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At 4Kings Kitchen on South King Street, owner and chef Kapo Kealoha ensures that customers receive only the finest and freshest in local ingredients when ordering dishes such as Chinese Steamed Fresh Island Fish and “Not Your Normal Loco.” See page 4 | Lawrence Tabudlo photo
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By Alana Folen | Photos by Leah Friel
I Totally Ate It After Falling for
I’ve since recovered from my misstep and I’m well enough to share with ately, I’ve been falling hard for burritos — literally. There’s just you some of the tastiest burritos out something about this tantalizing there. But watch your step, loyal readMexican creation that takes my feet ers, as these beastly creations may knock you over! right out from under me. Let me explain. This past week, the klutz in me was on full display after I Wahoo’s Fish Taco I don’t know about you, but after a had just feasted on an amazing burrito. While descending a staircase, I day at the beach I definitely work up missed the last step and — you can an appetite. What I’ve found is that imagine what happened next — nothing can fill this surge of hunger briefly caught air before ultimately more than a tantalizing burrito from falling flat on my face. Embarrassing! Wahoo’s Fish Taco. Specializing in With a scraped elbow and a bit of a “California-Mex” cuisine, Wahoo’s Fish bruised ego, it’s safe to say that I total- Taco, located at Ward Gateway Center and Kahala Corner, makes it a point to ly “ate” it! serve everything fresh, utilizing only the best of ingredients. And while there’s a plethora of options on the Above: After enjoying some fun in the sun, the author can’t wait to devour Wahoo’s ono Outer menu ranging from nachos, quesadilReef Burrito. las, salads, soups, sandwiches, tacos,
burritos and more — my choice always happens to be Wahoo’s famous Outer Reef Burrito ($7.99), featuring a gigantic flour tortilla stuffed to the brim with ohee rice, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, savory black or spicy Cajun white beans, lettuce or cabbage, your choice of filling (blackened or flame-broiled fish, blackened or flame-broiled chicken, pork, shrimp, grilled steak, mushrooms, banzai veggies or tofu) and fresh salsa. Talk about complete and utter goodness with every bite! Imagine succulent pieces of meat or fish combined with a zesty salsa and an array of veggies, combined with hearty rice and tortilla to give it substance. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? To kick it up a notch, I prefer to order my Outer Reef Burrito “Christmas-style” topped with red and green sauce — the red sauce being an enchilada sauce and the green, a fatfree roasted pepper cilantro sauce. Trust me, these sauces just add to what already is “perfection.” So, the next time you’re in the mood for some “Cali-mex” cuisine, head on over to Wahoo’s Fish Taco and grab a margarita while you’re at it. You deserve it!
Wahoo’s Fish Taco Ward Gateway Center, 940 Auahi St. Kahala Korner 4614 Kilauea Ave. 591.1646 (Ward), 732.9229 (Kahala) – See page 16
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Diners get the royal treatment at 4Kings Kitchen, a South King Street establishment that uses only the freshest of ingredients story by ALANA FOLEN • photos by LAWRENCE TABUDLO
ith the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton just around the corner, there’s some talk right here at home about where to find local cuisine fit for kings and queens. Well, there’s really no need to go as far away as England to be treated like royalty, because at 4Kings Kitchen on South King Street, owner and chef Kapo Kealoha and business partner Christopher Kegler have been serving up the highest quality of gourmet plate lunches — utilizing only the finest and freshest ingredients in the process. This preferred eatery among locals began its reign earlier this year and Kealoha was happy to share with Dining Out just what makes this restaurant the avantgarde of your favorite local fare.
DO: It’s obvious that you’ve come from a culinary background. What past experiences brought you to where you are today? Kealoha: I worked as the executive chef of Tiki’s Grill and Bar for four and a half years before this and also worked at the Four Seasons in the Bahamas, Jackson Hole, Miami and East Palo Alto.
DO: What can people expect from the menu when dining at 4Kings? Kealoha: Basically, we serve gourmet plate lunches and serve organic when we can. When people come here they can expect good food for a reasonable price. It’s not DO: You’ve started your own your normal plate lunch fare, but I’d kingdom of sorts at 4Kings Kitchen. like to think that we produce great Is this your initial venture into the food. culinary industry? And has opening DO: Would you agree that it’s a a restaurant been a dream-comebit more upscale than your everytrue of yours? Kealoha: Yes. This is our first day plate lunch? Kealoha: Definitely. There’s a lot business venture, and opening a restaurant is always something that of attention that’s put into every I wanted to do. I love working with dish that’s prepared. I like to think
1 Owner and chef Kapo Kealoha knows a thing or two about gourmet, local-style plate lunches. 2 Kealoha puts the finishing touches on his famous Kim Chee Mahi Mahi Sandwich. 3 4Kings Kitchen, located on South King Street, provides a causual dining atmosphere.
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food. I don’t know anyone in our business who would take a jump like this (opening their own restaurant) if they didn’t enjoy working with food.
4 Kim Chee Mahi Mahi Sandwich ($10) 5 Chinese Steamed Fresh Island Fish ($11) 6 “Not Your Normal Loco” ($11) 7 Chef Kapo’s Mochiko Chicken ($10)
that everything starts with the freshest products that you can get — fresh fish, locally raised beef, fresh organic vegetables. From there, everything is handled as it would be in a fine dining restaurant. We present the finished product to the customer in a manner that you wouldn’t really expect from a plate lunch place.
is easily one of my favorite items, along with the “Not Your Normal Loco” ($11), a house-made fish burger with fresh caught mahi mahi, served with shiitake mushroom gravy and two eggs your choice of style. The Chinese Steamed Fresh Island Fish ($11) is another customer favorite, steamed with lup cheong, shiitake mushrooms, green onion, carrots and ginger. Of course, it’s made with fresh fish caught daily. My grandparents loved pork chops, and the Red Wine Braised Chops ($9) features well-seasoned pork chops, slow braised in a red wine sauce. All entrees come with a choice of white or brown rice and a choice of MA‘O Farms Sassy Mix Salad or house-made kim chee and cucumber kim chee. If you’re hungry for a sandwich, we have many to choose from. But the Kim Chee Mahi Mahi Sandwich ($10) is really good, made with my own kim chee atop pan-seared mahi mahi on an onion roll. All sandwiches are served with a choice of fries or MA’O Farms Sassy Mix Salad.
