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Pagoda Presents a Fusion of Flavors

Story By Christina O'Connor Photos By Leah Friel
June 26 - July 2, 2011

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Pagoda Restaurant is an unexpected hide-away that offers a tranquil atmosphere. As you sit overlooking a Japanese garden, koi pond and waterfall, it might be easy to forget that the restaurant is located right in the center of downtown Honolulu.

  • Sunday brunch ($25.95) features tasty crab legs and more.
  • Pagoda's executive chef Jason Takemura presents popular brunch items.
  • Customers can't get enough of the Eggs Benedict and omlette bar available for brunch.
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Pagoda has been a must-eat destination for local and tourists alike since 1964, thanks to unbeatable ambiance and its seamlessly fused Asian, Hawaiian and Western dishes. Now under new management since the end of last year, Pagoda still serves up its eclectic menu with even more variety that head chef Jason Takemura has created.

Takemura has added to the breakfast and lunch menus, says restaurant manager Tracy Yadao. For breakfast, which is served a la carte, stop in for Kalua Pig Hash ($9), Eggs Benedict ($12) and Loco Moco ($8.50). For lunch, also a la carte, customer favorites include Oxtail Ramen ($12), Prime Rib Sandwich ($11) and Grilled Teriyaki Steak Sandwich ($10).

Dinner offers even more variety, and depending on which night you come in, you could choose from a completely different menu than the night before. All dinners are an all-you-can-eat-buffet ($30.95 for adults and $14.95 for children).

Wednesday and Thursday nights offer fusion dinners that include roasted garlic chicken and fish with spinach and shiitake mushrooms. Friday dishes out Hawaiian food favorites like kalua cabbage.

On Saturday nights, stop in for seafood night. One of the popular dishes on Saturdays is island fish prepared Molokai style, steamed with ginger, mushroom, Chinese parsley and shoyu.

“We use the freshest fish we can find,” says Yadao. “Mahi mahi and solvasa are the ones that we most commonly use.”

Sunday nights feature Japanese food, including miso butterfish, teriyaki chicken and udon.

On Sundays, Pagoda offers a brunch all-you-caneat buffet ($25.95 for adults and $12.95 for children). Patrons can leisurely enjoy a mid day meal with prime rib, Alaskan snow crab legs, shrimp and vegetable tempura, omelettes and Belgian waffles. The brunch has been so popular that starting July 2, Pagoda also will offer Saturday brunch.

Between the food and the setting, Pagoda offers an experience like no other. “We have great service, great food and a beautiful dining experience,” Yadao says. Bring the whole family — Pagoda has private tree-house seating areas that can fit eight to 20 people, and keiki are even allowed to help feed the koi.

Pagoda Restaurant

  • Where
    • 1525 Rycroft Street
    • Honolulu, HI 96814
  • Call
    • (808) 948-8356
  • Hours
    • Breakfast served Sunday – Friday
    • 6:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
    • Saturdays
    • 6:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    • Lunch is available Monday – Saturday
    • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    • Dinner Wednesday – Sunday
    • 5 – 9:30 p.m.
    • Sunday Brunch is served
    • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    • Saturday Brunch will begin July 2.