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’Tis the season to head over to Crab City, a seafood lover’s paradise where eating with your hands is always messy and highly encouraged. See Page 4 | Leah Friel photo

ALSO: Ready, set, sushi! | 8

Doing it veggie-style at The Fat Greek | 9 Tropical Tribe has acai like no other | 12

ono,youknow Good to Grill

Kit n Kitchen

Hee Hing Restaurant

Happy Holidays with a

Twist on

By Alana Folen | Photos by Leah Friel

an, oh man, time is flying by at a blink of an eye. Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will be here before we know it (ahem, my favorite holiday ever)! Lots of little ones will be hitting the hay early tomorrow night anticipating a visit from Santa and his reindeer. To tell you the truth, it was always difficult for me to fall asleep as a child on Christmas Eve because I was beyond excited to wake up with my family to fun-filled gifts under the tree. Now, fast forward 20 years or so later, and the feeling is almost the same. The


excitement is still there, however, I can’t wait to fall asleep tomorrow night so that I can wake up and eat a huge Christmas breakfast! Breakfast is the perfect meal, but sadly a lot of times I don’t have the time or energy to experience it in all its glory. But alas, now that the holidays are here, breakfast is even more of a big deal — it’s a feast! Everything is a little more extravagant this time of year, isn’t it? So, this week, Ono readers, it’s time to put a twist on Christmas breakfast and devour tasty delights that are out of the ordinary. Although breakfast may not be served on Christmas Day at the following

Ono, You Know establishments, it’s Christmas every day as far as my tummy is concerned when it comes to these dishes. Happy Holidays, everyone! – See page 18

Above: The editor loves to get a healthy start to the day with Good to Grill’s Tofu, Veggies and Egg Whites Omelette ($7.99). Far Left: Kit n Kitchen’s Omurice ($10.95) Left: Kit n Kitchen owners May and Kit Yiu with Omurice

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OPEN EVERY EVE & DAY Server Nicky Wong with Ribeye Beef Set A (File photos)

With cooler days and nights in full swing, it's the perfect time to warm up to Shabu Shabu House. Renowned for its melt-in-your-mouth hot pot dining, Shabu Shabu House opened its doors eight years ago, and since then has gained a multitude of loyal patrons addicted to the restaurant’s delicious shabu shabu and sukiyaki fare. It’s fun for the entire family as the eatery offers a hands-on dining experience where you can cook everything to your liking. Shabu Shabu House is located at 1221 Kapiolani Blvd. #108. For hours of operation, call 597.1655.

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Crab City owner JJ Luangkhot

hoy, matey! There’s plenty of fish in the sea, but Crab City throws down the anchor when it comes to offering a Southern-style seafood boil right here in the Islands. Owner JJ Luangkhot, who also owns JJ Bistro & French Pastry, opened the doors to this seafood establishment on Waialae Avenue this past summer, and has been reeling in the masses ever since. Dining Out recently paid a visit to Crab City to “sea” what all the hype is about, and boy, were we impressed. As soon as we set foot into the eatery, we were greeted by the irresistible aroma of fresh seafood seasoned to perfection amid a welcoming atmosphere decked out in washed up fishing nets and surfboards. Luangkhot welcomed us with a feast, and we dove right in to take in all that is Crab City. One thing’s for certain: Utensils are a no-go — no plates, knives or forks. Just grab a seafood cracker, prepare to get your hands dirty and get down to business.

Combo No. 2 ($48)

3441 Waialae Ave., Honolulu 780.3115 open Daily, 11 a.m.-midnight

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DO: Tell us about the Crab City dining experience? What does it offer its customers? Luangkhot: Here at Crab City we offer a picnic under the sea. It’s a family-style seafood dining experience. It’s always a lot of fun when you’re here, and we encourage people to get messy and use their hands. It’s not your average restaurant and it’s definitely not fine-dining. For example, sheets of paper take the place of table cloths, bibs are provided to avoid a mess on your clothing, your meal comes in a large plastic bag loaded with your seafood favorites soaked in your preferred sauce, and seafood remnants go into buckets.

Salt and Pepper Shrimp ($9.99)

Combo No. 1 ($48) DO: It seems like seafood hot spots are popping up across town. What sets Crab City apart from other restaurants like this? Luangkhot: Our sauces really stand out and they are less oily than our competitors. We like to use real butter, so it really absorbs into the seafood, and the taste is fantastic! DO: Give us a glimpse of the menu. What are some best-selling items? Luangkhot: There’s a lot of seafood to choose from, including lobster, Dungeness crab, king crab, snow crab, blue crab, crawfish, shrimp and more. Many people like to order Crab City Special Combos. There’s three combo options to select from: No. 1 has lobster, crawfish, mussel, shrimp and clam ($48); No. 2, the most popular, includes Dungeness crab, crawfish, mussel, shrimp and clam ($48); and No. 3 features snow crab, crawfish, shrimp, mussel and clam ($38). DO: Second to the sumptuous seafood is a myriad of savory sauces. What types of sauces are available? Luangkhot: Yes, our sauces are the best! We have Cajun Style, Lemon Garlic Butter and Garlic Butter sauces. Customers also can choose their level of spice, whether they want it mild, medium or volcanic. Lemon Garlic Butter is the most mild of the sauces, and if you prefer a spicy sauce, Cajun Style is the way to go. All

Crab City Hot Wings ($8.99) people like to stay home with their families. Also as a holiday gift, when patrons dine at Crab City they will receive 10 percent off desserts from JJ Bistro & French Pastry. In addition, we will welcome 2013 by offering 15 percent off on any visit to the restaurant in January. So, Chocolate Pyramid (ranges from $25-$85 if customers come to dine this month, depending on size) | Leah Friel photo they will receive a discount to be taken advantage of in January. Lastly, diners can receive $5 off the famous Chocolate great flavor of Crab City’s cuisine? Pyramid from JJ Bistro & French Pastry Luangkhot: First of all, our seafood is Sweet Potato Fries ($5.99), fresh. Secondly, our sauces are very when they dine at Crab City. Chocolate Rolls ($1.50 each), Cajun Fries ($4.99) good. When you combine those two, it’s Pyramid ranges from $25 to $85 depending on size. of these sauces are our very own, and always a success. we’ve worked hard to perfect them. DO: What is Crab City looking forDO: Do customers need to make dinward to in the new year? DO: The seafood is succulent and very ing reservations? Luangkhot: We’re working on impleLuangkhot: I recommend reservafresh. Where does Crab City obtain its tions be made for large groups. For menting more specials in 2013 to keep seafood? our loyal customers happy and to draw in Luangkhot: Currently, all of our smaller groups, walk-ins are fine. first-timers. We also might include a seafood is imported from Portland and DO: Is Crab City offering anything variety of new sauces on the menu. Right Seattle, and it is shipped here twice a now, I feel that the variety of sauces that week. The freshness of our seafood is top special for the holidays? Luangkhot: With the holidays here, we have is too limited. priority for us. we are giving our patrons special deals, DO: Crab City has been doing well DO: Besides the combos and other such as the combo special available now entree items, there is a plethora of sides to Dec. 31. When customers order and is always bustling with hungry dinto complete your dining adventure. Yes? Combo No. 1 or Combo No. 2, they can ers. What is the best time to dine to avoid Luangkhot: Exactly. Customers also get a side order of seafood for half-price, a wait? Luangkhot: To avoid a wait, the best can order seafood on the side, as well as including king crab, snow crab, Crab City hot wings, sweet corn, Cajun Dungeness crab or Maine lobster. time to come is between 3 and 5 p.m. fries, sausage, rice, edamame and more. Patrons can even take advantage of this People love seafood, and this style of special when ordering meals to go dining is unique. It’s always bound to be DO: What is the secret behind the because a lot of times during the holidays a good time here at Crab City.

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Festive buffets for the holidays


elebrate Christmas and New Year’s Day dim sum style at The Mandalay in downtown Honolulu. Known for its fresh, cooked-to-order Hong Kongstyle dim sum, the familyfriendly restaurant offers a special Dim Sum Brunch Buffet on Christmas and New Year’s Day with sittings at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Price is $21.99 for adults, $17.99 for seniors age 60 and over, $13.99 for children age 4 to 12, and free for children 3 and under. There are 17 classic dim sum dishes such as Pork Hash and Beef Balls; seven stir-fried entrees such as Char Siu Chow Funn and Salt and Pepper Shrimp; four salads; Egg Flower Soup; and eight different desserts, including Red Bean Gin Dui, Egg Custard Tarts and Almond Tofu. It’s the perfect meal for

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anybody who loves dim sum. For dinner, the restaurant has created a Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Dinner Buffet Menu with sittings at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Cost is $28.99 for adults, $24.99 for seniors age 60 and over, $17.99 for children age 4 to 12, and free 1 3

1 Sauteed Mix Seafood in Taro Basket ($19.95 small, $38 large) 2 Assortment of dim sum (part of the buffet) 3 Owners Linda and Larry Chan 4 Peking Duck (part of the buffet) Nathalie Walker photos

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for children 3 and under). The dinner buffet menu features Roasted Pig, Snow Crab Legs, Peking Duck with Bun, Prime Rib and Shrimp Cocktail; plus Egg Flower Soup; four types of salads such as Chinese Chicken Salad and Tofu with Watercress Salad; 10 stir-fried entrees; and seven desserts. For both lunch and dinner, customers also can choose to order from the regular menu instead of the buffet, and there will be specials such as Sauteed Mix Seafood in a Taro Basket ($19.95 small, feeds four to six people, $38 large, feeds 10 to 12 people). Seating for the brunch and dinner buffet is limited, call for reservations. Public parking is available at neighboring Alii Place. If you’re dining after 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or anytime on Saturday and Sunday, validated parking is available at Bishop Square (across the street).