DO: Quality is key and you serve many local favorites here. How did the menu come to be? Kealoha: The menu is derived from things that I loved to eat when I was growing up, although I’ve added some little twists here and there. I add my spin on a lot of the foods. I put this menu together because I couldn’t get this stuff every day and now I can (laughs). DO: What were some of your favorite foods while growing up that are now specialties on the menu? Kealoha: My mom made mochiko chicken fairly regularly, so Chef Kapo’s Mochiko Chicken ($10)
DO: What are the benefits to using local products and produce? Where do you see your restaurant headed in the near future? Kealoha: I use local products whenever I can. I’m in the process of trying to bring in Kauai grassfed beef and hope to add a couple more items to the menu with that. Sustainability is important. During my culinary training, all the chefs I was working under always outsourced from the local farms in the area. You always want to use the freshest ingredients you can, as it adds another level of complexity to the food. Therefore, we bring fresh products in on a daily basis. We definitely want to open more locations in the future and keep going with our catering services.
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t Tanaka Saimin on North Nimitz Highway, you’ll find diners slurping up a storm, all thanks to the eatery’s mouth-watering saimin. According to owners Joan and Paul Watanabe, noodles are Tanaka’s specialty, from traditional saimin and won ton min to udon and hoso udon. Other local favorites grace the menu as well, including shrimp tempura, teri beef, burgers, sandwiches and more. Dining Out recently stopped by the busy saimin shop and couldn’t help but notice the smiles on the faces of Suzie, Dina and Gigi Lee, who were finishing up a delicious lunch. Suzie Lee: “I ordered the Saimin Combo (small $8.20, large $8.70) and it was delicious! It came with teri beef, shrimp tempura and a nice salad. This is our second time here and we really like the noodles. They’re very fresh.” Dina Lee: “Both Gigi and I ordered the Tanka Special Saimin ($8.45), which is a large won ton min served with two pieces of shrimp tempura.”
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(Clockwise, from left) Suzie, Dina and Gigi Lee enjoy oodles of noodles at Tanaka Saimin.
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ne key ingredient to a great experience when dining out is whether or not the establishment is willing to catering to your specific needs and tastes. It’s a no-brainer: Treat your customers well. Give them what they want — within reason, of course — and they will appreciate the extra effort. It keeps them coming back and most likely they’ll spread the word to friends and family. Saigon House gets it. The next time you’ve got your appetite set on a steaming bowl of pho, look no further. The restaurant typically uses a beef broth for its pho, but if you choose to go meatless, owner Mandy Where: Nguyen and staff will 2743 S. King St. happily oblige. “We do have a vegetable broth,” Call: 942.4577 she says. “It’s not on the menu, but if they Hours: Open request, we use mushMonday-Saturday, room broth.” 9 am.-9 p.m. The Pho Tofu Vegetables ($7.75 medi-
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um; $8.25 large) is healthy bowlful of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cabbage and tofu along with those hard-to-resist noodles and the aforementioned mushroom broth — a veggie lover’s delight. But remember, when placing your order, be sure to request the mushroom broth or the pho will be prepared with the standard beef broth. If you’d like to tickle your taste buds a bit before digging into the pho, Saigon House also offers Vegetable Spring Rolls ($6.25) stuffed with taro, yellow beans, carrots, round onion and long rice. “It’s very good,” touts Nguyen. If that’s not enough, she adds, “We can also put together a vegetable stir-fry with rice.” Contact Terri Hefner at email@example.com
1 Tofu Summer Rolls ($5.25) 2 Pho Tofu Vegetables ($7.75 medium; $8.25 large) 3 Vegetable Spring Rolls ($6.25) Leah Friel photos
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Catering Made Easy Story by Kyle Galdeira Photos by Lawrence Tabudlo
s the spring graduation season approaches, so does the season for planning and attending these type of ceremonies. Graduation parties are part of local tradition— the perfect way to celebrate the official end of one’s high school or college days with family, friends and great food.
A Catered Experience specializes in coordinating these events and has created special graduation party packages that help organizers offer great-tasting quality dishes for guests while eliminating the hassle of cooking, storing and presenting food for large groups. “We can customize anything to the customer’s needs,” says manager Ron Hattori. When customers order one of the diverse graduation packages that are on special through August, and order for a minimum of 25 guests, they will receive free delivery to Pearl City, Mililani or Waipahu as well as disposable paper plates, napkins and utensils. For those customers living in other areas of the island, a delivery charge will be applied based on location. Additionally, if customers need help with logistics, such as tables, chairs, tents or other hardware, A Catered
1 Tossed Green Salad 2 Okinawan Shoyu Pork 3 Potato Macaroni Salad 4 Assorted Fruit Platter (option, add on) 5 Garlic Chicken 6 Baked Fish 7 Assorted Sushi Platter (option, add on) 8 A Catered Experience’s Dewey Mark with the Assorted Sushi Platter
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inside feature A CATERED EXPERIENCE Hours: Daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: 94-1068 Ka Uka Blvd., Waipahu Call: 677.7744 Notes: Multiple graduation menu specials are available through August. A Catered Experience also offers delivery, staffing for events or parties, and access to supplies, including tables, chairs and tents.
