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Some like it hot! Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in Windward Mall sizzles with appetizers, entrees and more, as patrons take charge of the grill yakiniku-style. See Page 4 | Leah Friel photo

Manager Bailey Kanae grills up Gyu-Kaku’s savory fare.

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By Alana Folen | Photos by Leah Friel


n a mission to eat as healthy as possible without relinquishing flavor and taste, I’ve been scouting out guilt-free fare that is neither bland nor boring. Yes, there is a plethora of salad options to choose from, as well as fruit medleys, but what if I’m craving something with substance? Something meaty, something that will leave me satisfied for hours on end? Where do I turn? Well, the answer is found in the portobello mushroom. This versatile, large Crimini mushroom is tender and meaty in texture, with a delicate flavor profile to match. Whether sauteed, oven roasted or grilled, portobello mushrooms can be incorporated into a myriad of fare. For a chef, portobello mushrooms are a playground for culinary artistic stylings. So, this week, Ono readers, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty of the one and only portobello mushroom, as it takes the throne and shines in the limelight of these amazing dishes found at the following Ono, You Know establishments.

Brasserie Du Vin Transport yourself to a quaint hot spot that much resembles a charming restaurant or cafe you would stumble upon in Europe. Enter Brasserie Du Vin. Located across from the historic Hawaii Theatre, this premier, pet-friendly restaurant features a full indoor bar and seating area, in addition to a serene outdoor patio where patrons can take time to enjoy French-inspired appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Then comes the wine! Brasserie Du Vin will send you to vino heaven with its more than 225 wine selections available by the glass or bottle. Chef Marco Elder’s cuisine is undoubtedly some of the best I’ve ever tried, and his Grilled Portobello ($11) deserves eternal praise. Seemingly simple, Grilled Portobello features a grand portobello mushroom that is tender beyond compare, and stacked with melted mozzarella cheese, caramelized onions, tomato, arugula, avocado and sauce vert on a freshly baked, homemade flaky croissant. – See page 18

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Above: The editor has an eternal love for Du Vin’s Grilled Portobello. Left: Du Vin’s Grilled Portobello ($11)

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Dining Out » Cover Story » Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

Story by Alana Folen » Photos by Leah Friel



hings are heating up at Windward Mall, thanks to GyuKaku Japanese BBQ, a relatively new hot spot to hit Kaneohe’s dining scene since it opened its doors for business almost two years ago. Diners can’t get enough of the thrill of the grill, as you cook your desired meats and vegetables over a stone grill, which, as an added bonus, doesn’t leave you smelling like barbecue after your meal. According to general manager Jason Wong, Gyu-Kaku is the perfect place to bring people together. The possibilities are endless as far as the cuisine is concerned, and the trendy and relaxed atmosphere makes for an intimate setting. Dining Out recently caught up with Wong, as he delved into the ins and outs of Gyu-Kaku, a place worth visiting again and again. » » » » »

DO: Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ is always bustling with diners who can’t wait to sample the famous cuisine here. What makes Gyu-Kaku stand out from other yakiniku-style restaurants? Wong: Unlike other yakiniku restaurants, which are usually all-you-can-eat,

everything at Gyu-Kaku is served a la carte or in sets. We are an upscale yakiniku restaurant and we only utilize high-quality meats. There is high demand for our meats. In fact, we probably go through 100 pounds of chicken per week. DO: For someone who has yet to dine at Gyu-Kaku, how would you describe the dining concept? Wong: As a Japanese yakiniku-style restaurant, Gyu-Kaku is a great place for the whole family and to meet up with friends. We provide a very interactive dining experience here, where you can cook your own meats, enjoy a variety of dishes and talk story. GyuKaku’s vibe is laid back. We don’t put a time limit on our customers, so you can even stay for five hours, if you wish. We’re known for our lunch sets, which are complete meals for one person, and dinner sets, which are complete meals for two people. Here you can order a bunch of different things. Portions are usually around 4 ounces. We want our patrons to be able to try a little bit of everything.


DO: What are some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes? Wong: Kobe New York ($13.95) offers 3

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Dining Out » Cover Story » Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ


1 » Manager Bailey Kanae, server Jill Isono and server Maile Bee 2 » Kobe New York ($13.95) 3 » Garlic Shrimp Tatsuta-Age ($7.95, $6.95 happy hour) 4 » Yakiniku Set ($8.95) 5 » Agedashi Tofu ($4, $3.50 happy hour) 6 » Smoked Pork Bi Bim Bap ($8.95) 7 » Pork Lovers Set ($13.95)

diners Kobe steak with Japanese sea salt. It’s highly marbled and has a lot of flavor. This exceptional cut of meat is now prepared by the distributor exclusively for Gyu-Kaku — the only location internationally where can find this specific cut of beef. Our customers also like our Yakiniku Set ($8.95), which is only available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for lunch. This set features garlic chicken and yaki shabu teriyaki with salad, rice, soup and a beverage. Yaki shabu teriyaki is a tender, thin cut of beef. When looking for our barbecue beef best-seller, our No. 1 pick is Harami Miso Skirt Steak ($8.50). Besides the meats that you cook on the grill, our bi bim baps are popular. For instance, we have a Smoked Pork Bi Bim Bap ($8.95), a rice dish served in a stone bowl. This dish consists of rice, smoked pork, carrots, snap peas, onions, kimchee and egg splashed with shoyu. It’s similar to kimchee fried rice, but it cooks in the bowl and our servers will mix it together for you. DO: Delicious! Are there any new items on the menu that patrons must try? Wong: Yes. We have a new appetizer, Agedashi Tofu ($4 regular, $3.50 happy hour), which is not listed on the menu yet, but our servers will tell you about it upon your visit. Agedashi Tofu is a firm tofu, fried with a barbecue sauce, garnished with chichimi (seven spice), and topped with nori, ginger and green onions. DO: What do you think has contributed to Gyu-Kaku’s continued success? Wong: I would say our happy hour because it’s basically never-ending. Diners can take advantage of happy hour specials available all day Sunday


and Monday, as well as from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and again from 9 p.m. to closing Tuesday through Saturday. Additionally, Gyu-Kaku features “Super Happy Hour” deals from 9 p.m. to closing Sunday through Thursday, which is a great deal for the late-night crowd. We draw in a lot of people for happy hour. We also recently unveiled our very own beer called Aka ($2.50 glass, $10 pitcher), a red lager. It looks like a heavy beer, but it’s really light. It’s caramel-like with a hint of toffee-like nature. It has a real nice flavor to it. It’s our top-selling beer at the moment. We also have an unbeatable 10course menu, which is perfect if you’re really hungry or want to try a bit of everything. And many people would be surprised at our dessert selection. We have S’mores, Bread Pudding Bites, Deep-Fried Cheesecake and a variety of ice cream, including green tea and wasabi flavors.

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46-056 Kamehameha Hwy. #F1, Kaneohe 744-2157 Open daily at 11 a.m., last dinner seating at 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and midnight Friday and Saturday


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ith such a wide array of Korean yakiniku-style eateries to choose from on the Island, how do you know which one to go to? The first thing to pay attention to is the foundational quality of every great table-top grilling establishment — its meats! When it comes to the most fresh selection of prime cuts, it’s got to be Camellia Buffet on McCully Street. During the past 30 years, the eatery has garnered a sizzling reputation for its all-youcan-eat buffet ($17.95 lunch, $25.95 dinner), which presents diners with a bountiful world of savory meats,



from chicken and steak (dinner buffet only) to beef ribeye and hot spicy pork, all ready to be grilled at your table. The true test in finding the right yakiniku spot, though, is tasting the holy grail of all Korean meats: Kalbi short ribs. Camellia knocks this out of the park as well. “Kalbi is our most popular item,” says owner June Ha. “It’s not regular kalbi; it’s a very good, high-quality meat that is very tender.”