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he seemingly endless holiday season is typified by slow-moving traffic, long lines, crowded stores and an overall sense of dread knowing the repeat is just 330 days away. Thankfully, the holidays also mean get-togethers and the necessity for portable food that is tasty and varied. In other words, pupus, but the platter. Kozo Sushi’s most popular holiday bring-along is Deluxe Maki Set ($25.99). No wonder. It has nearly everything a party guest could want. The platter

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includes 24 pieces of maki sushi split among ume, pickled radish, cucumber and kampyo. In addition, there are 24 pieces of hosomaki and four inari. Not exactly what you’re looking for? Sukeroku Plate ($19.50) offers 12 pieces of inari sushi, 24 pieces of futomaki made with tofu, egg and cucumber, and kampyo. Need to fulfill a wish for fish? No problem. Aloha Set ($25.99) has 25 pieces of nigiri featuring ahi, ika, egg, shrimp and salmon. You also get 18 por-

tions of hosomaki. Not sure what to get? Family Set ($25.99) is a large combination of just about everything Kozo offers including nigiri, inari, makisushi and hosomaki. Has the office party slowly devolved from a raucus night time wine and food fest into a minor get together? Junior Set ($16.99) may just be what you need. Thirty portions

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at, drink and be merry! What a great sentiment, and one many of us embrace with enthusiasm this time of year. Of course, overindulgence does have its drawbacks in packing on those post-holiday pounds. Well, you can party hearty, veggie lovers. We have the skinny on a savory special to celebrate five years of success at The Fat Greek's Kaimuki location — and there’s no meat or fish involved, so without all that … well, fat, it’s kinder to the waistline. This is no Trojan horse (come on, get out your



history books). Owner Francois Provenza has a great big birthday gift for all The Fat Greek’s customers — and especially all you Dining Out readers who really love to veg out. He’s created a special vegetarian platter overflowing with a variety of

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Greek specialties: falafel, dolmades (grape leaves stuffed with spiced rice), spanokopita (spinach and feta filo pie), feta cheese, Greek fries, babaganoush (baked eggplant dip), hummus, pita bread, Greek salad (lettuce, tomatoes, olives, feta, onions) — all for $20. Can’t beat that price for a

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taste trip to the sunny isles of Greece. "I want to thank customers for their support the past five years with this holiday special," says Provenza, who adds that you also can create your own platter, picking and choosing your favorites from The Fat Greek’s menu. Ask your server for details. Beware of Greeks bearing gifts? Bah, humbug! The Fat Greek is just as jolly as … you know who. Merry Christmas. Contact Terri Hefner at

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veryone feels like a VIP when walking through the doors of Japengo at Hyatt Regency, as each area of the restaurant has a different feel from the rest, making each dining experience intimate. There are separate rooms adorned with modern light fixtures, as well as traditional dining tables that sit within tall glass windows, which open up diners to the beautiful Waikiki sky. To match the modern beauty Japengo has to offer, chef de cuisine

Michael Imada and the rest of the culinary staff have created a dessert menu that satisfies all tastebuds. Japengo Coconut Crème Brulee ($10) is the restaurant’s signature dish, and it’s not hard to see why. The coconut-flavored custard sits atop a bed of

shredded coconut within the coconut shell and pairs well with the chocolate toffee garnish delicately placed alongside it. Molokai Sweet Potato Cheesecake ($10) is topped with azuki beans, acai berry syrup and little chunks of Okinawan sweet

Top right Molokai Sweet Potato Cheesecake ($10) Right Japengo Coconut Creme Brulee ($10) Below Banana Lumpia ($10) Nathalie Walker photos

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JAPENGO WHERE Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa Ewa Tower, third floor CALL 237.6140 HOURS Open nightly for dinner, 6-10 p.m. Sushi bar and lounge open at 5:30 p.m.

potato, and tuile (made from egg whites and powdered sugar) is added for an extra visual effect. Sliced apple bananas and macapuno coconut fill the caramel-topped Banana Lumpia ($10), and nothing goes better with banana lumpia than a scoop of vanilla ice cream. “It’s normally just served straight, as it is,” Imada explains. “But the vanilla ice cream is complementary, the flavors go well together.” He also says that the macapuno adds a unique texture, flavor and concept to the dish. And it’s good to know that a lot of the food on Japengo’s menu is locally sourced, or thoughtfully sourced as Imada says, such as Molokai sweet potato and locally grown apple bananas. Despite the fantastic desserts that embellish Japengo’s locally inspired menu, Imada says that his staff is his pride and joy. “Our menu has a lot of staff contribution to it,” he says. “I’m very proud of them.”

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KITCHEN INSIDER lways 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.


Who or what inspires you as a chef/manager/owner? As a manager, it gives me a sense of pride when people recognize, trust and are loyal to our brand. It’s also inspiring that, we, being a franchise-owned store, can fulfill or even exceed customers’expectations, especially those who have known Max’s from the Philippines.

This week, Dining Out gets the inside scoops from Waipahu Max’s of Manila's branch manager Kate del Callar, who gives us a little taste of Max’s and shares just what fuels her culinary drive.

Photo courtesy of Max’s of Manila

What is the biggest compliment you’ve ever received as a chef/manager/owner? More than anything else, a sincere “thank you” or “you’ve been very helpful” are the best compliments you can get from a customer. It’s a nice feeling being able to solve their problems and/or satisfy their needs. I especially love seeing repeat customers who come back for the experience. What is your favorite dish on the menu? Why? Max’s Fried Chicken. It’s my comfort food. I can associate a lot of good memories with our fried chicken, such as family gatherings, special occasions, etc. What is your favorite ingredient to work with? Why? Vegetables that are natively grown in the Philippines, but are locally available here. It makes a Filipino dish more authentic. Is there a dish that you create that's not on your menu, but available upon request? Every now and then we come up with different specials, those that are only available here at our Hawaii stores.

We also have vegetarian options for customers, Filipinos and nonsome of our dishes. Filipinos. We want to know more what customers think and feel about What are your culinary goals? our products and services, and from What do you hope to improve on? their suggestions, comments and We are hoping to reach out to more feedback, find ways to improve.

Name Kate del Callar Title Branch Manager of Max's of Manila Waipahu Training/education Bachelor's Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management

Max's of Manila

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ven though you probably already have a favorite spot for acai bowls, you have to trust me when I say that you’ve never had one like the bowls offered at Tropical Tribe, one of the latest food trucks to hit Honolulu’s streets. With a

WEBSITE 1 Owner Andre Alves de Moraes with Tropical Tribe Bowl ($8 regular, $9.50 large) Leah Friel file photos 2 Classic Tribe Bowl ($7 regular, $8.50 large) 3 Tropical Tribe Bowl ($8 regular, $9.50 large) Nathalie Walker photo 4 Strawberry Tribe smoothie ($6)



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clear mission to introduce Hawaii to an authentic, Brazilian acai experience, owner Andre Alves de Moraes skillfully crafts the purest blend of this “super berry� around. “The first time I came to America, I visited Florida about 10 years ago,� says Alves de Moraes, who is originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. “I had an acai bowl and realized how different it was from the acai we have in Brazil.� According to Alves de Moraes, American versions of the popular fruit dish are watered down and clouded with other ingredients that not only mask the taste of pure acai, but also diminish its plenitude of proteins,

vitamins and antioxidants. After moving to Hawaii in 2010, the owner researched how to offer traditional acai bowls in the Islands, a process that eventually led him to open his food truck on Kapiolani Boulevard this past summer. Tropical Tribe’s menu presents the most refreshing of smoothies, drinks and bowls made from healthy ingredients imported directly from Brazil. If there’s one dish you have to try, it’s the acai explosion known as a Tropical Tribe Bowl ($8, regular; $9.50, large). Based on traditional preparations cultivated in the Amazon region of Brazil, this bowl features a simple fruit base: Slightly bitter acai is mixed with sweet guarana — another Brazilian superfruit — for a perfectly balanced flavor only nature could come up with. “The original recipe is basically just acai and guarana — nothing else. I don’t even mix ice,� explains Alves de Moraes. “It’s a very, very pure blend.� As a result, each serving is a bona fide feast of acai flavor, mirrored in the unaltered, deep-purple color of the blended berries. Once bedazzled with a harmonious combination of strawberries, blueberries, bananas, honey and locally made granola, this dish is genuinely amazing! “Tropical Tribe is the only place in Hawaii that follows the original recipe,� says Alves de Moraes. “As soon as people started tasting the acai, they fell in love. I have a lot of really loyal customers, and it’s growing.�

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lighting up and


taste buds too.

christmas day brunch buffet december 25, 2012 • 9:00am ~ 1:30pm adult, $ 80 * children, $ 40 * (6-12 years old) • 921-4600 Reservations Recommended • Complimentary valet parking. Price does not include tax and gratuity. Prices, hours, and menu items are subject to change.