Experience can handle that, too ,for an additional cost. The company also is able to provide staffing for events that require such assistance, including attendants for a buffet line or prime rib-carving station. Customers are encouraged to call and inquire about customized “Full Service” packages and rates. “We’re even working on creating healthier menus if customers are interested in that,” Hittori says. “Some of the menus are made with reduced fat or sodium.” The Pupu Menu ($8.25 per
person) is one of the special packages available and includes assorted finger sandwiches (tuna, egg salad, turkey & Swiss, and ham & cheese), assorted fresh vegetable crudite, potato macaroni salad, mochiko chicken, mini hoki (with a wasabi caper sauce), and lumpia (with a sweet chili sauce). The Custom Menu ($9.65 per person, shown in accompanying photographs) is another option and offers up garlic chicken, Okinawan shoyu pork, baked fish, potato macaroni salad, and tossed green salad with a
choice of dressing. The Light Hawaiian Menu ($13.25 per person) is chockfull of local favorites, and the popular combination features a spread of kalua pig, laulau, shoyu chicken, chicken long rice, lomi salmon, macaroni salad and steamed white rice. Additional packages as well as customizable menu combinations also are available, and customers are encouraged to call 677-7744 and inquire so that A Catered Experience can tailor its services to specific needs.
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order of the day Story by Kelli Shiroma | Photos by Leah Friel
ith its recent grand opening March 6, SushiSan might be considered the “new kid on the block” in the neighborhood of Kaiten-style sushi restaurants. However, owner Jay Kim has wasted no time bringing new features and flavors to create a unique sushi dining experience for his customers.
Where: 1409 Kapiolani Blvd. Call: 944.0670 Website: sushisan.com Hours: Open daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
SushiSan is similar to other Kaiten-style sushi diners, in that customers can choose variously priced dishes from a conveyor belt that winds throughout the restaurant. SushiSan, however, increases the customer’s selections by providing not one, but two conveyor belts, each loaded with an assortment of dishes. “We have two layers of conveyor belts that go in different (opposite) directions, so people can have more choices,” Kim explains. Another unique feature of SushiSan is its self-serve hot water faucets. Instead of waiting for refills of tea, this “DIY” feature was implemented to increase customer satisfaction. Below the two conveyor belts carrying food dishes is another belt, providing customers with tea bags and empty cups.
“The water faucet is for hot tea,” Kim says, gesturing to the innovative feature. “You grab the cup and put it under the faucet and the hot water just goes in, then you simply put in the tea bags.” In addition to these restaurant features, SushiSan is distinctive because of its eclectic menu, according to Kim. “Our resources make SushiSan different from other restaurants,” Kim says. “I wanted to provide my customers with a high quality of the fish at a reasonable price. We create a lot of different
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order of the day 1 A marvelous array of sushi greets patrons at SushiSan. 2 White Button Mushroom Sushi ($3.20) 3 Spicy Ebi Roll (tempura shrimp and spicy ahi topping) ($4.80) 4 Honey Moon Roll ($2.20) with bacon, lettuce and honey mustard sauce. 5 Beef Tataki ($3.20) 6 Chef Heo prepares a SushiSan creation.
types of menu dishes using really good resources. We try to concentrate on creating more variety on our menu.” Some of SushiSan’s most popular menu items include the Beef Tataki ($3.20) and Maguro Tataki ($3.20). While the Beef Tataki features rice, sliced onions and a sliced rare beef that is torched before serving, the Maguro Tataki is similar except it includes a sliced tuna that also is torched before serving. The Kappa Spicy Tuna ($2.20) is another highly requested dish, according to Kim. “The Kappa Spicy Tuna has spicy tuna and rice surrounded not by nori, but by cucumbers,” Kim says. “People think that’s really interesting; a lot of people have tasted it and really love it.” Another customer favorite is the Kim Chee Gunkan ($2.80) — lightly fried and seasoned kim chee as a topping on rice
and nori — the most recent addition to the restaurant’s menu. However, one of SushiSan’s signature dishes is its Combination (Hot) Donburi ($5.80). “This donburi is a hot stone bowl dish,” Kim says. “It comes with buttered and seasoned rice at the bottom. Unagi, Maguro, Salmon, Ika, Ebi, Ikura and Tobiko are toppings on the rice. I think that one is very popular; we have a good reputation for that dish.” The variety of dishes on SushiSan’s menu range from $1.50 (Brown Plate) to $4.80 (Black Plate), with an assortment of donburi, temaki and side dish options as well. The average price range per customer would be $12 to $13, according to Kim. When asked about upcoming changes for SushiSan, Kim is quick to answer in terms of expanding the restaurant’s menu.
“I’m mostly trying to focus on developing my menu,” he says. “I want to put more variety of foods using different resources (on the menu). We also have a takeout menu we are developing, too … I’m just trying to make more choices for my customers.” For Kim, seeing customers — especially families with children — enjoying their food truly “wraps up” his vision for the restaurant. “I want my restaurant to have a comfortable atmosphere so anyone can come in,” Kim says. “I want to see more families have a great time together. I love to see kids eating and families seeing their kids enjoying it (the food). In starting my own business, that’s the whole point seeing my customers happy.”
