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Although Violet’s Grill has been a family-owned restaurant for more than 60 years, there’s now a slight alteration to the eatery’s name. Now known as New Violet’s Grill in Kapalama Shopping Center, the name-change coincides with a return to family roots, with an emphasis on Okinawan specialties and cuisine. The restaurant’s first order of business was its soba noodle dishes. Nothing can warm the heart and the palate quite like Okinawan Soba.
Priced at $13.95 as a meal or $9.95 a la carte, New Violet’s Okinawan Soba is a simple, but satisfying dish, which pairs warm broth with soba noodles, shoyu pork, green onions, kamaboko fishcake and red ginger.
Another soba meal New Violet features is its Tsuke Soba, which has all the same ingredients except trading out the shoyu pork for spare ribs. Tsuke Soba costs $14.95 as a meal and $9.95 a la carte. With the complete meal you’ll also receive a drink, miso soup or tossed salad and a choice of one dessert (pudding, ice cream or Jell-O).
New Violet’s miso soup has an Okinawan flair to it, which combines a medley of vegetables, pork, tofu and egg into its miso broth.
New Violet’s Grill
1210 Dillingham Blvd., Kalihi
Open daily, 6 am.-10 p.m.
bar open until 2 a.m.