempura, nigiri and ahi sushi, beef teriyaki and butterfish misoyaki. If you’re still hungry, desserts are on the menu as well. A particular favorite was Garlic Shrimp ($12.95). Six pieces of moist shrimp are de-shelled and sauteed in a garlic, butter broth. The result is a sweet dish of shrimp served on a dainty dish and with just enough garlic to ward off vampires, but not dinner guests. In that same vein — but different — is Garlic Buttered Clams ($10.95). The clams are simmered in a seaweed and bonita soup, and mixed with garlic and butter. Light, flavorful and sweet, it’s
what clams should be. If you’re a fan of Kalbi (And who isn’t?), Barbecue Combo ($13.50) may just be what you’re looking for. The beef is sweet and smoky with just the right amount of char. The tanginess of the teriyaki chicken is a nice complement to the beef, and both go well with an icecold mug of Asahi or Sapporo beer. One more chicken appetizer to mention is Chicken Karaage ($10.50). Deep-fried, tender and tasty, the chicken is coated in a flour, egg and garlic mixture that just goes with everything. You may want to schedule more than one visit to test the theory.
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Tamura’s Waianae. “We always say that our bakery is old-school scratch baking,” adds Yafuso. “We don’t do the generic turnover. We do an apple stick, which is how every baker back in the day made it.” The Apple Stick is airy with a flaky crust and just the right amount of apples inside with cinnamon on the outside. The Cinnamon Twist, Cinnamon Bread and Pound Cakes also are must-tries, and Chantilly Cake is one-of-a-kind. The original frosting is soft and light, and has just
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created using his original recipes. Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-1 p.m. “I grew up in the bakery,” says Saturdays, 6 a.m.-noon daughter Iris Yafuso, who serves Closed Sundays as vice president of the company. “Summer fun was in the bakery. It’s in our blood, definitely. My Cinamon Twist mom, Irene, still comes in every ($1.65 each) day. And we kept our dad (who has since passed) with us. We have his picture here, so he still overlooks the bakery.” Larry’s Bakery opened 52 years ago in Waimalu Shopping Center before relocating to Salt Lake 14 years ago and adding a storefront three years ago. About a month ago, they joined the Momilani Farmers Market in Pearl City on Fridays and have reconnected with many customers from its early days. You also can find Larry’s cakes at Don Quijote, Waianae Store and
t’s one of the sayings you’ll find on a T-shirt at Larry’s Bakery in Salt Lake: “So Good It’s Worth The Muffin Top.” And after trying a few of its pastries, you can’t help but agree. The bakery offers a wide assortment of hot and fresh pastries, breads, loaf cakes, decorated refrigerated cakes, cookies and desserts (such as cupcakes, parfaits and creampuffs). Some of its most popular items are the Cinnamon Twist ($1.65) and Apple Stick ($1.65), as well as its Chocolate Chantilly, Dobash and White Chantilly cakes, which are now available by the slice ($3.95 slice, $15 cake). The family-run business prides itself in keeping founder Larry Yafuso’s treasured recipes alive with many of its offerings still
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t is the summer of specials at Canton Seafood Restaurant. It’s slashing prices faster than the car dealerships on Nimitz Highway. A recent special just so happens to be one of Canton Seafood’s most popular items — Fried Flounder with Seasoning Herbs. Normally on the menu for $15.99, this dish is being offered all day for $9.99. A whole flounder filet, this tasty Chinese dish is deep-fried and then seasoned with an assortment of herbs, including basil. It comes with rice and a variety of dipping sauce options. The flounder is sliced so that the delicious fish is
easy to dig into. Continuing to focus on fried foods, Canton Seafood’s half Fried Crispy Chicken, normally priced at $12.99, is available for only $4.99. The restaurant also offers more than 25 lunch and late-night specials priced between $5.99 and 7.99, including Crispy Gau Gee Mein served with six gau gee. Most of the lunch and late-night specials are served with rice and soup. Other items gaining popularity are Beef Chow Funn, Walnut Shrimp and Clams with Black Bean Sauce. “Canton is the southern part of China. We serve Hong Kong-
Right Fried Flounder with Seasoning Herbs ($9.99 special) Bottom right Fried Crispy Chicken ($4.99 special) File photos
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KITCHEN INSIDER Kenny’s Restaurant sous-chef James Drewery (center) with assistant managers Duck Sheldon (left) and Erlene Hutchinson (right). File photo
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 Hawaii’s diners have a top-notch dining experience. This week, Dining Out got the inside scoops from Kenny’s Restaurant sous chef James Drewery, who gave us a little taste of Kenny’s and shared just what fuels his culinary drive.
Who or what inspires you as a Chef? There are three people in my life who have shaped my career. First my Mother, she constantly told me I can do anything if I set my mind to it. When I was growing up it wasn’t acceptable for a male to
They taught me the basics of cooking — they are awesome cooks. I would hear people rant and rave about their cooking, expressing, “Man, you put your foot in it!” (An expression used in the South, meaning the food was really good).
What’s your most popular dish(es)? The Barbecue Ribs, be a chef, in fact, people Chicken, Baked Beans and thought cooking was a job for Cornbread, to name a few. high school dropouts or excriminals. Now, there are Is there a dish that you crenumerous cooking shows fea- ate that’s not on your menu, turing celebrity chefs. Thanks, but available upon request? mom! Secondly, my aunt and Yes, the Smothered Chicken. grandmother have inspired me.
Kamehameha Shopping Center | 1620 N. School St., Honolulu 841.0931 Sunday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-11 p.m. What is the biggest compliment you’ve ever received as a Chef? I love it when people tell me that I’m an awesome cook, but the highest compliment I can receive here at Kenny’s is from my staff. Since I’ve been working at Kenny’s, the staff has embraced me and though we are from different cultures and backgrounds we have become one big family. Cooking at Kenny’s isn’t about one person, it’s a team. And although I’ve created some new dishes, Kenny’s Restaurant is known for its classic entrees, for example, Korean Fried Chicken and Chinese Chicken Salad. I learned to prepare those classics from the longtime kitchen staff of the Restaurant. There are a lot of people behind the scenes preparing, cooking, serving, making sure that the customer enjoys a favorable dining experience, and they also deserve recognition.
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A quick fix at Asian Mix still find some faves here. Tofu and Eggplant with Garlic Sauce ($7.95), for instance, contains absolutely no meat products, according to owner Daniel Leung. The sauteed tofu and eggplant are served in a rich, dark garlic sauce. But that’s not all. “We can do vegetable fried rice and vegetable noodles, the way vegetarians like it," Leung says. He also recommends Vegetables with Garlic ($7.95), in which veggies including carrots, broccoli, choi sum and mushrooms are stir-fried with savory garlic, as well as the Vegetarian Bento ($5.45), which, along with a healthy helping of vegetables, comes with nishime, pickled vegetables and rice (for brown rice, add 50 cents). And, as you can see, it’s all quite affordable. Ready to mix it up?
