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A brunch spot that lives up to the hype

I have to admit, before I even arrived at Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop in downtown Honolulu, my expectations already were high. Since opening last July, the hole-in-the-wall eatery has created quite a buzz around town. So, I was really excited to finally try this new restaurant created by local chef Brian Chan. From the…

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May 19, 2015

Epic sushi that comes with a view

The first thing one notices when walking into Gokoku Sushi at Koko Marina is the décor. Bathed in subtle light, the quiet restaurant features dark woods, deep reds, plush furniture and a sushi bar overlooking the marina harbor. It is, without question, one of the most beautiful Japanese restaurants on Oahu. Matching the ambience created…

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May 19, 2015

No frills, just good food

As its simple name would suggest, A Place To Eat is a no-frills, well, place to eat. With a fairly consistent menu comprised of less than a dozen menu items — rounded out with weekly specials and a set of bentos — the University Avenue eatery was founded by chef Willu Diaz. “The premise of…

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Say YES to Sukiyaki

Synonymous with comfort food, sukiyaki is a dish that’s absolutely worth getting to know. The popular form of simmering nabe may be traditionally enjoyed during winter months, but here I am — in the middle of May, clad in a tank top and all — craving this Japanese stunner as if it were the last…

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May 10, 2015

Taking it to the ‘Max’

Swaying palms, glistening white sands and crystal blue waters amid warm, tropical temperatures. It’s not just the weather that reflects how similar in many ways the Philippines is to Hawaii. Also synonymous is the way that Filipino cuisine has evolved over the years to include a number of ethnic influences such as Malay, Spanish, Chinese,…

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Get your comfort-food fix around the clock

With multifaceted dining atmospheres in which patrons may overlook a garden or enjoy their meal at a lively bar, MAC 24/7 offers a little bit of everything, all the time. Like its name suggests, the eatery never closes its doors. “One of the original tag lines was, ‘We only close when it snows,’” says Hilton…

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May 10, 2015

Go gluten-free, island style

When it comes to dining in Hawaii, there’s nothing better than an evening of tasty Island cuisine in a casual, elegant setting on world-famous Waikiki beach. At Ocean House in the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, you get all of that and more. “You get the view, the food and the service — the best…

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Let’s Hear it for Sizzling Platters

Hisssssss … crackle … spark! If food could sing, without a doubt its theme song would be the loud sizzle that ignites from fiery hot plates served at our favorite restaurants. That’s right, we’ve all had those moments when we’re waiting for our food to arrive — and suddenly, heads turn and gasps are sounded…

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May 7, 2015

Putting fresh catches in the spotlight

At most restaurants, it seems like 2 p.m. is safely past the lunch rush — most people have come in, finished their meals and left. That’s not the case at Ahi & Vegetable. When Dining Out stopped in to its Kapalama Center location last week at 2 p.m., nearly every table was filled. Patrons were…

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A feast for all senses

Step foot inside Nice Day Chinese Seafood Restaurant and spend a moment taking it all in. Hands in motion lift long noodles out of steaming broths. A portable cook top hisses as one of the restaurant’s servers puts the final sear on dumplings table-side. Stacks of dim sum-filled baskets emanate enticing aromas. The lively atmosphere…

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