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DECEMBER 19-25, 2010

OAH U’S AN SWE R TO YOU R APPETITE

Hilton Hawaiian Village will be the center of holiday celebrations over the next two weeks as its restaurants showcase an impressive menu of food and entertainment for people of all ages. See story on page 4 Photo by Jo McGarry

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’ve been waiting all year for Christmas, and with it fast approaching on Saturday, I hope my festive foodies are enjoying all the wonderful things this season brings. I love absolutely everything about this particular holiday, from the fragrant smell of the fresh Christmas trees sparkling aglow (Yes, even my dog Kea gets a 4-foot Christmas tree of his very own), the joyous music playing non-stop wherever you go, the homemade cookies my mom and I bake together, the many holiday parties with loved ones and, yes, I even don’t mind the crowded malls filled with holiday shoppers. I admit, I have a little obsession with Christmas.

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So, while I assume your to-do list is probably long this time of year, when Christmas Eve comes upon us Friday night and you’re getting the little ones to sleep or crawling into bed yourself — please don’t forget good ole St. Nick. Dear Santa and his elves have been working very hard year round to make sure you get everything your heart desires and all your wishes granted. By the time he reaches you on Christmas Eve, he, Rudolph and the eight other reindeer will be a bit fatigued from delivering presents to all. Therefore, instead of offering him the usual cookies, milk, hot cocoa and egg nog or whatever else you may leave out, I present to you a few grand options that are easily

winter festivities here in Hawaii, but there’s no question that JJ Luangkhot, executive chef and owner of JJ’s Bistro & French Pastry, has been baking up a storm in honor of Christmas. It’s the perfect time of year for JJ’s Bistro & French Pastry all things decadent and Santa Fortunately, there’s no bliz- Claus himself deserves only the zards or snow storms to dampen finest, right? Luangkhot has just what Santa needs to fill his belly on Christmas Eve — something rich, fulfilling and magically delicious. More specifically, a wide array of exquisite European desserts and pastries from JJ’s Bistro & French Pastry, of course. Luangkhot’s culinary career dates back to 1987, and with 45 dessert items on the menu, ranging from the renowned Chocolate Pyramid, Chocolate Fruit Basket, Frou Frou au Chocola and Chocolate Banana Confit, he consistently delivers breathtaking French-style delicacies with a touch of local flair. “I design all my pastries by hand and presentation is key,” Top Left: The author finds that JJ’s says Luangkhot, who traces his Bistro’s sweets, such as the Buche de culinary experience to New York Noel, too delicious to pass up. City, although he was born and Above: Fendu Boulangerie’s Eggnog Cheesecake is one dessert on Santa’s raised in Laos. wish list. In fact, the presentation of JJ’s

Buche de Noel is so superb that it saddens me to even take a bite in fear of ruining a masterpiece. For all you foodies not quite familiar with Buche de Noel, it’s a traditional dessert served during the Christmas holiday in several Christian-populated francophone countries like France, Belgium, Lebanon, Quebec, as well as the UK. The cake is generally prepared and decorated so as to resemble a log ready for the fire.

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ono, you know The eggnog cheesecake is a fantastic blend of mascarpone cheese and cream cheese, and Koep adds some dark rum, cinnamon and nutmeg to spice things up. The bottom layer of this cheesecake creation is an almond crust baked in dough form, and lastly it’s adorned with holiday decorations, complete with the finishing touches of white and dark chocolate, along with fresh strawberries and a sprinkle of powdered sugar. Koep has been working in the culinary industry since 1978, and has been inspired by many chefs and culinary cultures and styles along the way. All this is quite evident in Fendu’s Stollen Bread ($20, large and $10, half-size). Stollen Bread is a bread-like fruit cake quite popular during this time of year. “We sold 80 of them in three days,� he explains. And if that isn’t proof enough, the Stollen Bread, Koep says, is made from a German formula but is mixed in the French style. “It’s an unusual bread because it has a shelf life of about three weeks,� he states. “However, it’s best eaten after one week.� The interior of the bread is garnished Above: The Hot Fruit Tea at Panya Bakery, with candied oranges, Bistro & Bar may just be the treat to leave

“I believe long ago in Europe’s village sides, the Buche de Noel resembled warmth and what was needed to create heat,� Luangkhot explains. So I guess it’s proper to say that JJ’s Buche de Noel will definitely warm your heart. “It’s basically made from a Genoise cake and chocolate butter cream with three butter cream flavors to choose from, including the original chocolate, chocolate mocha or chocolate raspberry,� he says. “The outer layer of the cake is also made with chocolate butter cream and topped with sugar dough holiday creations.� There are four different sizes to suit your appetite, ranging from 8 to 24 inches, and priced at $28 and up. JJ’s is one of the few bakeries in Hawaii to serve up this type of Christmas cake, so Santa will be quite impressed and honored with this unique pick. JJ recommends to call and request this dessert a day prior to pick up. JJ’s Bistro & French Pastry 3447 Waialae Ave. 739.0993

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Fendu Boulangerie has some of Santa’s favorites. Trust me on this one, I heard it from jolly St. Nick himself! For starters, I definitely recommend treating the big guy to some Eggnog Cheesecake that is to die for. Aren’t you just swept away to heavenly bliss by the name itself? Well, as a devoted lover of egg nog and cheesecake, I simply couldn’t ask for more and neither could Santa. Individual slices are priced at $4.75 and are made with all natural ingredients, as are all items here at Fendu Boulangerie. “We don’t use hydragenated shortenings either; everything is either made with butter, vegetable oil or olive oil. We also bake everything fresh every day,� says owner and chef Niel Koep.

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cover story Left: Pastry chef Andre Fusero makes the hotel Christmas pastries and desserts. Bottom: Bali’s highly coveted Yule Log is the type of dessert that makes the holidays enjoyable.

Story and Photos by Jo McGarry

here are buffets, luaus and celebratory feasts being offered all over the islands during the next two weeks, but it’s at Hilton Hawaiian Village where you’ll find the center of celebrations. With a stunning starlight luau that features local favorites and a vast array of holiday foods, a fine dining menu at Bali Steak and Seafood, an all- you-can–eat buffet with few rivals at Rainbow Lanai, and entertainment, fireworks and a star-studded event for New Year’s, it’s enough to make you want to spend the weekend. Which you can do, of course, at a very reasonable kamaaiana rate. With so much on offer at so many different restaurants within Honolulu’s largest beachfront resort, it’s hard to fit the enormity of the Hilton’s seasonal cel-

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ebrations into one small feature. What appeals most about the celebrations is that there’s something for everyone. “We have food and entertainment to suit all ages,” says Hilton’s executive chef Jeffrey Vigilla. “Whether people want to spend Christmas Eve at our Waikiki Starlight Luau, eat Christmas lunch on 2 0 1 0

the beach at Tropics, or enjoy a fine dining experience at Bali Steak and Seafood, we think that there are so many really great options for our guests.” At Bali Steak & Seafood, Chef Brett Villarmia is embracing the holiday season. “I love cooking at this time of year,” he says, “and being able to bring local produce, fresh-island fish and high-quality prime steaks to our guests makes me feel like I’m giving something back.” Using local produce is high on Villarmia’s list of essential ingredients for any meal. “At Bali we offer prime steaks, but we’re also able to offer side dishes made with all local vegetables,” says Villarmia, whose Christmas and New Year’s menus demonstrate his dedication to supporting local farmers and suppliers. “Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the New Year’s menu reflect what Hawaii is to me — a mix of great, local food cultures.” On the Christmas menu at Bali, you’ll find Pan Roasted Pacific Snapper, Lehua

Honey Brined Poussin, Hauula Tomato Risotto and Grilled Petit New York Steak. The fixed price dinner is $75 for adults and includes appetizers and dessert. “We’re doing a Kona lobster bisque and an Italian-inspired panzanella salad with Hawaiian ahi simply seared and tossed with hearts of palm, fern shoots, Hirabara greens and local tomatoes,” says the chef. And dessert is a traditional yule log, from a recipe by award-winning pastry chef Andre Fusero. “The yule log brings the Christmas spirit right to the end of the meal,” says Villarmia. Bali’s New Year’s menu offers similar fine dining fare, with an emphasis on seafood, steak and duck. If fine dining for the larger appetite is more your style, then head on over to Waikiki Starlight Luau, where the holiday offerings are bountiful. “The luau is amazing,” says Chef Vigilla. “It’s a journey through Polynesia with music and dance, and we keep the food as locally grown and as traditional as possible.” This year, in addition to the dozens of dishes offered at the luau, Vigilla and his team have added some show-stopping favorites. “The food is local all the way,” he says, “and we’re adding charred, carved prime rib done teriyaki style, as well as turkey, hams and all the Hawaiian traditional favorite foods.” With traditional Samoan, Tahitian and Hawaiian dance with music and a firework finale, the Starlight Luau offers spectacular all-round entertain-


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ment and an unforgettable way to celebrate the holidays. And amid the bounty of allyou-can-eat buffets Hawaii has to offer, Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Rainbow Lanai is hard to beat. “I go to a lot of buffets and this one is really one of the most extraordinary,” says Vigilla, laughing. “It isn’t just amazing value, but it’s the presentation, the quality of the food and the fact that you have a wonderful beachfront view. Kamaaina families love to come to Rainbow Lanai for the buffet, and this year we hope they will come and enjoy the special chef stations we’re creating for them, too.” Expect to see chefs carving roast leg of lamb and prime rib at the Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve dinner buffets, and expect to see a number of seasonal dishes especially for the holidays. “We’ll have seared crab cakes to order, oysters Rockefeller and clams casino made by chefs at cooking stations, and we’ll be grilling beef and chicken sate to order,”

Vigilla explains. “Steamed crab legs, poke and a dessert table also should prove major attractions.” And while dining at Tropics Bar and Grill may be casual, the restaurant certainly has something unique to offer its patrons: “Christmas and New Years at Tropics — who wouldn’t want to celebrate at 80 degrees on the beach?” Vigilla says. To add to the season’s celebrations, Hilton Hawaiian Village is offering a kamaaina room package of just $189 per

night, which may come in handy if you decide to spend the last night of the year relaxing into the early morning hours in the company of two of Hawaii’s best-loved musicians. “We have top-rate entertainment early in the evening with the world-renowned impressionist Andre-Philippe Gagnon,” says Vigilla. “And we’ll head into 2011 with Cecilio & Kapono.” Come young, old, tourist or local, for Hilton Hawaiian Village has the entire holiday season all wrapped up.