Kobe keeps it deliciously real By Rachel Breit


ven the timid will succumb to Kobe Japanese Steak house’s Sixty-Nine roll ($18), a California roll aptly named for the “position” of a filleted unagi. The rolls — creamy crab and avocado rolled up with crunchy cucumber and topped with the tender baked eel —

KOBE JAPANESE STEAK HOUSE 1841 Ala Moana Blvd. 941.4444 Open daily, Lounge 5-10 p.m.; Dining 5:30-10 p.m.; Happy hour 5:30-7:30 p.m. Valet Parking $5

need little coaxing from plate to mouth. In fact, their approachability was not an afterthought. The roll’s recipe is a variation of the

10% OFF

Cash Sale Only (With Coupon)

eight rolls come per order; receive a 20 percent discount during happy hour in the lounge from 5:30 to 7:30 nightly on all sushi orders. Another dish to dive into is Hamachi Kama ($14), the collar meat of the Japanese amberjack or yellowtail, which has a crispy top and buttery flesh. Simply baked with salt and pepper, and served with lemon and shoyu for Sixty-Nine Roll ($18) optional seasoning, the rusHamachi Kama ($14) tic and traditional dish utiRachel Breit photos lizes the meat from the fish that remains after sashimi is cut. Share the new pupu “rock and roll” style of menu item with friends and sushi that originates from enjoy with hot rice. second-generation Japanese sushi chefs on the West Coast. The cooked, rather than raw, ingredients are SANTA VISITS at 6PM credited for the success of on CHRISTMAS EVE! assimilating sushi into the SPECIAL HOLIDAY MENUS American appetite. Six to ♦

5% OFF

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 12/31/12. Must present coupon.


with purchase of Full Price Entree Valid 5-10:30pm

Liliha Square by Times Supermarket



Celebrating 11 Years!

Carving Station - Prime rib, roast pork ♦ Seafood Station ♦ Entrees - Roast turkey with stuffing, Chinese entrees and much more ♦ Seafood Station Alaskan crab legs, seafood black sauce, pepper salt shrimp, and more ♦ Hawaiian Luau Station ♦ Dessert Station ♦ Adults $28.95 Seniors $27.95 Keikis (4 to 12) $14.50

Dim Sum Take Out Special! 8am-11:30am

with purchase of Full Price Entree Valid 5-10:30pm

10% OFF(Charge) • 15% OFF(Cash) Dim Sum & Reg. Menu Dine In Special!

5% OFF(Charge) •10% OFF(Cash)

GIFT CERTIFICATE SPECIAL Purchase $100 gift card and receive $20 dining certificate for use in 2013

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 12/31/12. Must present coupon.


Happy Day Chinese Restaurant 3553 Waialae Avenue


Ward Centre (Auahi Streetfront) 1200 Ala Moana Blvd (808) 596-0066 Kailua (Next to Boots & Kimo’s) 151 Hekili St (808) 230-8400

Carving Station: Roast beef, roast pork ♦ Hong Kong Dim Sum Station ♦ Entrees - Roast turkey with stuffing, steamed fish, Chinese entrees, pepper salt shrimp and much more ♦ Salad Station: over 20 international salad ♦ Hawaiian Luau Station ♦ Dessert Station: homemade pies, chiffon cakes, almond float and more! ♦ Adults $23.95 Seniors $22.95 Keikis (4 to 12) $11.95


Nice Day Chinese Seafood Restaurant

Lobster $1299

Offer valid thru 12/31/12. Free $5 gift certificate valid on your next visit until 1/31/13.


Lobster $

Receive a FREE $5 gift certificate with the purchase of $50 in gift cards

Chinese Chicken Salad Golden Mushroom Scallop Soup ♦ Hong Kong Crispy Chicken ♦ Maine Lobster with Scallion Ginger ♦ Shanghai Garlic Honey Ribs Beef and Fresh Asparagus ♦ Hunan Tofu Steamed Rice ♦ Almond Float Dessert $239 Table of 10** (reg. $269)

Credit Card Sale Only (With Coupon)

Hong Kong Dim Sum & Regular Menu Items

A little something extra…


10.95 per person


Ala Moana Center Ho‘okipa Terraces808.356.8300

Queens’ MarketPlace Waikoloa Beach Resort


Specials not valid on Holidays. Advance Reservations required, please call 971-1818.$3 self park validation only. Ask about our Kama‘aina Discount

Hyatt Regency Resort& Spa-Street Level•2424 Kalakaua Ave., Ewa Tower

10 person minimum

Chicken Salad w/Oriental Dressing 4 TYPES OF DIM SUM (BBQ Pork, Chive Dumpling, Pork Hash, Seafood Dumpling) Beef & Broccoli Kalua Short Ribs Stir-Fried Assorted Vegetables Minute Chicken Fried Noodle DESSERT: Almond Float • DINING OUT | DEC. 23-29, 2012 | 13

... dining out ...


F E AT U R E ........ ............ Oriental Breakfast ($6.95)


s New Violet’s Grill prepares to undergo some long-anticipated renovations, its friendly staff and management make it a point to ensure customers that their favorite meals are here to stay. Joey Suehisa, who co-owns the Kalihi eatery in Kapalama Shopping Center with her sister Cindy, explains that the shopping center is currently going through a face lift aimed at improving both the parking lot and facades of the buildings. Along with additional changes to the interior of the eatery that are planned for 2013 to coincide with the shopping center remodeling project, Suehisa mentions that the restaurant’s menu also will be improved, including the addition of a kid’s menu as the establishment strives to become more family friendly. While the eatery has remained a part of the Kalihi community for more than 60 years, the Suehisa family has owned the restaurant for nearly 16 years after taking over the operation and continuing the tradition started by its two previous owners. “The food has more of a Japanese and Okinawan influence, and the restaurant offers a friendly atmosphere that really makes guests feel like family,” Suehisa says when

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asked to describe the restaurant’s appeal to generations of loyal customers. “We’re going to fix things up in here,” she adds, when discussing the upcoming renovation that will truly put the “New” in New Violet’s Grill. “We’re still going to be open even with the renovations going on,” she says, about the shopping center changes that recently got under way. “And, we’re going to make some changes in here to help the restaurant be more family-oriented. Also, my sister Cindy is thinking about eliminating the (handheld) menus and simply putting the different options on each table for customers to look at.” New Violet’s Grill helps its customers start the day off right with a host of popular breakfast options, including Two Egg Breakfast ($6.95, add $1.50 for fried rice), which includes a choice of two strips of bacon, corned beef, ham, pork sausage, smoked meat or Portuguese sausage served alongside two eggs. The Oriental Breakfast ($6.95) features a breakfast set including rice, tofu, miso soup, an egg, and a choice of grilled ahi, mahi or saba and tsukemono. Diners also enjoy classic favorites

Kayla Suehisa with Club House ($6.95)

such as Club House Sandwich ($6.95, $6.25 takeout), which includes a hearty portion of fries as well as a choice of tossed or macaroni salad. With the recent trend of windy, rainy weather, New Violet’s Large Saimin ($6.95, add $1.50 for vegetables; $4.95 takeout, add $1.10 for vegetables) is sure to warm up customers. The Suehisas also recommend Okinawan Miso Soup ($9.95 a la carte, $13.95 complete meal, $10.75 takeout), which is chock-full of pork, tofu, green onions, mustard cabbage, bean

sprouts and an egg. Goya with Chicken ($8.95 a la carte, $13.95 complete meal, $10.55 takeout) is another popular selection, as the stirfried dish, which also includes tofu, dashi and egg, can be ordered with chicken, pork or beef. The complete meals at New Violet’s Grill are accompanied by rice, tsukemono, miso soup or tossed salad, a beverage and a choice of Jell-O, pudding or ice cream for dessert. In addition to its expansive menu options, New Violet’s Grill also offers a wide array of specials, including Grilled Ahi Belly ($16.95), Ahi Belly Nitsuke ($16.95), Grilled or Steamed Opakapaka ($16.95), Garlic Ahi ($14.95), Grilled Ahi Steak ($13.95), Steamed Saba ($13.95), Korean Fried Chicken ($15.95) and Mochiko Chicken ($15.95). Through Dec. 24, New Violet’s Grill is offering special discounts to coincide with the holiday season. Individuals receive 5 percent off all dine-in orders, while couples and groups of three or more receive 10 and 20 percent off their checks, respectively. These special discounts are available all day as a way for New Violet’s Grill to thank its loyal customers as the new year approaches.

Goya with Chicken ($8.95 a la carte, $13.95 complete meal, $10.55 takeout)

... dining out ...


F E AT U R E ....................