1 Owner June Ha. Leah Friel file photo 2 Pork Belly (part of the lunch and dinner buffet). Nathalie Walker photo 3 Fresh Shrimp (part of dinner buffet). Lawrence Tabudlo file photo


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The restaurant’s secret marinade doesn’t hurt either. As Ha describes, the short ribs are marinated for 24 hours before they are ready to grill, which allows them to absorb every drop of flavor. “We’ve been around for 30 years and have used the same sauce the whole time. People know about it and love it,” she says. Camellia’s newest item — pork belly — adds flair to the menu as well. With its own punch of natural flavor, all you have to do is throw it on the grill bare and watch it transform into smoldering goodness. Beyond its meats, Camel-

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Seafood shines through, Cantonese style BY JAIMIE KIM


ith Americanized Chinese cuisine chains popping up all over the island, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find an authentic restaurant, right? Wrong. You must not have dined at Canton Seafood Restaurant. Not only does the restaurant boast an extensive selection of seafood eats (there are nearly 180 selections on its regular menu), it’s also serving it with an authentic flair. “Chinese people love the restaurant,” shares assistant manager Helen He. The restaurant, which will have been open for two years in April, benefits from a chef originally from China. “The chef concentrates on quality,” says He.

The Live Lobster ($18.99 each or $12.99 when ordered with an entree) is housed in tanks in the restaurant, and can be served with one of four sauces: ginger and green onion, pepper and salt (no gravy),

black bean, or butter and garlic. Unlike other Chinese restaurants on the island, He says that Canton Seafood serves the best type of lobster: Maine lobsters. Another popular item is Clam

CANTON SEAFOOD RESTAURANT WHERE 923 Keeaumoku St., Honolulu CALL 955-3388 HOURS 10 a.m.-midnight, daily

with Black Bean Sauce ($12.99). The generous portion of clam is boiled before the sauce is added and it is stir-fried. Stop in for lunch and you will find yourself attempting to make a selection from close to 50 lunch specials with prices starting at $5.99. The restaurant’s Shrimp with Egg Chow Fun ($5.99) is made with chow fun noodles (rice noodles), peas and shrimp, and gravy with eggs. The restaurant’s open dining space and ample amount of tables are inviting to families and groups. Plus, the more people you go with, the more you’ll be able to try.

FAR LEFT Shrimp with Egg Chow Fun $5.99 LEFT Clam with Black Bean Sauce $12.99 Nathalie Walker photos

Reservations: (808) 536-5353 Lunch 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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ver wonder what goes on behind the scenes at your favorite restaurant? Well, much credit goes to the many chefs, owners and managers who work diligently day in and day out to make sure Hawaii's diners have a top-notch dining experience. This week, Dining Out gets the inside scoops from 3660 on the Rise chef de cuisine Lydell Leong, who gives us a little taste of 3660 and shares just what fuels his culinary drive.


Who or what inspires you as a chef/manager/owner? Seasonal and readily available products inspire me to create certain dishes. The customers we serve also inspire me to create food they want to enjoy. We would like them to eat what they want, but we also want to expose them to things they haven’t had before or normally wouldn’t try. What's your most popular dish? Our most popular dish is our Ahi Katsu. This appetizer has been on our menu since day one. It is simply made starting with sashimi grade ahi, wrapped with fresh spinach and nori, then crusted with panko and quickly cooked rare. To complement the ahi katsu, we serve it with Leah Friel file photo

a pair of seasoned rice, thinly cut cuCrispy Garlic Scallion Prawns | Lawrence Tabudlo file photo cumber strings tossed in our soy sesame dressing, then finished with years we have learned to rotate our a wasabi ginger butter sauce. It is customers' favorites, and with our freso popular that some guests order quent menu changes, we are able to it as an appetizer, then finish their accommodate our customers' requests as much as possible. meal with another order. Is there a dish that you create that's not on your menu, but available upon request? We once made an amuse bouche for one our special diners — it was a Pan-Seared Masago Ararecrusted New Zealand Salmon. It was so well received that they requested it each time they dined with us. It is never a problem because we regularly have the ingredients on hand to accommodate them. Another instance is our Crispy Garlic Scallion Prawns. It was featured on our menu for a short time, and then when we changed our menu and tried a new preparation of prawns, our customers requested the crispy garlic scallion style, so we brought it back. Over the

What is the biggest compliment you've ever received as a chef/manager/owner? I appreciate every compliment no matter how big or small. I am humbled and grounded by each one. They help validate the fact that we are serving people what they want. Every “thank you” is an important compliment. If you could serve food to a celebrity, who would it be and why? What dish would you serve? I would like to cook for Johnnie Walker because I love his scotch. I would cook our Certified Angus Beef New York Steak Alaea because I think it would pair wonderfully with Blue Label.

NAME Lydell Leong TITLE Chef de Cuisine TRAINING/EDUCATION KCC/School of Russell Siu TIME AT ASAHI GRILL 16 years

Renowned for its buffet and dim sum takeout, Ho Ho Chinese Cuisine serves delicious traditional Cantonese-style food. Take advantage of dine-in buffets featuring more than 30 different items, including Salt & Pepper Shrimp for lunch and Steamed Snow Crab for dinner. Dine-in hours are 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; the lunch buffet is available from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily; dinner buffet from 5 to 9 p.m. daily. The dim sum counter is available for takeout only and opens early from 6 a.m. (8 a.m. Sundays). For more information, call 692-9880. Assorted Dim Sum ABOVE Snow crab Leah Friel file photos

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he menu at Pho My Lien was brought to Hawaii by Tommy (My) Dang and his wife Lien, who decided to share their family recipes to the hungry diners of Honolulu. Good thing they did. Pho My Lien is simply an outstanding and affordable Vietnamese restaurant centered around fresh ingredients and friendly service. What more could you ask for? A great example is Crispy Calamari ($7.95). Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outstanding and unique. Cut into strips more than standard rings, the tender and crispy pieces of squid look more like french fries than battered and fried rings of seafood. Texturally, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot like fried potatoes, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a criticism. The calamari is deep brown and crunchy, yet tender. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lightly spicy, has a tasty dipping sauce and is flavorful without being overwhelming. Crispy Spring Rolls ($7.50) and Summer Rolls ($4.95) are appetizer staples at nearly every Vietnamese restaurant and at Pho My Lien itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no different. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s different is that Pho

PHO MY LIEN WHERE 98-150 Kaonohi St., Suite B213-B, Aiea CALL 488-4900 HOURS Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

1 Crispy Calamari ($7.95) and Broccoli Sauteed ($7.95) 2 Lemon Beef Salad ($9.95) 3 Summer Rolls ($4.95) and Crispy Spring Rolls ($7.50) Rachel Breit photos




My Lien is clearly better than most. The summer rolls are a mixture of aromatic flavors that includes fresh mint, bean sprouts, rice vermicelli, a choice of shrimp, pork, beef, chicken or tofu, and served with a slightly spicy peanut sauce. The spring rolls are similar, but deep-fried to a crispy golden brown and stuffed with pork, chicken or shrimp, shredded carrot, long rice and mushrooms. Broccoli Sauteed ($7.95) may seem oddly named, but it makes sense when you realize the tangy and crunchy broccoli comes with a choice of either chicken, pork, beef, shrimp or tofu. Most importantly, it's delicious. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let the name confuse you. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for something light and refreshing on a warm day, Lemon Beef Salad ($9.95) might be your choice. Tender sliced beef is mixed with romaine lettuce, cucumber, tomato, toasted peanuts, fried onion flakes, parsley and topped with a sweet lemon sauce. Who knew a beef dish could be so refreshing?

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Cheers to an anticipated bar menu


53 BY THE SEA WHERE 53 Ahui St. CALL 530-5353 HOURS Dining room Daily, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m.