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Call: Restaurant reservations: 949.4321 Luau Reservations: 941.5828 NewYear’s Reservations: 947.7950

Top left: A chicken entree for Christmas. Top right: A complete dinner menu at Bali Steak & Seafood. Right: Hilton Hawaiian Village chefs, left to right, Brooke Tadena, Roberto Los Banos, Andre Fusero, Jeffrey Vigilla (seated), Brett Villarmia, Steve Chang and Steve Avergonzado, are dressed for the holidays.

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Enjoying the Food,

View from the Top of Waikiki Story and Photos by Jo McGarry

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t Top of Waikiki, executive chef John Neff has created a menu that combines his culinary travels with some local twists. One of the hot spots for New Year’s Eve, Top Of Waikiki offers fine dining in a casually elegant arena, a varied menu and, as general manager Craig Bunkley says, “a 360-degree view of the fireworks.” Neff recently sat down with Dining Out and shared the thought process behind his dishes.

Above: Mixing local flavors and ethnic ingredients, this dish of duck with ginger orange li hing sauce, and moo shu-style spring rolls makes for a colorful holiday platter. Right: Osso bucco on a bed of lentils with roasted vegetables and apple puree. Bottom: New Zealand Grilled Lamb Chops ($41). Bottom Right: Grilled Atlantic Salmon with tempura shrimp and scallop souffle ($35).

Jo McGarry: I see local influ- fine dining, and some seriously ences on your menu right away talented chefs you’ve worked and a lot of combinations of fla- with. vors. Did you grow up here? JN: Yeah, and that’s what you John Neff: Yes, I grew up in see in my style, I hope — a lot of Hawaii and left to go to Boise in the influence of Hawaii and 1997 to study sports medicine. other cultures. Growing up in But I’d always been cooking. I Hawaii, I know the local flavors went to culinary school in and I understand them, but I Seattle. I ended up in Vegas have a lot of other influences. Like this plate here (Tea working for Michael Mina at NobHill and gained a lot of Smoked Duck Duo), where a green papaya knowledge there. It was a great there’s atmosphere of fine dining and macadamia nut salad served winning awards. Then I went with smoked duck breast and a Fiamma, which is a li hing orange ginger sauce. So New York-based the Asian flavors are there, and Italian restaurant that it’s served with duck confit opened at the MGM. spring rolls that are moo shu So I worked there and style with hoisin barbecue learned so much from sauce. That’s how I like to use Anthony Amoroso and the flavor profiles I know. Michael White. And JM: This grilled salmon dish after that I felt like I had learned a lot, so I has a tempura soufflé that is decided to come back fabulous. It’s hard to believe home and my first job tofu can taste this good! here was with Chai. I JN: Thank you. Yeah, this dish came here to Top of is a play on miso butterfish — Waikiki in 2006. there’s a miso broth, there’s a JM: That’s a lot of scallop and shrimp tofu soufflé that’s tempura’d and it’s served with our braised baby bok choi and white shimeji mushrooms. I knew I wanted to do a tofu dish, but I needed to think how to take it to the next level. JM: I love how one ingredient can define a dish.

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inside feature Right: tartare Day Boat Scallops are pan seared and served with Ewa corn pudding, Kamuela tomatoes and a Maui onion relish ($16). Center right: Appetizers at Top of Waikiki include blackened sashimi, scallops and ahi tartare served with Caesar salad. Bottom right: Spicy Tuna Tartar Caesar Salad ($12). Bottom left: Chef John Neff

JN: It’s the same with the blackened seared ahi. I wanted to use the Kahuku sea asparagus, so I created the dish around the sea asparagus rather than around the ahi. The sea asparagus is a little salty already, so I added a wasabi aioli vinaigrette, and then the spice comes from the blackened seared ahi, and there’s a balance with the sweet and sour fennel and Maui onion salad with orange segments. JM: Lots of flavors on one plate. JN: I like to give variety so on the menu people will find there are different themes. There’s Middle Eastern flavor, for example, in the lamb dish chops with curry flavors, mint-infused basmati rice, Hamakua mushrooms, a cabernet pomegranate reduction and curried cippolini onioins.

JM: How do you balance a Salad with a pomegranate pear, bleu menu that suits locals and vinaigrette, cheese and toasted tourists? macadamia nuts, and anothJN: Local people find er appetizer is Pan Seared dishes they’re used to, but Day Boat Scallops with we add a twist that most like- Braised Pancetta, Ewa Sweet ly appeals to everyone — Corn and Pea and Crab Entrees include like in our braised short ribs. Risotto. It’s a nice 8-ounce piece of Braised Short Ribs served slowly braised short rib, with truffle potatoes, grilled served with our own home- asparagus and roasted baby carrots, or Char Siu Black made kim chee and rice. Cod with lemon grassJM: For New Year’s, what infused rice and a stir-fry of do you have that’s special vegetables served with papaya and Kahuku sea on the menu? asparagus poke. And there’s a JN: I decided to do what I thought were some really Chimichurri Sous Vide of good-tasting dishes — dish- Pork Loin, which comes creamy polenta, es people are comfortable with Swiss chard, with as well as some they braised may not have seen before. smoked bacon lardoons So, for example, there’s a and an apple balsamic drizBraised Pork Belly with zle. Hopefully, they’re all Parsnip served with apple puree and a jalapeno dishes that local people kumquat chutney; there’s a will enjoy — along with the Wilted Spinach Duck Confit view and the fireworks.

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f you’re looking for some great-value, high-quality sushi during the holidays, head to Sushi Ichiban on Waialae Avenue, where a sushi bar dominates the intimate dining room, and reasonable prices abound. At lunch, sit at the sushi bar and enjoy a wide range of fresh nigiri and sashimi from the hands of sushi chef Mann Nakasenh. Lunch sets (see photo) cost under $10 and there are a number of combination sets, including the Sushi Lunch Set, that combines two pieces of salmon, two pieces of ahi, two pieces of Thai snapper and one piece of ika (squid) with tobiko. All sets are served with rice, tsukemono and house salad. In addition to the value-priced lunch specials, a regular menu is served at lunch and dinner and offers fresh fish, steaks, chicken, udon and ramen, sushi and sashimi sets, and occasional pasta dishes. Among the most popular menu items gaining a loyal, local following are Chicken Katsu, Pork Katsu and Teri Chicken, and Mochiko Chicken.

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Sushi Ichiban Where: 3579 Waialae Ave.

Call: 737.8820

Hours: Monday-Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (lunch), 5-11 p.m. (dinner)

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Kahai Street Kitchen

Customers Dax Migita, Glenn Lee and Bryce Zane find the food to be excellent at Kahai Street Kitchen.

t Kahai Street Kitchen, the surroundings may be humble, but don’t let that fool you. Drop in at this unpretentious corner of Kalihi and Kahai streets and you’ll find some of the best plate lunches in the city. We asked enthusiastic customers Dax Migita, Glenn Lee and Bryce Zane to share their thoughts on what makes lunch at Kahai Street so special.

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Wednesday is a great day because they have the chicken potpie, and Friday they have the prime rib. But you have to get here early for that and wait in line from about 10 in the morning. It’s really worth it, though!”

Glenn: “I’m having the furikake crusted ahi and brown rice, and macaroni potato salad. “I try everything. I like their mixed/combo plates. Some days they have two items so you get to taste Dax: “I’ve been coming twice more of the menu. I’d say to a month, maybe for the anyone who’s never been past few months or so. there, you have to try it. Today I’m having the pot The prices are reasonable roast with potatoes and car- and the food is very good. rots, and sides of rice and It’s like a high-end plate lunch.” mac salad. “I like that they have the Bryce: menu online so you can “I’m having the fried check what they have and call in and order. shrimp with the very fresh

green salad. The dressing is awesome! I don’t know what kind of dressing it is, but it’s really good. It’s very fresh and good. “It’s my first time here today. I’d heard a lot about the place from my friends so I wanted to come and try it. I thought I was getting a free lunch, but I got here late so I had to buy it myself (laughs). It’s excellent!

Kahai Street Kitchen Where: 237 Kalihi St.

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t Shabu Shabu Bangkok, the chic and affordable new restaurant located on Kapahulu Avenue, there’s a Christmas special running Dec. 24 and 25. The menu comprises an appetizer of two spring rolls per person, with a choice of one of the restaurant’s bountiful entrée plates. A seafood platter, which includes shrimp, scallops, fish, calamari, mussels, clams and shrimp wonton, is pleasantly presented and offers outstanding value at just $26.95. Vegetarians will love the alternative to turkey or ham on Christmas Day, in Shabu Shabu Bangkok’s colorful and artistically arranged Vegetable Combo ($14.95), a mélange of fresh exotic vegetables. Among the items included in this dish are 10

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locally grown greens, baby Bangkok offers tableside bok choy, choi sum, water- service and full wait staff. cress, ong choi, baby pumpkin, a selection of mushrooms, tofu and other seaTop left: The Meat Combo sonal vegetables from local is deliciously priced at $24.95. farmers, served with vegetarian broth and vegetarian Top right: The vegetarian sauces. Five different Thai combo is a colorful mix of dipping sauces come with locally grown vegetables. each entrée. On the Christmas Day set Below: The Seafood Combo menu, there’s a choice of includes scallop, shrimp, mussels and clams. noodles between udon yaki soba, spinach soba, egg noodles and long rice, or a choice of rice among jasmine, white or brown. Dessert is included in the fixed price. Prices are $21.95 for complete Vegetarian Combo, $24.95 for complete Meat Combo meal and $26.95 for the Seafood Combo. Unlike most other shabu shabu-style restaurants, Shabu Shabu

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Shabu Shabu Bangkok Where: 949 Kapahulu Ave.