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on the menu
Hanaki does it all with shabu shabu, combos Y
ou don’t have to travel far to experience all your Japanese favorites, as they can all be found right here at Hanaki Restaurant in Manoa Marketplace. The restaurant first opened its doors in 1996 as an all-youcan-eat buffet, before embarking on a new journey — one of oishi shabu shabu creations and other
local Japanese cuisine. General manager Mark Mitsuyoshi says customers of all ages can’t seem to get enough of Hanaki’s shabu shabu options, presenting diners with an eclectic array of soups and bowls/plates of vegetables, seafood and meats ranging from $2.50 to $4.50. Also, sink your teeth
into Hanaki’s Combination Plates (two choice plate $9.95, three choice plate $12.95), a perfect choice for the indecisive diner, offering up a variety of local favorites, including shrimp tempura, fried fish katsu, chicken kara age, tako yaki, homemade gyoza, deep-fried oysters, shoyu chicken and shoyu tofu.
Hanaki Restaurant Where:
Manoa Marketplace, 2752 Woodlawn Drive
High on Hanaki Are you working up an appetite? Well, the following Hanaki Restaurant specialties will satisfy all your cravings.
Side Order of Gyoza ($4.50); Two Choice Combination Plate ($9.95). Hanaki’s famous gyoza accompanied by a Two Choice Combination plate, featuring shrimp tempura and chicken kara age, boneless fried chicken with a light garlic batter. All combo plates are served with a bowl of miso soup and rice.
Call: 988.9551 Hours: Open Wednesday through Monday; 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch, 5 to 10 p.m. dinner
Shrimp Tempura Donburi ($11.95); Two Choice Combination Plate ($9.95) Hanaki’s Shrimp Tempura Donburi tempts diners with savory vegetables cooked in a special lightly sweetened shoyu-base sauce, served with a steamed egg over hot rice. The meal is then topped off with two pieces of Shrimp Tempura. Another possible two combination plate pairing can include Shrimp Tempura and Fried Fish Katsu, served with a bowl of miso soup and rice.
Shabu Shabu Pot (Varied prices) Shabu Shabu is a very interactive form of dining and is personalized to customers’ liking. A popular shabu shabu creation includes Chinese cabbage ($2.50), beef meatballs ($3.50), fish cake balls ($3.50) and sliced prime rib ($4.50) cooked in a piping hot Hanaki soup base ($5).
4 1 Side order of Gyoza ($4.50); Two Choice Combination Plate ($9.95).
2 Shrimp Tempura Donburi ($11.95); Two Choice Combination Plate ($9.95).
4 Hanaki Restaurant’s Shabu Shabu Pot (varied prices) allows diners to customize their meal to their liking.
3 Brandy and Branda Chen can’t get enough of Hanaki’s Shabu Shabu Pot.
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More than just tacos at Wahoo’s ahoo’s Fish Taco is making a splash when it comes to serving up the best in “California-Mex” fare. Sisters Stephanie Gambetta and Noel Pietsch brought this Californiabased chain to the islands in 2006 with the opening of their first location at Ward Gateway Center. Today, Gambetta and Pietsch are busier than ever, having opened the doors to the eatery’s second location last December in Kahala Corner. The restaurant’s beachy and relaxed vibe makes it the optimal place to enjoy a meal and drinks with friends, whether you’re craving a taco, enchilada, sandwich, salad, pupus or one of Wahoo’s famous bowls. Undoubtedly, you won’t regret a thing, as the cuisine at Wahoo’s is healthy, deliciously fresh and equally affordable. “The Wahoo’s Salad is a very popular dish and really, really healthy,”
Large appetizers to satisfy appetites of ‘Fat’s’ patrons By Kyle Galdeira
Where: • Ward Gateway Center, 940 Auahi St. • Kahala Korner 4614 Kilauea Ave.
ver get tired of restaurants that offer up appetizers that end up being appeteasers? Whether it’s a lack of quality, or small portion size, a poor pupu can ruin one’s dining experience. Fortunately at The Fat Greek, diners won’t run into the aforementioned dilemma. The cozy eatery nestled in Kaimuki near the intersection of Saint Louis Drive and Waialae Avenue serves up fresh Greek fare in plentiful portions. The Appetizer Platter ($36) allows diners to sample Fat Greek’s most popular pupus on one big plate. The hearty platter serves four people, and features hummus (blended chick peas), babaganoush (eggplant dip), spanakopita (baked spinach and feta cheese), feta cheese and olives, Greek fries (with or without garlic), merguez sausage (spicy lamb), Greek salad, mussels (infused with ginger, garlic,
Wahoo’s Fish Taco
Pietsch explains. For $9.75, diners receive Wahoo’s self-titled salad, featuring a refreshing blend of lettuce, red cabbage, cheese, fresh salsa, guacamole and crisp tortilla shells, topped with your choice of flame-broiled chicken, fish, pork or tofu. Add on shrimp or grilled steak for an additional $2. A fat-free cilantro sauce and dressing accompanies the dish to give it that extra zest that will leave you begging for more. “I think a lot of people think Wahoo’s just has fish, but we also offer chicken, steak, pork, shrimp and tofu. So there’s lots of different options,” Pietsch says.
capers and a special sauce), dolmades (grape vine leaves stuffed with rice and herbs) and stacks of warm pita bread. “Nobody else makes platters like that,” says Fat Greek coowner Francois Provenza. “Even when you go to the mainland, Greek restaurants are very simple — nothing like this.” The Appetizer Platter’s items also are available on the restaurant’s starter menu as a la carte offerings, and range in price from $4.50 to $6. Not only are the items authentic and plentiful, but made fresh daily. According to Provenza, fresh batches of hummus and babaganoush are prepared three to four times a day to keep up with demand. Take-out orders and private catering packages are also available. Special Easter and Mother’s Day platters will also be available, call for more details. Also, check out The Fat Greek’s newest location on Ala Moana Boulevard, above Kobe Steakhouse.
Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Ward); Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m. (Kahala)
Best “Japanese Style” Shabu Shabu in Hawaii
Call: 734.0404 (Kaimuki), 941.3444 (Waikiki)
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
Hours: Take-out orders and private catering packages are also available. Special Easter and Mother’s Day platters will also be available, call for more details.
(Ask about extended graduation hours)
All You Can Eat Buffett Lunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Wahoo’s Salad ( $9.75) is topped with chicken, tortilla strips and cheese, paired with salsa and guacamole on the side.
Adult $11.95 • Child $7.50
Dinner: 5:00pm - 8:30pm Adult $15.95 • Child $9.00
Maple Garden /Yen King 909 Isenberg Street • 941-6641 www.MapleGardenHawaii.com
Leah Friel photo Appetizer Combo ($36, feeds four people) | Lawrence Tabudlo photo
FREE Mexican Coffee Limit one coffee per entree. Limited Time Only.
w/coupon. Exp. 4/30/11
1221 Kapiolani Blvd. 597-1655
Waialae Avenue #A3, Honolulu; Waikiki: 1831 Ala Moana Blvd., Ste. 201, Honolulu.
SPECIAL 7 Course Menu $145
Redeem this ad and recieve a free coffee with the purchase of any breakfast entree.
M-Sat 11am-2pm Dinner Nightly 5pm-10pm Validated Parking
Where: Kaimuki: 3040
Call: 591.1646 (Ward), 732.9229 (Kahala)
The Fat Greek
AUTHENTIC MEXICAN CUISINE
2740 East Manoa Rd • 988-8118 • M-Sat 11am-9pm • Sun 8am-8pm 41-865 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo • 259-7374 • M-Sat 11am-8pm • Sun 8am-8pm
98-1277 Kaahumanu St. (across from Safeway)
2752 Woodlawn Drive
Clams, Jumbo Shrimp, Mussels & Calamari
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Spicing things up with Thai curry By Chris Fleck rying to narrow the origin of curry down to any one country can be a difficult endeavor, but there’s no disputing the spicy dish enjoys a firm foundation in Indian and Pakistani cuisines, and is a common delicacy in Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. Historically, curry, with its zesty spices and blend of herbs, was introduced to Thailand by monks traveling from India centuries ago. One of the modern-day beneficiaries of this dish is Patrick Chang, owner of Bangkok Chef, who invites diners to experience several Thai curries on his menu:
green, yellow, panang and many curry dishes out red curry. there. In the streets, there Red Chicken Curry are big pots of curry
($6.25), for example, is served for both lunch and dinner. “When you go to Thailand, there are many
Chef restaurant locations in Nuuanu, Manoa and, most recently, on Nimitz Highway. Gaeng phet, or curry in Thai, is a unique curry paste made primarily with fresh rather than dried herbs. “One thing about Thai curry is that we use lemon grass and lime leaf (kaffer). That gives it a good flavor, a beautiful aroma,” Chang adds. Bangkok Chef’s red chicken curry blends sliced chicken breast, bamboo shoots and eggplant into its red and rice and you can curry paste. The paste conchoose which type you want. It is just part of the everyday life,” says Chang, who now has Bangkok
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sists of red chilies, ginger, honey and a few other added spices, which are all mixed with coconut milk. “Curry without coconut milk would not taste as good, so coconut milk is one of our main ingredients,” says Chang. Finishing this combination is brown rice, which mingles nicely with the chicken, eggplant and red sauce. “Our brown rice is super good. It is not like brown rice you get at your market; it is jasmine brown rice,” he says.
Bangkok Chef Where: • Nuuanu 1627 Nuuanu Ave., Honolulu Call: 585.8839 • Manoa 2955 E. Manoa Road, Honolulu Call: 988.0212 • Nimitz 900 N. Nimitz Hwy., Honolulu Call: 536.8570
Hours: Red chicken curry ($6.25) Nathalie Walker photo
The Homegrown menu featured Every Wednesday
Monday – Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.
Farm-2-Table menu served Every Thursday
Easter Brunch Buffet & Picture Taking with the Easter Bunny! at the
Celebrate Your Birthday With us and Receive a complimentary Hy’s Cheesecake & Keepsake Photo For Honoree
Mon-Fri: 6:00 - 10:00 pm Sat, Sun: 5:30 - 10:00 pm • Wine Spectator Award-Winning Wine List • Live Entertainment • Valet Parking Proper Attire Required
Sunday, April 24, 2011 Mauna Kea Ballroom * 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Fresh is the new delicious.
Waffle Station, Omelet Station, Pho Station Crab Legs, Prime Rib, Veal Medallions with Rock Shrimp, Grilled Snapper, Hoisin Glazed Chicken and more…
Announcing our special 4 course prix fixe menus featuring the freshest ingredients from island farmers every Wednesday and Thursday. Award-winning Master Sommelier Chuck Furuya adds his personal touch by complementing each course with a perfect wine selection.
Adult: $51.00 | Child: $25.50 (ages 6 - 10 years)
$39.95 per person, additional $12 with wine pairings.
Plus 19% service charge and tax. Menu and price subject to change.