3 By The Sea introduces a new bar menu today and celebrates with all-night Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lounge happy hour specials starting at 4 p.m. (March 3 only). There also will be live music by Starr Kalahiki and Kit Eberbach from 6 to 9 p.m. and the Mango Season from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Located at the site of the former John Dominis Restaurant in Kakaako, 53 By The Sea opened in September serving fine-dining regional cuisine in a luxurious setting with premier views of Diamond Head and the Waikiki skyline. From the outside courtyard to the indoor dining room and Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lounge and Bar, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a castle-like mansion. Guests enter through large palacelike double wooden doors and are immediately greeted by a grand staircase

Bar 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily; 4 p.m. to midnight Sunday to Wednesday; 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday WEB NOTES Dress code: smart casual (long trousers, collared shirts and shoes for men)




surrounded by shiny, white limestone flooring. The restaurant, which cost more than $16 million to renovate, also offers breathtaking views through panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows providing no bad seat in the house. To the right is Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lounge and Bar, with a stunning Italian-made Fazioli grand piano and an impressive collection of fine liquor, creating a colorful sight of reflecting bottles, almost like a jewelry box. The wine list also is exceptional, created by master sommelier Roberto Viernes. The new bar menu features 11 gourmet tapas-style dishes, including Lobster Roll 53 ($19) which is lobster salad encased in a toasted roll, parsley basil aioli and seasoned potato; Truffle Arancini ($21) consisting of truffle cream, chives and shaved truffles; and Tomato Tartar ($15) with burrata cheese, vin cotto, basil pesto and ciabiatta. Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lounge martinis and cocktails happy hour regularly runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. daily and 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. Enjoy special creation cocktails by Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s or martinis for $7 and sommelier selected wines for $6.50. William â&#x20AC;&#x153;Willyâ&#x20AC;? Suarez serves as the new bar supervisor and Connar Barbaree is the in-house sommelier. From the design of the restaurant to the extravagant menu, as well as an over-the-top friendly staff, 53 By The Sea has become a first-class dining destination to remember. 1 Lobster Roll 53 ($19) 2 Truffle Arancini ($21) 3 53 By The Seaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive chef Thomas Ho 4 Tomato Tartar ($15)


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egetarian Platter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; OK, ho hum, sounds good. Such a pedestrian title normally wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly fire up your taste buds. But, veggie lovers, this is Hokuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vegetarian Platter ($28), created by The Kahala Hotel and Resortsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; executive chef Wayne Hirabayashi. Piqued your interest? According to the chef, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hokuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vegetarian Platter features fresh seasonal vegetables â&#x20AC;&#x201D; local as well as wherever â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that are prepared using different cooking methods, flavors and styles. Menu items will change according to whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s available at the markets.â&#x20AC;? OK then. Bring it on! For example, Cipollini onions, asparagus and Hamakua King Mushrooms grilled with olive oil, salt and pepper; baby zucchini, sunburst squash, Ho Farms tomatoes, Kahuku corn, Shimeji mushrooms and tempeh with spinach sauteed with olive oil, garlic and herbs. Also in the seasonal lineup are wok-fried vegetable fried rice, wokfried vegetables and wokfried eggplant; tempura avocado and Hamakua mushrooms; steamed broccoli, and green and

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Step Up to the Plate


with Alana Folen

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pecializing in freshly made bentos, Mamaya’s new Pearl Kai location offers tasty, local Japanese fare that is perfect for those on the go. The eatery’s conveniently packed meals, which include the Miso Butterfish Combo Bento, are prepared in advance and always ready to be enjoyed. Mamaya also offers an impressive deli station, which allows patrons to customize bentos to their specific tastes. Operations manager Monette Lastino calls the Miso Butterfish Combo Bento “a best-seller” and takes pride in the authenticity of the product. Not your ordinary rice found in a typical bento, this multi-grain rice contains many vitamins, minerals, fibers and other nutrients, which are often lacking in a regular diet. The multi-grain rice includes whole oats, red rice, rye berries, short grain brown rice, hulless barley, bamboo rice and more.

Tamago (sweet egg), Kiriboshi Daikon, Tsubosuke and Hijiki are sumptuous sides that accompany the bento. Tsubosuke features pickled daikon and Kiriboshi Daikon is a shredded daikon paired with slivers of carrot. Hijiki evokes flavors of the sea, as its seaweed is laced with shredded soy beans and green peas. The majority of these side dishes are shipped in directly from Japan.

Mamaya obtains its butterfish from a local vendor, and it’s nothing short of amazing. The tender fish is marinated overnight in a housemade miso recipe prior to being grilled and broiled to perfection.

A morsel of teriyaki hot dog brings an island flair to the bento, as it’s purchased locally from Redondo’s.

Leah Friel photos

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Another restaurant staple, Mochiko Chicken, is made in-house and marinated overnight in Mamaya’s very own mochiko mix and special sauce. Its meaty interior remains tender, while its deep-fried exterior is worth every bit of indulgence.

MAMAYA Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Pearl Kai Shopping Center 98-199 Kamehameha Hwy., Aiea 492-1863


tableside @ Don DayYakiniku A

t Don Day Yakiniku take hold of the tongs and grill away like a pro. A friendly wait staff is always there to help any first-timers. The traditional Korean tables feature sturdy curved grill tops, which soak up flavor from meats and vegetables, while letting fat drip down the sides; the outdoor seating alleviates any smokiness from grilling. Patrons can fire up meat or combination platters at the table and enjoy salad, rice and up to eight side dishes with their meal. Owner Charlene Miura suggests grilling the healthy Korean staple, kim chee, as well. For more information, call 951-1004 or 205-1004.

Leah Friel photos

Above: Server Haesung Lee Top Right: Seafood Vegetable Pancake ($16.95) Right: Whelk seasoned with vinegar ($19.95)

1 1 | Nao Shiriya and Akiko Yamaguchi 2 | Irene Yoon and Brian Pak 3 | Junko, Hisa, George and Colt Katekaru 4 | Michelle and Andrew Santerno



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ollowing two months of feverish preparation and menu creation, diners will be pleased to know that Chef Chai Chaowasaree is back in business. Chaowasaree is now serving his iconic award-winning island fusion cuisine at the aptly named Chef Chai on the ground level of Pacifica Honolulu Building on Kapiolani Boulevard across from Neal Blaisdell Arena. The restaurateur and heralded chef closed Chai’s Island Bistro at Aloha Tower Marketplace on New Year’s Eve after 14 years, and following two months of preparation, opened the doors to Chef Chai at Pacifica Feb. 28. The culinary wizard remained busy through the two-month respite by continuing to operate Singha Thai Cuisine, jetting around the world as executive chef for Hawaiian Airlines, and hosting charity events such as a recent fundraiser for Ballet Hawaii. “You know, with the last two months, even though we weren’t open yet, there was no layoff at all,” Chaowasaree says. “There was planning for the new menu, catering — we do a lot of catering, that business is doing really well — helping Hawaiian Airlines with their menu changes and training our staff. It’s a lot of work, but I’m excited that we’re finally open because people have been calling … we couldn’t have opened soon enough!” The new restaurant was designed by Sukamorn Chuen Yee with a contemporary look and feel, while also reflecting Chaowasaree’s personality and food. Light and glass accents are

Clockwise from above Hauula Tomato Caprese Salad ($12); Chef Chai Chaowasaree; Poached Pear and Rainbow Vegetable Salad ($12)

used to create an “upscale but down-to-earth” feel, and the restaurant features fine Swarovski crystal pendants and glass bubbles, chandeliers and textured stone. A private dining room is available, as is seating at the spacious full bar as well as on the outside patio area, which features eyecatching fire towers fronting Kapiolani Boulevard. While Chef Chai’s menu boasts a wide variety of Asian-influenced choices for all tastes, it is noticeably missing one ingredient: butter. “Hawaiian Airlines is very focused on serving fresh and