Two Egg Breakfast ($6.95, add $1.50 for fried rice)

Large Saimin ($6.95, add $1.50 for vegetables; $4.95 takeout, add $1.10 for vegetables)

Okinawan Miso Soup ($9.95 a la carte, $13.95 complete meal, $10.75 takeout)

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Himalayan Kitchen 1137 11th Ave. #205

Suman Basnet pulls Garlic Naan ($3.50) out of the traditional tandoori clay oven at Himalayan Kitchen.

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.

with Christina O’Connor




hen owner and head chef Suman Basnet opened Himalayan Kitchen in 2009, it was a longtime dream come true. Basnet, who is originally from Nepal, has worked in restaurants since he was 17 years old, initially as dishwasher. But he always loved food and started taking culinary classes. “I just always really loved the industry — and loved the food. I mostly loved the cooking part,” he explains. “And I always wanted

Take a

Journey to the


to have my own place. Being from Nepal … I wanted to do Nepalese and Indian fusion style food. “When I started sitting down to make a menu, I started with just typical Nepalese and Indian dishes, and then we started to create our own.” And that’s not all Basnet and the restaurant have been creating lately. If you haven’t visited the restaurant recently, it has expanded its dining area — adding a tranquil outdoor patio and a second dining room, which can accommodate private parties — an area that Basnet built himself. If you’re still looking for a place to have a holiday get-together, Himalayan Kitchen is open for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and the new room is the perfect place for an intimate get-together. Also coming up for Himalayan Kitchen in the new year will be a new lunch menu, which is scheduled to be unveiled some time in January.

Everest Choeela ($7.95) and Mango Lassi ($5.50) | Rachel Breit photos


ucked away on 11th Avenue in Kaimuki, Himalayan Kitchen brings Nepalese and Indian cuisine to the Islands. The restaurant has been here just three-and-a-half years, but in that time, it’s managed to gather a slew of honors, including an Ilima Award. “It is traditional Nepalese food, plus we are doing Indian-style food in a Nepalese way,” explains owner and head chef Suman Basnet. The restaurant’s varied menu includes a range of different types of curries and grilled meats. Basnet also

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says that they receive a daily fresh catch of various kinds of local fish, including mahi mahi and ono. In addition, Himalayan Kitchen also has an ever-changing set of daily specials that the chefs create. To start off your meal at Himalayan Kitchen on the right note, try appetizer treat Everest Choeela ($7.95), which features sliced tandoori grilled chicken marinated with ginger, garlic and jalapeno. One of the most popular dishes is Mix Tandoori Grill ($17.95), a combination of chicken, lamb, fish and

shrimp. The dish is served with the restaurant’s popular house sauce. “People love it, and (the sauce) goes with a number of Garlic Naan ($3.50)

entrees,” Basnet says. Another popular entree is Himalayan Coconut Kadai Curry Sauce with Fish ($16.95), which features onion, tomato, ginger and a coconut-based sauce. The dish also can be served with chicken, lamb or vegetables. And for vegetarian diners, Aloo Saag ($12.95) is a tasty option. The dish features ground spinach cooked with potatoes — all seasoned perfectly with ginger, garlic and mild spices. No matter what entree you decide


Christmas and New Year’s special for a limited time

Mix Tandoori Grill ($17.95)

By Jaimie Kim

C on, Garlic Naan ($3.50) is a tasty addition to any of them. Customers also can create their own naan with other seasonings. Another great complement for any of the dishes is Mango Lassi ($5.50), a sweet, yogurt-based beverage. To finish off your meal, Himalayan Kitchen offers decadent desserts that include Himalayan Four Spice Chocolate Ice Cream ($6.95) and Kayashree’s Saffron Ice Cream ($6.95). For all of its dishes, Himalayan Kitchen can cater to each customer’s personal preferences. “Everything is cooked to order … We want to give you options, and you can kind of consider us your personal chef,” Basnet says. “You can ask us how you want us to cook (each dish), because Himalayan Coconut Kadai Curry Sauce with Fish ($16.95)

Aloo Saag ($12.95)

there are so many possibilities with all of our items.” He also adds that vegans and vegetarians can substitute any ingredients for diet-friendly items. Contact Christina O’Connor at

elebrate the end of 2012 with Anytime Cafe’s limited special Christmas and New Year’s four-course prix fixe meal. For just $25.95 from Dec. 21 to Jan. 1, embark on a journey that will have your taste buds ringing in the new year with pure delight. Start off with the first course appetizer, Fried Dumpling Salad, before swimming to the next course, Cream of Shrimp Soup. For the main course, choose from three enticing options. Lobster Pasta features juicy lobster meat in a pink sauce (a medley of alfredo and red sauce) and is topped with a large lobster tail. Lightly battered and panfried, Turkey Breast is served with a marsala sauce. And, if you’re feeling a bit more carnivorous, Lamb Chops are tender and flavorful, served with a peppercorn sauce, pasta and vegetables. Finally, end on a sweet note with creme brulee for dessert. Of course, you’re more than welcome to stop in “anytime” and sample something from the regu-

ANYTIME CAFE WHERE Market City Shopping Center 2919 Kapiolani Blvd. CALL 735.3888 HOURS Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturdays, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

lar menu. Trust me, there are more than a few delectable options to choose from. “We are like a cafe with different kinds of food,” shares Cindy Wong, who coowns the restaurant with husband Ken. Trio Shrimp Spaghetti ($15.95) is a favorite that remains popular among customers, and features a special sauce. Tiger shrimp, bay shrimp and a large shrimp with its head in tact and stuffed with crab meat, are served over pasta. The finishing touch is, of course, the sauce — a creamy white truffle sauce that is imported from Italy. Look forward to a good time and a great meal no matter what time you enter the doors of Anytime Cafe.

Creme Brulee, Turkey Breast, Fried Dumpling Salad and Lobster Pasta Leah Friel photos

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ono,youknow – From page 2

Good to Grill Best known for its meaty hits such as braised short ribs, prime rib, kalbi and hibachi chicken, Good to Grill also puts a spin on your go-to hearty breakfast of the usual eggs, sausage, waffles and choice of carbs, and goes the healthy route with its Tofu, Veggies and Egg Whites Omelette ($7.99). With all the splurging going on this time of year, this omelette is the perfect choice — it tastes good and is good for you! According to restaurant general manager, Jesse Nicholson, Tofu, Veggies and Egg Whites Omelette features a colorful variety of guilt-free ingredients, including red and green bell peppers, onion, tomato, spinach and tofu nestled in a blanket of low-calorie egg whites. And since you can’t get much healthier than this, give yourself a break and indulge in a side of your choice, whether it be white or brown rice, white or wheat toast or hash potatoes (go ahead and opt for fried rice if you wish for $1 more). “We’re known for our selection of meats cooked on the kiawe wood grill, but we also try to give our customers a non-meat option, and this is it,” Nicholson says. “Vegetarians love it.” Good to Grill offers Tofu, Veggies and Egg Whites Scramble as well ($7.99). Breakfast is available Saturday and Sunday only from 8 to 11:30 a.m. So, start your day the right way at Good to Grill, located in Safeway Center Kapahulu. Good to Grill Safeway Center Kapahulu 888 Kapahulu Ave. 734.7345 gift ever. Island pineapple chicken fried rice is enveloped in a three extra-large egg Kit n Kitchen omelette and bathed in a homemade tomaThe holiday season gets a little brighter to sauce. Your choice of bacon, Spam, (if that’s even possible) with Kit n link sausage, ham or Portuguese sausage Kitchen. This University Avenue eatery, and white or wheat toast accompany this best known for its Eurasian cuisine, began early morning feast. serving the most important meal of the It’s Christmas every day at Kit n day about two years ago, and owner and Kitchen. chef May Yiu takes pride in the restaurant’s New England-style breakfast with a Kit n Kitchen local twist. 1010 University Ave. Breakfast is available Saturday and 942.7622 Sunday from 8 to 11 a.m., and I believe the menu is equivalent to Disneyland as Hee Hing Restaurant there are so many amazing options to It’s always a good time for Chinese choose from. Omelettes, crepes, waffles, fare, and Hee Hing Restaurant on pancakes — Kit n Kitchen has it all. Yet, Kapahulu Avenue is the place to be this if I had to select one breakfast item off the holiday season. This family-run establishmenu to eat for the rest of my life, it ment was founded more than two decades would be Omurice, hands down. Priced at ago, and has claimed its spot as a top $10.95, this omelette is the best Christmas 18 | DINING OUT | DEC. 23-29, 2012 •