For information and reservations, call 952-4789
2440 Kuhio Ave.
100 Holomoana Street, Honolulu, HI 96815
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Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa For reservations: Sansei, 931-6286 d.k Steak House, 931-6280 Visit DKRestaurants.com for weekly menus 2552 Kalakaua Ave. 3 hours of FREE self-parking with validation
‘G’ keeps sushi moving
ith all its boats in a row, G Sushi is rowing toward premier sushi status, as customers can’t help but rave about the diverse array of sushi at this Market City Shopping Center establishment. By offering a “sushi-go-around” type of experience, each plate of sushi is served on a boat floating in water that passes all tables. Owner Lisa Yuan takes pride in the fact that G Sushi only promotes the freshest fish in its sushi creations. “We have two sushi chefs here and they always use the best ingredients, making our sushi very popular,” she says. According to Yuan, G Sushi’s Sashimi Boat ($8.99), Ebi Tempura ($3.99) and Diamond Roll ($3.99) cannot go unnoticed. The Sashimi Boat will please most fish fanatics, with four freshly sliced pieces of maguro, four pieces of savory salmon and two pieces of tako. Then get your fill of tempting Ebi tempura, which also includes sweet potato, eggplant and string bean tempura — all lightly battered to perfection. Lastly, the Diamond Roll will intrigue the taste buds of any sushi sensationalist with its vibrant flavors of deep-fried battered shrimp, cucumber, lettuce and mayo, topped with G Sushi’s renowned spicy tuna and garnished with green onions.
ON ON at McCully Chinese Restaurant
1110 McCully St. • 946-8833 (Corner of McCully & Young St.)
1 G Sushi’s Diamond Roll ($3.99)
Mother's Day & GRADUATION SPECIAL Dinner Menu for 10 - $189 Scallop Egg Soup Chinese Chicken Salad Peking Duck with Bun Steamed Sea Bass Ginger Onion Shrimp Pepper Salt Peking Style Island Pork Chop Minute Chicken Cake Noodle Steamed Rice
Add 2 Lobsters $25 more
with the purchase of regular entrée, Dine-In only.
Reserve now, space limited
visit www.ononhawaii.com for menus and $5 coupon
G Sushi Where: Where: Market City Shopping Center, 2919 Kapiolani Blvd., #23 1
Same Owner, same cooks, same great food! Take-out and catering available call... Aina Haina Shopping Center, 373-1303 or 373-4653
Decorated Peach Bavarian Cake
Oreo Cookies ‘N Cream Cake
Decorated Dobash Cake
Price slightly higher at Zippy’s Ala Moana and Pearlridge.
Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
salmon and tako. 4 Row of floating sushi boats entice customers.
2 Ebi Tempura ($3.99) 3 The Sashimi Boat ($8.99) features freshly sliced maguro,
Lawrence Tabudlo photos 3
50 Different Items to Choose From
April 25 - 29, 2011
$21.95 MONDAY - FRIDAY LUNCH ONLY
Hawaii’s Original Garden Restaurant Since 1944
• Asstd Nigiri Sushi • Blue Crab & Shrimp Orzo Pasta • Mini Rib-Eye Hamburger Steak • Misoyaki Butterfish • Rosemary Salt Crusted Prime Rib
• Petite red velvet cupcakes • Peanut butter & chocolate bread pudding
And Much More!
901 Hausten St. • www.willowshawaii.com • 952-9200
LUNCH 10:30am-2:30pm...$14.95 DINNER 2:30pm-10pm......$21.95
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ono, you know 1
1 The Carne Asada Burrito ($8.75) from Serg’s Mexican Kitchen features steak, guacamole and pico de gallo. 2 El Charro’s SUPER Charro Burrito ($12.99) is filled with grilled chicken, steak, rice, beans and cheese. 3 Sofia’s burrito ($8.50) is an El Charro favorite. 4 Sergio Arellano, owner/chef of Serg’s Mexican Kitchen, with
assistant chefs Pako Jimenez and Kimo Garcia. Pako is holding the Carne Asada Burrito and Kimo is holding a Jarritos drink made in Mexico. 5 Owner Sofia Ramirez presents the author with her top pick, Sofia’s Burrito. * Lawrence Tabudlo photos
5 – From page 2
El Charro Mexicano Aiea Restaurant Readers, you all know how much I adore food, right? Some people eat to live, but I live to eat! (I know — surprise, surprise.) And while it’s definitely difficult for me to pick a “favorite” restaurant, I must admit that El Charro Mexicano Aiea Restaurant is one that’s hard to top. Having just opened its doors six months ago, El Charro is owned and operated by husbandand-wife team John and Sofia Ramirez. John is from Mexico and Sofia is from Uruguay, so judging from their Central and South American backgrounds alone, I knew I was in for an incredible culinary treat. Sure enough, on my early morning venture to this Mexicano restaurant,on the third level of Aiea Shopping Center, Sofia kindly presented me with two particular burritos that were, well, out of this world! The first to grace my palate was the SUPER Charro Burrito ($12.99), and the name says it all. Of all burritos, this one entices diners with a 12-inch flour tortilla stuffed with grilled chicken, steak, rice, beans and cheese. Topped
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with a special El Charro red sauce and melted cheese, the burrito is served with traditional rice, beans and pico de gallo. “A lot of customers order the SUPER Charro Burrito because they like the flavor of our carne asada steak,” Sofia says. “What we strive for at El Charro is to give the best fresh-tasting Mexican food to our customers, even serving fresh, homemade salsa and chips.” A favorite burrito of Sofia’s that is not on the menu, but can be ordered a la
carte or with rice and beans, is none other than Sofia’s Burrito ($8.50, $10.50 with rice and beans). This burrito can be ordered with grilled steak or grilled chicken and features roasted bell peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, lettuce, guacamole, sour cream and mozzarella cheese in a 10-inch flour tortilla. “It’s a way lighter burrito compared to the SUPER Charro Burrito and it’s a bit more healthy because it has all the veggies in it,” Sofia explains. “It has so much flavor — it’s a perfect option for lunch because it’s not too heavy.” In other words, Sofia’s Burrito won’t give you a kanak attack. But really, every now and then a kanak attack is totally worth it when it comes to muy caliente cuisine! El Charro Mexicano Aiea Restaurant Aiea Shopping Center 99-115 Aiea Heights Drive, Suite #304 488.9727
Serg’s Mexican Kitchen
Experience a taste of Mexico at Serg’s Mexican Kitchen right in the heart of Manoa Valley. As a lover of all foods South of the Border, I often frequent Serg’s when that craving for some delicious carne asada hits. Chef and owner Sergio Arellano runs this restaurant, along with a second location in Waimanalo, with the help of his wife and business partner, Claudette. The food here speaks for itself as the restaurant is always bustling with those yearning for delicious and affordable cuisine. Carnivores take note: The next time you find yourself at Serg’s, make sure your taste buds are all over the Carne Asada Burrito ($8.75). This mouthwatering burrito gives diners a taste of electrifying homemade carne asada steak with guacamole and pico de gallo, paired with a side of beans and rice. But beware — an explosion of flavors will hit you with every bite. I recommend having a horchata on the side to help wash down this ultimate beautiful burrito.