ometimes you just can’t find the time to sit down in a restaurant, wait for a menu, have your order taken and wait again for the food — which, of course, is why takeout is so popular. But just because you’re in a hurry doesn’t mean you don’t want an appetizing variety of dishes to choose from, especially if you’re with friends or family. You may be in the mood for Chinese, but one of your coworkers prefers local food, while another is all about Japanese cuisine — and you’re all in a bit of a hurry. That’s where Asian Mix comes in. Mainly a takeout eatery, although it does have some seating outdoors, Asian Mix, conveniently located in the new Safeway building on Beretania Street, is a fast, easy way to get your Asian food fix. And if you don’t choose to eat meat or fish, don’t fret, you can
1 Douglas Shirai and Daniel Leung 2 Vegetarian Bento ($5.45) | Nathalie Walker photos
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ithin the perimeter of Hilton Hawaiian Village, there are many hidden wonders, but Tropics Bar & Grill in the Alii Tower probably tops them all (yes, even the penguins). Head chef Kapo Kealoha serves up great meals for all your breakfast, lunch and dinner needs, and with an extensive menu of classic and local favorites you’re sure to find something to satisfy your appetite. “From beginning to end, this is our three-a-day restaurant on property,” Kealoha says. “We roll anywhere from 1,100 to 1,300 people through here a day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.” It’s obvious that the dishes at Tropics, along with the friendly wait staff and beautiful ocean view, bring in customers in droves, and diners can be sure they’re getting good food for a great price. “We’re in a hotel, so the first thing customers need to be absolutely positive about is that it’s going to be worth every penny. Looks, taste, from top to bottom it has to be worth the money. That’s what we’re shooting for,” adds Kealoha. And in a time of healthconscious eating and counting calories, patrons can be sure that their food will not only be tasty, but
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also healthy and locally grown. “You either get on board or shut down and get out of the way,” he says. Kealoha commented that Tropics likes to get as many things locally as possible in order to promote local farmers. According to the head chef, the fish and tomatoes are local, and most of the veggies that Tropics brings in are locally grown, as well. “It just makes sense,” Kealoha says with a smile. “If we can get it fresher here, why not get it?” His attention to detail and desire to create dishes that will please every customer shine through in every meal. Furikake Beerbattered Fish & hips C ($18) puts a local spin on a classic dish. “We make our own tempura batter with beer and furikake flakes, and the fish in the dish is usually the fish of the day,” Kealoha says. “Most of the time we change it up, so don’t be surprised if you ask your server what the fish is and they tell you hebi, or opah or mahi.” And Kealoha never uses frozen fish. “I don’t like it at all,” he says adamantly. “So we don’t bring it in for any fish dish on our menu. Everything is brought in fresh.” One of the most popular dishes at Tropics is Pepper Seared Rare Ahi Tuna Salad ($18), and according to Kealoha, it’s the closest thing to a signature dish at the restaurant. The salad comes with an amazing (and addicting) wasabi ponzu vinaigrette, and you just might find yourself struggling to get every last drop. Also, the ahi is flown in fresh daily and seared and sliced by the well-equipped
chefs in the kitchen. If you want a pizza that’s a break from the norm, Tropics’ Grilled Chicken and Mushroom Pizza ($16; $14 during happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m.) is a must-try. “As far as our pizzas go, this is one of our most popular pizzas,” Kealoha says. And it’s no wonder why it’s so popular. The dough is handrolled, covered in a basil pesto sauce and topped with fresh goat cheese, grilled chicken and mushrooms from the Hamakua Coast on the Big Island. For a heartier meal, there also is a 10-ounce hand-cut New York Steak ($34), and the Citrus Crusted Island Fish ($28) will definitely fill you up. While the previous three dishes are served on the lunch and dinner menus, the steak and island fish are available only on the dinner menu. Upon ordering the Citrus Crusted Island Fish, you’ll notice the array of colors and different ingredients all masterfully and beautifully placed on the plate. “Our citrus fish is basically our fish of the day for the restaurant,” Kealoha explains. “It can be ono, it can be mahi, it can be anything.” The fish of the day sits atop a sweet potato puree sauce with a touch of honey, and the best and healthiest part of all? There’s no cream in it. The dish also comes with cut fingerling potatoes and a medley tomato ragu. With so many restaurant choices on the island today, you want to make sure you’re eating healthy food that tastes delicious, and Dining Out thinks that Tropics at Hilton Hawaiian Village is doing things right and tasty.
HILTON HAWAIIAN VILLAGE GROUND FLOOR, ALII TOWER 2005 KALIA ROAD, HONOLULU 949.4321 EXT. 42 OPEN DAILY 7 A.M.–10 P.M. 1 Furikake Beer-Battered Fish and Chips ($18) 2 Grilled Chicken and Mushroom Pizza ($16; $14 during happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m.) 3 Chef Kapo Kealoha with the Citrus Crusted Island Fish and Pepper Seared Rare Ahi Tuna Salad 4 Tropics’ spread of mouth-watering dishes. 5 Citrus Crusted Island Fish ($28) 6 New York Steak ($34) 7 Fresh Pepper Seared Rare Ahi Tuna Salad ($18) 8 Tropics is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. DINING OUT | AUG. 5-11, 2012 |
Hooked on Dean’s
DEAN’S DRIVE INN WHERE 45-773 Kamehameha Hwy., Kaneohe CALL 247.1300 HOURS Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Saturday
NOTES Call beforehand as sometimes the eatery is closed for catering events
1 Ahi Cake Sandwich topped with sweet chili aioli sauce ($9.95) 2 Fresh Island Ahi Belly topped with soyu ginger sauce ($11.45) 3 Melissa Mishima with Dean’s Drive In favorites. 4 Tofu Steak topped with ogo lomi tomato ($9.95) Nathalie Walker photos
s a food enthusiast, the only question I have about Dean’s Drive Inn is, why didn’t I know about this place for the last six years? It has the best in fresh, localstyle plate lunch with a gourmet touch. Just recently, I joined the throngs of diners ready to get their lunch on at this popular Kaneohe eatery, and I have to say, my taste buds are thanking me. It makes sense that Dean’s is the kind of place with a loyal following, seeing as you can’t help but fall in love with this cozy little spot when you meet the wonderfully warm Mishima family, who owns and operates it. And did I mention the food is amazing too? Owner/chef Dean Mishima brings three decades of experience in the restaurant business to his drive inn, serving up fresh local fare from behind the counter. One thing you’ve got to try is the Ahi Cake Sandwich topped with sweet chili aioli sauce ($9.95), as it takes the chef’s famous ahi cakes to a whole new level. These light, moist patties are topped with lettuce, onion, tomato and a delicious sauce, then served with a choice of homemade soup, tossed salad or french fries.
$ 4230 Waialae Ave. 737-7188 • 737-7288 Open daily 10am-9pm
The restaurant’s inviting atmosphere is reflected in its menu as well with some delectable grinds for vegetarian palates. Tofu Steak topped with ogo lomi tomato ($9.95) presents an exciting array of fresh flavors. “We top it with a little teri sauce,” says Dean. “You get a little sweet taste, and then the crunch from the ogo (seaweed).” Regulars also can’t get enough of the chef’s fresh catches. “People, especially in this area, they love fish, fresh fish,” he explains. “All my fish is all-local, Island fish.” The menu currently features a mouth-watering bite of Fresh Island Ahi Belly topped with shoyu ginger sauce ($11.45). “We fried it so it’s crispy, then we top on the shoyu ginger sauce.” You won’t be able to
leave the drive-inn without devouring something from the display case, which features deliciously addicting cornbread and a selection of desserts made by Dean’s wife, Doreen. One of her new creations, Baked Butter Mochi with haupia pudding ($2), is gaining quite a following. The beautiful combination of rich, gooey, buttery mochi topped with the creamiest of haupia puddings truly lends to an “aha moment” in dessert clarity. “We just recently started making that, and I couldn’t fill (the case) fast enough,” says Doreen. “She makes all kinds of desserts here,” adds Dean. With that, I wish you a happy journey to Dean’s Drive Inn, and I’ll probably see you in line.
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Korean fusion favorites Wailana Coffee House
By Caitlin Basilio
tep into Red House for a unique dining experience. Recently opened about seven months ago, this hip and modern restaurant, located on Keeaumoku Street in Honolulu, is hard to miss. And once you dine here, it’ll be even harder to forget. Taking pride in Korean fusion, the interior of Red House is very modern, and 1 Kimchi Noodle full of red and white décor. ($8.99) And let’s not forget the 2 Server Dae Eun continuous K-pop music Choi and shift manager videos projected onto the Daniel Suh white walls! 3 Kimchi Katsu Don ($9.99) This week, Red House owner Justin Chun is featurNathalie Walker photos ing five dishes from its menu: Cold and Spicy Noodle ($7.99 for lunch and $9.99 for dinner), Kimchi Noodle ($8.99), Kimchi Katsu Don ($9.99) because it’s cold, and that’s and Kimchi Cheese Bob why a lot of customers have it,” explains manager Daniel Suh. Kimchi Noodle is white RED HOUSE noodle mixed with homemade kimchi and spicy WHERE 835 Keeaumoku St., sauce. This dish is described Honolulu as both “sweet and sour,” by owner Justin Chun. CALL 944.0088 Kimchi Katsu Don, which is only served at HOURS Open Sundaylunch, has flavors similar to Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. kimchi stew and is similar Friday and Saturday, to Japanese Katsu Don, but 11 a.m.-midnight with kimchi. “Our Kimchi Katsu Don is very popular because it’s still new. It just ($9.99 for lunch and $12.99 came out a couple of weeks ago,” says Suh. “Our katsu for dinner). Cold and Spicy Noodles is really popular, and our also are known as Katsu Don features rice Nayngyeon or kimchi noo- topped with kimchi, katsu dle. Both are made with and egg,” he adds. Last but not least, buckwheat noodle, the cold noodle is made with a sour Kimchi Cheese Bob offers cold broth and the spicy kimchi fried rice with moznoodle is made with Red zarella cheese. Red House is open House’s spicy sauce. “Especially in the summer- Sunday through Thursday time, since it’s so hot, this from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., dish is really refreshing and Friday and Saturday
(from left) Michael Mezzacappa, Elaine Brewster and Ann Mezzacappa | Nicole Kato photo By Nicole Kato
from 11 a.m. to midnight. Lunch specials are offered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Have a meal at Red House and experience the modern and one-of-a-kind atmosphere that it offers.