Call: 732.7666

Hours: Christmas Eve, Day dinner will be served from 4:30 to 10 p.m.

rience, and that an inattentive staff can cost a restaurant thousands of dollars. Of course, the waiter should have apologized for not paying attention at the pre-dinner briefing; the manager should have addressed your concerns and offered — if not a refund — then a different entrée, and they both should have noticed that you were leaving unhappy and upset. When I contacted the restaurant (as I always do) to try to rectify your complaint, no one called me back. There is nothing you should have done differently, and it should come as no great shock if you don’t patronize this restaurant again. Dining dollars are the Dear disappointed con- key to successful restaurants. Poor treatment by sumer, Oh, these are the sto- inattentive staff and rude ries that I love to print management hold the because restaurant man- keys to failure. Happy eating elseagers and owners clip them out and stick them where! on the walls of their staff rooms and kitchens. Your tale serves as a reminder that so Ask Jo by e-mailing: many things jmcgarry@staradvertiser.com can go or tune in to Table Talk every wrong in Saturday at 10 a.m. on KHVH 830 one short AM. dining expeJo, While dining at a restaurant recently, we were disappointed in our entrée because while we were expecting one dish, we were served another. We alerted the waiter, who said he had not described the special correctly, and he told the manager. The manager, however, would not give us credit for the $35 entrée because we said part of it was edible. Is there anything as a consumer that we could have done differently? We felt totally ripped off, and the manager was extremely rude and insensitive. A disappointed consumer

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Getting the ‘Royal Platter’ treatment at The Fat Greek

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The Fat Greek 3040 Waialae Ave. 734.0404 thefatgreek.net Free parking available Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily

ith all the fattening holiday food in abundance this time of year, most folks often push their resolve for healthy eating to the wayside until after the new year. But at The Fat Greek, delicious and good-for-you choices are always on the menu. Take the Royal Platter, for example. It starts with an assemblage of four lamb chops and eight pieces of garlic shrimp served over a Greek salad, a garden of romaine lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, red bell pepper, feta cheese, Kalamata olives and drizzled with a house dressing. But this isn’t called a “platter” for nothing. Add to that a generous heaping of thick-cut Greek fries, a large scoop of homemade hummus, fresh-baked pita – See page 12

Shaka Santa Claus Bring your keiki to Breakfast with Santa on Tues and Wed, Dec. 21 and 22, 8 to 10 am. Fun activities include face painting, balloon art, and picture taking. Buffet breakfast of scrambled eggs, rice, country fried potatoes, bacon, Portuguese sausage, assorted pastries, fresh fruits, cereal, and choice of coffee, milk, or juice. $22 per person inc. tax, tip, and FREE photo with Santa. $11.50 children 5-11 years. Validated valet parking $5. Reservations required.

Holiday Music Jam Sat: Manoa Madness Sun: Brother Noland Mon: Sean Naauao Tue: Hoku Zuttermeister Wed: Cyril Pahinui Thur: Kawika Kahiapo Fri: Kaukahi All performances 6-9 pm. No cover, no minimum.

...Susan Sunderland Located poolside at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach 2169 Kalia Road, Honolulu, HI 96815 ph. 808.924.4990 Kamaaina rates from $139 per night.

Above: From left to right, chefs Gil Crisostomo, Jerry Gallardo and Daniel Provenza with the Royal Platter.

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ver since The Fat Greek debuted Waikiki restaurant between the Ilikai to find the same great on the corner of Waialae Avenue and Kobe Steak House on Ala Moana Mediterranean food that has made the and St Louis Drive in Kaimuki in Boulevard before the end of the year. 2007, foodies from all walks of life have “The Waialae location is more casual original Fat Greek so gathered to get a taste of authentic dining, whereas the Waikiki one has a popular, like Mussels ($4), Babaganoush Greek food mixed with a dash of more upscale ambiance,” Oppenheimer ($6), Gyros ($8), Tabouli Salad ($7) and Mediterranean flair. says, adding that more Oahu branches Souvlaki ($10), just to name a few. It’s exactly three years later and busi- are in the near future. Stop by any location to try a few dishBut no matter where you dine, expect es and find why everyone is going Greek. ness at the restaurant is thriving, which should be no surprise given the creative, healthy menu, generous portion sizes, affordable prices and welcoming atmosphere. “We get repeat customers from all over the island — Kapolei, Kaneohe, Waianae — and they tell me, ‘Oh, you should have (a restaurant) here, you should have one there,’” says Fat Greek Chef Daryl Oppenheimer. To satisfy customers’ cravings for additional locations, The Fat Greek opened a kiosk in Ala Moana Center's Food Court in November and is Above: Thanks to Darien Provenza and Nicolai Chow, The Fat Greek Kiosk at Ala Moana Center is a hit among cusready to launch a tomers looking for scrumptious Mediterranean dishes.

Christmas 4 Course Dinner 5:30pm – 10pm

First Course

Choice of: Classic Escargot, Hamachi Carpaccio or Big Island Tortellini

Second Course

Kabocha & Carrot Bisque or Ahi Chop Salad

Main Entrée

Choice of: Classically Aged Seared Prime Rib, Veal Osso Bucco, Surf & Turf or King Crab Crusted Opakapaka

Dessert

Warm Chocolate or Fresh Strawberry Brulee Coffee or Tea

$55 per person

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bread and baklava, a classic Greek dessert made with crispy buttered phylo layers filled with walnuts, spices and topped with lemon-honey syrup. “Customers really love it,” says Chef Daryl Oppenheimer. “It’s very popular.” So popular, in fact, the chef says the Royal Platter has become The Fat Greek’s signature dish. And at $36 for the entire meal plus two sodas, it’s good to be the king, and queen, since this feast perfectly ser ves two. Don’t forget the daily specials. Papa’s signature Couscous is $20 on Monday, Chicken Alexander is $12.95 on Tuesday, the Fat Greek Kabobs are $12.95 on Wednesdays, Lamb Shank is $14.95 on Thursday and Moussaka is $14.95 Fridays. As for the weekend, it’s a surprise Chef Special on Saturday and an everchanging dish Sunday.

Holiday Special from Sansei From The Sushi Bar

Fresh New Zealand Oysters On the Half Shell - $15 Sansei’s Dragon Fly Roll - $18 Fresh Blue Fin “Ootoro” Nigiri Sushi - $17 Sashimi (half) - $18 (full) - $22 King Salmon Nigiri Sushi - $7 Sashimi - $14 King Clam “Mirugai” Nigiri Sushi - $11 Sashimi - $22 Hiramasa Carpaccio - $16 Contemporary Nigiri Sampler - $18

From The Kitchen

Sou Vide of Hawaiian Snapper - $Market Price Luau Leaf Wrapped Fresh Catch of the Day - $26 Slow Roasted Pork Brisket - $26

Dessert

Flourless Chocolate Cake “Ala Mode” - $8

Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa 2552 Kalakaua Avenue 931-6280

931-6286

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Holiday Wishes What are Dining Out editor Jo McGarry, husband Bobby Curran and their sons, Max and Finn, hoping for this Christmas? How about a great place to eat? Join Jo and the gang by leafing through our trusty holiday restaurant guide, a great resource for all foodies.


holiday special

ANYTIMECAFE

CHAI’SISLANDBISTRO

2919 Kapiolani Blvd., #218 // Honolulu

1 Aloha Tower Drive // Honolulu

Christmas Special //$25.95 At the trendy bistro and cafe known as Anytime Cafe, customers can experience the joy of the season by ordering from the restaurant’s holiday menu. Satisfy your cravings by starting with the Fried Dumpling Salad and the Shrimp Bisque Soup. Then choose between

Veal Chop, which comes with mushroom in marsala demiglaze sauce and served with pasta and vegetables, and Lobster Pasta, served in pink sauce with baked lobster tail. The meal ends with the everscrumptious dessert, Cream Brulee.

Call: 735.3888

Call: 585.0011

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight; Saturday, 8 a.m.-midnight; and Sunday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Website:www.chai sislandbistro.com

Sides: Fusion cuisine is always on the menu at Anytime Cafe, where diverse classics such as Spaghetti with Meat Sauce ($9.75), Pig Feet ($9.50) and Hai-Nan Chicken Rice ($11.95) and Loco Moco ($9.50) can be found — and enjoyed.

Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Monday, Saturday and Sunday, 4-10 p.m.

Deconstructed Beef Tenderloin Wellington // $40 The entree choices are plentiful at Chai’s Island Bistro, located at Aloha Tower Marketplace. Try the Deconstructed Beef Tenderloin Wellington with mushroom foie gras puff, baby vegetables and fire-roasted chestnut and taro stuffing. Add

in a salad such as Poached Jumbo Black Tiger Prawns and Organically Grown Big Island Baby Romaine, Caesar Salad ($10), and an appetizer such as Roasted Macadamia Nut and Fresh Ahi Poke in a Ti Leaf Pouch ($13), and you’ll be glad you dined at Chai’s.

HOHOCHINESE

IHOP

590 Farrington Hwy. // Kapolei

449 Kapahulu Ave., #101 // Waikiki

Call: 692.9880

Website: www.ihophawaii.com

Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Crablegs Dinner Seafood Buffet //$14.95, $17.95 If you’re a seafood lover, Ho Ho Chinese Restaurant has a holiday meal for you. The Crablegs Dinner Seafood Buffet features Dungeness Crab with Salt and Pepper Garlic, Steamed Fish and Mussel Poke. Appetizers include Crab Meat Cream 14

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Sides: Leave room in your belly for Ho Ho’s variety of desserts, which include Rice, Banana and Sponge cake, Almond Cookies, Gin Dui and Mochi. On the weekends, the restaurant adds pie and ice cream to the desserts menu.

Sides: Chai’s is not only a hotbed for ono food, but superb local music. This week, catch island favorites Melveed Leed, Jerry Santos, Nathan Aweau, Hoku Zuttermeister and Danny Couch (pictured).

Hours: Open daily, 7 a.m.10 p.m.

A Festival of Flavors // $5.99-$8.99 This holiday season, why not start the day off right at one of the country’s favorite restaurant chains? At IHOP, patrons may feast on the affordable yet highly delicious dish, A Festival of Flavors, which comes with two eggs, hash browns and a choice of

meat (bacon, sausage or ham). Then, save room for the following sides/desserts: Cinnamon Apple Crepe, Banana Bread French toast or Pumpkin Praline Pancakes. Available at five convenient locations, including Ala Moana, Pearl City and Windward Mall.

Sides: A visit to IHOP would not be complete without ordering the restaurant’s Famous Pancakes. Customer favorites include New York Cheesecake ($8.29), Pick-A-Pancake Combo ($8.99) and Chocolate Chip ($7.99).


holiday special KOBESTEAKHOUSE

LAPALMED’OR

1841 Ala Moana Blvd.// Waikiki

1450 Ala Moana Blvd. (Ala Moana Center) // Honolulu

Lobster and Steak Combination //$45.95 In the mood for delectable steak and seafood? Head into Waikiki and drop in on Kobe Japanese Steak House, which is featuring a tasty Lobster and Steak Combination this month. You’ll get cold-water lobster paired with Kobe’s tender sirloin steak, Shabu Shabu

soup, picked vegetables, grilled shrimp appetizer, teppan vegetables and green tea. When done, try selected lounge offerings as Edamame (regular or spicy, $4) or Fresh Poke (spicy or mild, $10) in the teppanyaki rooms. Simply delicious. Simply Kobe.