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healthy food, and I’ve taken that concept to the restaurant by not serving anything with butter,” Chaowasaree explains. “I want people to be healthy. To me, if you have a good-quality product, you don’t have to do a whole lot to it. The ingredients are so fresh and flavorful by themselves, why would you want to ruin the experience by covering them in butter? I let the ingredients speak for themselves.” Chef Chai serves up a host of healthy starters, including Fresh Ahi Tartar in Mini Waffle Cones ($15). Customers also enjoy Hauula Tomato Caprese Salad ($12), which features the juicy tomatoes and mozzarella cheese stacked atop a bed of aged balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil, and includes fresh micro

basil and crispy bacon bits. Chaowasaree also offers a salad that plays to all senses, as the Poached Pear and Rainbow Vegetable Salad ($12) includes brightly colored cauliflower from the Big Island paired with tomato, cucumber, goat cheese and candied walnuts “The pear salad looks so beautiful; it’s very stunning and colorful,” Chaowasaree says. “It’s local and new, not many people are doing anything like this. About half our menu, including our signature items, is the same as the Island Bistro, while the other half features new items like this one.” Entrees at Chef Chai, such as Vegetable Terrine with Green Curry Sauce ($25), are accompanied by a choice of steamed

Clockwise from top left Chef Chai is located at 1009 Kapiolani Blvd.; The restaurant features a contemporary atmosphere; Chocolate Crunch Bar ($9); Vegetable Terrine with Green Curry Sauce ($25); Fresh Ahi Tartar in Mini Waffle Cones ($15)

white rice, steamed brown rice with coconut milk and fresh ginger or mashed potatoes. Customers also have the option of mashed Okinawan purple potatoes or zucchini linguini for an additional $2. For dessert, Chaowasaree recommends Chocolate Crunch Bar ($9), a treat that resembles a decadent candy bar complete with a crispy, crunchy layer. The

dessert is served with fresh berries that pair perfectly with the chocolate, as well as a raspberry guava puree that ties all the flavors together. “At the old restaurant, a lot of customers focused on the entertainment, but here, we want them to focus on the food, service and ambience,” says Chaowasaree, who grew up helping at his family’s restaurant in

Thailand from the age of 10. “Each restaurant has its own uniqueness, and we want customers to experience that. We want to excite the younger generation of diners.” Chef Chai at Pacifica is open nightly for dinner, and customers can look forward to a special late-night (after 9 p.m.) menu in the near future, as well as the integration of lunch service.

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SHIRO’S SAIMIN HAVEN 98-020 Kamehameha Hwy., Aiea 488-8824 Sunday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

with Christina O’Connor


s many will remember, Shiro’s Saimin Haven has been in the same spot in Waimalu Shopping Center since the 1970s. And the restaurant, which opened its first location in Aiea in the 1960s, has been serving up many of the same goods since then. Throughout the years, Shiro’s has remained a go-to spot for saimin and other local favorites. “We have kept a lot of the same recipes that have worked over time,” says Shiro’s manager and catering manager Bryce Fujimoto, who is founder Shiro Matsuo’s grandson. “These are original recipes, and we have just added upon them. “It is meant to be home-style cooking,” Fujimoto adds. “We don’t cut corners. We make things from scratch whenever possible.” Whether you have been a longtime fan of Shiro’s or are just discovering the eatery, you can rest assured that its newer items will have the same quality as the restaurant’s classic

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s the grandson of the late, famed Shiro Matsuo, Bryce Fujimoto grew up in the restaurant industry. “My mom always took me around wherever she went,” he recalls. As Fujimoto got older, he started serving water to customers, then worked as a dishwasher. Eventually, he worked his way up to saimin cook, fry cook and server. These days, Fujimoto is the restaurant’s manager and catering manager. “I like the restaurant industry,” he says. “I like the fast pace of it.” Matsuo founded Shiro’s Saimin in the 1960s, after gathering culinary training in a lot of different restaurants. “He worked for all different kinds of chefs,” Fujimoto explains. “He worked for a Chinese chef, at a lot of hotels. He also got some training in the Army. He worked for Gov. Burns … It is pretty exhausting looking at the list.” All of those different influences culminated in a creative style that is distinctly Shiro’s. “He always had a dream of opening up his own restaurant,” Fujimoto says, “and finally, in 1969, he overcame a lot of odds and opened up Shiro’s Hula Hula Drive-In in Aiea Shopping Center.” In the 1970s, the restaurant relocated to Waimalu Shopping Center, where it stands today. One of the main reasons that Fujimoto is so fond of the restaurant industry is because of the people, both customers and coworkers, with whom he has worked over the years. “I consider them family now,” he says.




dishes that have made it a local favorite. One that it has added recently is Clam Saimin ($9.95), which features clams, won ton and Shiro’s garnish, which is comprised of char siu, luncheon meat, green onion and an egg roll.


Another newer item is Calamari Saimin ($8.75), which features won ton noodles, garnish and a side of calamari. “The clam flavor is cooked into the base, and a little bit of miso is added in there, too,” Fujimoto explains.


A sticky treat unveiled at Larry’s Clam Saimin and Calamari Saimin both debuted on the menu last week. If classic Shiro’s is more your speed, try Local Boy Stew ($8.50), which is a tomato-based stew filled with potatoes, carrots — and plenty of beef. “We say that if you don’t see the meat, you don’t pay for the meal,” Fujimoto says of the dish. “This is one of Shiro’s recipes, and it is one of the old favorites that we have not changed.” By popular demand, another dish you can now enjoy at any of Shiro’s locations is Bento A ($9.50), which features fried noodles, chicken katsu, Spam, teriyaki beef, one cone sushi, one maki sushi and rice. “We have been serving this at the takeout window for a long time, and customers have been wanting to eat it in the restaurant for a really long time,” he says. For those who just can’t get enough of Shiro’s, you will be delighted to know that the eatery serves breakfast. It also offers catering for parties. Call in advance to place an order. In addition to the Waimalu location, Shiro’s has a second shop in Ewa Beach and a saimin stand in Waipahu.



arning: The white box from Larry’s Bakery sitting in your car’s passenger seat is going to drive you crazy. You’re going to glance over at it, making sure it’s still there, while devising schemes on how to overcome the taped flaps and wondering if anyone will notice the crumb trail if you do open it. Will the next red light afford you enough time to rip into the fortress and get at the sweet, sticky loot that’s clouding your car with fresh-baked olfactory heaven? But wait, we at Dining Out do not recommend eating while driving;

Butter Roll Sticky Buns ($1.35 each) Baker Milton Isimang with Butter Roll Sticky Buns ($1.35 each)

Contact Christina O’Connor at

1 Fry cook supervisor Nelzie Crisostomo 2 Bento A ($9.50) 3 Calamari Saimin ($8.75) 4 Local Boy Stew ($8.50) 5 Clam Saimin ($9.95) Leah Friel photos

Pigs in a Blanket (1.95 each) | Rachel Breit photos


please consume responsibly. Practicing patience (i.e., not yielding to boxed temptations until upon arrival at intended destinations) offers greater rewards. “Oh my gosh, what are these things? They are the most amazing things I’ve ever put in my mouth,” your coworkers will sing. “Outstanding,” your boss will declare. You will be the office star of the morning. So what are these things worthy of such desire and praise? Butter Roll Sticky Buns — simply explained by Lance Yafuso, president of Larry’s Bakery: “They are butter rolls that we’ve turned into sticky buns.” A “honey-bee topping” of honey, brown sugar and butter goes into the bottom of a muffin pan, then butter rolls are put in, left to raise and baked. “So when you flip them over you get the topping on top.”