ho can ask for anything more than a 24-hour restaurant in Waikiki that serves up great local favorites that residents and visitors enjoy? No one, that’s who — and at Wailana Coffee House they do just that. The establishment is always bustling with customers who stop in for a delicious bite to eat, and with an extensive menu, there’s something for everybody. Dining Out caught up with Elaine Brewster, and Ann and Michael Mezzacappa visiting from out of town. While it was Ann’s first time in Waikiki, Elaine and Michael had visited 10 years prior, and said they had to come back to Wailana Coffee House.
Elaine Brewster: “I ordered the teri burger special (Tokyo Burger, $6.75) with the salad bar ($4.35) and curly fries. They have good food, good service and the price is right.”
Ann Mezzacappa: “My teri burger (Tokyo Burger, $6.75) came with a salad bar, and the girl at the salad bar really impressed me, she was very helpful. Everything so far has been delicious, and you can’t beat the price.”
Michael Mezzacappa: “I actually just got a regular hamburger (Wailana Burger, $8.50). We came here for the first time 10 years ago, and it was good enough for us to remember and come back.”
WAILANA COFFEE HOUSE WHERE 1860 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu CALL 955.1764 HOURS Open daily 24 hours; Closed from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
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ono,youknow JJ Bistro’s Classic Mango Bavarian ($4.75 per slice)
Shor’s Mango Daiquiri
Hoku’s offers exquisite views. JJ Luangkhot with JJ Bistro’s Classic Mango Bavarian
Japengo’s Red Dirt Chi Chi ($10)
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Hoku’s A star all its own, Hoku’s at The Kahala Hotel & Resort is renowned for its innovative fusion fare, which highlights the best of Hawaiian, Asian and European flavors. According to The Kahala’s food and beverage director Todd Oldham, Hoku’s was in fact named after the oldest dolphin on property, Hoku. “Casual elegance is what Hoku’s is all about,” Oldham says. “The service is crisp, yet unobtrusive.” And the cuisine? Well, the cuisine is divine, especially when we’re talking about executive chef Wayne Hirabayashi’s avant-garde creations, which embody the best in contemporary French cuisine and local flair. Take Hoku’s Seared Foie Gras ($22) for example, which features panseared goose liver accompanied by Hayden mango, lemongrass and Hawaiian sweet bread croutons topped off with a balsamic lehua honey reduction. And since we’re manic about mango 16 | DINING OUT | AUG. 5-11, 2012
this week, Chef Wayne kicked this popular appetizer up a notch. “Here I’m featuring three different types of local mango, including Hayden mango sauteed with lemon grass and Chinese parsley, puree mango combined with rice vinegar, and a mango bread twill baked to a crisp,” he explains. “Other garnishes are grilled coconut chutney, Molokai red sea salt, herb oil, and balsamic and lehua honey reduction. “Traditionally, when you eat foie gras, you like to have something sweet and savory to counteract the richness of the liver, and that’s where the mango comes in. Mango is a very versatile fruit, it’s sweet and savory,” he adds, noting that mango season continues through the end of August. Foie Gras with roasted mango and grilled coconut chutney also will be served as one of the Julia Child’s special dishes featured at Hoku’s. This incredible dish will be served in conjunction with Hoku’s Chef's Table: A Grand Experience, held Thursdays and Saturdays of this month (except Aug. 12).
Hoku’s The Kahala Hotel & Resort 5000 Kahala Ave. 739.8888
JJ Bistro & French Pastry Who needs to jet off to Paris to marvel in sinfully exquisite French masterpieces? Oh, no. Instead, make the journey to JJ Bistro & French Pastry on Waialae Avenue and drown your taste buds in JJ Luangkhot’s French pastry delicacies. Heralded for his ultimate Chocolate Pyramid, Luangkhot possesses great talent in the kitchen. However, that famous Chocolate Pyramid now has some steep competition in Luangkhot’s Classic Mango Bavarian ($4.75 per slice, $30 for entire cake). Many are singing praises for this decadent cake as it was recently named as a winner at the Mangoes at the Moana third annual Mango Throw Down. “We have been utilizing mango for many years, but this is the first time we’ve competed in Mangoes at the Moana,”
Luangkhot says. “I was up against many talented chefs, and I was surprised when the judges said my dessert won ‘best taste’ because I had just entered for fun,” Luangkhot says. “I was told by the judges that the Classic Mango Bavarian tastes like silk. It’s a light dessert and I really wanted to let the pure flavor of the mango shine through.” While Luangkhot admits Classic Mango Bavarian has been on the menu for some time, it’s living proof that classic treats such as this are timeless. This award-winning dessert showcases a savory mango mousse infused with sponge cake, and as Luangkhot says, it’s as simple as it gets. The presentation is pristine and vibrant, and if you’re a mango fanatic you’ll be pleased to know that morsels of sweet mango garnish the plate as well.
JJ Bistro & French Pastry 3447 Waialae Ave. 739.0993
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hen it comes to freshness and quality, Panya Bakery, Bistro & Bar has the recipe for success. Owners Annie and Alice Yeung work diligently day-in and day-out providing its local diners with an eclectic EuroAsian fare. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Panya is known for its noodle and rice dishes, sandwiches, burgers and more. Panya Bakery, Bistro & Bar is located at Ala Moana Center. For more information, call 946.6388.
Above: Panya House Noodle Laksa Right: Server Billy Hsu with Panya House Noodle Laksa ($13.95) Inset: Steamed Clams ($11.95)
1 | Patti Johnson, Hazel and Lee Chung 2 | Johanna, Faredah and Gene Ward 3 | Claire Steele and Chifumi Nagai 4 | Eisuke Iwase and Kana Aikawa
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Loyalty Goes A Long Way With New Deal At Panda Cuisine
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with Christina O’Connor
any Chinese food enthusiasts probably have been to Panda Cuisine on Keeaumoku Street over the years, but what they might not know is that as of earlier this year, the restaurant is under new ownership. Longtime chef and restaurateur John Liang took over Panda Cuisine several months ago, and with Liang’s leadership, Panda Cuisine has revamped itself. Panda offers fine Chinese dining in an upscale atmosphere, and now is dedicated to providing its customers with fresh, live seafood. While Panda no longer serves dim sum, it more than makes up for it with its quality seafood and affordable prices. “When people come to Panda, they can eat all kinds of different seafood in
rior to taking over Panda Cuisine earlier this year, owner and chef John Liang 641 Keeaumoku St., Honolulu ran a seafood restaurant in Los 947.1688 Angeles. And as a seafood wholesaler, Liang brings his restaurant experience and his seafood expertise to Panda Cuisine. Open daily, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. I am trying to bring Panda Cuisine to the next level,” Liang says. “I want to make sure that Panda Cuisine is one of the best.” At the new Panda Cuisine, customers will enjoy an elegant dining experience with a vast array of menu options. And one of the restaurant’s highlights is its wide selection of quality seafood at reasonPanda Cuisine owner John Liang able prices. Nathalie Walker photos Liang works to ensure that his restaurant has the freshest seafood available. The restaurant’s seafood menu includes a wide selection of prawns, abalone, clams, crab, lobsters, oysters and more. “I just want to provide the highest quality seafood as possible,” Liang says. “I have a passion for cooking,” he adds. “And I want to make sure that every meal we serve here is the best that it can be.”