Call: 941.4444

Call: 941.6161

Hours: Open daily, 5-10:30 p.m. (lounge); 5:30-10 p.m. (teppanyaki rooms)

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

Sides: Kobe recently introduced pupus to its lounge menu, including Togarashi Fries ($5), Mini Sukiyahi ($5), Garlic Fried Rice ($5) and Garlic Pork Chops ($12). But the lounge’s sushi bar remains and continues to serve up favorites such as the Emperor Sushi Platter.

Strawberry Shortcake //$28, $38, $48 If it’s sweets that you’re craving, add La Palme D’Or to your Christmas wish list and drop in at the Ala Moana Center location. On the menu is La Palme’s Strawberry Shortcake (extra small, $28; small, $38; or medium, $48), featuring layers of moist

sponge cake, fresh whipped cream and strawberries. If strawberries don’t cut it for you, try La Palme’s Cheese D’Or ($30), a souffle cheesecake, or Bouche de Noel (small, $33; medium, $43), with delicious chocolate cream wrapped in vanilla sponge.

NAPOLEON’SBAKERY

OCEANHOUSE

Located at all Zippy’s locations // Oahu

2169 Kalia Road // Waikiki

Website: www.napoleonsbak ery.com

Call:923.2277 Hours: Open daily, 7-11 a.m. (breakfast), 4:30-10 p.m. (dinner)

Hours: Most locations open 24 hours. Items available while supplies last.

Strawberry Cloud Cake //$15.40 Napoleon’s Bakery always serves up the finest in desserts, and it’s no different during the month of December. This month’s “Best of the Best” specials include Strawberry Cloud Cake ($15.40), Oreo Cookies n Cream Cake ($17.95), Tiramisu Torte ($17) and Black Forest

Coffee Cake Square ($1.55). Other great deals feature Red Velvet Cake ($18.15), Suger Free Cranberry Delite Cake ($12.75) and Christmas Dobash Cake ($16.30). Prices are slightly higher at Ala Moana and Pearlridge locations, and items are for Oahu restaurants only.

Sides: You can order a custom Red Velvet Sheet Cake with three days’ advance notice. Choose between Plain Red Velvet 1/4 Sheet Cake ($40), 1/2 Sheet Cake ($55) and Full Sheet Cake ($85).

Sides: La Palme D’Or opened its doors six years ago and its rich, Japanese-influenced French pastries have been attracting patrons ever since. Popular orders include Framboise Fromage (a light cheesecake) and Pear Tart (baked in vanilla syrup and almond creams.

Peppered New Zealand Salmon //$33.50 The beauty of dining in at Ocean House Restaurant rests not only in its scenic vistas, but its deliciously prepared dishes as well. During the holidays, stop in and try the Peppered New Zealand Salmon. This entree comes with wild New Zealand

salmon served with champagne dill beurre blanc, white truffle Yukon gold mashed potatoes and vegetable namasu. A Special Appetizer Seafood Martini ($16.50) — oyster, shrimp, lobster and crab served in a wasabi cocktail sauce, is provided. D I N I N G

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ROMANO’SMACARONI

THEROYALHAWAIIAN

1450 Ala Moana Blvd. (Ala Moana Center) // Honolulu

2259 Kalakaua Ave. // Waikiki

Pick Up Your Own Party Program //$14.99 and up Invite Romano’s Macaroni Grill to your holiday celebration with its Pick Up Your Own Party Program, an easy and affordable solution for those planning parties. It’s simple, with complete dinners starting at just $14.99. The immaculately

prepared dinners, which include a salad and choice of two entrees, may be placed with Executive Chef Michael Longworth and his team via e-mail, fax or phone. Advance reservations (24 hours) are highly recommended.

Call: 356.8300

Call: 921.4600

Hours: Open daily, 11 a.m.10 p.m.

Hours: Dec. 24 and 25, 5:30-9 p.m. (Azure Restaurant); Dec. 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Monarch Room)

Sides: Happy Hour is offered daily at Romano’s, where the menu is replete with a variety of drink and appetizer specials beginning at 4 p.m. As part of a holiday gift card promotion, Romano’s is offering customers a $5 bonus voucher with the purchase of a $25 gift card.

Brunch Buffet & Hawaiian Roasted Onaga Dinner //$88, $125 Spend Christmas Eve and Day at The Royal Hawaiian’s Monarch Room and Azure Restaurant. A brunch buffet is offered at the Monarch Room and features Eggs Benedict, an Omelet Station, a Sushi and Raw Bar and Chilled Food Display. Enjoy a Chocolate

Fountain and Christmas Cookies for dessert. Cost is $88 for adults, $53 for children (612). Dinner inside Azure Restaurant features Asparagus and Tarragon Crust, Baby Bok Choy and Red Thai Spiced Lobster Sauce. Cost is $125 for adults and children.

TOPOFWAIKIKI

TROPICSBAR&GRILL

2270 Kalakaua Ave., 18th Floor // Waikiki

2005 Kalia Road // Waikiki

Call: 923.3877

Call: 949.4321

Hours: Open nightly, 5-9:30 p.m.

Christmas Menu // $42 Enjoy the holidays from one of the highest points on Oahu — inside Top of Waikiki — while dining on a specially prepared meal for Christmas Eve and Day. The restaurant’s menu features Lobster Crab Cake, Basil Mango Vinaigrette, Avocado Mango Salsa, Baby 16

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Sides: Located on the top floor of the Waikiki Business Plaza, Top of Waikiki makes a complete 360-degree turn every hour, giving diners an extraordinary view of Oahu. The restaurant opened in 1965 and has since served more than 1 million patrons.

Sides: The Royal Hawaiian Hotel offers kamaaina and visitors several places to dine in, including the Surf Lanai Restaurant. The outdoor beachside cafe provides both breakfast and lunch, with the specialty being mainland cuisine with tropical accents.

Hours: Open daily, 7-10 a.m. (breakfast); 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (lunch, dinner)

Roasted Half-Chicken //$47, $23.50 Among the many hot dining spots that Waikiki has to offer is Tropics Bar & Grill, where patrons can feast on the restaurant’s Roasted Half-Chicken. The dish comes with Rosemary Grilled Pineapples, Tropics Vegetables and Natural

Chicken Roasting Jus. Sides are Maui Onion Truffle Bisque with Cheese Sticks and Parsley, while the dessert is Sugar and Spice Creme Brulee and Bouche Noel with seasonal berries. Cost is $47 for adults, $23.50 for children (12 and under).

Sides: Aside from its wonderful breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, Tropic’s offers a variety of desserts, including Coconut Mango Cake, Ginger Scented Lilikoi Creme Brulee and Kona Coffee Mascarpone Cheesecake — each of which costs $9.50.


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unch specials at the always-popular Restaurant Suntory continue to draw large crowds, but it’s the high quality of ingredients, particularly at the sushi bar, that keep customers coming back for more. “We offer a $12 special lunch every day,” says general manager Aki Peters, “and a special that often sells out as soon as the restaurant opens. But we get comments every day on the high quality of the sushi.” You can eat three different ways at Suntory: there’s a teppanyaki room, where sizzling plates of lobster, steak and seafood are served daily for lunch and dinner; at an intimate sushi bar, where diners enjoy first-rate sushi at the hands of experienced

lite bites

Teppan Menu Really Shines at Suntory impressive, with live Big Island abalone and live Maine lobster served alongside filet mignon and sirloin steak, with shrimp, sashimi and fresh local seafood. A G o u r m e t Suntory Course ($120) from the teppanyaki menu also offers foie gras as part of the menu. Go early for lunch during the sushi chefs; or washoku holidays if you want to style, in which you sample some of the best choose from a large menu s e l e c t i o n offered in a room overlooking the landscaped gardens of the Royal H a w a i i a n S h o p p i n g Center, with a view of Waikiki’s famous pink hotel. There’s an undeniable emphasis on the use of local ingredients within each of Suntory’s separate dining rooms, with topquality meats and seafood served throughout. The teppanyaki menu is

Restaurant Suntory Where: Royal Hawaiian Center, 3rd Floor 2233 Kalakaua Ave.

Call: 922.5511

Website: www.restaurant suntory.com

value, highest-quality lunches in Waikiki. “We are really busy during the season,” says Aki, “but we do manage to keep a high standard of quality and service throughout the day and night.”

Christmas Day - Closed New Years Day - Open 10am - 4pm

735-8488

Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine

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Left: At Restaurant Suntory, experienced sushi chefs offer the highest quality sushi. Bottom: Washoku entrees all come with salad, steamed rice and miso soup. Popular choices include Shabu Shabu Gozen ($34), Wafu Steak Gozen ($32) and Sashimi, and Tempura Gozen ($33).

2919 Kapiolani Boulevard • Market City Shopping Center

524-2020 Sunday-Thursday 7 am - 9 pm Friday & Saturday 7 am - 10 pm 888 N. Nimitz Hwy. #103

Roasted Prime Rib Kalua Turkey Sauteed Mahi Mahi w/ Ginger Miso Lilikoi Glazed Black Forest Ham Crab Cake Benedict Herb Roasted Chicken Kalua Pork & Cabbage Portuguese Sausage Fried Rice Breakfast Meats Poke Salads Omelet Station Dessert & Waffle Station

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pecans, walnuts, almonds and almond paste, while the exterior is glazed with butter and cinnamon sugar. Even Santa has to carbo-load for his worldwide Christmas Eve marathon of marathons! Fendu Boulangerie Manoa Marketplace 2752 Woodlawn Dr. #5119 988.4310

Panya Bakery, Bistro & Bar

Owners Annie and Alice Yeung consistently present their customers with quality comfort food and exceptional service — especially during the holidays. Although Panya has an endless choice of pastries, desserts and cakes like the Panna Cotta ($3.95), Tiramisu ($3.95) and Japanese Cheese Cake with crème Anglaise sauce ($4.25) that I’m sure Santa will love, it’s the Hot Fruit Tea that Santa will be thanking

you for in gifts later. Supervisor Maureen Ackharath agrees that the Hot Fruit Tea is a great choice. You can order it by the pot for $6.50. “During the wintertime this is usually one of our most popular items, and then we can also serve it as an iced tea for $4.25 if you prefer,” she says. Honestly, if I could only drink one hot tea for the rest of my life, this would be it. Ackharath says it’s a cranberry apple tea with apricot marmalade and bits of fresh fruit, including apple, strawberry and orange. “It’s a really light, herbal tea with no caffeine. It’s not too sweet of a tea,” she adds. Yes, not too sweet, not too bitter, but just right. And I’ll bet you Santa might be sneaking a cup or two for Mrs. Claus, too! Panya Bakery, Bistro & Bar Ala Moana Center 946.6388

1 The author discovers one of life’s great treats — sipping on Hot Fruit Tea at Panya Bakery, Bistro & Bar.

La Palme Patisserie

D’or

And with the perfect tea comes the perfect cookie(s). La Palme D’or Patisserie, located at Ala Moana Center, offers a bountiful array of gift box

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1110 McCully St. • 946-8833 (Corner of McCully & Young St.)