LARRY’S BAKERY WHERE 4369 Lawehana St. CALL 422-0059 HOURS Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, 6 a.m.-noon

Butter rolls start with a bread dough (Larry’s original recipe used as a base for all the breads) that is rolled out, topped with butter, and then folded on top of itself. “Anytime you fold dough like that, you get layers and flakiness,” says Yafuso. The tender, flaky layers coupled with the caramel-like topping result in a melt-in-your-mouth, boss-approved “outstanding” experience. And lucky for you, this different twist on the butter roll is now avail-

able for sale. “We would make them just for us to eat, but we never sold them,” says Yafuso. “And then we tried the recipe with the butter rolls, and it was just so good.” Butter Roll Sticky Buns are just $1.35 a pop, but be prepared to buy more than one. “I could eat like four or five of those if I were left alone with them,” says an anonymous source. Another new item to consider: Pig in a Blanket ($1.95), not to be mistaken for Pig in a Roll, which is Portuguese sausage in a butter roll. Pig in a Blanket is a hot dog that is wrapped and baked in the same signature bread dough. Ready for instant enjoyment with or without ketchup and mustard.

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1 Big City Diner’s Fire-Roasted Portobello Mushroom Salad ($10.99) 2 Big City Diner’s Grilled Tequila Chicken and Portobello Mushroom Stack ($12.99) 3 Hukilau is conveniently located in Executive Centre.


4 Hukilau’s Katsu-Style Portobello Mushroom Sandwich ($12)

4 3

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“Grilled Portobello is a great substitute for a burger,” Elder says. “It’s a highly requested lunch-only item and comes with mixed greens, fries, house-made chips or our soup du jour.” Clearly this sandwich is my top pick here at Brasserie Du Vin, because there’s nothing better than eating deliciously healthy. Brasserie Du Vin 1115 Bethel St. 545-1115

Big City Diner Go big or go home, and here at Big City Diner, going big is the only option. BCD, as the restaurant is affectionately called, opened its doors more than a decade ago. And any food enthusiast will tell you that BCD is the place to be no matter what you’re craving. An absolutely amazing and healthy stir-fry with tofu? Check. Or how about a Fire-Roasted Portobello Mush18 | DINING OUT | MARCH 3-9, 2013

room Salad? Check. Begging for a burger? Well now, there’s no need to even question that one. But since I have the onos for anything portobello, the Fire-Roasted Portobello Mushroom Salad it is! Priced at $10.99, this king of salads features savory portobellos cooked to perfection and sliced on a bed of organic greens, chopped romaine, diced Roma tomatoes and sweet red onions, topped with BIG croutons, imported Parmesan cheese, red onion rings and a zest of fresh lemon. Ancho-Chile dressing is a winning accompaniment to the dish and gives it that extra burst of flair that we all love. Then, if your appetite calls for something more, then you must try Big City Diner’s Grilled Tequila Chicken and Portobello Mushroom Stack ($12.99 lunch, $15.99 dinner), a top-notch dish featuring herb-marinated chicken breast topped with the eatery’s special tequila cream sauce and layered with grilled portobello mushroom and Jack cheese on a bed of fresh sauteed spinach. As one of my per-

sonal favorites, I will tell you that it only takes one bite to be hooked for life. BCD provides a fun dining experience for the whole family, and with five locations islandwide, including establishments in Kailua, Ward, Waipio and Pearlridge, as well as Kaimuki, you can always get your portobello fix. I think it’s time to upgrade your palate to BCD status! Big City Diner Pearlridge (and various locations) 98-211 Pali Momi St. 487-8188

Hukilau Having your way with portobello comes easy at Hukilau in Executive Centre in the heart of downtown Honolulu. Categorized as an upscale Hawaiian plate lunch-style eatery, Hukilau always finds a way to put its own spin on its mouth-watering fare. Take the restaurant’s lunch favorite KatsuStyle Portobello Mushroom Sandwich ($12). As a popular vegetarian option, beloved by carnivores as well, this sand-

wich is extraordinary and guilt-free. According to Hukilau executive chef Jason Takemura, the foundation of the sandwich lies in a meaty portobello mushroom roasted in a balsamic marinade with olive oil and rosemary, and then breaded panko-style. Brie cheese, caramelized onions, roasted peppers, butter lettuce and tomatoes complete the fillings, which are nestled between two Kaiser rolls with a sun-dried tomato aioli spread. Finally, your choice of a side of fries, sweet potato fries, garlic fries or ’Nalo green salad take this sandwich over the top. “We actually had this item on the menu from the beginning,” Takemura says. “Every time I tried to take it off the menu I’d end up having to put it back on. “Everyone has their regular balsamic or grilled portobello mushrooms, so I wanted to do something different and put a local twist on it, so I made it katsu-style.” Hukilau Executive Centre 1088 Bishop St. 523-3460


or many people, desserts are the best ending to a delicious meal, and Beachhouse at the Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa, knows exactly how to top off a beachside meal with island flavors adorning each dish. Hawaiian Chocolate Pot de

Crème ($10) features a ginger biscotti and Hawaiian chocolate. “We put our own spin to it,” explains sous chef Celeste Pasag. “The ginger biscotti is something that accompanies it, and the idea behind the biscotti is to dip it and have it soak up the chocolate.”

At first, the dessert was featured only during the evening as an a la carte item, but because it gained popularity the restaurant included a smaller version of it to its tea service. Cheesecake lovers need not fear, though, as Beachhouse also features a Lemon Cheesecake ($10) with guava crust served with roasted

pineapple and caramel. Pasag says this dessert is by far the most requested, and the light texture makes it perfect to share or eat all by yourself. “Everybody is so health conscious now and carb conscious that we wanted to offer an alternative aside from our fruit plate, which is the default for everyone,” she says, noting that this dessert has a tangy flavor. The crust is made from Kauai Kookie Kompany’s cookies, and is not the typical

BEACHHOUSE AT THE MOANA SURFRIDER Hawaiian Chocolate Pot de Creme ($10) Above Lemon Cheesecake ($10) Above Right Chocolate Decadence ($12) Lawrence Tabudlo photos

WHERE 2365 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu CALL 237-4794 or 921-4640 WEB

heavy New York cheesecake everyone expects. Chocolaholics will love Chocolate Decadence ($12) with a lilikoi ganache made with Hawaiian chocolate. “We tried to omit it from our menu, but the next day everyone was asking for it, and we couldn’t just leave it off the menu,” Pasag says. And it’s a good thing they didn’t. This molten lava cake exudes a warm and gooey inside that will warm you down to your toes. These three desserts are made in-house and incorporate many local ingredients. Pasag explains that the restaurant also changes the menu about every three months in order to incorporate seasonal fruits, whether it be mango, lilikoi or guava. “We try to utilize everything that we have here in the Islands to promote the indigenous surroundings,” she says. “And that’s what Westin’s all about. It’s about renewing and refreshing.”

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Must present coupon, Dine-In only. Cannot be combined with any other offer or special. One discount per dish per table. Both items must be ordered at least a day in advance. Expires March 31, 2013

AT ALA MOANA HOTEL s 410 ATKINSON DRIVE s 942-7788 DINING OUT | MARCH 3-9, 2013 | 21

WHERE TO DINE Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant

Mandalay (The)

Asahi Grill Ward

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

1055 Alakea St. 525-8585

94-216 Farrington Hwy #B1-4 678-8058


Sandwich Vietnamese Fast Food, Smoothies & & Drink Bubble Tea COMBO DEALS $


Okinawan • Japanese Steak • Seafood Local Favorites


(reg $9.50) Applies to 1 choice sandwich ($6 value) and 1 flavor smoothie ($4.95 value). Not combinable with other offers/discounts. Valid w/ coupon thru 3/7/13

50% OFF Birthday Meal

OPEN 'til Midnight (Monday thru Saturday)

Squid Ink Linguine w/ Calamari $16.95

2919 Kapiolani Blvd. Market City Shpg Cntr •••••••

4369 Lawehana St. (across Target in Salt Lake) or find us on

OPEN Mon - Fri 6AM - 1PM Sat 6AM - 12PM



Try Our Famous OXTAIL SOUP! “Tender and Tasty. Everyone Loves Our Oxtail Soup.”