different styles,” Liang says. For some of Panda Cuisine’s fresh seafood, try Dungeness Crab with Black Bean Sauce ($28) or Lobster with Ginger and Green Onion (Market Price). Other popular savory seafood dishes include Live Maine Lobster (Market Price) and Walnut Shrimp with mayonnaise sauce ($14.99). Right now, Panda Cuisine also has other lobster specials starting at just $10.99. Although Panda Cuisine is quickly becoming well known for its seafood items, its extensive menu extends far beyond that. Other dishes include Chinese Broccoli with Beef ($11.95) and Roast Duck ($14.50 for half a duck). One thing that hasn’t changed with the new ownership is Panda’s late-night hours. The restaurant is still open until 1 a.m. every day. And Panda has the perfect fuel for those afterhours: It recently launched its “under 10 after 10” menu. Starting at 10 p.m. every night, a wide selection of menu items will be available for under $10. Prices range from $6.99 to $9.99. Also during these hours, beer will be on sale for $2.50 per bottle. Panda also offers lunch specials for $7.99. The lunch menu includes about 80 selections — and all are served with rice and soup.
Hoppin’ into pancake heaven
By Ali Resich
ccording to International House of Pancakes (IHOP) Hawaii director of operations Jason Aldaba, they’re “light and fluffy and definitely meltin-your-mouth with syrup and butter.” That’s just the flavor description Dining Out looks for when in search of the perfect pancakes, and it’s no surprise that IHOP delivers with its famous traditional and topping-filled varieties. “We sell thousands of pancakes each day at our stores,” he says. Original Buttermilk Pancakes ($8.99) continues to be a customer favorite and presents a sumptuous stack of five golden hot cakes for anyone in need of a nice ’n fluffy American breakfast. “I love the pancakes,” says sales and marketing coordinator Miwa Ogletree. “It’s a flavor you never get tired of.” In addition to the sweeter things in life — namely pancakes, waffles and crepes — the national chain also dishes
Beginning this week, Panda Cuisine will be offering a Loyalty Card, which will give customers a 10 percent discount every time they dine at the restaurant. The card also will provide 10 percent off for two other restaurants — JJ Bistro & French Pastry and Crab City. The card will be available for purchase for $35, but as a special gift to customers to kick-off the promotion, it will be given out for free to those who dine at Panda within the next couple of weeks. And if all of that is not enough, Panda also will provide its dinner customers with 10 percent off their meal for the next two weeks. (Note that the Loyalty Card discount cannot be combined with other specials.)
IHOP WHERE 2211 Kuhio Ave., Waikiki (and various locations) CALL 921.2400 HOURS Sunday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-midnight WEBSITE ihophawaii.com
Add some whipped cream and syrup and you’re good to go. IHOP takes care of its customers in the lunch and dinner department as well with sandwiches, burgers and more. Its entire menu may be enjoyed any time of day or night. It’s about time you hop on over to one of its four Oahu locations in Waikiki, Kaneohe and Pearl City for a comforting American meal.
NOTES Location hours may vary, parking on Lewers Street for Kuhio Avenue location.
out a slew of heartier, savory bites. The signature T-Bone Steak and Eggs ($15.99) features 12 ounces of USDA select TBone dressed up with three eggs any-style as well as three pancakes on the side. For an extra 99 cents, you can upgrade your pancakes to one of the flavor-filled options such as strawberry banana.
1 Roast Duck ($14.50 for half a duck) 2 Walnut Shrimp with mayonnaise sauce ($14.99) 3 Chinese Broccoli with Beef ($11.95) 4 Dungeness Crab with Black Bean Sauce ($28)
5 Lobster with Ginger and Green Onion (Market Price) Nathalie Walker photos
Contact Christina O’Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org 1 Original Buttermilk Pancakes ($8.99) 2 T-Bone Steak and Eggs ($15.99) 3 Marketing director Miwa Ogletree, director of operations Jason Aldaba and assistant manager Greg Lewis | Nathalie Walker photos DINING OUT | AUG. 5-11, 2012 |
WHERE TO DINE
Pearl City - Times Sq. SC 486-4467 Kaneohe - Windward Mall 235-4467 Hilo - Prince Kuhio Plaza 959-2600
4369 Lawehana St. (across Target in Salt Lake) 422-0059
Atlantis Seafood & Steak
2284 Kalakaua Avenue 922-6868
Tropics Bar & Grill
Eggs n’ Things
343 Saratoga Road 923-EGGS (3447)
Waikiki Beach Eggspress
2464 Kalakaua Ave (Aston Waikiki Circle) 926-EGGS (3447)
Located inside of Zippy’s
Panya 711 Queen St. 597-8880 1111 Bishop St. #4 536-8363 Ala Moana Center 946-6388 Royal Hawaiian Center 791-2969
BAKERY Fendu Boulangerie 2752 Woodlawn Dr. Manoa Marketplace 988-4310
La Palme D’or
Waikiki - 1850 Ala Moana Blvd 949-4467 Waikiki - Kuhio & Lewers 921-2400
2005 Kalia Road Hilton Hawaiian Village (Ali‘i Tower) 949-4321
Ala Moana Center - Mall Level Mountain Side, next to Shirokiya 941-6161
FREE Rainbow Shave Ice
930 McCully St. 951-0511/0611
Grand Opening Specials! Try our favorite Korean Fusion Dishes!
with purchase of our Signature Shave Ice
Offer for regular size w/up to 3 flavors. Toppings extra. Cannot be combined with other discounts/specials. Must present coupon. Expires 8/12/12
Korean Beef Salad
Fresh & Tasty Azuki Beans, Taro, Custards, Mochiballs & more!
something new. something classic.
202 Merchant Street
(corner of Merchant & Alakea) M-F 10am-4:30pm / Sat-Sun 12:30pm-4:30pm
Valid w/coupon thru 8/9/12. Cannot be combined w/other offers. Dine in only.
835 Keeaumoku St. #I-101B • 944-0088
SUN-THURS 11AM-10PM • FRI-SAT 11AM-MIDNIGHT K U N I A
11am - 10pm
Red House Top Noodle
S H O P P I N G
C E N T E R
Happy Hour Daily in the lounge 3pm - 6pm
www.genkisushiusa.com Our Vegetarian Menu Items
Vino Thursdays 25% Off Bottles of Wine Bring this ad in for a Complimentary Dessert*
Farm Fest 2012 AUGUST 1 – 31 This Fest is to feature local products & business. We have made special menu items with these products that will last the whole month of August including our own chef's special soup of the day. We would like to encourage you to buy local as we try to all the time when purchasing products for our restaurant. So come out to Kunia for an old family favorite or try us for the first time to support our locally owned business & our island farmers. FEATURING:
*With the purchase of two entrees. Maximum 2 coupons per table. $8.00 Value. Expires 8/31/2012. StarAdv
Ala Moana Center Ho‘okipa Terrace
808.356.8300 Waikoloa Beach Resort
www.macaronigrill.com Serving Hawaii Since 1989
Naeng Myun Buckwheat Noodles in Chilled Special Soup (choose from Spicy, Cucumber or Cold)
(11am - 2pm)
ALL DAY with yakiniku purchase (1) noodle order per Naeng Myun Cucumber Soup Min. (2) meat orders or (1) set