Serg’s Mexican Kitchen 2740 E. Manoa Road (and Waimanalo location) 988.8118
or more than 40 years, Larry’s Bakery has been winning over locals with its scrumptious, home-baked products that to this day make loyal fans giddy in anticipation of that first bite. “We see customers from 20 years ago coming back, and they talk about how they would get up in the morning and they would be so excited to see the box from Larry’s, and then they would dig in to see what kind of items were in there,” says Iris Yafuso, who grew up in the baking biz after her father, Larry, opened the original Larry’s Waiau Bakery back in the late 1960s. “Those customers,” Iris adds, “they come to the window and ask, ‘Don’t you make this anymore?’ or ‘I remember this and this and this,’ so we started making those (items) again.”
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– See page 18
S A Sweet Tooth For All Things Delicious
ink your teeth into a slice of sweet nostalgia at Larry’s Bakery, where owners Iris and Lance Yafuso are using the same recipes developed by their father more than 40 years ago. “My dad was Larry, and he opened the business,” Iris explains. Larry opened the original Larry’s Waiau Bakery in Waimalu Shopping Center in the late 1960s. Sadly, he passed away at the age of 49 from a brain aneurism, leaving his wife and children to carry on operations. “My mom took over the whole business,” says Iris, who was only 9 at the time. “My brothers were still in high school, and I was the young baby back then. It was just kind of crazy and we got kind of thrown into everything. “It’s totally family-run,” she adds of the tiny storefront, now located near Target in Salt Lake. “It’s my brother and I who are doing everything, and we have our classmates and friends and family helping us run everything.” And she means everything. Every pastry, cookie, cake, pie and bread loaf is made from scratch, by hand and fresh every morning. “Lots of it is old recipes that we just continued on,” Iris says of familiar favorites like Cinnamon Bread ($4), Apple Cinnamon Bread ($4.50), Blueberry Cinnamon Bread ($4.50) and Soft Cottage Bread ($4) that fly off the shelves daily. “The newer stuff,” she adds, “comes from brainstorming, like, oh, let’s try this just for us to eat, but then it’s like, oh, wow … just making stuff that we think would be ono and we want to eat but it turns out to be something crazy good.” One example of this experimentation is their popular White Chantilly Cake ($12.50 and up), concoted to accommodate a niece who has an allergy to chocolate. “We started making it at home for our parties, then we started doing it for our customers and now it’s just taken off. It's crazy,” Iris says. “We’re also doing the cakes and bringing out the new ideas like the cupcake bouquets, the decorated cookies, all the fun stuff — the fun stuff we never got to do before but now we can,” she adds. “But we gotta thank my dad, who left all this behind for us.”
Coconut Stick and Apple Stick ($1.35), Stick Donut ($1.50) and Okinawan Sweet Potato Manju (95 cents) Leah Friel photos
Lance Yafuso and sister Iris Yafuso bake everything from Apple Cinnamon Bread ($4.50) to White Chantilly Cake ($12.50) fresh daily at Larry’s Bakery.
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foodie fare – From page 17
One immensely popular confection making a comeback at Larry’s is the Stick Donut ($1.50), glazed doughnut holes skewered with a stick. “It’s all stuck together and you peel it off,” Iris says. “Some people will pull the stick off and then piece by piece eat it, or bite it off in the middle. Somehow, it’s just fun to eat when it’s on a stick.” Other old-school favorites being offered once more are the flaky and flavorful Apple and Coconut Sticks ($1.35 each), as well as the Okinawan Sweet Potato Manju (95 cents), a nod to the Yafuso ohana’s Okinawan roots. “A lot of the recipes are my dad’s, so it’s not like we’re re-creating the wheel here,” Iris says. “It’s stuff we had from before, plus some new stuff that's just coming out now.” Brand-new to the Larry’s line is a Chocolate Brownie Butter Mochi ($2) that tastes even better than it looks.
“The bottom half is chocolate brownie with chocolate chips, and the top half is butter mochi,” Iris says of the rich and creamy dessert combination that was dreamed up just last week. “You can use that for party favors or just to eat. And I just started doing the cupcakes,” she adds. Available in vanilla, chocolate and red velvet, the cupcakes can be frosted with buttercream, chocolate fudge or Chantilly and are sold by packs of 12 for $19.95$22.95.
Larry’s Bakery 4369 Lawehana St. B-2 422.0059 larrysbakeryhi.com Open 6 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8-9 a.m. Saturday for pre-order pick-up only
1 1 Vanilla, chocolate and red velvet cupcakes with butter cream, fudge and Chantilly frosting ($19.95$22.95 for a dozen) 2 Chocolate Brownie Butter Mochi ($2) Leah Friel photos
TAKE MY WORD FOR IT….DINING OUT WORKS! Since starting Dining Out in August, we’ve had many customers commenting on how they have seen us featured in Dining Out. We have reached customers who never heard of us before and our sales have steadily increased. We recently opened 2 new locations in Waikiki and Ala Moana Center Food Court. Consistency in advertising is very important to me and I am extremely pleased with the reach & response that I get from Dining Out. Take my word for it…Dining Out works!