Fresh squid ink pasta tossed with calamari rings and our house marinara sauce


Pineapple Mac Nut


Stadium Mall 4510 Salt Lake Blvd. 486-3311 TRY OUR NEW ITEMS!



Must be on exact birthday, ID required



with coupon, valid Mon-Thurs

Senior/Military Discounts Available Mon.-Thurs. Cannot be combined with other offers. Exp. 3/7/13

Imported Noodles


% 10 OFF Entire Menu

All-You-Can-Eat Buffet includes BIRTHDAY SPECIAL hot entree bar.

Military receive 10% off w/ valid ID


1137 11th Ave. 735-1122

Fri/Sat 5pm-10pm

*Some exclusions may apply. Exp. 3/31/13 Must present coupon upon ordering. One coupon per table.

10% OFF

Himalayan Kitchen

Lunch $ 95 Daily 11am-3pm 14 Dinner Sun-Thurs 5pm-9pm $ 95

* 20% OFF One Complete Meal


Waimalu Shopping Center 98-042 Kamehameha Hwy #3 Open daily 10am-9pm

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

808 Yong’s BBQ

Liliha Square, 524-1628

Henry Loui’s 2850 Paa St. 833-3728


Nice Day Chinese Seafood Restaurant


1234 South Beretania St. 521-1688

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

909 Isenberg Street 941-6641

888 Kapahulu Ave. 734-7345

Asian Mix

Seafood Village Maple Garden

Good To Grill

515 Ward Ave. 593-2800

Sun-Thu 8am-10pm • Fri-Sat til 11pm Okazuya open daily from 8am


Spinach Linguine w/ Swai Fish $16.95

Serving Hawaii for 77 Years!

M - F 10am -12midnight Fresh spinach pasta tossed in our house marinara SAT 8am -12midnight sauce and topped with baked swai fish seasoned with a special sauce with onions, olives and capers. SUN 8am -10pm

Won Ton Noodles • Pasta • Risotto • Burgers • Sandwiches • Pizza • Salads • Soups

2746 Kaimuki Ave




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


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



** while supplies last **

Aiea 4-6pm & 9:30-close

TWO GREAT LOCATIONS! AIEA • 484-2222 HONOLULU • 589-2299 98-150 Kaonohi St. 510 Piikoi St. 22 | DINING OUT | MAR. 3-9, 2013



Open Daily: Dinner only 4-11 Happy Hour 9-11pm


NOW OPEN 930 McCully St. • 951-0511/951-0611


Valet parking or Self parking on street after 6pm

1009 Kapiolani Blvd. 585-0011

WHERE TO DINE Molly’s BBQ & Seafood

Sam Choy’s BLC


WAHIAWA 23 S. Kamehameha Hwy. 621-4858

580 N. Nimitz Hwy. 545-7979

Kenny’s Restaurant

New Eagle Cafe

Shiro’s Saimin Haven

1130 N. Nimitz Hwy. 545-2233

WAIMALU 98-020 Kam Hwy. • 488-8824

JJ Bistro & French Pastry 3447 Waialae Ave.

1620 N. School St. 841-0931

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

Wailana Coffee House

WAIPAHU 94-256 Waipahu Depot St. • 676-2088

Kenny’s Hawaiian BBQ

EWA BEACH SHOPPING CENTER 91-919 Fort Weaver Rd. • 689-0999


Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, 2nd floor 922-3333

1525 Rycroft St. 948-8356

Kit N Kitchen

Buy 1 Plate, Get the 2nd

NIGHTLY 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Teriyaki Chicken . . . . . . . . . . . . .$15.95 Daily Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$23.95 Sukiyaki Steak . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$21.95 Teriyaki Steak & Chicken Combo .$23.95 Kama‘aina & Military Discount Available (with proper ID)

GREAT FOOD Friendly Experienced Servers, Fabulous Drinks!

HAPPY HOUR DAILY from 3:30-6:30PM Breakfast Service: Daily 6:30am-1:00pm Lunch Service: Monday-Friday 11:00am-2:00pm Brunch Buffet: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am-2:00pm Dinner Buffet: Friday-Sunday 5:00pm-9:30pm Dinner Service: Monday-Thursday 5:00pm-9:30pm

Coming Soon Ala Carte Menu Mon-Thurs for Dinner Local Fresh Entrees

Corned Beef Hash Loco Moco

with coupon

Eggspress Saratoga 2464 Kalakaua Ave 343 Saratoga Ave 926-EGGS 923-EGGS www.eggsnthings.

Ala Moana 451 Piikoi St 538-EGGS

1006 Kapahulu Ave. Open Daily 7am-10pm • 688-8891

(Corner of Kaimuki Ave/Kapahulu Ave)

JJ’s New 4-Course Meal includes


New Hours of Operation:

Original Loco Moco

With valid ID. Times vary by location. Not valid on take-out or retail items. Not valid with any other offer or promotion.

2nd entree of equal or lesser value. Cannot combine w/ other discounts/offers. Exp. 3/7/13.

Between Ilikai & Hilton Hawaiian Village

enjoy our


50% OFF

1841 Ala Moana Blvd.


Call the one nearest you

Outrigger Reef on the Beach 922-2887

1131 Nuuanu Ave. 587-7877

Dinner served from 5:30 nightly. Valet parking available. Not valid with any other offer.


Shore Bird Restaurant

Restaurant Epic

1010 University Avenue 942-7622

1860 Ala Moana Blvd. 955-1764

Sizzling Steak



with white wine & garlic sauce

A new twist on an old favorite *For information/reservations call Pagoda Restaurant at 948-8356 or go to our website at:

⁄2 OFF


$39.95 or One Tail for $29.95 FREE DESSERT

CALL 739-0993

w/purchase of a $50 Gift Certificate

3447 Waialae Avenue J J F R E N C H P A S T R Y . C O M

One Ice Cream Parlor Item

with any purchase

Coupon must be surrendered at time of purchase. One discounted item per coupon. Not valid on previous purchases or with other offers.

Exp. 3/31/13.

88 Piikoi St., Honolulu 593-1200 •

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT SEAFOOD BUFFET Starting at $9.95 Mon-Fri LUNCH: Sat-Sun

$9.95 $11.95 Mon-Thurs $16.95 DINNER: Fri-Sun $18.95




available ople 20-300 pdeetails Call for

DINING OUT | MARCH 3-9, 2013 | 23



Maxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Of Manila

Fifty Three By The Sea

WAIPAHU 94-300 Farrington Hwy

53 Ahui Street 536-5353

HONOLULU 801 Dillingham Blvd. 951-6297

Bali Steak & Seafood

Hyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steak House

Stage Restaurant

2440 Kuhio Ave. 922-5555

1250 Kapiolani Blvd. 237-5429

Plumeria Beach House

Wolfgangâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steakhouse

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

Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Bldg C, Level 3 2301 Kalakaua Ave. 922-3600

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

Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cafe Hawaiian & Filipino Food

1310 Pali Hwy 521-5552

Serving Hawaii Since 1989




all day


Yellow Corvina Plate 626 SHERIDAN ST. (behind Walmart)

6 $ 95 11



HAWAIIAN Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cafe

Restaurant Row 599-3860 Waikiki Beach Walk 440-7910

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

MILLION for Lunch 11am-2pm Bi Bim Bap ixed Rice with Octopus $ 1595 sĂĽĂĽMVeggies & Beef $ 95 SPICY FRIED SMALL

Ruthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chris Steak House


Hawaiian & Filipino Food

1310 Pali Hwy 521-5552

Special Valid Sun 3/3 thru Sat 3/9

Best â&#x20AC;&#x153;Japanese Styleâ&#x20AC;? Shabu Shabu in Hawaii

New Menu Items! Local Flavor Plate Lunches & Japanese Ramen

Shabu Shabu or any Sukiyaki Set featuring our special sukiyaki sauce. Exp. 3/7/13 Mon-Sat 11am-2pm (last call 1:30pm) Dinner Nightly 5pm-10pm (last call 9:30pm) Validated Parking â&#x20AC;˘ 1221 Kapiolani Blvd. â&#x20AC;˘ 597-1655


OPEN DAILY 10:30am-8:30pm


11am-4pm s Pepperoni or Cheese Pizza s Small Salad s (2) Soft Drinks


with coupon

Buy 1 Breakfast entree receive 2nd (of lesser value)

50% OFF

Reg. $19 *Offer not valid with other offers/ discounts. Expires 3/7/13

Ward Center

(next to Ryanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grill)


Open Daily 11am - 9pm

Must Present Coupon. Not valid w/other offers/discounts. 1 order per coupon/party. Exp. 3/7/13

Not valid with other discounts/offers. Must present coupon. Expires 3/7/13. Limit one coupon per party.

HAPPY HOUR 5-6p & 9pm- midnight DINNER Tues-Sun 5p-Midnight s Closed Monday LUNCH Tues-Sun 11am-2pm

Mon-Sat 6:30am-8pm â&#x20AC;˘ Sun 6:30am-5pm 1310 Pali Hwy â&#x20AC;˘ 521-5552

10% OFF

Ala Moana Center Tel: 947-8818

Cash Sale Only (With Coupon)

Dear Hearts,

Open Daily 10:30am to 10:00fcÂ&#x161; 24 | DINING OUT | MAR. 3-9, 2013

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 3/31/13. Must present coupon.



Liliha Square by Times Supermarket


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

Bryce â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saimin Jrâ&#x20AC;? Lobster $1599 WAIPAHU




98-020 Kam Hwy. 94-256 Waipahu Depot St.



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

Nice Day Chinese Seafood Restaurant



5% OFF

Credit Card Sale Only (With Coupon)

Hong Kong Dim Sum & Regular Menu Items


3008 Waialae Ave.


91-919 Fort Weaver Rd.

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

10% OFF(Charge) â&#x20AC;˘ 15% OFF(Cash) Dim Sum & Reg. Menu Dine In Special!

5% OFF

(Charge) â&#x20AC;˘ Happy Day Chinese Restaurant 3553 Waialae Avenue


10% OFF(Cash)

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 3/31/13. Must present coupon.




Il Lupino

Chinpei Ramen

Royal Hawaiian Center 922-3400

2080 S. King Street 947-5919

Inferno’s Wood Fire Pizza

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


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

Genki Sushi

Japanese Restaurant Aki

Aina Haina 373-4033 Ala Moana 942-9102 Ewa Town Center 683-1003 Kaneohe 247-9595 Kapahulu 735-7700 Kapolei Commons 674-4227 Waiau 485-0227 Waikele Center 678-3180 Ward Center 591-5600

Romanos Macaroni Grill

Ala Moana Center Hookipa Terrace 356-8300

Taormina-Sicilian Cuisine 227 Lewers St. 926-5050

AIEA 98-150 Kaonohi St. 484-2222 HONOLULU 510 Piikoi St. 589-2299

1427 Makaloa St. 955-8528

Hifumi Japanese Restaurant

Chinese Cultural Plaza 100 N. Beretania St. 536-3035


Pearl Kai Shopping Center 98-199 Kamehameha Hwy, #A-7B 492-1863

The Original

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

Home of the Famous Garlic Chicken

50% OFF!

Come visit us at our


2300 N. King Street

All Bottles and Glasses of Wine

(across New City Nissan)


7 am - 10 pm

(Next to Makino Chaya) 98-150 Kaonohi St., Aiea -ON 3AT¬AM PM¬s¬3UN¬AM PM

Tues-Sat 5am-1pm/Sun-Mon Closed

Happy Anniversary Max’s Hawaii

Try our… BANANA HOT CAKES Thurs. March 7th


ISLAND BREAKFAST Only Entire Menu Available

(mini) 1-egg, 1-scoop rice, sm. portion meat


Breakfast Daily (6:30-11am) • Hot Cakes/Banana Hot Cakes • Asahi Breakfast 1 eggs, 2 rice, choice of fish

Prize Drawings

• Island Breakfast

2 eggs, 2 rice, choice of meat

throughout the day at both locations Waipahu Shopping Plaza 94-300 Farrington Hwy., Suite F-1 Waipahu, Hawaii 96797

We h PARK ave I N G!


801 Dillingham Blvd. (next to Costco Iwilei) Honolulu Hawaii 96817

515 WARD AVE. 593-2800




$8.08 Food Fast



5.99 Fast food


3.70 each

Fast food ONLY


BREAKFAST Available Breakfast hours only, BENTO 11pm - 10:30am

25¢ from every Kokua Pac sold will be donated to HUGS. Spaghetti with Garlic Bread, $6.99 Restaurant, Kokua Pac $9.30 Restaurant. Prices slightly higher at Zippy’s Kahului. Offer valid from March 1 - 31, 2013 (Spaghetti with Garlic Bread & Breakfast Bento), March 1-April 30, 2013 (Kokua Pac) at all Zippy’s locations. Not valid with any other promotional offers, coupons or discount cards. Sorry, no substitutions. While supplies last. Other restrictions may apply. DINING OUT | MARCH 3-9, 2013 | 25

WHERE TO DINE Kobe Japanese Steak House

Sakura Restaurant

1841 Ala Moana Blvd. 941-4444

3008 Waialae Ave 259-7100

Kozo Sushi

Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen

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

Sushi King

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

Sumo Ramen

2400 Koa Ave. 923-7368

Restaurant Suntory

Sushi Company

Odoriko Japanese Restaurant

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

Kaimuki Shopping Center 3221 Waialae Avenue 734-8282

Tanaka of Tokyo

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

Korean Hibiscus BBQ

2700 S. King St. 947-2836

Yakiniku Don-Day 905 Keeaumoku St. 951-1004

KOREAN 678 Hawaii (Kang Ho Dong Baekejeong) 1726 Kapiolani Blvd. 941-6678

1111 McCully Street 947-5411

Yakiniku Million 626 Sheridan St. 596-0799

Early Bird Special

FEBRUARY SEAFOOD FESTIVAL•Extended thru 3/7/13 Live Maine Lobster $14.95* (reg. $35)


(*with purchase of an entree)

• Pepper Salt Shrimp • Bounty of the Sea Soup • Crackling Chicken • Maine Lobster with Garlic Scallions • Steamed Flounder Fillet with Lemon Ginger Shoyu • Peipa Tofu (Tofu Minced Shrimp Puffs) • Mandarin Long Beans •Steamed Rice $239 Table of 10 (reg. $279) $99 Table of 4 (reg. $109) NOW SERVING

• Steamed Juicy Pork Buns • Taiwan Spicy Beef Noodle •



(Min of 2 orders Available from 4:30-6pm)

Chicken Karage, Rice, and Daily Special Salad

Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, 3rd Floor


EXTRA LARGE PLATE Lunch 11am-2pm M-F • Dinner 4:30pm-Midnight Daily

1427 Makaloa St. • 955-8528 Try our


Gyoza Ramen with a side of Gyoza!

Start your day off deliciously with Fresh Fruits & Juices, an Acai Bowl, Buttermilk or Macadamia Nut Pancakes, French Toast, Organic Oatmeal, a Frittata, Eggs Benedict, Omelets, & much more!