626 SHERIDAN ST.
SUN-THUR 11AM-MIDNIGHT/ FRI-SAT 11AM-2AM
20 | DINING OUT | AUG. 5-11, 2012
ALA MOANA 942-9102 AINA HAINA 373-4033 EWA TOWN CENTER 683-1003 KANEOHE 247-9595 KAPAHULU 735-7700 13 KAPOLEI 674-4227 Locations 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
Proud recipient of:
SERVING LUNCH & DINNER • TAKE-OUT AVAILABLE
Chef Special Soup Cup or Semifreddo Dessert from the Farm Fest Menu*
*Valid at Kunia location only. Must present coupon to receive offer. Dine-In only, one coupon per table per visit. Exp. 8/31/12
94-673 Kupuohi St. Waipahu, HI 96797 (above Denny’s)
PH 680-0005 • auntiepastoskunia.com Sun - Thurs: 11a m– 9pm • Fri & Sat: 11a m– 10pm
• Watermelon Goat Cheese appetizer w/ Sea Salt, Fresh Thyme & Olive Oil • Homemade Spinach Fettuccine w/ Grilled Tangy Summer Squash • Auction Block Ahi w/ Creamy Hamakua Mushroom Risotto • Tuscan Style Baby Back Ribs • Semifreddo Homemade Ice Cream on a Shortbread Cookie Topped w/ Chocolate Ganache & Kula Strawberries
WHERE TO DINE Royal Hawaiian Center, Bldg C, Level 3. 380-9300
Canton Seafood Restaurant
Hee Hing Restaurant
88 Piikoi St. 593-1200
923 Keeaumoku St. 955-3388
449 Kapahulu Ave. 735-5544
Ho Ho Chinese Cuisine
A Catered Experience
98-150 Kaonohi St. 486-5100
94-1068 Ka Uka Blvd. 677-7744
Aina Haina Chop Suey
Anytime Cafe Market City Shopping Center 2919 Kapiolani Blvd 735-3888
111 N. King St. 521-8268
Ala Moana Center 1450 Ala Moana Blvd. 4th Floor - Ho’okipa Terrace 947-8818
Aina Haina Shopping Center 820 W. Hind Dr. 373-1303 or 373-4632
Happy Day Chinese Restaurant
Little Village Noodle House
3553 Waialae Ave. 738-8666
1113 Smith St. 545-3008
BLUE HAWAII SUSHI BAR & RESTAURANT
BOUNTY Y theof SEVEN SEAS AS AS
Early Bird Special 4-6pm
Best “Japanese Style” Shabu Shabu in Hawaii
NEW MENU & SUSHI BAR! Teriyaki Chicken $7.95 Teriyaki Combo (Steak & Chicken) $10.95 Fish of the Day $7.95 North Shore Garlic Shrimp $9.95
featuring our special sukiyaki sauce. Exp. 8/9/12
Mon-Sat 11am-2pm (last call 1:30pm) Dinner Nightly 5pm-10pm (last call 9:30pm) Validated Parking • 1221 Kapiolani Blvd. • 597-1655
Gift Cards Available
1140 Kuala St. (Next to Babies R Us) Pearl City | 456-2128 Sun-Thurs 10:30am-9:00pm | Fri-Sat 11:00am-10:00pm
Friday & Saturday 5:30 – 9:30 pm
vist us at odorikohawaii.com
HOTEL & RESORT www.kahalaresort.com
Hawaii’s only Gourmet Buffet
15% OFF Dinner
Now Serving Snow Crab! Breakfast.......................6am–11am Lunch ...............................11am–5pm Dinner ........5pm–12am (Midnight)
Free meal valid for kids 12 and under on “Just for Kids” menu items at participating locations. Drinks not included unless otherwise specified on “Just for Kids” menu. Not valid with any other discount or coupons. Dine-in only.
Committed devotion to serving authentic Japanese taste & hospitality
King’s Village Shopping Center 2400 Koa Ave.
LIMITED TIME ONLY
Celebrating 40 years
Every Day, 4 to Closing
Fresh Seafood, Sushi, Hot Pot, Full Izakaya Menu
Kids Eat Free!*
*Receive one free Kid’s Meal with each adult entrée purchase.
Includes Miso Soup, Salad, Rice and Japanese hot tea Not valid with other offers or promotions.
Shabu Shabu or any Sukiyaki Set
Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant
Golden Palace Seafood Restaurant
590 Farrington Hwy. 692-9880
4230 Waialae Ave., Kahala 737-7188 1221 S. King St. 597-8088
Royal Hawaiian Center, Bldg. C, Level 3 | 380-9300 Lunch 11:00a-2:00p, Happy Hour 2:00p-5:00p, Dinner 5:00p-10:00p Open Daily | Full Bar | Validated Parking *Discount valid with local or Military ID, & Seniors (ages 60+). Cannot be combined with any other offers.
©2012 IHOP IP, LLC
Five Star International Buffet
Valid at Participating Locations Windward Mall 235-4467 Pearl City 486-4467 Hilo 959-2600 Waikiki (Ala Moana Blvd) 949-4467 Waikiki on Kuhio 921-2400 www.ihophawaii.com
449 Kapahulu Ave, 2nd Floor LUNCH 11:30a-5:00p DINNER 5:00p-10:00p Closed Tuesdays Specializing in: okonomiyaki, teppanyaki, kushiage
KYOTO RAMEN “YOTTEKO-YA”
Homemade broth made from a blend of pork, chicken & vegetables simmered for over 10 hours BUSINESS HOURS SPICY PAITAN CHASHU RAMEN
TOPPED WITH 5 SLICES OF OUR HOMEMADE CHASHU
www.mccullysc.com • Ample Parking Available in Basement off Pumehana Street 1960 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 214, Honolulu, HI 96826 • 946-2900
Lunch: Mon-Sun Dinner: Mon-Sat Sun/Hol
11:30 AM - 2:00PM 5:30PM - 10:00PM 5:30PM - 9:00PM
(LAST ORDER: 15MIN BEFORE CLOSING) CLOSED WEDNESDAYS DINING OUT | AUG. 5-11, 2012 |
WHERE TO DINE Asian Mix
Lung Fung Chinese Restaurant
5724 Kalanianaole Hwy. 377-5566
641 Keeaumoku St. 947-1688
Dean’s Drive Inn 45-773 Kam Hwy., Kaneohe 247-1300
Street Level, 2424 Kalakaua Ave., #102 971-1818
1055 Alakea St. 525-8585
Ward Centre 1200 Ala Moana Blvd.
Seafood Village Mandalay (The)
1234 South Beretania St. 521-1688
Kenny’s Restaurant 1620 N. School St. 841-0931
Henry Loui’s 2850 Paa St. 833-3728
FAMILY DINING Nice Day Chinese Seafood Restaurant
Asahi Grill Ward 515 Ward Ave., #204 593-2800
Liliha Square, 524-1628
Kenny’s Express Hawaiian BBQ
JJ Bistro & French Pastry
Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, 2nd floor 922-9333
3447 Waialae Ave.
Pearl City by Wal-Mart 455-6805
6 oz. Yakiniku
NOW OPEN for LUNCH!
TUES - SUN 11am – 2pm
Kahala Mall 738-5696
Nigiri 12 pcs. Inari 3 pcs. Makisushi 12 pcs. Hosomaki 18 pcs.
Open 7 days a week 11 am - 10 pm 915 Keeaumoku St. • Honolulu, HI 96814
Okinawan • Japanese Steak • Seafood Local Favorites
Nicoise Salad and Moules Marinieres Frites
One coupon per order. Cannot be combined with other offers. Expires 8/31/12
Keeaumoku by Wal-Mart 946-5696
Chinese Chicken Salad Ham & Scallop Soup • Peking Duck Walnut Shrimp • Crispy Skin Chicken Ginger & Onion Steamed Sea Bass Boneless Chicken Cake Noodle • Rice Shredded Duck In Taro Basket Chef’s Dessert of Day
OR A $
when Dining Alone
*Some exclusions may apply. Exp. 8/31/12
DINNER SERVED TUES-SUN FROM 5PM
on a Second Dinner
1006 KAPAHULU AVE.
111N. King St. near Maunakea
Must present coupon (No take outs) Not valid with any other discount offers. Expires 8/17/12
2850 Paa St. (near Airport and 99 Ranch Market) 833-3728
Under New Management
Ala Moana Center Tel: 947-8818
Summer Special - $238.00 for 10 • Roasted Meat Appetizer Platter • Mixed Seafood Soup • Dynasty Style Golden Fried Chicken • Chef’s Special Style Black Peppered Beef Tenderloin • Steamed Fish Filets with Ham & Vegetable on a Lotus Leaf • Simmered Baby Pak Choy & Virginia Ham in Supreme Broth • Shrimps with Garlic, Chili & Pepper • Young Chow Style Fried Rice • Dessert of the Day
Open Daily: 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Dim Sum: 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. www.jadedynastyhawaii.com 22 | DINING OUT | AUG. 5-11, 2012
Take-out Orders Welcomed
Cash Sale Only (With Coupon)
Hawaii is one of the best places to live in the world. Take advantage of it. Mainlanders and foreigners all long to be in our shoes. Go fish, hike, surf or bbq. Good company in a serene setting can solve all of your blues.
