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Archive for July, 2013

July 28, 2013

A Floating Haven for Local Comfort Food

Charcuterie is a buzzword you should get to know. Though foreign in origin, the word is used to describe something that is probably already near and dear to your heart. We’re talking about the craft of preserving meat: cooking, curing or smoking it. And at Pagoda Restaurant, it’s only a sandwich away. Inspired by visits…

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July 28, 2013

House-made Desserts that Transport You to the South of France

Brasserie Du Vin does French cuisine right, and it’s no different when it comes to desserts. The establishment’s pastry chef, Lisa Simulinas, serves up amazing desserts that satisfy not only your tummy but also your wallet. Chocolate Souffle ($10; $13, ala mode) is made with 55 percent cacao chocolate along with creme anglaise. Make sure…

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July 28, 2013

Vegetarians Take to Todai

When vegetarians profess to loving sushi, their pescatarian counterparts are often surprised. After all, sushi is all about fresh fish, right? Historically, yes, seafood is a key ingredient, but the primary, can’t-do-without, base ingredient is rice, often wrapped in nori. Today, sushi has kept with the health trend favoring vegetable offerings by housing numerous varieties…

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July 28, 2013

Robust Flavors Rule at Romano’s

Since 2005, Romano’s Macaroni Grill has brightened Hawaii’s dining scene with its vibrant Italian dishes. From smoldering brick oven pizzas to piles of pasta, the family-style eatery boasts all the classics you could hope for, each of which is jazzed up with the restaurant’s special culinary touches. The secret to these extra doses of amore,…

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July 28, 2013

Fruits as Sweet as Can Be

Patisserie La Palme D’Or has quickly become a treasure chest for those who like to indulge their sweet tooth. It’s hard to resist when its glass case of sugary confections tastes just as good as it looks. Right in time for summer, executive chef Akiko Kimura has recreated some seasonal fruity favorites. “I like to…

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Reel in a Catch at JJ Bistro

Starting today, JJ Bistro French Pastry in Kaimuki debuts a new Fishermen Feast menu along with a Snow in Summer promotion through the end of August, offering 15 percent off its Fishermen Feast seafood items. The menu is in addition to the original menu which also has been updated with a few new dishes, such…

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July 28, 2013

Morton’s The Steakhouse

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: CENTER-CUT FILLET MIGNON OSCAR STYLE ($55 FOR FILLET, UPGRADE TO OSCAR STYLE FOR AN ADDITIONAL $12) Only the juciest of secrets are revealed at Morton’s The Steakhouse in Ala Moana Center. This renowned establishment most regarded for its prime cuts of beef gains loyal fans with each…

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July 28, 2013

Them Dining Ups the Ante With Local Favorites

By now you may know that Them Dining is an establishment tucked away in Waikiki Sand Villa Hotel that serves highly regarded cuisine to those who have managed to seek out its nearly hidden location. What you probably don’t know is that the father and son duo of Kazuo and Yushi Shimada are doing such…

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July 28, 2013

Simply the Best at Just Pasta

With a simple menu chock-full of Italian favorites, Just Pasta is Oahu’s new home for great-tasting pasta dishes at appetizing prices. Just Pasta made its debut a few weeks ago after being cooked up by the same culinary team that brought the popular Magoo’s Pizza and Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood food trucks to fruition….

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July 28, 2013

Mitsu-Ken Okazu & Catering

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at your favorite restaurant? Well, much credit goes to the many chefs, owners and managers who work diligently day in and day out to make sure Hawaii’s diners have a top-notch dining experience. This week, Dining Out gets the inside scoops from Mitsu-Ken’s manager Sherri Kaneshiro, who…

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