Left Good to Grill’s Tofu, Veggies and Egg Whites Omelette ($7.99) Above Hee Hing’s Baked Cream Buns ($2.60 for three pieces) Right Hee Hing manager Sally Delce

choice among locals and visitors alike. This award-winning restaurant serves up entrees that are definitely rave-worthy, however, it’s the dim sum here that is sure to impress even the most finicky of eaters. Served daily from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., dim sum is readily available for those breakfast and lunch time cravings. A couple of my favorite dim sum delicacies include Baked Manapua with Char Siu ($2.95 for three pieces) and Baked Cream Buns ($2.60 for three pieces). Both are delicious and must-haves at any gathering. Hee Hing’s Baked Manapua melts in your mouth, and the morsels of meat are just so tender and tasty, while Baked Cream Buns put a little sweet into every meal, as the custard filling is heaven in a bun. What a way to spoil yourself at breakfast, huh? Your day can only get

sweeter after this. And coming soon to Hee Hing is Shanghai Dumplings, which I was fortunate enough to sneak a peek. Served in a steam basket, these scrumptious little dumplings are plump with pork filling and chicken broth, and I promise you will soon be adding another steady dim sum item to your list in the near future. I can’t wait for these dumplings to hit the menu! So, sleep in a bit, rub the sleep from your tired eyes and head to Hee Hing Restaurant — breakfast awaits. Hee Hing Restaurant 449 Kapahulu Ave. Ste. 101 735.5544


tableside @ Nice Day

Above: Owner Sang Chan and manager Shirley Cheng with Char Siu, Golden Garlic Shrimp and an assortment of fresh dim sum. Inset: Char Siu ($9.95), Golden Garlic Shrimp ($13.95) and dim sum (prices vary)


ice Day Chinese Seafood Restaurant is satisfying appetites with its traditional Hong Kong-style cuisine. The restaurant, located in Liliha Square Shopping Plaza, opened for business four years ago and is renowned for its delicious entrees and fresh dim sum, including Char Siu and Garlic Shrimp. Nice Day Chinese Seafood Restaurant is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call 524.1628.

1 | Nicki and Tyler Mak 2 | Debbie Kitaoka and Prisca Basa 3 | Jon, Stanley, Carolyn and Frank Yim 4 | Michele Egami with Eric, Megan, Joy and Christopher Nagata, and Kenneth Egami

Lawrence Tabudlo photos




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WHERE TO DINE AMERICAN Atlantis Seafood & Steak


2284 Kalakaua Avenue 922-6868


4369 Lawehana St. (across Target in Salt Lake) 422-0059

Eggs n’ Things Saratoga

2752 Woodlawn Dr. Manoa Marketplace 988-4310

Located inside of Zippy’s

La Palme D’or

711 Queen St. 597-8880 1111 Bishop St. #4 536-8363 Ala Moana Center 946-6388 Royal Hawaiian Center 791-2969

343 Saratoga Road 923-EGGS (3447)

Alcohol Served


Waikiki Beach Eggspress


Monday, December 31 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Ala Moana Center - Mall Level Mountain Side, next to Shirokiya 941-6161

2464 Kalakaua Ave (Aston Waikiki Circle) 926-EGGS (3447)


New Year’s Eve

Chee Fried Rice or Kim Chee Pancake FREE Kim


With any food purchase. Cannot be combined with other offers. Limit 1 coupon per party. Expires 12/31/12. MW

Tempura Lobster Scallion Rice


Soy Sake Glazed Black Cod Bok Choy & Shiitake Mushrooms, Dashi Truffle Nage

Friday & Saturday 5:30 – 9:30 pm


with purchase of regular plate


Raspberry Napoleon Chocolate Filo Sheets, Marscapone Mousse

905 Keeaumoku Street

OPEN Daily 5pm - 2am

(808) 951-1004





*Closed New Year’s Day *Ala carte menu not available

3660 Waialae Ave. • 737-1177




Dear Hearts, I don’t like the greeting of Happy Holiday season. I guess I’m old fashioned. Here’s to each and everyone of you. A very jolly Merry Christmas from the bottom of my caring heart.


Kaimuki Shopping Center 734-8232 (Lower Level) Formerly in Aina Haina Shopping Center

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Special HOLIDAY 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.

5-6p & 9pm-midnight

DINNER Tues-Sun 5p-Midnight • Closed Monday LUNCH Tues-Sun 11am-2pm RESTAURANT & PUPU BAR


with purchase of mini plate

*Cannot be combined with any other offers. Expires 12/31/12.

3008 Waialae Ave. 259-7100

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For Reservations

Fire Roasted Beef Tenderloin Sherry Pepper Demi, Truffle Hollandaise


Korean Hibiscus BBQ


Porcini Seared Ahi Tataki Dry Land Pea Shoots, Yuzu Butter Sauce

Grilled Duck Breast Foie Gras & Lentil Ragout

Napoleon’s Bakery

Fendu Boulangerie

451 Piikoi St 538-EGGS (3447)

After Midnight

Larry’s Bakery

2005 Kalia Road Hilton Hawaiian Village (Ali‘i Tower) 949-4321


Eggs n’ Things Ala Moana


Tropics Bar & Grill

Symbol Key

Best Cantonese Cuisine


1st Sunday Champagne Brunch!

Ala Moana Center

New Menu Changes Monthly!

Tel: 947-8818


HOLIDAY GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE! Jeff Peterson Grammy-winning Slack Key Guitar, experience the gentle crashing waves, pure ocean breezes and awesome beauty of Hawaii.

…Only at Michel’s

Saimin Havenly Yours,

Shiro Matsuo

Many More Items to Choose From




98-020 Kam Hwy.

94-256 Waipahu Depot St.

91-919 Fort Weaver Rd.




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2895 Kalakaua Ave. • 923-6552


Adult - $26.95 Child (2-10) & Senior (65 & over) - $21.95 SEATINGS AT 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM & 2:00 PM (w/2 HRS. LIMIT)


Yakiniku Camellia Buffet Stadium Mall 4510 Salt Lake Blvd. 486-3311

Camellia Buffet 930 McCully St. 951-0511 • 951-0611

3553 Waialae Ave. 738-8666

A Catered Experience 94-1068 Ka Uka Blvd. 677-7744

CAFE Five Star International Buffet

Happy Day Chinese Restaurant


Hee Hing Restaurant 449 Kapahulu Ave. 735-5544


Ho Ho Chinese Cuisine

Anytime Cafe

Royal Hawaiian Center, Bldg C, Level 3. 380-9300

Makino Chaya

Canton Seafood Restaurant

Market City Shopping Center 2919 Kapiolani Blvd 735-3888

Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant

Golden Palace Seafood Restaurant


98-150 Kaonohi St. 486-5100

88 Piikoi St. 593-1200

Ala Moana Center •1450 Ala Moana Blvd. 4th Floor - Ho’okipa Terrace 947-8818

111 N. King St. 521-8268


Saturday, January 5, 2013 5-7pm




per person

for a sampling of authentic Portuguese dishes from our chef Regular menu, beer & cocktails also available Reservations Recommended Sorry, we cannot accept Hot Deals or any other discounts/coupons at this event.

30% OFF

Includes 3 Whole Live Lobsters!

• BBQ Platter • Dried Scallop Soup • Peking Duck w/Buns • Deep Fried Garlic Crispy Chicken

• Stir Fried Seafood • Live Lobster w/Ginger & Green Onion • Stir Fried Fish Fillet • Fried Rice • Dessert

Bring your own wine/liquor. No corkage fee through December!

Daily Lunch Buffet - $1299 11:30am-2:30pm Open Daily 11:30am - 10pm 1138 Smith St. (corner of Smith/Pauahi)

590 Farrington Hwy. 692-9880

923 Keeaumoku St. 955-3388

1380 S. KING ST. 11am - 3am DAILY• Call for Reservations today! 944-8288


Lobster & crab not valid with offer. Coupon expires 12/31/12

CALL 946-8833 or 230-6886 1110 McCully St (corner of McCully & Young) OPEN DAILY 10:30AM-9:30PM


$30 minimum purchase. Up to 4 miles.

13 Locations: OAHU:

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


“Best Fine Dining Restaurant”

Receive a bonus $10 Gift Certificate when you purchase a $50 Gift Card before 12/24/12. Mon-Fri: 5:30 - 10:00 pm • Sat, Sun: 5:00 - 10:00 pm Live Entertainment Wed-Sun • Valet Parking




(808) 327-6776 (808) 632-2450 (808) 661-0333 (808) 873-7776

Proud recipient of:

FREE $10 Gift Certificate

Proper Attire Required • Reservations Recommended

with purchase of every $100 in gift cards. Dec. 17-25, 2012 • 2440 Kuhio Ave 922 5555


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WHERE TO DINE Nice Day Chinese Seafood Restaurant

Little Village Noodle House 1113 Smith St. 545-3008

Big City Diner

Seafood Village Street Level, 2424 Kalakaua Ave., #102 971-1818

Liliha Square, 524-1628

Panda Cuisine

Lung Fung Chinese Restaurant

641 Keeaumoku St. 947-1688

5724 Kalanianaole Hwy. 377-5566

Good To Grill


888 Kapahulu Ave. 734-7345

ON ON At McCully 1055 Alakea St. 525-8585

Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant

Maple Garden

Ala Moana Hotel, 3rd Floor 410 Atkinson Drive 942-7788

909 Isenberg Street 941-6641

Panda Cuisine New Management! New Menu! Specializing in Fresh Seafood




• Lobster • Dungeness Crab

Asian Mix

Himalayan Kitchen

1234 South Beretania St. 521-1688

1137 11th Ave. 735-1122


2850 Paa St. 833-3728


• Manila Clams • Shrimp • Mussels



Open Christmas Eve & Day

All Day



Henry Loui’s




515 Ward Ave. 593-2800


Seafood Special

Limited Time Only

Asahi Grill Ward

1110 McCully St. (Corner of McCully & Young) 946-8833 or 230-8866

Mandalay (The)

