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It’s a Nice Day for a Chinese Feast

Story By Nicole Kato Photos By Nathalie Walker
March 4 - 10, 2012

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Off the top of my head, I can’t think of a good lunchtime Chinese restaurant that’s in a convenient location that also has ample, free parking. But Nice Day Chinese Seafood Restaurant, located in Liliha Square Shopping Plaza, is a great place to have a nice lunch with co-workers, family or friends (and yes, there’s ample parking).

  • Nice Day owners Yung Sang Chan and Lisa Lum
  • Honey Walnut Shrimp ($13.95)
  • Green Beans ($8.95)
  • Clam with Black Bean Sauce ($13.95)
  • Orange Chicken ($9.95)
  • Ginger Onion Lobster ($9.99)
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In the four years that Nice Day Chinese Seafood Restaurant has been open, owners Lisa Lum and Yung Sang Chan (also owners of Happy Day Seafood Restaurant on Waialae Avenue) have provided customers with excellent service, great Hong Kong-style food and a beautiful atmosphere.

Red Chinese lanterns and Chinese knots hang from the ceiling, and the lighting indoors is welcoming to all those who pass by.

According to Lum, Nice Day is perfect for family get-togethers, and the facility can hold up to 200 people in a comfortable setting. Customer-service is of utmost importance at Nice Day, and there are about 25 friendly employees, donning their Chinese-style uniforms, who serve dim sum on pushcarts. If you don’t have time to sit down and eat, Nice Day offers speedy takeout service, as well as catering.

Honey Walnut Shrimp ($13.95) is a favorite among customers, who enjoy the crispy outside and juicy inside. The sweetness of the honey complements the large pieces of shrimp and crispy walnuts nicely, but none overpowers the others. Harmonious and satisfying, Honey Walnut Shrimp is always fresh and is sure to be a pleaser.

It wouldn’t be a seafood restaurant without a good clam dish, and Nice Day serves up a great Clam with Black Bean Sauce ($13.95). Black bean sauce is known to accompany many Asian vegetable dishes, and Nice Day’s black bean sauce has the perfect combination of flavors. With an ample serving of plump clams, this dish is a savory addition to a family-style meal.

If you’re craving a veggie dish, Green Beans ($8.95) is a great choice. The green beans are crisp and crunchy, so even though it’s a hot dish, it has a refreshing effect on those who partake.

Nice Day also serves a traditional Orange Chicken ($9.95) that’s sweeter than most other places, and they don’t skimp on the sauce. The chicken is moist and the flavor of the sauce will put a smile on your face. The dish is served family-style, so make sure you pile enough on your plate before it’s gone.For you seafood lovers out there, not only is Clam with Black Bean Sauce a treat, but Nice Day (and sister restaurant Happy Day) serve a Ginger and Onion Lobster special for $9.99 (seasonal). Please tell me where you can get a good-sized Ginger and Onion Lobster dish for under $10.

Nice Day is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., so you can satisfy your appetite for breakfast, lunch or dinner. And at Liliha Square Shopping Plaza, it’s always a Nice Day.

Nice Day Chinese Seafood Restaurant

  • Where
    • 1425 Liliha Street
    • Honolulu, HI 96817
  • Call
    • (808) 524-1628
  • Hours
    • Open daily
    • 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.