Ensuring Every Day is a Nice OneFeatures Inside Feature
June 7, 2015
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: Nathalie Walker
GRADUATION SEASON IS IN EFFECT, and as high school and college seniors prepare to celebrate their memorable achievements with friends and family, Nice Day Chinese Seafood Restaurant sets the table with tasty cuisine served in an inviting, relaxed atmosphere.
Nice Day Chinese Seafood Restaurant serves up nearly 200 intriguing a la carte selections including sizzling plates, appetizers, soups, seafood, pork, beef, poultry, vegetable and rice dishes. Additionally, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, diners may dive into dim sum selections (prices range from $3 to $5 for different sets) that are prepared fresh every morning and served tableside on convenient carts by Nice Day’s friendly staff. The restaurant can host large parties of up to 150 people (a minimum of one day’s notice is recommended to ensure availability), a perfect option for upcoming graduation parties. Diners may also call Nice Day and ask for multiple menu options for larger groups.
Like its sister restaurant Happy Day Chinese Restaurant in Kaimuki, Nice Day continues to please multiple generations of diners under the guidance of co-owners Lisa Lum and Sang Chan. Nice Day’s convenient Liliha Street locale is situated just minutes away from the heart of downtown Honolulu and the adjacent Chinatown area and has treated customers to delicious Chinese cuisine since opening its doors in 2008. The restaurant is adorned with a host of large red lanterns in place to bring both customers and employees good luck.
“We use healthy vegetable oil in our cooking and also incorporate more vegetables in our recipes for customers to enjoy,” says Shirley Cheng, manager at Nice Day. “I always overhear customers saying how much they enjoy our food, and they keep coming back.”
Customers rave about Tofu with Vegetables on Hong Kong Noodles ($9.95), a healthy favorite that features a bed of delicious noodles topped with a zesty sauce. Cheng explains that the Hong Kong-style noodle dish is healthier than cake noodle or similar dishes as Nice Day’s version incorporates a plethora of fresh vegetables and is cooked in less oil, resulting in crispy, flavorful noodles.
Singapore Rice Noodles ($9.95) offers a blend of shrimp, egg, char siu pork, bean sprouts and onions all tossed in a hearty portions of thin, perfectly seasoned noodles.
Nice Day Chinese Seafood Restaurant offers a host of pork and poultry choices, which are great as stand-alone entrees or as pupus to share with friends and family. Capital Pork Chops ($10.95) offers tender, delicious pork in a special sweet house-made sauce. Char Siu ($11.95) is prepared in the traditional Cantonese style as the barbecue meat packs flavor into each bite. Cheng explains that diners tend to order the pork to go as a quick meal on the run.
Oyster sauce is a perfect complement to an assortment of local favorites, including Nice Day’s Oyster Sauce Chicken ($13.95), a succulent half chicken served in the savory sauce.
Diners may also enjoy Nice Day’s morning special available daily from 8 to 11 a.m. The “rice special” selection includes a choice of spareribs or chicken atop steamed rice for only $6.
An ample supply of free parking is available in Nice Day’s mostly covered and secure lot, which is accessible from both Liliha and Beretania streets. Stop in and see why so many diners keep coming back to enjoy the Nice Day experience.
Nice Day Chinese Seafood Restaurant
1425 LILIHA ST. SPACES NO. 2-5, HONOLULU
DAILY, 8 A.M.-10 P.M.