Kailua 263-8880 Kaimuki 738-8855 Pearlridge East 487-8188 Waipio 678-8868 Ward Center 591-8891

BENTO $11.95 Reg. $15.95



• (2) Big Shrimp & (2) Veg. Tempura Reg. $11.95 • Chicken Katsu or Chicken Kagaage • (3) Big Shrimp • Chicken, Beef or Pork Teriyaki • (4) Veg. Tempura • Miso Butterfish or Grilled Salmon • Tsukemono

• (3) Jumbo

Shrimp • (4) Veg. Tempura • Tsukemono INCLUDES: MISO SOUP, TOFU, GYOZA, SALAD & TEA • Miso Soup • Rice • Miso Soup & Rice $12.95 on 12/24, 25, 31, 1/1 $10.25 on 12/24, 25, 31, 1/1 • Tea $12.95 on 12/24, 25, 31, 1/1 OPEN TUE-SUN LUNCH 11AM-2PM, DINNER 5-8:30PM • Closed Monday Lunch & Dinner

100 N. Beretania Street #113 (Parking inside Chinese Cultural Plaza)



Season’s Greetings Special Menus $308 + tax $438 + tax 1. Minced Pork Served In Lettuce 1. Royal Garden Roast Meat Combination 2. Fish Maw & Crab Meat Soup or 2. Bird's Nest Soup w/ Chicken or Dried Scallop Soup Steamed Fish Maw, Mushroom & Chicken Soup 3. Shrimps w/ Honey Glazed Walnuts 3. Peking Duck 4. Roast Pea-Par Duck 5. Sizzling Boneless Short Rib w/ Bell 4. Fish Fillet In Fish Bone Basket Pepper, Onion & Black Bean Sauce 5. Lobsters Royal Garden Style 6. Boiled Ranch Chicken In Chicken 6. Baked Rock Salt Ranch Chicken Broth w/ Mustard Cabbage 7. Joke San w/ Shanghai Baby Cabbage 7. Braised Mushroom w/ Cabbage 8. Crab Meat w/ E-mein Noodle 8. House Fried Rice 9. Walnut & Peanut Soup 9. Red Bean Soup w/ Lotus Seed & Lilies w/ Mochi Balls Above menu is limited to 3 tables and cannot combine with any specials and discounts. Please order one day in advance.


Since 1944


901 Hausten Street • (808) 952-9200

KAILUA 263-8880 KAIMUKI 738-8855 PEARLRIDGE EAST 487-8188 WAIPIO 678-8868 WARD CENTER 591-8891 Find us on Facebook & Twitter

Flame-Broiled Boneless Kalbi Fresh Garden Salad Real Korean-Style Kimchee Roasted Sweet Corn & Green Peas Steamed White or Brown Rice Macadamia Nut Bread Pudding (Feeds 8-12 people) Pre-Order Required

Available at our Kam Shopping Center location. While supplies last. Prices valid thru Jan. 5, 2013



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• LUNCH $17.95 10:30AM - 2:30PM • DINNER $25.95 2:30PM-10PM



• Chinese Chicken Salad • Korean Chicken • Egg-Battered Mahi • Chow Mein Noodles









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December Specials

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930 McCully St. • 951-0511/951-0611



Call for Ala Carte options


841-0931 Kenny’s Hawn BBQ 922-3333

WHERE TO DINE JJ Bistro & French Pastry

Loco Moco

Sam Choy’s BLC

Tony Roma’s

3447 Waialae Ave.

Moanalua Shopping Center 930 Valkenburgh St., #205 423-8228

580 N. Nimitz Hwy. 545-7979

WAIKIKI 1972 Kalakaua Ave. • 942-2121 AIEA 98-150 Kaonohi St. • 487-9911


Kenny’s Restaurant

Shiro’s Saimin Haven


1620 N. School St. 841-0931

1525 Rycroft St. 948-8356

Kenny’s Hawaiian BBQ

Ala Moana Center, Mauka - Mall Level 946-6388

Large shrimp on a bed of pasta with fresh tomato, garlic & feta


Thurs-Sun 11am-2pm Daily 5pm-9pm

Holiday Season!

* BYOBAG E 3040 Waialae Ave.


Daily 11am-10pm


1831 Ala Moana Blvd. #201 Daily 11am-10pm


Private Rooms for Private Parties • Gift Certificates available

Fettuccine Tutta Dal Mare

Medley of seafood sautéed with garlic, onions, bell pepper and basil simmered in a white wine, homemade lobster sauce over a bed of fettuccine

Available at all 3 locations


Daily 11am-10pm


Zippy’s Call the one nearest you

Don't forget to send our Pancake Mix, Coffee, or syrups to loved ones this



901 Hausten St. 952-9200

Outrigger Reef on the Beach 922-2887

1131 Nuuanu Ave. 587-7877

Try our newest menu item…


Willows (The)

Restaurant Epic

1010 University Avenue 942-7622


1860 Ala Moana Blvd. 955-1764

Shore Bird Restaurant

Kit N Kitchen

1020 Keolu Dr.

Wailana Coffee House

WAIPAHU 94-256 Waipahu Depot St. • 676-2088 EWA BEACH SHOPPING CENTER 91-919 Fort Weaver Rd. • 689-0999

Panya Bistro • Bakery • Bar

Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, 2nd floor 922-3333

WAIMALU 98-020 Kam Hwy. • 488-8824

Ala Moana 451 Piikoi St 538-EGGS Eggspress Saratoga 343 Saratoga Ave 2464 Kalakaua Ave 926-EGGS 923-EGGS

Waimalu Plaza 98-1277 Kaahumanu St., #119 • Phone: 485-8883 Lunch 11am to 2pm • Dinner 5pm to 9:30 pm

Manoa Marketplace 2752 Woodlawn Drive • Phone: 988-5923 Lunch 11am to 2pm • Dinner 5pm to 9 pm

Celebrate the New Year at Honolulu’s elegant oceanfront fine dining restaurant

Delight in a front row seat for the city’s breathtaking fireworks display. The night is complete with island tapas style fare, festive cocktails, and upbeat live music to dance the night away.

There’s no better way to ring in 2013! 53 By The Sea December 31, 2012 53 Ahui Street, Honolulu, HI Doors open at 9:00 p.m.

Individual Guest Tickets $250 VIP Tables (6 Guests) $2,500 VIP Private Rooms $10,000 - $15,000 Ultra VIP Room $30,000 Limited Seating Available

For reservations and information, please call 808.294.6911 or email Cocktail Attire | Valet Parking

DINING OUT | DEC. 23-29, 2012 | 23


Chai’s Island Bistro

Plumeria Beach House

Aloha Tower Marketplace 585-0011

The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Beach Level 5000 Kahala Ave. 739-8760

Max’s Of Manila 94-300 Farrington Hwy 801 Dillingham Blvd. 951-6297

GREEK The Fat Greek 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

Ruth’s Chris Steak House Restaurant Row 599-3860 Waikiki Beach Walk 440-7910



The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Lobby Level 5000 Kahala Ave. 739-8760

Fifty Three By The Sea


Stage Restaurant

Il Lupino

1250 Kapiolani Blvd. 237-5429

53 Ahui Street 536-5353

Hy’s Steak House

Bali Steak & Seafood

Top of Waikiki

2440 Kuhio Ave. 922-5555

Hilton Hawaiian Village (Rainbow Tower) 2005 Kalia Road 949-4321



Prime Grade



10% OFF Kama‘aina Discount with valid Hawaii I.D. Not valid with other offers, valid on food only. Please present ad when ordering


4:00p.m. - 8:30p.m. Adults $36.95 , Keikis (5-12 years old) $14.95 Salads: Assorted Salads-Fresh Poke Lomi Lomi Salmon- Peel and Eat Shrimp Entrée: Shrimp Scampi Pasta-Chicken Honey Glazed Ham- Ehu Braised Shortribs - Baked Salmon Dynamite- Roast Turkey- Snow Crab Legs Action Station: Carved Garlic Roasted Prime Rib of Beef Desserts: Banana Bread Pudding with Coconut Glaze Apple Cobbler - Assorted Pies & Cakes- Ice Cream Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks included Menu Subject to Change Without Notice

Coupon required. Not combinable with other offers. Expires 12/27/12

THAI CUISINE SERVING HAWAII SINCE 1977... Dinner 5:00pm - Closing

2028 Kuhio Avenue Walking distance from all Waikiki Hotels

tel. 951-9355

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.

8:30am - 12noon Carved Roast Beef, Omelet Station, Miso Soup, Saimin, Jook, Breakfast Meats, Sam’s Fried Rice, Assorted Salads, Assorted Desserts and much much more. Adults $24.95, Keikis (5-12 years old) $12.95

Cakes Available In Store Dec. 23rd & 24th

580 Nimitz Hwy. 545-7979

Ala Moana Center • Mall Level

first come, first served

(Mountain side, next to Shirokiya)

Like us on Facebook for Special Deals & Offers 941-6161

Chef Chai’s Holiday Special LIMITED TIME ONLY


$50 Gift Certificate $ for only

Valid from Feb. 2013 at the Pacifica Honolulu location only (1009 Kapiolani Blvd). Offer expires 12/31/12.