Dim Sum $ 98
Served 7am Daily
Credit Card Sale Only (With Coupon)
Hong Kong Dim Sum & Regular Menu Items 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 8/31/12. Must present coupon.
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
Sincerely, Bryce “Saimin Jr.” Lobster $1299 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
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
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 8/31/12. Must present coupon.
WHERE TO DINE Plaza Cafe
Kit N Kitchen 1010 University Avenue 942-7622
(inside Best Western - The Plaza) 3253 N. Nimitz Hwy 836-3636
1131 Nuuanu Ave. 587-7877
Shore Bird Restaurant Outrigger Reef on the Beach 922-2887
Restaurant Epic 946 Coolidge St. 943-8885
Sam Choy’s BLC 580 N. Nimitz Hwy. 545-7979
Pagoda 1525 Rycroft St. 948-8356
Panya Bistro • Bakery • Bar Ala Moana Center, Mauka - Mall Level 946-6388
AUGUST LUNCH SPECIALS! only
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $15.95 Complete Dinner
New Hours 5:30 - 6:45pm
NOW TAKING RESERVATIONS …for LUNCH & DINNER LIMITED SUPPLIES! SORRY IF IT’S SOLD OUT!
MONDAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Omurice TUESDAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mabo Chicken Donburi WEDNESDAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kakiage Udon THURSDAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ahi Tempura Donburi FRIDAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Foil Baked Ahi Belly Teishoku SATURDAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Salmon Gomoku Chirashi Donburi SUNDAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chicken Sukiyaki Teishoku
$11.45 Complete Lunch & after 10:30 p.m.
Sapporo & Kirin (large) $5.75 after 10:30pm
*DAILY SPECIAL TEISHOKU* Sanma Teishoku
Menchi Katsu Teishoku
Aji Fry Teishoku
OPEN DAILY 11 AM - 9 PM LUNCH 11 am - 4 pm • DINNER 4 pm - 9 pm
WAIKIKI 1972 Kalakaua Ave. • 942-2121 AIEA 98-150 Kaonohi St. • 487-9911
Japanese Home Style Restaurant “Hinone Mizunone” Please enjoy the TEL. KAMADAKIGOHAN www.fujio-food.com cooked completely by “Ogama”.
Open 7 Days • 2700 So. King St.
Celebrating Our 10th Anniversary Join the
Wailana Coffee House 1860 Ala Moana Blvd. 955-1764
Max’s Of Manila 94-300 Farrington Hwy 801 Dillingham Blvd. 951-6297
THIS MONTH’S FEATURED DINNER
Thursday, August 23 6:30 pm Calling all Crab Lovers! Join us to experience a menu with a variety of crab. Vichyssoise with King Crab Meat Dungeness Crab Meat & Green Pea Ravioli Baked Lump Crab Meat & Avocado Crusted Salmon Veal "Oscar" Medallion of Veal topped with King Crab Leg Truffle Hollandaise Crepe Cake with Grand Marnier Scented Cream
98-1277 Kaahumanu St. (across from Safeway)
2752 Woodlawn Drive
All-Occasion Catering Perfect for Birthday Parties, Family get togethers and more!
40% off all bottles of wine or waived corkage fee
Zippy’s Call the one nearest you
1345 S. King Street Corner of S. King St. & Sheridan St. Close to Ala Moana Shpg Cntr & Wal Mart
(inside Ohana Honolulu Hotel) 3401 N. Nimitz Hwy 837-5932
Shiro’s Saimin Haven WAIMALU 98-020 Kam Hwy. • 488-8824 WAIPAHU 94-256 Waipahu Depot St. • 676-2088 EWA BEACH SHOPPING CENTER 91-919 Fort Weaver Rd. • 689-0999
Deli Hours: Wed-Sun 6am-2pm After hours catering available
ON THE RISE
3660 Waialae Ave. • 737-1177 www.3660.com
2710 South King St. www.fukuyadeli.com
Ocean House in
— We are celebrating —
98-150 Kaonohi St. •• Tel: 486-5100
Our 10th Anniversary
Receive a FREE JJ’s Bistro
the whole month of August
Enjoy a COMPLIMENTARY MOKI’S LAVA FLOW DESSERT
Chocolate Pyramid dessert on your birthday!
*Menu and prices subject to change. *Dinner Menu Only.
with the purchase of 2 entrees A $10 value Present this coupon or visit our website
www.oceanhousewaikiki.com Expires 8/31/12
*Valid on actual birthday w/valid ID
OCEAN FRONT DINING
OUTRIGGER REEF ON THE BEACH | 2169 KALIA RD. | 923–2277 | VALET PARKING
SENIOR SPECIAL! 55+ LUNCH & DINNER
Not combinable with other discounts. 65 or older w/ coupon & ID. No online or photo-copied coupons. One coupon per person. Discounts off regular adult price. Expires 8/17/12.
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 8/17/12.
DINING OUT | AUG. 5-11, 2012 |
WHERE TO DINE FINE DINING
Hy’s Steak House
Top of Waikiki
2440 Kuhio Ave. 922-5555
Waikiki Business Plaza 2270 Kalakaua Ave. 923-3877
Bali Steak & Seafood Hilton Hawaiian Village (Rainbow Tower) 2005 Kalia Road 949-4321
Plumeria Beach House The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Beach Level 5000 Kahala Ave. 739-8760
Royal Hawaiian Center 922-3400
Chai’s Island Bistro
Brasserie Du Vin
Aloha Tower Market Pl. 585-0011
1115 Bethel St. 545-1115
Ruth’s Chris Steak House Restaurant Row 599-3860 Waikiki Beach Walk 440-7910
Back-To-School 5-Course Meal!
BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE (Reg. $9.95each)
Panda Cuisine Specializing in Fresh Seafood
Build your own 10" pizza with unlimited toppings. *Take out only, w/coupon; not to be combined with any other offer. Expires 8/15/12.
Special Live Daily 5pm-9pm Abalone Dinner Dine-In Only. Cannot be combined with any special King Clam discount. Exp. 8/15/12
Also available Pasta • Burgers • Salads • Sandwiches
OPEN TIL MIDNIGHT! 2919 Kapiolani Blvd., #218
Bistro & French Pastry
MARKET CITY SHPG CNTR 735-3888
Won Ton Noodle
plus tax per person
ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT DINNER BUFFET Including
Crab Legs , Mayonnaise Shrimp & Many More!
Only 11.95 KAPOLEI MARKETPLACE 590 Farrington Hwy
692-9880 August 1 - 31, 2012
• LUNCH $17.95 10:30AM - 2:30PM • DINNER $25.95 2:30PM-10PM KAL BI, SIRLOIN, CHICKEN, SPICY PORK, FRESH SHRIMP
WITH THIS AD. EXPIRES 8/31/12. *DISCOUNT EXCLUDES ALL BEVERAGES.
available ople 20-300 pdeetails Call for
930 McCully St. • 951-0511/951-0611
Offer valid from 8/1/2012 - 8/31/2012 at the Fast Food Counter only. No purchase necessary, other restrictions may apply. Cannot be combined with any other promotional offers, coupons or discount cards. For complete rules and information see stores or visit www.zippys.com.
• PRIVATE PARTY ROOM • CONVENIENT PARKING
Show Your Support!
