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Archive for December, 2015

December 29, 2015

Pattaya Thai

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Yen Ta Fo Seafood ($24.95) If you’re ever tucked away in the Kakaako district looking for a unique place for a scrumptious meal, keep your eyes peeled along Queen Street. You’ll find Pattaya Thai, a friendly gathering place that offers tasty, authentic Thai cuisine. Favorites among customers…

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December 29, 2015

Bringing holiday cheer with sushi platters

Christmas in Hawaii not only is about nourishing souls with holiday cheer, but also about feeding the mouths of loved ones with delicious grinds. Although Kozo Sushi always is prepared to provide delicious local Japanese fare for all family parties and special occasions throughout the year, the eatery especially is geared up for the overload…

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December 29, 2015

70 Years Of Filipino Fare

This year marks the 70th anniversary of Max’s of Manila. The restaurant chain highlighting Filipino cuisine made its way to Hawaii almost 10 years ago, with one location in Waipahu and another in Honolulu. Max’s of Manila started in Maximo Gimenez’s home. Gimenez was a Stanford-educated professor who befriended American troops stationed at Quezon City,…

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December 29, 2015

Simple Recipes, Big Flavors

As daily crowds of diners can attest, Little Village Noodle House is the cornerstone of Chinese fare in Chinatown. The restaurant’s approach to simplistic cooking, with minimal ingredients and seasoning, provides a healthier option for tasty food that’s especially welcome in the midst of the tempting sweets and treats of the holiday season. Although recipes…

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December 29, 2015

The Tastiest Mix of Old and New

While Lydell Leong embraces the challenge of crafting alluring new menu items as chef de cuisine at 3660 on the Rise, he also realizes that diners appreciate the time-tested classics that have elevated the dining experience for the past quarter century. Leong and the culinary wizards that make up 3660 on the Rise’s heart-of-the-house team…

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December 29, 2015

Second location offers best of the ocean

When a restaurant has been in busi ness for more than a decade, it must be doing something right. Ahi & Vegetable has been serving hungry Hawaii residents from its Downtown Honolulu location for 11 years now, and the eatery has become so popular that it opened a second site to satisfy the cravings of…

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December 29, 2015

Odori-ko Dances with Delicious Flavors

Oftentimes, you can tell a lot about a restaurant from its name, and that certainly is the case at Odori-ko. When expressed in English, the Japanese moniker translates to “a dancer,” and hints not only at the story behind the new Kapiolani Boulevard eatery, but also at the unique dining atmosphere it is creating for…

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December 29, 2015

A Top-Notch Experience

Just as he’s always doing at Sarento’s at the Top of the Ilikai, executive chef Edmond Kwok cooks up an elegant, fresh and unbelievably flavorful menu item in Fresh Catch of the Day ($36).Juicy and tender mahi mahi is presented with red chard sauteed with garlic, chili flakes and crispy pancetta. The dish is served…

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December 29, 2015

A Worldly Affair

For 40 years, Hideyoshi Takasawa has been providing imported goods from Japan to local retail clients, including restaurants and hotels. About a year and a half ago, he decided to bring these treats to the masses, opening J-Shop on Young Street. It carries items such as fish, meat, vegetables, seasoning and more — all from…

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December 29, 2015

A Seafood Celebration

Tucked away in the heart of Honolulu at 1240 S. King St. — between Piikoi and Keeaumoku streets — Sakura Terrace Japanese Cafe offers a tranquil dining experience with a menu of fresh and healthy Japanese dishes with a light fusion. The restaurant opened in November 2011, and specializes in donburi and bento items, fresh…

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