Fri, Dec 28 Sat, Dec 29 Mon, Dec 24 Tue, Dec 25 Wed, Dec 26 Thur, Dec 27 Danny Robert Cazimero Jerry Santos Robert Cazimero Keli‘i Kaneali‘i Closed & Hula Couch & Hula & Hula and Healani Yuen Merry Christmas

FREE VALET PARKING • • Call 585-0011

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Kobe Beef $ Shabu Shabu Piikoi St. 2-6pm & 9:30-close



** while supplies last **

Aiea 4-6pm & 9:30-close

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, January 1st

Open 7 Days from 11am-10pm


TWO GREAT LOCATIONS! AIEA • 484-2222 HONOLULU • 589-2299 98-150 Kaonohi St. 510 Piikoi St.


Call for Reservations & Information 2284 Kalakaua Ave.

Ward Center (Next to Ryan’s Grill) 1200 Ala Moana Blvd. 375-1200

Voted Best Thai in Hawaii 15% OFF Take Out

Tuesday, December 25th


Inferno’s Wood Fire Pizza

Waikiki Business Plaza 2270 Kalakaua Ave. 923-3877


8:30a.m. - 2:00p.m. Adults $32.95, Keikis (5-12 years old) $14.95 Salads: Peel and Eat Shrimp Fresh Poke - Assorted Salads Entrees: Breakfast Meats - Roast Turkey - Snow Crab Legs Waffles - Shrimp Scampi - Chicken - Honey Glazed Ham Shortribs - Baked Salmon Dynamite Action Station: Omelets Made to Order Carved Steamship Round Beef Desserts: Banana Bread Pudding with Coconut Glaze Assorted Pies & Cakes - Ice Cream with Toppings

Royal Hawaiian Center 922-3400

HOLIDAY MENU Christmas and New Year Eve & Day

Eve & Day

Includes Roasted Turkey & Seafood Menu $








Course 1 Soup

CRAB & BUTTERNUT SQUASH Melted Leeks, Bacon Lardons, Gruyere Toast


RAVIOLO Smoked Duck Leg, Braised Pork Belly, Ricotta, Arugula, Sage Brown Butter


PEPPERCORN CRUSTED FILET MIGNON Horseradish Mashed Potatoes, Caramelized Brussels Sprouts, Pomme Frites, Demi, Beurre Blanc

or MACADAMIA NUT CRUSTED AUSTRALIAN LAMB CHOPS Fingerling Potato Saute, Blueberry Port Wine Reduction


Holiday Special

PAN ROASTED U-10 SEA SCALLOPS Kabocha Squash Puree, Braised Choy Sum, Wasabi Beurre Blanc, Kabayaki Drizzle


Course 4 DESSERT

Receive a FREE Gift Certificate

with purchase of $50 in Gift Certificates


with purchase of $100 in Gift Certificates

Offers Expires 12/24/12

Kapolei Marketplace 590 Farrington Hwy

Gift Certificate


4 Co Prix urse F Men ix u

TIRAMISU Crème Anglaise

No Substitutions on menu items. Items are subject to availability.

1131 Nu‘uanu Ave. • 587-7877 Reservations recommended

WHERE TO DINE Paesano Ristorante Italiano

Z Pizza

Waimalu Shopping Plaza 98-1277 Kaahumanu St. (across from Safeway) 485-8883 Manoa Marketplace 2752 Woodlawn Drive 988-5923

JAPANESE Chinpei Ramen

Romanos Macaroni Grill

2080 S. King Street 947-5919

Ala Moana Center Hookipa Terrace 356-8300

Genki Sushi Aina Haina 373-4033 Ala Moana 942-9102 Ewa Town Center 683-1003 Kaneohe 247-9595

Taormina-Sicilian Cuisine 227 Lewers St. 926-5050

Beach Front Dining


Genki Sushi (cont.)

Ward Centre Auahi St. Shops 596-0066 Kailua 151 Hekili St. 230-8400


Kapahulu 735-7700 Kapolei Commons 674-4227 Waiau 485-0227 Waikele Center 678-3180 Ward Center 591-5600

AIEA 98-150 Kaonohi St. 484-2222


1841 Ala Moana Blvd. 941-4444

HONOLULU 510 Piikoi St. 589-2299

Kobe Japanese Steak House

WINDWARD MALL 46-056 Kamehameha Hwy F1 922-5511 KAPIOLANI - 1221 Kapiolani Blvd., #105 589-2989 WAIKIKI - 307 Lewers St. 926-2989

Kahala Mall • 738-KOZO Keeaumoku • 946-KOZO Moiliili • 951-KOZO Pearlridge • 483-6805 Pearl City • 455-6805

Hifumi Japanese Restaurant

Odoriko Japanese Restaurant

Chinese Cultural Plaza 536-3035

2400 Koa Ave. 923-7368

Kozo Sushi

OD OR IK O Japanese restaurant

Celebrating 40 years! “Committed devotion to serving authentic Japanese taste & hospitality”

are offering Gift Card specials Buy $100 in Gift Cards and Receive a Complimentary $20 Card


Buy $50 in Gift Cards and Receive a Complimentary $10 Card

*Complimentary Card Valid 1/1/13 - 3/31/13. This offer is good 11/23/12 - 12/24/12.

Please call 923-4056 Between 9 am-3 pm or visit our restaurants both located in

Outrigger Reef On the Beach Hotel • 2169 Kalia Road

Bring or mention this Ad to receive 10% off your food only

(not combinable with other offers/specials/discounts/kama‘aina rates)


Any Take-Out Kitchen Order

10% OFF


Happy Hour 50% off any size from 4pm-6pm and 10pm-12am

Draft Beer!

Kama‘aina Lunch Early Bird SPECIAL QUEEN SET & Take Out Menu ($14.95) (picture shown)

Only 7.50

KING SET ($16.95)

All offers expire 12/31/12.

King’s Village Shopping Center 2400 Koa Ave. visit us at

808-923-7368 Lunch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11am– 5pm Dinner . . . . . . 5pm–12am (Midnight)


Open 7 Days • 2700 So. King St.

98-150 Kaonohi St. • Tel: 486-5100 *Menu and prices subject to change. *Dinner Menu Only.





30% OFF

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 12/28/12.

20% OFF

One coupon per person. Must have valid ID. Not combinable with other discounts. Discounts off regular adult price. No online or photo-copied coupons. Must purchase beverage. Not valid on Holidays. Expires 12/28/12.

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WHERE TO DINE Restaurant Suntory

Sushi Company

Don-Day Yakiniku

Royal Hawaiian Shpg Cntr, 3rd Flr. 922-5511

1111 McCully Street 947-5411

905 Keeaumoku St. 951-1004

Sushi King

Sakura Restaurant RESTAURANT & PUPU BAR

Korean Hibiscus BBQ

2700 S. King St. 947-2836

3008 Waialae Ave 259-7100

EAST, in King’s Village 922-4233 CENTRAL, in Waikiki Shopping Plaza 922-4702 WEST, in Ala Moana Cntr-Hookipa Terrace 945-3443

2746 Kaimuki Avenue 732-1656

Sumo Ramen

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

Kaimuki Shopping Center 3221 Waialae Avenue 734-8282

Tanaka of Tokyo

Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen

Surf N Turf Tacos 3045 Monsarrat Ave. 456-5343


Yakiniku Million

1223 N. School Street 848-5573

626 Sheridan St. 596-0799




Wahoo’s Fish Taco

New Violet’s Grill

Kahala • 4614 Kilauea Ave. 732-9229 Ward • 940 Auahi St. 591-1646

Chogajib Korean Restaurant

825 Keeaumoku St. #111 744-3440

Kapalama Shopping Center 1210 Dillingham Blvd # 8 841-8535

Full Service Catering for the Holidays! • Fried Dumpling Salad • Cream of Shrimp Bisque Soup • Choice of: Lobster Pasta • Pasta • Risotto • Burgers • • Salads • Sandwiches • )PMJEBZ1BSUJFTt8FEEJOH3FDFQUJPOTtTU#JSUIEBZ-VBVT 8PSLTIPQT4FNJOBSTtBOENVDINPSF &YDMVTJWFDBUFSFSGPSFWFOUTIFMEBUUIF )BXBJJ0LJOBXB$FOUFS$BMMGPSEFUBJMT

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OPEN TIL MIDNIGHT! 2919 Kapiolani Blvd., #218



OPEN ‘til 7pm on

Lobster meat in a pink sauce topped with a lobster tail


Turkey Breast

Closed on Christmas Day

Lightly breaded turkey breast sauteed with mushrooms in marsala demiglaze sauce, served with pasta & vegetables

Order Your Christmas Treats Today!


