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Archive for April, 2014

It’s always good to the last bite

If you are anything like me, fantasies about what to order for dessert begin circling your mind before an appetizer has even arrived at the table. Don’t feel guilty. If a meal is like a sundae, then dessert is its proverbial cherry on top. But take a moment to enjoy the flavors of every course…

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April 27, 2014

Chef to the stars takes over Du Vin

“I want to introduce Americans to France,” says Percy Taylor, the newly minted executive chef at Brasserie Du Vin. “And those Americans that have been to France, I want them to have that pleasure of revisiting through the food.” Taylor is sitting in Du Vin’s quaint, relaxing courtyard— the same spot where just a few…

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April 27, 2014

New thrills for your taste buds

For many foodies in Hawaii, pho is their go-to Vietnamese dish, and with good reason. The healthy, clean noodle soup — often accented with beef or chicken and loads of fresh Thai basil, lime and chili — is undoubtedly irresistible, especially on a rainy day. Many diners don’t realize, though, that a whole world of…

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April 27, 2014

Bibas Offers Bounty of Can’t-Miss Cuisine

Situated at the “gateway to Waikiki” on Kalia Road, Bibas Courtyard Grill offers a unique escape to flavor within an inviting, contemporary setting. Bibas welcomes guests with ample indoor and outdoor seating on the ground level of Hale Koa Hotel’s Maile Tower just past the sprawling banyan tree and adjacent to the hotel’s intriguing koi…

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April 27, 2014

The Mandalay Congratulates the Class of 2014

As high school seniors count down the days before graduation, caps and gowns are not the only thing in high demand. For a celebratory meal that satisfies any appetite, fine Chinese cuisine restaurant, The Mandalay, offers a variety of lunch and dinner buffets complete with the island’s most popular Hong Kong and Canton-style dishes. “Our…

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April 27, 2014

Coffee’s (always) on, y’all!

Ever get those crazy cravings — the kind that make you feel like a bionic (wo)man with a bizarrely confused biological clock demanding pancakes at midnight? Eggs in the evening? Or cereal for supper? Well you’re not alone, and at Wailana Coffee House — a Waikiki eatery serving up a full breakfast menu 24/7 —…

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April 27, 2014

GRYLT

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: SURF AND TURF PLATTER (STARTING AT $15.95) In a world saturated with high-calorie, greasy fast-food options, husband-and-wife team Allen and Mayu Farinas decided to set themselves apart from the rest, and in 2011, opened the doors to GRYLT in Manoa Marketplace. Now, with three locations and…

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April 27, 2014

Some like it hot

Slide into one of Million Restaurant’s comfy red and tan vinyl booths (some boast a view right into the kitchen) and you’ll soon learn what keeps customers coming back. It’s a setting as intimate and familiar as a living room. Traditional Korean dishes served by friendly staff like manager Diana Paik are in tune with…

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New beginnings for Chinese food favorite

Hung Won Seafood Restaurant in Kaimuki has been a neighborhood favorite since the 1980s (originally called Kwok’s Chop Suey before it changed ownership and was renamed to Hung Won in 1995). However, the restaurant recently changed ownership again, with the new owners offering some new flavors and a slightly new look. “We heard the owner…

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April 27, 2014

Get your weekly fill at Kenny’s

If it seems like a family reunion breaks out every time you walk into Kenny’s Restaurant, there is a good reason for that. Since the Kalihi eatery opened in 1966, three generations of owners and four generations of customers have made it a regular, and even a weekly, stop. Whether it’s employees from the neighboring…

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