2080 S. King Street (past McCully St.)

(808) 947-5919


Mon: 5-10pm | Tues-Fri: 11am-2:30pm/5-10pm Sat: 11am-10pm | Sun: 11am-9pm


Honolulu’s Most Unique Lunch Spot—

Brasserie Du Vin Full Service Monday - Saturday, 11:30 to 4:00

Girl’s Day

10.95 SPECIAL ...$38

Your Choice: Two Weeks Only! $ Fresh Your Choice: Island • Wafu Ahi • Katsu Ahi Mullet and Shrimp • Ahi Shio • Ahi Teriyaki

Specials Available OPEN TUE-SUN LUNCH

Includes: Miso Soup, Tsukemono, Rice & Tea

11AM-2PM, DINNER 5-8:30PM • Closed Monday Lunch & Dinner

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




Live Dungeness Crab $25 (reg. $37.50) Steamed Fresh Oysters $12 (5 pieces) Sweet and Sour Fresh Tai Snapper $29 FEBRUARY SEAFOOD FESTIVAL MENU Extended thru 3/7/13



$ (available from 4:30-6pm) Choice of: • Hamburger Steak • Rib Eye Steak • Curry Rice • Grilled Fish Includes: Miso Soup, Mac Salad,


26 | DINING OUT | MAR. 3-9, 2013

(Sunday, March 3rd is Girl’s Day) Order in Advance

Featuring a French-inspired menu, complemented by an extensive wine list. Lunch includes soup, salads, sandwiches and seafood. Perfect for casual, business and special occasions.


(Mountain side, next to Shirokiya)

941- 6161

545-1115 • 1115 Bethel St (across from Hawaii Theatre)

Our Broths are made from scratch with no MSG!



Wahoo’s Fish Taco

3660 on the Rise

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

Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood

3660 Waialae Ave. 737-1177


1006 Kapahulu Ave. 688-8891

OKINAWAN Violets Grill

16 oz. slow roasted garlic crusted prime rib

$20.95 KEIKI SUNDAY Kids Eat Free


Open 7 Days from 11am-10pm

Lunch 11am - 4pm Dinner 5pm - 10pm at the old Waikiki III Theatres Parking available at the Pro-Park location Seaside Ave. Pay $2 at the Restaurant.

with every adult meal purchase Balloon Twister and Caricature Drawing 6pm to 8pm Table Side Magic by Alan Arita 580 Nimitz Hwy. 545-7979 Like us on Facebook for Special Deals & Offers

1395 1295 1350



“All you can eat” Salad bar, Corn on the Cob, Chocolate Mint Cake and more!


St. Patty’s Day $ 25 Breakfast Special



Corned beef hash with two large eggs, hash brown potatoes, toast and coffee.

Our regular menu is also available all day.

 ¬s¬/0%.¬¬(/523 1860 Ala Moana Blvd. Validated Parking

Original Coupon required, photocopies not accepted. One Coupon/Entrée/Person. Exp. 3/7/13.

Hours of Operation

Mon–Fri 8am–9pm Sat –Sun 6am–9pm 1130 N. NIMITZ HWY. Like us on Facebook

ph: 545-2233



$1 OFF Any Bread


Pho My Lien

98-150 Kaonohi St. 488-4900


Corned Beef & Cabbage, Killarney $ Roast Chicken $ O’Shannon Fillet of Salmon $ Florentine


Pho Five-0

Waimalu Shopping Center 98-042 Kamehameha Hwy 487-5091

tender moments of

Complete Dinners Served 11AM Til Midnight


Call for Reservations & Information 2284 Kalakaua Ave.

1221 Kapiolani Blvd 597-1655

Sunday, March 17, 2013


Crab Claws Mussels Clams Shrimp Raw Oysters

Shabu Shabu House

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

Seafood Boat



The Ocean House Restaurant

Kapalama Shopping Center 1210 Dillingham Blvd # 8 841-8535


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

Pacifica Honolulu Tower 1009 Kapiolani Blvd. 585-0011

2300 N. King Street 848-5573

Hi Sandwich & Drink

Waimalu Shopping Center 98-042 Kamehameha Hwy #3 487-7372

SHOR American Seafood Grill

Chef Chai




filet mignon,10 ounces A prime cut from the tenderloin of beef, exceptionally textured and uniquely tender.

purchases over $4 Must present coupon • exp. 3/7/13


A fine steak. A fine experience.

Ciabatta Rustic Kalamata Olive Bread Sundried Tomato Cheesebread Foccacia Derecco Walnut Raisin Hamakua Farms Mushroom Bread Buckwheat Fig

“All Natural no added chemicals”

988-4310 • 921-4600 • Complimentary valet parking.

2752 Woodlawn Dr. • Manoa Marketplace

Mon-Sat 7:30am-7pm; Sunday 7:30am-3pm DINING OUT | MARCH 3-9, 2013 | 27


Soaring High with Freshly Cooked Comfort Food STORY BY MICHELLE LEE • PHOTOS BY NATHALIE WALKER

ust a stone’s throw away from Honolulu’s $18.50) is one of the restaurant’s most popular entrees famed pier district inside Nimitz Center sits largely in part because of the meat’s superior quality. New Eagle Café, the cozy, “The meat used for our prime ribs is never frozen,” beloved diner that has says Im. “It is so tender you do not even have to use a been serving deliknife to cut it.” cious local favorites for While the menu since the decades. restaurant’s early days has As manager, Tae Im, who largely remained the took ownership of the restausame, customer wishes rant last November, aims to have led to the addiprovide a kind of culinary extion of a few, highly anperience only comfort food ticipated newcomers. made with the utmost care and “The Mandoo attention can bring. “We are dedidumplings ($4.95) Prime Rib of Beef cated to serving high quality, local-style have always been ($18.50) dishes anyone can enjoy in a family popular, and after friendly environment,” says Im. noticing that we With the restaurant recently renovated, customers only offered one type of noocan now look forward to enjoying their meals among dle, we created the Mandoo dark polished flooring, charming light fixtures and a Min ($9.25),” says Im. “It has beswanky new bar. come one of our most popular The diner’s extensive menu appeals to a variety of noodle dishes along with our faappetites with local comfort food including Hawaiian mous Oxtail Soup Chopped Steak ($11.50) and Fillet of Mahi Mahi (starting at $12.95).” Hostess/server ($10.95) as well as Japanese-style teishoku dishes Alexis Pira such as Chicken Karaage ($19.95) and Salmon Shiyoyaki ($19.95). Fresh ingredients are an absolute necessity at New Eagle Café. Roasted Prime Rib of Beef (starting at


Homemade flavors and cooking techniques are a staple with every dish at New Eagle Café. For those with a sweet tooth, the diner features an array of dessert pies such as Apple Pie and Pumpkin Crunch (starting at $2.45), which are made in house from scratch. Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday between 6 and 8 p.m. customers can find Im preparing and passing out complimentary homemade buttermilk biscuits straight from the oven to all patrons. “It is a joy for me to step into the kitchen, prepare the flour mixture and start kneading away,” she says. “People have grown to love the biscuits so much that oftentimes they will come in specifically because of them.” In the end, New Eagle Café offers a place where diners can truly enjoy being part of an international ohana with employees who care about their customers. “I firmly believe that in order for a restaurant to succeed, all those involved have to put their heart in what they do,” says Im. “The staff’s genuine love for the food and customers is an essential part of the business.” New Eagle Café also boasts an impressive variety of early bird specials and daily specials as well as a takeout menu. The diner also invites families to take advantage of the keiki menu.

Prime Rib Sandwich ($11.95)

Oxtail Soup ($12.95)

New Eagle Cafe WHERE // 1130 N. Nimitz Hwy, A-100 CALL // 545-2233 HOURS // Open Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. 28 | DINING OUT | MARCH 3-9, 2013

Miso Butterfish Teishoku ($19.95)

Banana Cream Cheese and Jell-O Cheesecake ($2.45 each)

DO 030313 Opt