24 | DINING OUT | AUG. 5-11, 2012
1st Course: Soup or Mixed Greens 2nd Course: Appetizer Trio 3rd & 4th Course: Pick any two of 8 Entrees… • Baked Salmon Wellington • Opaka Fettucini • Pan Seared Pork Tenderloin • Grilled New York Steak Brioche 5th Course: Dessert of Choice
$ Shrimp Scampi
Azuk i Turnover
Waimalu Shopping Plaza 98-1277 Kaahumanu St. (across from Safeway) 485-8883 Manoa Marketplace 2752 Woodlawn Drive 988-5923
1006 Kapahulu Ave. 739-5000
1250 Kapiolani Blvd. 237-5429
New Management! New Menu!
Matcha Azuki Cake & Azuki NEW! Turnover
Paesano Ristorante Italiano
Fine Dining Burgundy
The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Lobby Level 5000 Kahala Ave. 739-8760
641 KEEAUMOKU ST. OPEN DAILY 11AM - 1AM
KOKUA PAC 8
$ .08 Fast Food*
25¢ from every Kokua Pac sold will be donated to the Kapi`olani Medical Center for Women & Children’s Campaign for Hawaii’s Children. *Restaurant price $9.30. Prices slightly higher at Kahului. Available 8/1/12 - 9/30/12.
WHERE TO DINE JAPANESE
Romanos Macaroni Grill Ala Moana Center Hookipa Terrace 356-8300
Blue Hawaii Sushi
@ WARD•••LIMITED TIME ONLY!
EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
6:30am – 10:00am MINI ISLAND 1 Pc Pancake BREAKFAST
$ 1 Egg.......
4 $ ....... 5
with Choice of Meat
$ 1 Egg 1 Scoop Rice Choice of Meat
BREAKFAST: 6:30AM-10AM. OFFER VALID AT WARD. NOT VALID WITH OTHER OFFERS/DISCOUNTS.
SUN-THURS 6:30AM-10PM • FRI-SAT 6:30AM-11PM DINE-IN ONLY
515 WARD AVE.
Try Our Marinated Fried Chicken! “Marinated in a Light Teri Sauce then Deep Fried. Very Tasty!” Sun-Thu 8am-10pm • Fri-Sat til 11pm Okazuya open daily from 8am
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
Ward Centre Auahi St. Shops 596-0066 Kailua 151 Hekili St. 230-8400
SEKIYA’S RESTAURANT & DELICATESSEN Serving Hawaii for 77 Years!
er sumpm s ecial 4 Pc GYOZA
(w/ purchase of a regular meal)
Osaka Ramen Aiea 98-150 Kaonohi St. 484-2222
732-1656 ACROSS KAIMUKI H.S. www.SekiyasRestaurant.com
Odoriko Japanese Restaurant
Honolulu 510 Piikoi St. 589-2299
2400 Koa Ave. 923-7368
Contemporary Dining Oxtail Stew & Panya Ginger Chicken
2 Pc Shrimp Tempura (w/ purchase of a combo)
Must present coupon, Not combinable with other specials. Limit one coupon per person. Exp: 8/25/12
Large 1/3 lb. Beef Burger or Teriyaki Burger
PEARL KAI SHOPPING CENTER
98-199 KAMEHAMEHA HWY #B9 SUN - THUR 10:30A - 10:00P / FRI - SAT 10:30A - 10:30P
Picnic on the Lanai
Curly Fries & “All You Can Eat” Salad Bar!
Southern Comfort th
August 26 , 2012 • 6:30pm Served Family Style • $35++ BYOB • No Corkage Fee Reservations: “Best Dressed Southern email@example.com Belle and Gentleman receive their Picnic 381-4114 on the House!” Chef/Owner Kaka‘ako Kitchen Russell Siu Ward Centre
10:30 AM to 10:30 PM
2746 Kaimuki Ave
Pearl Kai Shopping Center 98-199 Kamehameha Hwy. B9 488-8836
HAPPY HOUR lose 5pm – C eer 12oz B
Kahala Mall • 738-KOZO Keeaumoku • 946-KOZO Moiliili • 951-KOZO Pearlridge • 483-6805 Pearl City • 455-6805
1345 South King St. 942-4848
227 Lewers St. 926-5050
Kobe Japanese Steak House 1841 Ala Moana Blvd. 941-4444
1140 Kuala St., Pearl City Across Wal-Mart 456-2128
Hifumi Japanese Restaurant Chinese Cultural Plaza 536-3035
Check www.facebook.com/KakaakoKitchen for complete menu
ALA MOANA CENTER MALL LEVEL, MAUKA NEXT TO VICTORIA’S SECRET 946-6388 www.panyagroup.com
955-1764 Open 24 Hours 1860 Ala Moana Blvd. Validated Parking
Special Summer $40 5-Course Dinner$ Per Person available Sun, Mon, & Tues Only
for 15 add’l wine parings
Serving Hawaii for 14+ yrs.
Buy one dinner entrée, receive 2nd entrée
valid Sun, Mon & Tue with ad Expires 8/14/12.
Freshly Baked by Royal Garden (No Preservatives added) Dim Sum Served at Lunch Daily
SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE
Now Available thru 9/30/12
11:30 am-2:30 pm 5 pm-9:30 pm (Closed Tuesdays)
Jerry Santos & Hula
FREE VALET PARKING • www.chefchai.com • Call 585-0011
988-1551 1-FREE PIECE SHRIMP TEMPURA TONS OF FREE PARKING! SUMMER SPECIAL• EXPIRES 8/9/12
ALA MOANA HOTEL 3rd Floor • 410 ATKINSON DRIVE • 942-7788 Lunch: Mon – Fri 11am – 2pm • Sat – Sun 10am – 2pm • Dinner: 5:30pm – 10pm
1-PER PERSON, 1-PER COUPON WITH ORDER. MUST PRESENT COUPON AT TIME OF ORDER
DINING OUT | AUG. 5-11, 2012 |
WHERE TO DINE Restaurant Suntory
Royal Hawaiian Shpg Cntr, 3rd Flr. 922-5511
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
Sekiyaâ€™s Restaurant & Delicatessen
Tanaka of Tokyo
EAST, in Kingâ€™s Village 922-4233 CENTRAL, in Waikiki Shopping Plaza 922-4702 WEST, in Ala Moana Cntr-Hookipa Terrace 945-3443
915 Keeaumoku Street 941-9112
Yakiniku Million 626 Sheridan St. 596-0799
2746 Kaimuki Avenue 732-1656
1427 Makaloa St. 941-6891
1111 McCully Street 947-5411
Shochan 449 Kapahulu Ave., 2nd Floor 225-0603
Wahooâ€™s Fish Taco Kahala â€˘ 4614 Kilauea Ave. 732-9229 Ward â€˘ 940 Auahi St. 591-1646
Red House In Honolulu
2700 S. King St. 947-2836
835 Keeaumoku St. #I-101 B 944-0088
Bento â€˘ Take-Out Mix Plate â€˘ Catering
Japanese, Chinese and Local Flavor
Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, 3rd Floor
Maxâ€™s Caramel Barsâ„˘
(available in 10" or 14") NFCA certified
hiasianmix.com 1234 South Beretania St
Shop A-1 (below Safeway Beretania)
Hawaiiâ€™s Best Tasting Gluten-Free Pizza
Limit 4 bentos per purchase/person Offer expires 8/11/12
WARD CENTRE (Auahi Streetfront) 1200 Ala Moana 596-0066 KAILUA (Next to Boots & Kimoâ€™s) 151 Hekili St. 230-8400
An â€œairâ€?larious dining experience with ono food and FUN balloon art!
SUMMER SPECIALS! Deep Fried Crispy Flounder Chicken (Whole) with
Sweet, chewy and nutty 801 Dillingham Blvd. (next to Costco Iwilei) Honolulu Hawaii 96817
With purchase of an entrĂŠe. Not to be combined with any other offer or special. Limited Time.