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2 Pairing Palme D’or’s gift-box sets of cookies with warm milk may be what Santa’s looking for this Christmas.

sets that celebrate a unique blend of French flavor and Japanese stylings. Gift box sets range from $19 to $60 and include individually wrapped financiers, madelines, coconut cake, and dry mixed fruit

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Seafood Scallop Egg Soup Chinese Chicken Salad Peking Duck with Bun Abalone with Choi Sum Steamed Sea Bass with Ginger Onion Honey Walnut Shrimp Minute Chicken Cake Noodle Steamed Rice FREE Crispy Gau Gee!

(2 table limit)

Gift Certificates Available Call for details and reservations. Find menus and $5 coupon at www.ononhawaii.com

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2 Shrimp & 2 Vegetable Tempura, Tonkatsu, Chicken Katsu, Chicken Teriyaki, Chicken Karaage, Beef Teriyaki, Pork Teriyaki, Ahi (plain, grilled, lightly salted, teriyaki)

Parties Welcome or Takeout

Includes Rice, Miso Soup, Salad & Tea

$ 11.95

(Christmas Lunch Only ) Not to be combined with any other coupons • Limited time only OPEN TUE-SUN LUNCH

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

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

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loaf cake, to name a few. Owner Hiromi Tanaka says these sets are great gift ideas and easy for the little ones to unwrap and leave on a plate for Santa Claus. With every bite of the fruit loaf cake, you can

La Palme D’or Patisserie Ala Moana Center 1450 Ala Moana Blvd. 941.6161

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Japanese Restaurant

We are open on Christmas & New Year!

taste a delicious blend of fruity flavors, including prune, apricot and raisins, not to mention pieces of walnut and almond for texture and crunch. However, if you’re more of a cake fanatic like myself, why not leave Santa a gigantic slice of La Palme D’or’s scrumptious Strawberry Shortcake — truly a gift in itself — or a slice of Cheese D’or and Bouche de Noel? The Cheese D’or ($33) is a festive souffle cheesecake, and while carefully decorated for your holiday celebrations, it’s also very light in texture, but quite flavorful. Be sure to save a piece for Kris Kringle, that is unless you’re asking for some coal in your stocking this year!

941-2835 • 1936 S. King St. Local Japanese Style Dining Dinner 5-Midnight • Late Pupus 10-2am

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recipe

Deconstructed d Scallop p Pot Pie e with h Lobsterr Reduction

by Chef Chai Chaowasaree Serve 10 as appetizer / 2 as entree

Ingredients: • 10 pieces sea scallop, about 1 pound • 10 pieces pearl onion, peeled • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil • 10 pieces fresh shiitake mushrooms • .5 pounds spinach • 1 tablespoon chicken stock or hot water • 30 pieces cooked pumpkin gnocchi • 2 cups lobster reduction • 1 sheet puff pastry • 1 whole egg wash • 10 ramekins

the ramekins, brush with egg wash and bake in preheated 375-degree oven until puff pastries turn to golden-crisp (about 25-30 minutes). Set aside. • Split mushroom-spinach mixture into 10 portions and put in the ramekins. Make sure each ramekin has one pearl onion. Add one piece of seared scallop, 3 pieces of gnocchi and three tablespoons lobster reduction to each ramekin.

Preparation: • Dry scallops with a towel, season lightly with salt and pepper, and pan-sear both sides on high heat for about 30 seconds on each side. Then set aside.

• Blanch pearl onion in boiling water for about five minutes. Set aside.

• In medium-low heat in a sauté pan, add pearl onions and oil, and cook for a minute or until onions caramelize. Turn heat to high, add fresh shiitake mushrooms and cook for one minute, then add spinach and 1 tablespoon chicken stock, and cook for a few seconds. Turn heat off and set aside.

• Cut puff pastry into round shapes with larger size of

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• Put ramekins on stove on medium-high heat and cook for a minute or until they boil. Top ramekins with baked puff pastries. Serve while they are still boiling. Lobster Reduction Ingredients: • 1 pound lobster shell or shrimp shell • 2 quarts chicken stock • 1/2 cup chopped onion • 1/2 cup chopped celery • 1/2 cup chopped carrot • 1 medium-size ripe tomato, diced • 3 cloves garlic • 1 clove shallot, minced • 3 pieces bay leaves

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Catering & Party Rooms Available

Preparation: • In a soup pot, add chicken stock, lobster shell, onions, celery, tomato, carrot, garlic, fresh thyme and bay leaves. Bring to boil, remove all scum and simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour. If the stock is not rich enough, you may add lobster base to make the sauce richer. Strain and remove all shell and vegetables; keep only the broth. • Add paprika and heavy cream, and let simmer for 1015 minutes on low heat (not boiling). Taste and season with salt and pepper, if needed. You may add some butter to create more richness to the sauce.

LATE NIGHT SPECIALS

All To Go Orders

• 2 stems fresh thyme • 1 stem parsley • 1/2 tablespoon paprika • 3 cups heavy cream • salt, white pepper

Sam Sung Plaza • 655 Keeaumoku Street #108 Open from 11 am to 4 am •

Moiliili . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .951-5696 (KOZO) Kahala Mall . . . . . . . .738-5696 (KOZO) Pearlridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .483-6805 Pearl City by Wal-Mart . .455-6805 WWW.KOZOSUSHIHAWAII.NET

949-2890

RECEIVE A

6 DISCOUNT

$ Try our popular “CIOPPONO”

WAIMALU 485-8883

98-1277 Kaahumanu St. (across from Safeway)

MANOA 988-5923

2752 Woodlawn Drive M-F 11a-2p; Daily 5p-9p M-Su 11a-2p; Daily 5p-9p www.paesanohawaii.com

on a Second Dinner OR A

20% OFF

3 DISCOUNT

$

when Dining Alone

WESTRIDGE SHOPPING CENTER

Must present coupon (No take outs) Not valid with any other discount offers. Expires 12/30/10

(Next to Makino Chaya) 98-150 Kaonohi St., Aiea

488-4900

M-Sat 10am-10pm • Sun 10am-8pm

Exp. Exp. 12/31/10 12/31/10

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WHERE TO DINE AMERICAN

Symbol Key Breakfast

Atlantis Seafood & Steak

Lunch

2284 Kalakaua Avenue 922-6868

Tropics Bar & Grill

La Palme D’or

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

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

Willows, The

Napoleon’s Bakery

901 Hausten St. 952-9200

Dinner

Located inside of Zippy’s

After Midnight d.k Steakhouse

Alcohol served

2552 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki Marriott Beach Hotel 931-6280

Online Catering

December Daily Lunch Specials

BAKERY

Panya

Fendu Boulangerie 2752 Woodlawn Dr. Manoa Marketplace 988-4310

JapaneseChinese Cuisine

GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE

8.50

$

Ready made Bentos available daily

HOLIDAY HAM

TURKEY

HAM WITH PINEAPPLE RAISIN SAUCE.

$

129 +

TAX

(Monday Closed)

841-0931

SPECIAL TURKEY PLATES $11.99

1345 S. King Street Corner of S. King St. & Sheridan St. Close to Ala Moana Shpg Cntr & Wal Mart

Authentic Japanese & Chinese Cuisine

1334 Young St.

942-4848

Parking along left side of Bldg and right side of bldg all stalls except 1-10

TAX

COMPLETE TURKEY PACKAGE 14-16 LBS TURKEY, STUFFING, GRAVY, MASHED POTATO, PUMPKUN OR APPLE PIE $ +TAX

Dinner Hours:

6PM to 10PM TUE to SUN

Lunch 11 am - 5 pm; Dinner 5 pm - 9 pm Closed Sundays

Japanese Home Style Restaurant “Hinone Mizunone” Please enjoy the TEL. KAMADAKIGOHAN www.fujio-food.com cooked completely by “Ogama”.

14 –16 LBS TURKEY, STUFFING & GRAVY ONLY

5599+

$

MO Salmon Tempura Teishoku TU Teriyaki Chicken Donburi WE Fried Hokki Fish Teishoku TH Sukiyaki Teishoku FR Pork Curry Udon SA Oyako-Ni Teishoku Now Serving Sashimi Teishoku for Lunch

20

HOLIDAY PACKAGES TO-GO! available at our Kam Shopping Center location 5 LBS PRE-SLICED

Now taking reservations for Lunch & Dinner

Closed Christmas & New Year’s Day

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

593-2064

INCLUDES: TURKEY, STUFFING, GRAVY AND MASHED POTATOES. AVAILABLE AT KAMEHAMEHA SHOPPING CENTER

841-0931 AND KENNY’S HAWN BBQ AT

ROYAL HAWAIIAN SHOPPING CENTER

922-3333

159

kennyshawaii.com

HOLIDAY PRIME RIB

HALF (9 LBS. RAW WEIGHT BEFORE COOKING) 1 QT. AU JUS $ & 8 OZ. HORSERADISH

379

$

99 199 + 99

Beach Front Dining

are offering Gift Certificates specials

Buy $100 in Gift Certificate & Receive a Complimentary $25 Certificate

or

Buy $50 in Gift Certificate & Receive a Complimentary $10 Certificate

*Complimentary Certificates Valid 1/2/11 - 6/30/11 This offer is good 11/26/10 - 12/24/10

