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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
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 restaurantâ€™s delicious shabu shabu and sukiyaki fare. Itâ€™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.
Beef Shabu Shabu Set and Seafood Shabu Shabu Set
Shop and dine 10am to 10pm Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Yearâ€™s Eve and New Yearâ€™s Day. Dine even later.
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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
THE MANDALAY WHERE 1055 Alakea St., Honolulu CALL 525.8585 HOURS 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. daily WEBSITE themandalayhawaii.com
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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
Special Economy Holiday Menu
$138 for 10 people
Chicken with Corn Soup Fried Crispy Whole Chicken Walnut Shrimp Salt & Pepper Pork Chop w/ Tofu Steamed Fish Filet w/ Ginger Onion Shanghai Cabbage w/ Meat Sauce Beef Noodle w/ Veggies Steamed Rice Dine-in/Take-out available. Cannot combine with other discounts or specials
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after 2pm on Mon - Fri Chicken, Carnitas, or Steak
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• Sul Lung Tang Beef & Tendon Soup
• Bi Bim Bap
SUN-THUR 11AM-MIDNIGHT/ FRI-SAT 11AM-2AM
Mixed Rice with Veggies & Beef
626 SHERIDAN ST.
Buy 1 Plate, Get the 2nd
for Lunch 11am-2pm
Dried Pollock Soup
Diamond Head Plaza 3045 MONSARRAT AVE
(Across from Pan Am Bldg.)
Serving Hawaii Since 1989
Open Daily 8am - 6:30pm 1637 Kapiolani Blvd.
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Whole Lobster $12.95
377-5555 or 377-5566
CHOGAJIB KOREAN RESTAURANT 825 Keeaumoku St. #111 Open Daily 10am - 4am
2nd entree of equal or lesser value. Cannot combine w/ other discounts/offers. Exp. 12/27/12.
1006 Kapahulu Ave. Open Daily 7am-10pm • 688-8891
(Corner of Kaimuki Ave/Kapahulu Ave)
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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Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Complete Dinners Served 11 A.M. - Midnight
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Prime Rib Roast Holiday Turkey $ w/ Smoked Ham
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Breakfast Special: Egg Benedict Royal
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MOILIILI 951.5696 Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.7 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.8 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
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It’s no party without sushi
KAPAHULU 739.2785 Daily, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
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
PEARL CITY 455.6805 Daily, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. KEEAUMOKU 946.5696 Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
1 Sukeroku plate ($19.50) 2 Deluxe Maki Set ($25.99) 3 Family set ($25.99) 4 Aloha Set ($25.99) 5 Junior Set ($16.99) 6 Cashier Annie Liu with Deluxe Maki Set
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
of sushi has enough nigiri and hosomaki to satisfy your cubicle mate and any other wandering cohort or two.
Nathalie Walker photos
GRAND OPENING SPECIAL
% 10 OFF Entire Menu
• Pepperoni or Cheese Pizza • Small Salad • (2) Soft Drinks
Reg. $19 *Offer not valid with other offers/ discounts. Expires 12/27/12
Daily 11am-3pm Daily 5pm-10pm
375-1200 Tues-Sun 11am-9pm • Closed Mondays
(next to Ryan’s Grill)
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All-You-Can-Eat Buffet includes hot entree bar.
Senior/Military Discounts Available Mon.-Thurs. Cannot be combined with other offers. Exp. 12/27/12.
Stadium Mall 4510 Salt Lake Blvd. 486-3311
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
Dim Sum $ 98
Served 7am Daily
Take-out Orders Welcomed
The Fat Greek WHERE 3040 Waialae Ave., Honolulu
NOTES Also in Ala Moana (949.2120), Waikiki (941.3444) and Kailua (230.2300).