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Francois Provenza The Fat Greek Waialae | Waikiki | Ala Moana
beyond the menu
Japan benefit to feature isle’s top musical acts orld-renowned chef Chai Chaowasaree of Chai’s Island Bistro is teaming up with some of Hawaii’s most celebrated chefs, including Roy Yamaguchi, Alan Wong, George Mavrothalassitis and D.K. Kodama, to support Hawaiian Airlines “Lei Day for Japan,” a special fundraising effort to help in the country’s recovery efforts following last month’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. The Hawaii cuisine and music extravaganza is set for 6 p.m. May 1 at Aloha Tower Marketplace. There will be continuous entertainment provided throughout the evening by riveting local artists such as Kealii Reichel, Jake Shimabukuro and
You’ve seen The Pulse commercial on TV. View the TWO MINUTE extended play version on
honolulupulse.com Natalie Ai Kamauu, to name a few, and more than 25 various food stations offering an exquisite array of local favorites. Adding to the dining festivities, wines will be selected by master sommelier Chuck Furuya and provided courtesy of Southern Wine & Spirits. “You don’t often see some of Hawaii’s best chefs all a part of one event. But everyone wants to help Japan in its recovery efforts,” says Chaowasaree. “This is for a great cause and we hope everyone can attend.” All proceeds raised at the event will go to the JapanAmerica Society of Hawaii for donation to the Japanese Red Cross Society. Tickets to the benefit cost $100 per person for general admission, $1,500 for reserved tables with seating for 10 and $5,000 for a limited number of VIP tables. For more information, visit LeiDayForJapan.org or call 585.0011. Chef Chai opened his chic Island bistro in 1998 and also serves as corporate chef for Hawaiian Airlines. Travelers can experience a taste of his cuisine starting May 1 on international and domestic flights.
Celebrate Mother’s Day at Lunch
per person (4 people min)
MUSIC BY: THE JUMP OFF’S ( FIERO REMIX )
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Ocean Wrap Mixed Seafood Soup • Tea Smoked Kahuku Shrimp • Kalua Short Ribs Opakapaka Filets with Thai Sauce Stir Fry Seasonal Vegetable Minute Chicken • Fried Noodle Steam Rice Dessert-Mango Pudding Specials not valid on Holidays. Advance Reservations required, please call 971-1818.$3 self park validation only. • Ask about our Kama‘aina Discount
Chicken Salad Minced Beef Cilantro Soup Chive Dumpling • Pork Hash • BBQ Pork Bun Nori Spring Roll • General Tso’s Chicken Kalua Short Ribs Beef Broccoli Fried Noodle Steam Rice Dessert-Mango Pudding
Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa - Street Level •2424 Kalakaua Ave., #102 • SeafoodvillageHyatt.com DINING OUT | APRIL 24-30, 2011 | 19
WHERE TO DINE AMERICAN
4 Kings Kitchen
2671 S. King St. 951-5464
Atlantis Seafood & Steak
2284 Kalakaua Avenue 922-6868
2552 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki Marriott Beach Hotel 931-6280
Tropics Bar & Grill 2005 Kalia Road Hilton Hawaiian Village (Aliâ€˜i Tower) 949-4321
901 Hausten St. 952-9200
Located inside of Zippyâ€™s
711 Queen St. 597-8880 1111 Bishop St. #4 536-8363 Ala Moana Center 946-6388 Royal Hawaiian Center 791-2969
Fendu Boulangerie 2752 Woodlawn Dr. Manoa Marketplace 988-4310
La Palme Dâ€™or Ala Moana Center - Mall Level Mountain side, next to Shirokiya 941-6161
BUFFET Camellia Buffet
930 McCully St. 951-0511/0611
4369 Lawehana St. (across Target in Salt Lake) 422-0059
Sunday, May 8th
Motherâ€™s Day Specials
EASTER SUNDAY BRUNCH BUFFET International Assortment of Salads, Ahi Poke, Hawaiian Luau, Hong Kong Dim Sum Bar Roast Leg of Lamb, Peppered Roast Beef Carving Favorite Chinese Entrees: Desserts Fresh Baked Custard Pie, cakes, almond float and more $23 Adults | $22 Seniors | $11.50 keikis 4 to 12 Sunday, April 4 9 am to 2:00 pm
EASTER SUNDAY SPECIAL MENU Peking Duck, Imperial Scallop Soup, Maine Lobster Ginger Scallion, Beggars Chicken Braised Boneless Beef Shortribs, Peipa Tofu on Spinach, Sweet and Sour Whole Fish, Braised E Mein with Duck Steamed Rice, Mango Tapioca
BRUNCH - 10am-2:30pm (items start @ $7) Blueberry-Pecan Griddle Cake, French Sweet Bread, Short Rib Wellington, LocoMoco, Angus Steak & Egg, Miso Braised Chicken, Grilled Pork Chop, Shrimp Scampi & Much More!
DINNER - 4pm - 9:30pm ($39) Four Course Pre Fix Salad: Pear & Mozarella Appetizer: Bacon, Potato, Blue Cheese Dumplings Choice of Entree: Brandy Demi Filet Mignon Lump Crab Crusted King Salmon Blueberry Rack of Lamb
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Celebrate Easter Sunday with family and friends and a lavish champagne buffet brunch at Rainbow Lanai! The beautiful oceanfront setting is the perfect backdrop for a true feast, featuring a wide selection of appetizers, salads, entrĂŠes and decadent desserts that include:
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