25.95 pepersr on

Lamb Chops

Pan-fried lamb chops in peppercorn sauce served with pasta & vegetables

• Cream Brulee for Dessert

Gift Card HOLIDAY FREE $10 of $100 in gift cards SPECIAL! w/ purchase offer ends 12/24/12

Fendu Stollen Bread


2752 Woodlawn Dr. • Manoa Marketplace

Mon-Sat 7:30am-7pm; Sunday 7:30am-3pm

A lighter version of the Traditional German Fruit Cake.

$23 regular loaf (approx 2 lbs) $12.75 petite loaf (approx 1 lb)

MITSU-KEN Home of the Famous Garlic Chicken

Breakfast • Lunch Catering • Okazu

20th Anniversary Special

December Special

Buy One, Get One

Summer Rolls $3.99

Offer valid on dine-in orders only. Must present coupon. Cannot be combined with other offers or coupons. Exp 12/31/12

Military w/ID receive 10% OFF


WESTRIDGE SHOPPING CENTER • 488-4900 (Next to Makino Chaya) 98-150 Kaonohi St., Aiea Mon-Sat 10am-10pm • Sun 10am-8pm

FREE! Fried Saimin Bento

Not valid with other offers/discounts. Coupon expires 12/29/12.

Tues-Sat 5:00am-1:00pm • Sun-Mon Closed

1223 N. School St.


come join us‌ TUESDAY, 12/25 AND 1/1



Lobster or Dugeness Crab




Monday-Sunday 10:30am to 9:00pm

Weekday Special Lunch

1055 Alakea Street FREE PARKING Mon-Fri after 5pm & All Day Sat & Sun

With purchase of Combos #1 or #2.



10% OFF

11AM-5PM Cannot be combined with other Offers or Discounts




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BUFFET 10:30AM & 12:30PM

featuring‌ a variety of Hong Kong Style Dim Sum

• Pork Hash • Shrimp w/ Nori Roll • Mochi Rice in Lotus Leaf • Egg Flower Soup • Haupia Gelatin Cake • Fresh Fruits • and much more

5:00PM & 7:00PM

featuring‌ Prime Rib • Roasted Pig • Snow Crab Legs • Peking Duck w/ Bun • Shrimp Cocktail • Stir Fried Entrees • Soup • Salad • and much more

Adults $21.99 • Senior (60+) $17.99 Adults $28.99 • Senior (60+) $24.99 Children (3-12) $17.99 Children (3-12) $13.99

Order Yours Today! Call 422-0059 4369 Lawehana St. (across Target in Salt Lake) | OPEN Mon - Fri 6AM - 1PM Sat 6AM - 12PM or find us on Holiday Hours: 12/23, 12/24: Open 6am-12pm Closed: 12/25-12/27




Lobster King

3660 on the Rise

Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood

3660 Waialae Ave. 737-1177

1006 Kapahulu Ave. 688-8891

1380 S. King St. 944-8288

Tropical Tribe

(across Pan Am Bldg) 1637 Kapiolani Blvd. 366-8226

SHOR American Seafood Grill

The Ocean House Restaurant Outrigger Reef On The Beach 2169 Kalia Rd. 923-2277

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach 2424 Kalakaua Ave. 923-1234 ext. 59

Crab City 3441 Waialae Ave. 780-3115

Adega Portuguese

Karai Crab

1138 Smith Street 566-5909

901 Hausten St. 952-6990

Keo’s Thai Cuisine

2028 Kuhio Ave. 951-9355





Shabu Shabu House

Pho My Lien

1221 Kapiolani Blvd 597-1655

98-150 Kaonohi St. 488-4900


It’s still not too late to get your Holiday Desserts…

The Best Hash Tempura on the Island! Sun-Thu 8am-10pm • Fri-Sat til 11pm Okazuya open daily from 8am




Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, 3rd Floor


GIFT CARDS still available


ALA MOANA CENTER • 597-8880 • MON - FRI 10AM - 5PM EMAIL US AT: | Follow us on

Enjoy the Complete Holiday Dining Experience at the Pagoda Floating Restaurant

$100 Gift Card Purchased Receive a $15 Gift Certificate New Hours of Operation: Breakfast Service: Daily Saturday and Sunday Lunch Service: Monday-Friday Brunch Buffet: Saturday and Sunday Dinner Buffet: Wednesday-Sunday

Enjoy great food surrounded by a beautiful waterfall filled with colorful koi and salt water fish, while our attentive servers create a memorable dining experience for your ohana and keiki. All keikis can help with feeding the fish. Lots of FREE parking during breakfast & lunch!

6:30am-1:00pm 6:30am-9:30am 11:00am-2:00pm 10:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-9:30pm

*For information/reservations call Pagoda Restaurant at 948-8356 or go to our website at:

Serving Hawaii for 77 Years!

Decorations May Vary

2746 Kaimuki Ave






801 Dillingham Blvd. (next to Costco Iwilei) Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 Waipahu Shopping Plaza 94-300 Farrington Hwy., Suite F-1 Waipahu, Hawaii 96797

Does not apply with other discounts/offers. Dine-in only. Applies to senior’s orders only. Exp. 12/27/12

Holiday Catering and Private Parties Available

951-MAXS (6297)

Be e Our Guest This Christmas Weekend! December 22nd - 25th h


Open Christmas Day & Eve!



Give the Gift of G

GREAT G GR R TASTE. Baked Ba aked H Ham with ith R Rum Raisi Raisin in S Sauce (pictured)

Roast Turkey & Baked Ham Combo Prime Rib (pictured, rest. only)

Grilled Salmon with Crab & Artichoke Sauce (rest. only)

Purchase a total of $50 P in in Zippy’s Z Gift Cards and Receive a FREE $5 Zippy’s Zi Gift Certificate! ORDER ONLINE at OR O RV VISIT ANY ZIPPY’S LOCATION

Served from 10:30am - 9:30pm at Zippy’s Dine-In Restaurants & Fast Food Counters.

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s the popularity of food trucks continues to build among local diners looking for quality cuisine at affordable prices, Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood is, as its motto suggests, “as good as it gets” when it comes to serving a variety of delicious surf-and-turf options. Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood is conveniently located at the corner of Kapahulu and Kaimuki avenues, across the street from Crane Park and just up the road from Leonard’s Malasadas. The food truck has occupied its current location for about a month now, and customers may recognize the eatery, as it has other outlets at International Marketplace in Waikiki, as well as trucks in the Haleiwa and Schofield areas. Unlike most food trucks, where customers are forced to take their food to go because of a lack of eating space, Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood provides a large, covered eating area for its guests. The dining area is just steps away from the truck, and provides room for more than 20 patrons to enjoy their meals in cool comfort. The food truck is open daily, and offers a host of breakfast selections from 7 to 11 a.m. Breakfast specials are available for $8.95, and include Eggs Benedict with a

Pulehu Ribs ($8.95)

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choice of Canadian bacon, salmon or vegetarian fillings; Fresh Fish & Eggs; Pork Chops & Eggs; or Steak & Eggs. Additionally, breakfast favorites such as Loco Moco ($6.95) and Omelettes ($8.95) also are available, the latter of which can be made with vegetarian, seafood or meat lovers’ tastes in mind. Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood is known for its iconic Garlic Shrimp ($7.95), which includes six pieces of fresh, juicy shrimp bathed in a zesty garlic butter sauce that is made to order at mild, medium or spicy heat increments. All plates at the eatery also include two scoops of white or brown rice, corn, and a choice of potato salad or tossed green salad. “It’s our signature dish, and as soon as you open it up, you smell the garlic butter sauce — I can eat that sauce with anything, at every meal,” says Gilbert Sakaguchi II, who co-owns the truck with Lesly Goo. “We cook with love in our food, every plate. We make the food as if we were making it for ourselves to enjoy. Everything is made fresh to order, and we receive fresh seafood daily.” The eatery also offers an assortment of additional fresh seafood selections, includCo-owners Gilbert Sakaguchi II and Lesly Goo

ing Fresh Salmon ($8.95) prepared in a garlic butter sauce, and a large, juicy Lobster Tail ($14.95). Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood also serves up a slew of “turf” to complement its “surf” options, including Pulehu Ribs ($8.95), which are flame-broiled to perfection and are so tender that they fall off the bone. “The menu is seafood-driven, but we also cater to the local customers who want their meat and their steaks,” explains Sakaguchi, who recently graduated from the Kapiolani Community College’s Culinary Arts program prior to taking the helm at the truck/eatery. “We try to keep our prices low, and keep our customers coming back. The majority of our customers, we see them two or three times a week.” As a way to service its growing Japanese customer base, Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood currently has two locations in Japan (Odaiba and Yokohama), and is expected to open seven more outlets in the country throughout 2013. Locally, the eatery will open another location Jan. 21 in the Shirokiya food court at Ala Moana Center.

Fresh Grilled Salmon ($8.95)

Garlic Shrimp ($7.95)


Lobster Tail ($14.95) 28 | DINING OUT | DEC. 23-29, 2012 •

WHERE 1006 Ka pahulu Ave., Hon olulu CALL 688.8891 HOURS Open da ily, and 11 a.m. to 10 7 to 11 a.m. (breakfast) p.m. (lunch and dinner)

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