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
111 N. King St. near Maunakea
No Credit Cards accepted for Special Menus
HOURS Open daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Nathalie Walker photos
Best “Japanese Style” Shabu Shabu in Hawaii
Above Holiday special vegetarian platter ($20) Left Chef Sekou Camara
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dine In, Take Out or Catering for the Month of December. Private Party Menu Available for All Groups
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Hilton For The Holidays Leave the cooking behind and treat your family to world-class service as you dine beachfront at one of the fabulous Hilton Hawaiian Village restaurants this holiday season. Choose from a wide variety of sumptuous holiday menu options New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2012. With settings from casual to grand, you’ll find tempting choices for your holiday celebration. BALI STEAK & SEAFOOD ____________________ FOUR COURSE DINNER
First Seating, 6:00 pm – $160.00 Second Seating, 8:15 pm – $190.00 Featuring entrées such as Filet Mignon and Lobster Ravioli, Prime New York Strip, Seared Diver Scallops or Baked Lobster Tail TROPICS BAR & GRILL ____________________ FOUR COURSE DINNER
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Adult $70.00 / Child $35.00 (12 years and under) Entrée choice of Old Lahaina Rum & Brown Sugar Pan Seared Salmon Steak or Parsley Crusted Rack of Lamb RA I N BO W L A N A I ____________________ DINNER BUFFET
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm Adult $59.00 / Child $29.00 (12 years and under) Decadent buffet featuring a Prime Rib carving station, Island Fish, Roast Tom Turkey, Steamed Snow Crab Legs, a pasta station, assorted dim sum and an array of desserts
Open Christmas Day December 25th
Call In Your Orders Today! Shabu Shabu or any Sukiyaki Set featuring our special sukiyaki sauce. Exp. 12/27/12
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Okinawan • Japanese Steak • Seafood Local Favorites Buy One Entrée Get the second
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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.”
Holiday Special Menu Dec. 21-25 and Dec 28-Jan 1
Seafood Winter Melon Soup Shrimp Avocado Salad w/Soy ginger dressing Mu Shu Duck Roll Award Winning Honey Walnut Shrimp Mahi fillet over Baby Bok Choy Crispy Skin Roasted Duck Ever Popular Orange Chicken Chef Special Fried Rice Holiday Desserts $238 table of 10 $108 table of 4 Ilima Award Winner
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Sun-Thu 10:30am-10:30pm; Fri/Sat 10:30am-Midnite 1113 Smith St.
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
801 Dillingham Blvd., Honolulu | Daily, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. 94-300 Farrington Hwy., Waipahu | Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. 951.MAXS (6297)
LIVE JAZZ Featuring Jazz pianist, vocalist and composer Maggie Herron. Her previous experience includes songwriting and performing for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, extensive performances throughout the West Coast, Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.
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TROPICAL TRIBE WHERE 1637 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu (across from 24-hour fitness) CALL 366.8226 HOURS Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Closed Sundays
ven though you probably already have a favorite spot for acai bowls, you have to trust me when I say that youâ€™ve never had one like the bowls offered at Tropical Tribe, one of the latest food trucks to hit Honoluluâ€™s streets. With a
WEBSITE Tropical-Tribe.com 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 â€œsuper berryâ€? around. â€œThe first time I came to America, I visited Florida about 10 years ago,â€? says Alves de Moraes, who is originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. â€œI had an acai bowl and realized how different it was from the acai we have in Brazil.â€? 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 Tribeâ€™s menu presents the most refreshing of smoothies, drinks and bowls made from healthy ingredients imported directly from Brazil. If thereâ€™s one dish you have to try, itâ€™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 â€” another Brazilian superfruit â€” for a perfectly balanced flavor only nature could come up with. â€œThe original recipe is basically just acai and guarana â€” nothing else. I donâ€™t even mix ice,â€? explains Alves de Moraes. â€œItâ€™s a very, very pure blend.â€? 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! â€œTropical Tribe is the only place in Hawaii that follows the original recipe,â€? says Alves de Moraes. â€œAs soon as people started tasting the acai, they fell in love. I have a lot of really loyal customers, and itâ€™s growing.â€?
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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 —
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need little coaxing from plate to mouth. In fact, their approachability was not an afterthought. The roll’s recipe is a variation of the
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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 ♦
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CHRISTMAS DINNER BUFFET
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449 KAPAHULU AVE., STE 101 www.HeeHingHawaii.com
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
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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)
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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
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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)
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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
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 email@example.com
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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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)
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
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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
LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NITE
WAFU RIB EYE STEAK
*Closed New Year’s Day *Ala carte menu not available
3660 Waialae Ave. • 737-1177 www.3660.com
HOTEL & RESORT www.kahalaresort.com
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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Fire Roasted Beef Tenderloin Sherry Pepper Demi, Truffle Hollandaise
ON THE RISE
Korean Hibiscus BBQ
Porcini Seared Ahi Tataki Dry Land Pea Shoots, Yuzu Butter Sauce
Grilled Duck Breast Foie Gras & Lentil Ragout
451 Piikoi St 538-EGGS (3447)
2005 Kalia Road Hilton Hawaiian Village (Ali‘i Tower) 949-4321
Eggs n’ Things Ala Moana
Tropics Bar & Grill
Best Cantonese Cuisine
1st Sunday Champagne Brunch!