Waipahu Shopping Plaza 94-300 Farrington Hwy., Suite F-1 Waipahu, Hawaii 96797
NOW SERVING EVERY FRIDAY
Cuisine of the Philippines www.maxschicken.com
CHICKEN KATSU LOCO MOCO
Best Cantonese Cuisine
946 Coolidge St. (across Moiliili Longâ€™s) Mon-Fri: 10am-8pm â€˘ Sat: 10am-3pm â€˘ Sun closed
Full Service Catering & Event Planning â€˘ Accommodate from 10-320 people â€˘ (4) Private Party Rooms â€˘ Weddings, Birthdays, Retirements, Showers, Anniversaries, Business Meetings, Family Reunions and more
Mon - Sun 10:30am to 9:00pm
Free Parking Mon-Fri after 5pm & All Day Sat & Sun
1055 Alakea St.
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OPEN DAILY: 10am â€” midnight 923 KEEAUMOKU ST.
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2028 Kuhio Ave. 951-9355
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1138 Smith Street 566-5909
Pho My Lien 98-150 Kaonohi St. 488-4900
$1 OFF Any Bread
purchases over $4 | ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT Crab Legs! |
Every Friday & Saturday 5pm –9pm $26.31 with coupon. 15% off all other menu items. Not valid on alcohol purchases or with other discounts/promotions. Valid for up to 15 people. Exp: 8/31/12
The PlazaHotel 3253 N. Nimitz Hwy | 836-8626 Breakfast Daily 6:30 –10 am | Dinner Fri-Mon 5 –9pm
Aina Haina Chop Suey
Must present coupon • exp. 8/9/12
DAILY BREAD SPECIALS MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
Ciabatta NOW O Rustic Kalamata Olive Bread EN MONDAP Sundried Tomato Cheesebread YS! Foccacia Derecco Walnut Raisin Hamakua Farms Mushroom Bread Buckwheat Fig
“All Natural no added chemicals”
988-4310 2752 Woodlawn Dr. • Manoa Marketplace
Mon-Sat 7:30am-7pm; Sunday 7:30am-3pm
LET US COOK FOR YOU • Chinese Chicken Salad • Mu Shu Pork • Chicken Oyster Sauce • Pepper Salt Shrimp • Beef & Broccoli • Garlic String Beans • Steamed Rice
Dine-In & Take-Out EXCLUDES SPECIAL MENUS
$49 for four* (reg. $65)
Dinner for 10 ~ $189 reg. $225
• Chinese Chicken Salad • Salt & Pepper Shrimp • Peking Duck w/Bun • Peking Style Pork Chop • Scallop Egg Soup • Minute Chicken Cake Noodle • Steamed Seabass w/Ginger Onion
CHOICE of TWO: • (2) Big Shrimp & (2) Veg. Tempura • Chicken Katsu • Chicken, Beef or Pork Teriyaki • Miso Butterfish • Chicken Kagaage INCLUDES: MISO SOUP, TUFO, GYOZA, SALAD & TEA
GO TO WWW.ONONHAWAII.COM TO VIEW MENUS AND FIND $5 COUPON
OPEN TUE-SUN LUNCH
SHRIMP SPECIAL $9.25 Reg. $11.95
• (3) Big Shrimp
• (2) Veg. Tempura
• Tsukemono • Miso Soup & Rice • Tea
11AM-2PM, DINNER 5-8:30PM • Closed Monday Lunch & Dinner
100 N. Beretania Street #113 (Parking inside Chinese Cultural Plaza)
Early Bird $ Special Only
• Peking Duck • Chinese Chicken Salad • Ginger Scallion Maine Lobster • Roasted Garlic Chicken • Steamed Flounder Fillet w/Lemon Shoyu • Shrimp & Island Vegetables • Mongolian Pork Chop • Shredded Duck Chow Mein Noodles $229 for ten (Reg. $255)
East Honolulu Aina Haina Shopping Center • 373-1303 or 373-4632
August “Peking Duck-Maine Lobster Menu:
*this coupon required; expires 8/15/12; served before 7pm
HONG KONG DIM SUM LUNCH $44 for four Five (5) Dim Sum Selections Chinese Chicken Salad Minute Chicken Cake Noodle Szechuan Beef Chow Fun
449 KAPAHULU AVE., STE 101 www.HeeHingHawaii.com
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 at the old Waikiki III Theatres Parking available at the Pro-Park location Seaside Ave. Pay $2 at the Restaurant. www.atlantisseafoodsteak.com
with purchase of dinner entree
DINE IN ONLY. Valid during dinner (5pm - close) Limit one order per coupon, one coupon per table. May not combine with any other promo/offer. Expires 8/9/12
SENIOR DISCOUNT 25% OFF NABE Monday - Friday 4pm-6pm.
Cannot be combined with other offers.
815 KEEAUMOKU ST.
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Making a Splash at
Crab City STORY B Y KELLI SHIROMA // PHOTOS B Y LEAH FRIEL If you’re in the mood for seafood
As Luangkhot emphasizes, the menu at Crab City is simple but proand looking for “reel” deals and one-of-a kind flavors, vides enough choices for the cuscheck out Crab City, located on the corner of 9th tomer. Customers simply have to Avenue and Waialae Avenue. The eatery — formerly Le choose a seafood entrée — Cacao Bistro — including Lobster, Dungeness recently opened July Crab, King Crab, Snow Crab, 20, and has already Blue Crab and Crawfish — been gaining a large then select a flavor, ranging following, accordfrom Lemon Garlic Butter to ing to JJ Luangkhot, Cajun Style and Garlic Butter. one of the restauFinally, customers select the rant’s partners. level of spiciness for their meal “I have a lot of (mild, medium or volcanic). experience with “This is a very simple menu, restaurants, but this comprising mostly all seafood,” one is the most unbeLuangkhot says. “So far, our lievable,” says Dungeness Crab, Lobster and Luangkhot. “We didKing Crab are doing very well. n’t expect it to be The Garlic Butter sauce is one booming so fast.” of our top-selling sauces; the Luangkhot — who Cajun is good as well.” owns JJ Bistro & Luangkhot also French Pastry — points out that explains that Crab Crab City’s comCity replaced Le 1 bination meals also Cacao Bistro. are popular among “Le Cacao was customers because very similar to JJ Bistro,” Luangkhot of the variety of says. “My concept (for Le Cacao) was seafood that comes to make it a banquet room for JJ with it. There are three Bistro … but instead of opening it up Crab City Special just for banquets, we created more Combos (no substitumenu items for Le Cacao. One year tions allowed) — one after we opened, we noticed we had with lobster, crawfish, a lot of customers on the banquet mussels, shrimp and clams side, but on a regular day, it was not ($48); one with Dungeness that busy. When you have the same crab, crawfish, mussels, type of food with a similar concept 2 shrimp and clams ($48), and as another one of your restaurants, one with snow crab, crawfish, it’s like you’re spreading your own shrimp, mussels and clams customers between the two eateries. I tried to 3 ($38). make Crab City completely different, and now, we get “The combos are a very good deal,” very different customers. At Crab City, we get more Luangkhot says. “You either get lobster, teenagers, the younger crowd.” With Hawaii being a popular destination for seafood Dungeness crab or snow crab and all of this (other eateries, Luangkhot explains that Crab City differs from seafood) comes with it!” Currently, customers at Crab City will receive a 10 other restaurants because of its unique sauces. “The sauce is the key,” he states. “We create our own percent discount on their meal to celebrate the restausauce … the sauces are very different from most of the rant’s opening. This discount will be ongoing for the next seafood restaurants. We have sauces for all types of month, according to Luangkhot. He states that customers at the eatery also will be receiving a Crab City Loyalty seafood.” 28 | DINING OUT | AUGUST 5-11, 2012
Combo 2: Dungeness Crab, Crawfish, Mussels, Shrimp and Clams with Corn and Potatoes ($48) Crab City Hot Wings ($8.99) Combo 1: Lobster, Crawfish, Mussels, Shrmip and Clams with Corn and Potatoes ($48) JJ Luangkhot with Crab City Combos
CRAB CITY 3441 Waialae Ave., Honolulu 739.0993 // Daily, 11 a.m.-midnight
Card that is good for 15 percent off on their next visit (expires Oct. 20). “We’re eventually going to sell the Loyalty Card for $35, but right now, we’re giving it to customers as a gift,” Luangkhot says. “Every time customers visit, with the Loyalty Card, they will get 15 percent off. In the future, we’re going to sell the card, but right now, it’s free … we want to make good relationships with our customers.”