Please call

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

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WHERE E TO O DINE BUFFET

CAFE

Makino Chaya

Aloha Tower Mkt place 585-6360 Westridge Mall 486-5100

CATERERS

Camellia Buffet

A Catered Experience

Anytime Cafe

94-1068 Ka Uka Blvd. 677-7744

Market City Shopping Center 2919 Kapiolani Blvd 735-3888

930 McCully St. 951-0511/0611

Makitti

2380 Kuhio Ave. 923-2260

Koko Cafe

Ho Ho Chinese Cuisine 590 Farrington Hwy 692-9880

Yakiniku Camellia Buffet 2494 S. Beretania St. 944-0449

Kahai Street Kitchen

Hale Koa Hotel, 2055 Kalia Road 955-0555 Call for eligibility details. 949-4321

237 Kalihi Street, 845-0320

Healthy & Fresh Ingredients SHABU SHABU Restaurant

Orine Sarangchae

KAHEKA ST

LIONA ST Enter 1st driveway on right

AHANA ST

KEEAUMOKU ST

Korean Cuisine

RYCROFT ST

LUNCH arting SPECIALS st from $ Daily 10-3

5.99

905-A Keeaumoku St. • 955-0646

Open Everyday 10am - 2am

149 No credit cards accepted for special menu

1137 11th Avenue, Kaimuki 737-1937 Open everyday 11am-10pm

Delicatessen & Catering

1.89

$

Chinese Chicken Salad Scallop Soup • 2 Live Maine Lobsters Sweet & Sour Fish Filet Peking Duck w/Bun • Whole Crispy Chicken Taro Basket Seafood Combo Chicken Cake Noodle • Rice & Dessert

Party Rooms for up to 450

7AM-2PM

111 N. King St. near Maunakea 7am -10pm

Open Christmas & New Year’s Day

521-8268

20% OFF SHABU SHABU

Pizza, Stromboli, Hot Subs, Pastas, Oven Baked Pastas & More!

ALL DIM SUM

Special Menu for10

$

Valid Everyday w/ad Expires 12/18/10

Order Now for your Holiday Parties for Home or Office Deli Hours: Wed-Sun 6am-2pm After hours catering available

946-2073 • 2710 South King St. www.fukuyadeli.com

942-5008 BYOB (no corkage fee)

Exp. 12-31-10

1518 Makaloa St. (across Walmart) • Open 7 days 11am-11pm

EL

HARRO MEXICANO AIEA RESTAURANT

Now Serving Breakfast at 8am!

10% DISCOUNT

on Breakfast Menu from 8am-11am

Order Tamales for Christmas! 1 dozen $30 • 2 Dozen $55 Expires 12/24/10

Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm Aiea Shopping Center Fri & Sat 11am-10pm 99-115 Aiea Heights Dr. Next to Aiea Bowl Sunday Closed BYOB - no corkage fee

488-9727

Special: 2 Carnitas for $17.00

START OFF AT THE TOP THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH

Holiday e k Fruit Cailable a Now Av af $7.95 Looaves 2L $14.00

Soup of the Day Choice of Appetizer A. Lao Rock & Roll B. Baked Lobster Avocado C. Escargot

Early Bird Special

Choice of One Entree

Only

• Fisherman Pie • Baked Cornish Hen • Baked Salmon • Asian Classic • Cheese Ravioli w/Lobster

PLUS Cr ème Brûlée (*$5 for Lamb Wellington)

$24.70 per person Pre-order Yule Logs Now GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE

3447 Waialae Avenue • 739-0993 • jjfrenchpastry.com

12.95

$

Add $3.00 for Complete Meal which includes soup or salad, ice cream

11 am - 7 pm

All Day for Locals with ID Specials not valid on Holidays

Lunch 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. • Dinner 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

at the old Waikiki III Theatres Parking available at the Pro-Park location Seaside Ave. Pay $2 at the Restaurant. www.atlantisseafoodsteak.com D I N I N G

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WHERE TO DINE CHINESE

Happy Day Chinese Restaurant 3553 Waialae Ave. 738-8666

Duck Yun

ON ON On On at McCully

Mandalay (The)

at McCully 1110 McCully St.

1055 Alakea St. 525-8585

946-8833

820 W. Hind Dr. Aina Haina Shopping Center 373-1303 or 373-4632

Seafood Village Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa Hee Hing Restaurant

Golden Duck

909 Isenberg St. 941-6641

449 Kapahulu Ave. 735-5544

1221 S. King St. • 597-8088 4230 Waialae Ave., Kahala 737-7188

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

Maple Garden /Yen King

FAMILY DINING Angelo Pietro Honolulu

Golden Palace Seafood Restaurant

Little Villlage Noodle House 1113 Smith St. 545-3008

111 N. King St. 521-8268

1585 Kapiolani Blvd. #10 941-0555

Nice Day Chinese Seafood Restaurant

Bibas

Liliha Square 524-1628

Hale Koa Hotel, 2055 Kalia Road 955-0555 Call for eligibility details.

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR’S (EVE & DAY) SPECIAL

CATERING SPECIAL

FREE $10 Gift Certificate or Walnut Shrimp

FREE BAG OF CHINESE PRETZELS

with every $50 Catering Purchase*

WITH PURCHASE OF ANY SIZE PARTY TRAY

11AM-3PM |

8.50

$

Featured Items Available Only At Million

ÆChicken Breast Bi Bim Naeng-Myun

590 Farrington Hwy Kapolei Marketplacy

692-9880

ONE FREE

ADULT BUFFET with every 5 Adult Dinner Buffet purchases. Valid Friday-Sunday. Not to be combined with any other offer. With coupon Maximum of 10 free Dinners; Restrictions apply. Expires 12/31/10

(Minute Chicken Cake Noodle, Beef Broccoli, Chinese Chicken Salad, Gon Lo Mein, ETC.)

Call & Place Your Order 4230 Waialae Ave., Kahala 1221 S. King St. 737-7188 • 737-7288 597-8088

MON-THUR 10AM-10PM/FRI-SUN 10AM-11PM

10:30AM-11PM EVERYDAY

Æ

*with coupon; Not to be combined with any other offer. Some restrictions apply. Expires 12/31/10.

Chicken Breast Mul-Naeng-Myun Since 1989

YAKINIKU

MILLION 596-0799 626 SHERIDAN ST. (backside of Walmart)

NEW HOURS: MON-SUN 11AM-12 MIDNIGHT

Dinner Prix Fix 4 Course Meal December 24 & 25 4:30pm - 10pm

Get a free picture with

HELLO KITTY

Ê

and a FREE Hello Kitty Calendar

HELLO KITTY *Reservation parties only

M-F 6:30pm OR 8:00 pm Sat-Sun 12pm, 2pm, 6:30pm, 8pm

50% OFF Birthday Meal Mi nimum party of includes 1 Birthd 4 adults ay person *Must have vali d on actual BirthdaID y

FREE Sanrio Gift on your Birthday *Reservation pa © 1976, 2010 Sanrio Co. Ltd.

$2/2 hr. parking Miramar at Waikiki Mon-Fri 5:30pm-9:30pm Sat & Sun all day

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Butternut Squash or Horseradish Tomato Bisque Course 2: Appetizer

Pumpkin Ravioli

Dine in only. One per party.

Exp. 12/31/10. Please call to make reservations. *Must have coupon to be valid

with valid I.D. for each person

Bir thday Photo with

Course 1: Choice of Salad or Soup

rtie *Must have valid s only photo ID

Tel: 923-2260 • 2380 Kuhio Ave. • www.makittii.com

Course 3: Choice of Entree

Angus Prime Rib or

Saikyo Miso Butterfish or

Lobster Seafood Risotto Course 4: Dessert

Egg Nog Creme Brulee

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


WHERE TO DINE Don Ho’s Island Grill

JJ Bistro & French Pastry

Aloha Tower Marketplace 528-0807

3447 Waialae Ave.

739-0993

Kenny’s Restaurant

I Love Country Cafe

1620 N. School St. 841-0931

451 Piikoi St. 4725 Bougainville Dr. 783-7901

Kit N Kitchen

Wailana Coffee House

1010 University Avenue 942-7622

1860 Ala Moana Blvd. 955-1764

Panya Bistro • Bakery • Bar

Ala Moana Center, Mauka - Mall Level 946-6388

Zippy’s

Call the one nearest you.

Kenny’s Express

IHOP

Waikiki - 1850 Ala Moana Blvd • 949-4467 Waikiki - Kuhio & Lewers • 921-2400 Pearl City - Times Sq. SC • 486-4467 Kaneohe - Windward Mall • 235-4467 Hilo - Prince Kuhio Plaza • 959-2600

2nd Floor, Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center 922-9333

Restaurant Epic

Kani Ka Pila Grille

Tanaka Saimin

2169 Kalia Rd, Outrigger Reef on the Beach

924-4990

Hanaki Shabu Shabu

Dim Sum Brunch Buffet

1131 Nuuanu Ave. 587-7877

Max’s Of Manila

A hot idea for the holidays! Hanaki Gift Certificates! To celebrate our 14 years, for every $150 purchase, receive a $10 gift from us to you!

offer expires 12/31/10

11:30 am-2:30 pm; 5 pm-10 pm (Closed Tuesdays)

MANOA MARKETPLACE (Tons of FREE Parking) 988-1551

94-300 Farrington Hwy 801 Dillingham Blvd. 951-6297

888 N. Nimitz Hwy #103 524-2020

Dinner Buffet

Sittings at 10:30AM and 12:30PM Sittings at 5:00PM and 7:30PM $19.99 Adults, $17.99 Seniors (60+) $28.99 Adults, $24.99 Seniors (60+) $13.99 Children (3-12) $17.99 Children 3-12 Featuring Hong Kong Style Dim Sum, Beef Broccoli, Salt and Pepper Shrimp, Sauteed Eggplant, Orange Chicken, Appetizers, Soups, Desserts and More!

FILIPINO

Featuring Roast Pig, Snow Crab Legs, Peking Duck w/Bun, Prime Rib, Shrimp Cocktail, Soup & Salads, Appetizers, Desserts & More!

‘Tis better to give and receive For each $25 gift card purchased now through December 31st at either of our two Hawaii restaurants, receive a complimentary $5 dining certificate.

Help us support the Hawaii Food Bank When purchasing your gift cards, bring in a non-perishable food donation for the Hawaii Food Bank and receive an additional $5 dining certificate from Romano’s Macaroni Grill.**

ALA MOANA CENTER 1450 Ala Moana Blvd. Suite 4240, Honolulu, HI 96814

Excluding all coupons & other discounts. Dine in only.