Ala Moana Center
New Menu Changes Monthly!
CHRISTMAS DAY BUFFET LUNCH at the Colony Surf
HOLIDAY GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE! Jeff Peterson Grammy-winning Slack Key Guitar, experience the gentle crashing waves, pure ocean breezes and awesome beauty of Hawaii.
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Saimin Havenly Yours,
Many More Items to Choose From
PLEASE CALL FOR RESERVATIONS WAIMALU
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91-919 Fort Weaver Rd.
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ENTERTAINMENT NIGHTLY ~ FREE VALET PARKING
2895 Kalakaua Ave. • 923-6552 www.michelshawaii.com
FOR BANQUETS & PRIVATE PARTIES CALL 728-3463
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)
WHERE TO DINE BUFFET
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
Royal Hawaiian Center, Bldg C, Level 3. 380-9300
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
HOLIDAY PARTY MENU Serves 10-12
Saturday, January 5, 2013 5-7pm
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.
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) www.adegahi.com
590 Farrington Hwy. 692-9880
923 Keeaumoku St. 955-3388
1380 S. KING ST. 11am - 3am DAILY• Call for Reservations today! 944-8288
WITH RESERVATIONS. DINE IN ONLY.
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
KONA KUKUI GROVE LAHAINA MAUI MALL
GIFT CARD PROMO
(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
www.hyshawaii.com • 2440 Kuhio Ave 922 5555
SERVING LUNCH & DINNER • TAKE-OUT AVAILABLE
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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
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
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
1 Doz. 641 KEEAUMOKU ST. OPEN DAILY 11AM - 1AM
• Lobster • Dungeness Crab
1234 South Beretania St. 521-1688
1137 11th Ave. 735-1122
2850 Paa St. 833-3728
• Manila Clams • Shrimp • Mussels
AT ALA MOANA HOTEL, 3rd Floor 410 ATKINSON DRIVE
Open Christmas Eve & Day
515 Ward Ave. 593-2800
Limited Time Only
Asahi Grill Ward
1110 McCully St. (Corner of McCully & Young) 946-8833 or 230-8866
Kailua 263-8880 Kaimuki 738-8855 Pearlridge East 487-8188 Waipio 678-8868 Ward Center 591-8891
BENTO $11.95 Reg. $15.95
CHOICE of TWO:
SHRIMP JUMBO SHRIMP SPECIAL SPECIAL $11.95 $9.25
• (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.
HOLIDAY PACKAGES TO-GO!
ORDER NOW for NEW YEAR’S! POI STEW • SQUID LUAU • SHOYU PORK KARAI CHICKEN WINGS & MUCH MORE ONO FOOD!
901 Hausten Street • www.willowshawaii.com (808) 952-9200
KAILUA 263-8880 KAIMUKI 738-8855 PEARLRIDGE EAST 487-8188 WAIPIO 678-8868 WARD CENTER 591-8891 www.bigcitydinerhawaii.com 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
HOLIDAY PRIME RIB WITH AU JUS & HORSERADISH
5 LBS PRE-SLICED HAM WITH PINEAPPLE RAISIN SAUCE.
12 –14 LBS TURKEY, 1 QT. STUFFING & 1 QT. GRAVY
+TAX +TAX +TAX
• LUNCH $17.95 10:30AM - 2:30PM • DINNER $25.95 2:30PM-10PM
OUR POPULAR CATERING PANS
KAL BI, SIRLOIN, CHICKEN, SPICY PORK, FRESH SHRIMP
• Chinese Chicken Salad • Korean Chicken • Egg-Battered Mahi • Chow Mein Noodles
*DISCOUNT EXCLUDES ALL BEVERAGES WITH THIS AD. EXP. 12/31/12.
EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
Gingerbread Ma Christmas Tree Co n & okies
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FRESHLY ROASTED TURKEY
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MONDAY THRU THURSDAY BREAKFAST 6-8AM • DINNER 2-6PM SELECTED ITEMS
930 McCully St. • 951-0511/951-0611
• PRIVATE PARTY ROOM • CONVENIENT PARKING
KAMEHAMEHA SHOPPING CENTER
Call for Ala Carte options
ROYAL HAWAIIAN SHOPPING CENTER
841-0931 Kenny’s Hawn BBQ 922-3333
WHERE TO DINE JJ Bistro & French Pastry
Sam Choy’s BLC
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
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
* BYOBAG E 3040 Waialae Ave.
ALA MOANA CENTER Makai Market
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
Zippy’s Call the one nearest you
Don't forget to send our Pancake Mix, Coffee, or syrups to loved ones this
TAVERNA SHRIMP PASTA
901 Hausten St. 952-9200
Outrigger Reef on the Beach 922-2887
1131 Nuuanu Ave. 587-7877
Try our newest menu item…
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
www.eggsnthings.com 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 53NYE2012@gmail.com Cocktail Attire | Valet Parking
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WHERE TO DINE FILIPINO
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
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
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 www.keosthaicuisine.com
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
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)
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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.
SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE Special Final Show!
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 • www.chefchai.com • 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
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.
New Year’s HANGOVER BUFFET
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
BRUNCH/ LUNCH BUFFET
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
Course 2 APPETIZER
RAVIOLO Smoked Duck Leg, Braised Pork Belly, Ricotta, Arugula, Sage Brown Butter
Course 3 ENTREE SELECTION
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
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
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
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
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 www.oceanhousewaikiki.com
Bring or mention this Ad to receive 10% off your food only
(not combinable with other offers/specials/discounts/kama‘aina rates)
HOLIDAY LUNCH SPECIAL 20% OFF
Any Take-Out Kitchen Order
ALL TAKE-OUT SUSHI
Happy Hour 50% off any size from 4pm-6pm and 10pm-12am
Kama‘aina Lunch Early Bird SPECIAL QUEEN SET & Take Out Menu ($14.95) (picture shown)
KING SET ($16.95)
All offers expire 12/31/12.
King’s Village Shopping Center 2400 Koa Ave. visit us at odorikohawaii.com
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.
PURCHASE $100 IN GIFT CARDS AND RECEIVE A $20 MAKINO CHAYA VOUCHER.* ONLY ONE TYPE OF COUPON PER PARTY
*OFFER EXPIRES 12/24/12
ONLY ONE TYPE OF COUPON PER PARTY
SENIOR SPECIAL! 55+ KAMA‘AINA SPECIAL! LUNCH & LUNCH & DINNER DINNER
Not combinable with other discounts. 55 or older w/ coupon & ID. No online or photo-copied coupons. One coupon per person. Discounts off regular adult price. Excluding Holidays. Expires 12/28/12.
One coupon per person. Must have valid ID. Not combinable with other discounts. Discounts off regular adult price. No online or photo-copied coupons. Must purchase beverage. Not valid on Holidays. Expires 12/28/12.
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WHERE TO DINE Restaurant Suntory
Royal Hawaiian Shpg Cntr, 3rd Flr. 922-5511
1111 McCully Street 947-5411
905 Keeaumoku St. 951-1004
Sakura Restaurant RESTAURANT & PUPU BAR
Korean Hibiscus BBQ
2700 S. King St. 947-2836
3008 Waialae Ave 259-7100
EAST, in Kingâ€™s Village 922-4233 CENTRAL, in Waikiki Shopping Plaza 922-4702 WEST, in Ala Moana Cntr-Hookipa Terrace 945-3443