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 10:30am - 9pm

www.themandalayhawaii.com 1055 Alakea St. • 525-8585 Free Parking - Mon- Fri after 5pm & All Day Sat & Sun

808.356.8300 QUEEN’S MARKETPLACE 201 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa, HI 96738 808.443.5515 *Dining certificates valid 1/1/2011 to 6/30/2011. Offer valid in Hawaii only. Not valid for gift cards purchased at macaronigrill.com. Dining certificates may be used at Hawaii restaurants only. ** Limit one per customer.

Holiday Menu

12/20/10 - 12/25/10

Lettuce Wrap Wintermelon/Virginia Ham Soup Honey Walnut Shrimp Crispy Taro Duck Braised Boneless Chicken $218 w/ Shiitake Mushroom (10 people) Sizzling Short Rib Garlic Fried Rice $98 Holiday Dessert (4 people)

KAMA‘AINA SPECIAL!

LUNCH 10% OFF DINNER 20% OFF

Ilima Award Winner

Mahalo for your Generous Support

Makino’s Christmas Present

Sun-Thu 10:30am-10:30pm; Fri/Sat 10:30am-Midnite 1113 Smith St.

545-3008

FREE PARKING

Order a Makino Chaya Bento for $3.97 or $4.97 and receive a FREE $4 or $5 Makino Chaya Restaurant Gift Certificate of equal value from purchase.

1 Coupon per group. Must have valid ID. Not Combinable with other discounts. Discounts off regular adult price. No online or photo-copied coupons. Expires 12/31/10. Not Valid on Christmas Day.

Aloha Tower 585-6360 1 Aloha Tower Dr. 2nd Fl., 3 Hours Parking $1 Pearlridge 486-5100 98-150 Kaonohi St. D I N I N G

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WHERE TO DINE FINE DINING

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

Bali Steak and Seafood Hilton Hawaiian Village (Rainbow Tower) 2005 Kalia Road 949-4321

ITALIAN

Top of Waikiki Waikiki Business Plaza 2270 Kalakaua Ave. 923-3877

Bella Mia Italian 1137 11th Avenue 737-1937

GREEK Sam Choy’s BLC 580 N. Nimitz Hwy. 545-7979

Chai’s Island Bistro Aloha Tower Market Pl. 585-0011

The Fat Greek 3040 Waialae Ave. 734-0404

Bella Mia Pizzeria 2222 S. Beretania St. 941-4400

INDIAN Hy’s Steak House 2440 Kuhio Ave. 922-5555

Stage Restaurant

Monsoon India

Romanos Macaroni Grill

1250 Kapiolani Blvd. 237-5429

Discovery Bay (across Ilikai) 1778 Ala Moana Blvd., Ste 213 941-5112

Ala Moana Center Hookipa Terrace 356-8300

• Fried Dumpling Salad • Shrimp Bisque Soup. Choice of: • Veal Chop - Pan Fried Veal Chop w/Mushroom in Marsala Demi Glaze Sauce. Served w/Pasta and Vegetables ~ OR ~ • Lobster Pasta - Lobster Meat in a Pink Sauce and Topped w/Baked Lobster Tail. • Cream Brulee. Now accepting reservations for holiday parties. Purchase $100 in gift cards Receive a $10 gift card as our gift to you! 2919 Kapiolani Blvd., #218

MARKET CITY SHPG CNTR 735-3888

Oahu’s Answer to Your Appetite Look for it in the Star-Advertiser -Every Friday in tgif -Pull-out section every Sunday www.staradvertiser.com

CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS AT HEE HING

Christmas Eve Menu

Christmas Special

Strawberry Shortcake Cheese D’or (limited in number!) Bouche de Noel

Place your order by 12/21 Tues. (early pickup available during the week).

941-6161

Ala Moana Center-Mall Level, Mountain side, next to Shirokiya www.lapalmedor-usa.com

ton ton ramen FINE

RAMEN

WE DO NOT USE MSG ON ALL MENU!

HOUSE

BLACK SESAME TAN TAN RAMEN Homemade black sesame paste. All natural. Tender char siu, half cooked egg & green vegetable. New style in Hawaii, Healthy, less oil & No MSG. (Longterm consumption of black sesame seeds beautifies the scalp and hair as well as the skin.)

FREE GYOZA

Santa visits at 6:30 pm!

Peking Duck • Imperial Scallop Soup Roasted Garlic Chicken • Taro Basket Seafood Maine Lobster Tai Shan Style Hunan Tofu • Mongolian Pork Chop Braised E Mein with Shredded Duck Azuki Mochi Ginger Dessert Soup

$279 Table of Ten

Christmas Day Dim Sum Brunch Buffet Carvings - fresh roast turkey roast suckling pig and roast beef. International Salads and Appetizers - ahi poke and more! Hawaiian Luau - laulau, kalua pig, lomi lomi salmon & chicken long rice. Assorted Hong Kong Dim Sum Chinese Entrees - seafood black bean sauce, pepper salt shrimp, and much more. Delicious Desserts – fresh baked pies, red velvet cake and much more. $22 adults • $21 seniors over 65 kids under 3 to 12 - $11 Served from 9:30 am to 2 pm

Christmas Dinner Buffet Day Prime Rib Carving Station with fresh roast turkey, roast suckling pig and baked pineapple ham. Seafood Station - Alaskan crablegs, pepper salt shrimp, clams, steamed fresh fish & seafood black bean sauce stir fry. International Salad Appetizer- sashimi, tako and fresh fish poke & much more. $27 adults • $26 seniors over 65 kids under 12 - $14 Served from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Turkey To Go Dinner Package - $109 Give a Gift Card & Receive a Dining Certificate!

(3 pieces) with purchase of any regular orders 2pm - 6pm

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WWW.HEEHINGHAWAII.COM

449 KAPAHULU AVE., STE. 101 • 735-5544


WHERE TO DINE JAPANESE

Paesano Ristorante

Waimalu Plaza (across Safeway) 98-1277 Kaahumanu St. #119 485-8883

Manoa Marketplace 2756 Woodlawn Drive 988-1551

Hinone Mizunone 1345 South King St. 942-4848

Sansei Seafood Restaurant Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort 2552 Kalakaua Ave, 931-6286

Makino Chaya

Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen

1 Aloha Tower Dr. 2nd Flr. 585-6360

Kobe Japanese Steak House

151 Hekili St., Kailua 230-8400

Royal Hawaiian Shpg Cntr 3rd Flr. 922-5511

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

Chinese Cultural Plaza 536-3035

Ward Centre Auahi St. Shops 596-0066

Restaurant Suntory

Kozo Sushi

Hifumi Japanese Restaurant

Z Pizza

1334 Young St. 593-2064

1936 South King St. 941-2835

Hanaki Restaurant

Manoa Marketplace 2752 Woodlawn Dr. 988-5923

Red Cafe

Kochi

1841 Ala Moana Blvd. 941-4444

2746 Kaimuki Avenue 732-1656

98-150 Kaonohi St. 486-5100

Gift Card Purchase a

and receive an additional

$199 (reg. $242)

$10 Gift Card FREE

Sizzling Rice Soup 2 Black Bean Crab Steamed Fish Fillet Peking Duck Braised Pork Thigh in Shoyu Shrimp ala Maple Garden Crispy Chicken w/Chef’s Special Sauce Braised Tofu

Exp. Dec. 24, 2010

Also Available Curry, Steak & Pasta

Maple Garden /Yen King

Monday-Sunday

909 Isenberg Street • 941-6641 www.MapleGardenHawaii.com

LUNCH 10:30AM-2:30PM • DINNER 5PM-11PM

3579 Waialae Avenue 737-8820

24.95

per person (4 people minimum)

Nice Day Chinese Seafood Restaurant Liliha Square by Times Supermarket

524-1628

Celebrating 10 Years! Dim Sum Take Out Special! 8am-11:30am

15% OFF(Charge) • 25% OFF(Cash) Dim Sum & Reg. Menu Dine In Special!

10% OFF(Charge) •15% OFF(Cash) Happy Day Chinese Restaurant

SeafoodvillageHyatt.com Ask about our Kama‘aina Discount

Hyatt Regency Resort& Spa-Street Level•2424 Kalakaua Ave., #102

Celebrate your evening with Hawaii’s Best Entertainer Danny Couch and Award Winning Chef Chai Chaowasaree Starter $12 A Glass of Italian Sparkling Prosecco and Gravlax Salmon Roulade with Crab Mousse and Tobiko Caviar

Credit Card Sale Only (With Coupon)

Excludes set menus; Roast Pork, Roast Duck, Char Siu & other specials. Not to be combined with any other offer. Expires 12/31/10.

738-8666

$

Thursday December 24, 2010

10% OFF

Hong Kong Dim Sum & Regular Menu Items

3553 Waialae Avenue

• Chicken Salad with Oriental Dressing • Crispy Bacon Seafood Combo Wrap • Dungeness Crab - Country Style • Honey Glazed Walnut Shrimp • General Tso’s Favorite Chicken • Seasonal Chinese Green Vegetable • House Fried Rice • Dessert: Mango Pudding

Specials not valid on Holidays. Advance Reservations required, please call 971-1818.$3 self park validation only.

Reservations Recommended

Cash Sale Only (With Coupon)

• Oriental Chicken Salad • 4 types of Dim Sum (Manapua, Nori Spring Roll, Pork Hash, Half Moon) • General’s Chicken • Beef and Broccoli • Stir-Fried Assorted Vegetable • Seafood Fried Rice • Dessert - Almond Float per person $ (10 people minimum)

10.95

Lunch & Dinner Buffet also available

15% OFF

Great Gift Idea this Holiday Season!

$50 Gift Card

Must present coupon Expires 12/31/10

Excludes set menu; Roast Pork, Roast Duck, Char Siu & other specials.

Appetizer $12 Sautéed Fresh Kona Baby Abalone with Garlic and Pepper Roasted Macadamia Nut & Fresh Ahi Poke In a Ti Leaf Pouch Japanese Eggplant & Zucchini Soufflé (Vegetarian) Chef Chai’s Signature Combination Appetizer Platter Soup or Salad $10 Roasted Butternut Squash and Lobster Bisque Smoked Duck Breast Carpaccio Salad Poached Jumbo Black Tiger Prawns and Baby Romaine

FREE VALET PARKING

Entr´ee Baked Stuffed Cornish Game Hen with Thai Sticky Rice Stuffing $35 Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass with Lobster Reduction $40 Deconstructed Beef Tenderloin Wellington $40 Add $20 extra for American Kobe Wagyu New York Strip Loin Spicy Lemongrass Crusted Kurabuta Pork Loin $40 Grilled Mongolian Style Lamb Chops with Merlot Demiglaze $40 Hamakua Mushroom and Black Truffle Vegetarian Risotto $35 Dessert Chef Chai’s Dessert $10

$55 for Three Courses $65 for Four Courses $72 for Five Courses

• www.chefchai.com • Call 585-0011

Open as Ch ristm ve! E Day &

801 Dillingham 94-300 Farrington Hwy, (next to Costco) Waipahu (next to Savers) Since 1945

951-MAXS (6297)

AUTHENTIC KOREAN DISHES Featuring

Black Goat Pot Stew & Pork Bone with Potato Soup Lunch Specials & Plates starting at $5.99

1604 Kalakaua Ave • 951-9370 Mon–Sat: 11 am - 2 am • Sun: 11 am - 10 pm

F R EE a e v cei rtificate e R Ce

t i $ 10 G f

NEW YEARS SPECIAL Table for 10

Holiday Catering and Private Parties Available

from Kobe with the purchase of each $50 Gift Certificate. Offer expires December 25, 2010

1841 Ala Moana Blvd. Between Ilikai & Hilton Hawaiian Village

941-4444

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WHERE TO DINE Sumo Ramen

Tanaka of Tokyo

Kaneohe 234-6868 Kapolei 693-8808 Market City 737-1868 Kamehameha Shp Cntr 848-8186 Pearl Highlands Cntr 456-80802 99 Ranch Mapunapuna 833-3139

MEXICAN

Orine Sarang Chae

East, in King’s Village, 922-4233 Central, in Waikiki Shopping Plaza, 922-4702 West in Ala Moana Cntr-Hookipa Terrace 945-3443

905-A Keeaumoku St. 955-0646

11th Avenue Mexitlan Grill 1137 11th Avenue, Kaimuki (11th Avenue Atrium) 737-5678

Richo 3008 Waialae Ave. 734-2222

Ton Ton Ramen

Sushi Company

95-050 Farrington Hwy, Waipahu 677-5388

1111 McCully Street 947-5411

Sam Sung Plaza 655 Keeaumoku St., #108 949-2890

KOREAN

Sushi Ichiban

99-115 Aiea Heights Drive 488-9727

Yakiniku Million

Frog House Restaurant

3579 Waialae Ave. 737-8820

El Charro Mexicano Aiea Restaurant

Sikdorak Korean Restaurant

Wahoo’s Fish Taco

626 Sheridan St. 596-0799

1604 Kalakaua Ave. 951-9370

940 Auahi St. #140 591-1646

Most Delicious Thai Food in Town! Immensely Popular Plate Lunch For $5.70

50 Different Items to Choose From NOW SERVING

SUSHI (dinner only)

Bacon N Beef

Limitations apply. Call for details and reservations. Dinner: 5pm –10pm

blended into one savory patty. Hickory Bacon in every bite - an IHOP Original

Coming Soon to 900 N. Nimitz Hwy 1627 Nuuanu Ave 585-8839 Mon-Sat 10:30am-9pm; Sun 12n-8pm 2955 E. Manoa Rd 988-0212

Call for take out

15% OFF

LUNCH 10:30am-2:30pm .........$14.95 DINNER 2:30pm-10pm.............$21.95

www.bangkokchefexpress.com

Open 7 days a week Dinner 5pm - 10pm Sunday Brunch Buffet 11:30am - 2:30pm

on your Bacon Burger Order.* *Must present this ad.

FREE PARKING!

2494 S. Beretania St.

Try Our Tasty PORK TOFU! Customer Favorites:

BYOB

Come hungry. Leave happy.

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ALA MOANA BLVD. • KUHIO AVE PEARL CITY • KANEOHE • HILO

Saimin & BBQ Sticks Marinated Fried Chicken Hash Tempura • Beef Teriyaki Oxtail Soup • Ahi Nitsuke

Discovery Bay (across Ilikai) 1778 Ala Moana Blvd., Ste 213

www.MonsoonIndiaOahu.com 941-5111

Ala Moana (Free Parking)

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

SEKIYA’S RESTAURANT & DELICATESSEN

with ad. Not to be combined with any other offer. Expires 12/31/10.

2 Entrees

2 Mini Desserts

6 oz. tenderloin filet with a choice of:

• Cheesecake • Apple Cranberry Tart • Rasberry Mini Brownie • Cookie Sundae • Velvet Cake

WAIKIKI

98-150 Kaonohi St. • 487-9911 1972 Kalakaua Ave. • 942-2121 Parking Available • www.tonyromas.com |

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ACROSS KAIMUKI H.S.

a Ala Mooaunrt Food CNow Open

2 Glasses of House Wine (Chardonnay or Cabernet)

AIEA/PEARLRIDGE

2746 Kaimuki Ave

Ala Moana Center - Makai Mkt Windward Mall Food Court

2 Entrees + 2 Mini Desserts + 2 Glasses of House Wine

• St Louis Ribs • South Miami Fried Shrimp • Coconut Shrimp • Grilled Shrimp

Serving Hawaii for 75 Years!

Try our Signature Dish…. The Royal Platter – Serves 2

CATERING HOTLINE

783-7901

www.theCateringHotline.com

4 Lamb Chops, 8 Garlic Shrimp, Greek Salad, Greek Fries, Hummus, Pita Bread, Baklava. BYOB (no corkage fee)

Waikiki Location

Opening Mid-December

www.thefatgreek.net

3040 Waialae Ave (corner of St. Louis & Waialae) 734-0404 Open daily 11am-10pm • take-out and catering available


WHERE TO DINE OKAZUYA

The Ocean House Restaurant 2169 Kalia Rd., Outrigger Reef Hotel 923-2277

Fukuya Delicatessen & Catering

THAI

Green Papaya

Bangkok Chef

2710 S. King St. 946-2073

629 Keeaumoku St. 953-2340

1627 Nuuanu Ave. 585-8839 2955 E. Manoa Rd., 988-0212

SHABU SHABU Shabu Shabu Bangkok

PACIFIC RIM

VIETNAMESE

Pho Kitchen

Blue Ocean Thai

2919 Kapiolani Blvd. 735-8488

“Thai Style” Hot Pot 949 Kapahulu Ave. 732-7666

327 Keawe St. 585-9545

Hot Pot Shabu Shabu

Souvaly Thai Cuisine

YOGURT

3660 on the Rise 3660 Waialae Ave. 737-1177

$1 OFF Any Bread purchases over $4

DAILY BREAD SPECIALS

BRUNCH BUFFET

8:30am - 2:00pm Adults $29.95 / Kids (5-12yrs) $15.95

CHRISTMAS DAY DINNER BUFFET

4:00pm - 8:30pm Adults $35.95 / Kids (5-12yrs) $18.95

Receive a $20 Dining Certificate (for use after Jan. 7, 2011) with purchase of $100 in Gift Cards

Receive 25% in Dining Certificates (for use after Jan. 7, 2011) with purchase of $500 in Gift Cards Gift card offers expire 12/22/10.

Saturday December 25, 2010 11 A.M. - Midnight

16 1295 1395

$

95

Prime Rib Roast Holiday Turkey $ w/ Smokes Ham Hibachi Chicken $ & Shrimp Kabobs

Must present coupon • exp. 12/24/10

Breakfast Special: Egg Benedict Royal

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1102 Fort Street Mall Windward Mall

Gift ates Certific ble Availa

*Not to be combined with any other offers. Must present coupon. Expires 12/31/10

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

Dinner Daily from 5pm 949 Kapahulu Avenue

“All Natural no added chemicals”

(corner of Kapahulu and Kaimuki Ave.)

988-4310

732-7666

2752 Woodlawn Dr. • Manoa Marketplace

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

FRESH



SIMPLE



AFFORDABLE



BYOB

Signature dishes offered as Daily Specials

DINNER INCLUDES: Salad Bar, Corn on the cob, Bread Pudding, Beverage & More!

Open for Plate Lunch Tue - Fri 10:30am - 1:30pm

$ 95

Plan your Holiday Party at Sam Choy’s or have Sam Choy’s take care of your Catering Needs

580 Nimitz Hwy. 545-7979

TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY

Yogen Fr u¨ z

803 Kam Hwy. 455-5888

1518 Makaloa St. 942-5008

Mini Okinawan Sweet Potato & Kalua Pork Cakes

Ricotta Stuffed Chicken

Soft Shell Crab Alfredo

DINE IN – TAKE-OUT Catering from casual to exquisite events 1860 Ala Moana Blvd. • Validated Parking Open 24 Hours 955-1764

Catering Available Everyday!

237 KALIHI ST.

(Corner of Kahai and Kalihi)

ph 845-0320 fax 842-4273 kahaistreet-kitchen.com

Sugar-Free Cranberry Delite Cake Red Velvet Gourmet Cupcake Gingerbread Man Cookie Christmas Tree Cookie Red Velvet Cake

DINNER BUFFET EVERY SUNDAY 5-9PM $

1695

327 Keawe St. Free validated parking at Wet Okole.

585-9545

KOREAN CUISINE

• LUNCH $14.95 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM • DINNER $21.95 3 PM -10 PM Including: Kal Bi, Sirloin, Chicken, Spicy Pork, Sashimi *DISCOUNT EXCLUDES ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGESWITH THIS AD. EXP. 12/31/10.

Available December 19th

Christmas Dobash Cake

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tableside @ Ruth’s Chris

Right: It’s service with a smile for Sandy Kanehira as she pours a glass of wine. Inset: The Oysters Rockefeller dish features five half-shells topped with bacon, spinach, caramelized onions and Hollandaise sauce.

W

hen your heart desires fine dining and the best in USDA prime steak, Ruth’s Chris Steak House is the right place to go. Now located in two convenient locations — 226 Lewers St. in Waikiki and 500 Ala Moana Blvd. (Restaurant Row). Call 440.7910 (Waikiki) or 599.3860 (Restaurant Row) to make reservations.

1 | Cindy and Frank Wood 2 | Cheryl Cagampang, Dee Lim and Paul Kopel 3 | Gary Nakamatsu, Tom Beaber and Vic Angoco 4 | Khanh Hoang, John Coughlin and Richard Doyle 5 | Larry Heim, Amerjit Ghag and James Avis 6 | Bruce Shigenaga, Herman Steenmeijer, executive chef Kyle Yonashiro and David Arita

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Hawaii Dining Out 19 December 2010