2746 Kaimuki Avenue 732-1656
Kaneohe 234-6868 Kapolei 693-8808 Market City 737-1868 Kamehameha Shp Cntr 848-8186 Pearl Highlands Cntr 456-8082 99 Ranch Mapunapuna 833-3139
Kaimuki Shopping Center 3221 Waialae Avenue 734-8282
Tanaka of Tokyo
Sekiyaâ€™s Restaurant & Delicatessen
Surf N Turf Tacos 3045 Monsarrat Ave. 456-5343
1223 N. School Street 848-5573
626 Sheridan St. 596-0799
Wahooâ€™s Fish Taco
New Violetâ€™s Grill
Kahala â€˘ 4614 Kilauea Ave. 732-9229 Ward â€˘ 940 Auahi St. 591-1646
Chogajib Korean Restaurant
825 Keeaumoku St. #111 744-3440
Kapalama Shopping Center 1210 Dillingham Blvd # 8 841-8535
Full Service Catering for the Holidays! â€˘ Fried Dumpling Salad â€˘ Cream of Shrimp Bisque Soup â€˘ Choice of: Lobster Pasta â€˘ Pasta â€˘ Risotto â€˘ Burgers â€˘ â€˘ Salads â€˘ Sandwiches â€˘ )PMJEBZ1BSUJFTt8FEEJOH3FDFQUJPOTtTU#JSUIEBZ-VBVT 8PSLTIPQT4FNJOBSTtBOENVDINPSF &YDMVTJWFDBUFSFSGPSFWFOUTIFMEBUUIF )BXBJJ0LJOBXB$FOUFS$BMMGPSEFUBJMT
677-7744 www.acateredexperience.com Ph:
OPEN TIL MIDNIGHT! 2919 Kapiolani Blvd., #218
MARKET CITY SHPG CNTR
OPEN â€˜til 7pm on
Lobster meat in a pink sauce topped with a lobster tail
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
Pan-fried lamb chops in peppercorn sauce served with pasta & vegetables
â€˘ 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. â€˘ 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 â€˘ Lunch Catering â€˘ Okazu
20th Anniversary 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 facebook.com/phomylienhawaii
2012 FIRST PLACE
WESTRIDGE SHOPPING CENTER â€˘ 488-4900 (Next to Makino Chaya) 98-150 Kaonohi St., Aiea Mon-Sat 10am-10pm â€˘ Sun 10am-8pm
FREE! Fried Saimin Bento
Not valid with other offers/discounts. Coupon expires 12/29/12.
Tues-Sat 5:00am-1:00pm â€˘ Sun-Mon Closed
1223 N. School St.
come join usâ€Ś 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.
LIVE NFL GAMES
& B U F F E TS DIM SUM BRUNCH DINNER BUFFET
11AM-5PM Cannot be combined with other Offers or Discounts
3441 WAIALAE AVE
OPEN DAILY 11 AM - 12 AM
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BUFFET 10:30AM & 12:30PM
featuringâ€Ś a variety of Hong Kong Style Dim Sum
â€˘ Pork Hash â€˘ Shrimp w/ Nori Roll â€˘ Mochi Rice in Lotus Leaf â€˘ Egg Flower Soup â€˘ Haupia Gelatin Cake â€˘ Fresh Fruits â€˘ and much more
5:00PM & 7:00PM
featuringâ€Ś Prime Rib â€˘ Roasted Pig â€˘ Snow Crab Legs â€˘ Peking Duck w/ Bun â€˘ Shrimp Cocktail â€˘ Stir Fried Entrees â€˘ Soup â€˘ Salad â€˘ and much more
Adults $21.99 â€˘ Senior (60+) $17.99 Adults $28.99 â€˘ Senior (60+) $24.99 Children (3-12) $17.99
www.themandalayhawaii.com 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 www.larrysbakery.com or find us on Holiday Hours: 12/23, 12/24: Open 6am-12pm Closed: 12/25-12/27
WHERE TO DINE PACIFIC RIM
3660 on the Rise
Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood
3660 Waialae Ave. 737-1177
1006 Kapahulu Ave. 688-8891
1380 S. King St. 944-8288
(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
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
Try Our Tasty HASH TEMPURA!
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
SEKIYA’S RESTAURANT & DELICATESSEN
Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, 3rd Floor
GIFT CARDS still available
PANYA BAKERY & BISTRO
ALA MOANA CENTER • 597-8880 • MON - FRI 10AM - 5PM EMAIL US AT: firstname.lastname@example.org | 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: Pagodahawaii.com
Serving Hawaii for 77 Years!
Decorations May Vary
2746 Kaimuki Ave
ACROSS KAIMUKI H.S.
SENIOR (65+) DISCOUNT
10% OFF ENTIRE MENU
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
Be e Our Guest This Christmas Weekend! December 22nd - 25th h
SUN-THURS 6:30AM-10PM FRI-SAT 6:30AM-11PM
Open Christmas Day & Eve!
515 WARD AVE.
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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 www.zippys.com 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)
BLUE WATER SHRIMP & SEAFOOD
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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)