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August 13, 2017

Aiea Eatery Satisfies With Buffets, Specials

By Randy Dela Cruz If you plan on dining at Makino Chaya, there is one thing you must remember: Bring your appetite. Located on the top floor of Westridge Shopping Center in Aiea, Makino Chaya has been satisfying even the most finicky appetites for 22 years — and the tradition continues. Choose from a large…

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August 13, 2017

Italian fare for all to share, including keiki

With dozens of locations, Romano’s Macaroni Grill is a popular gathering spot for families all across the country. And according to Nawai Kekoolani, the restaurant’s Hawaii regional corporate chef who oversees the Ala Moana location, it’s easy to see why. “We try to keep it fun — it’s a fun family environment,” Kekoolani says. Whereas…

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August 13, 2017

Old Faithful serves up breakfast, classics

BY ELIMA PANGORANG As the urban area of Kakaako continues to boom with trendy, new businesses and eateries, the quaint Asahi Grill remains steadfast on Ward Avenue, as it has since the location opened in 2007. The cozy establishment serves Asian-infused, local comfort foods that customers can enjoy for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Asahi Grill’s…

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August 13, 2017

Brunch Covers All Bases

La Hiki Kitchen at Four Seasons in Ko Olina recently launched Sunday Brunch for All Seasons, a decadent buffet featuring local and chef-inspired seasonal favorites, along with a prime rib carving station, dim sum and noodles, raw seafood bar, pasta and frittata station, the local favorite Loco Moco, waffles, a keiki corner, dessert station and…

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August 6, 2017

Dive into steaming, umami-rich hot pot

Since opening in March, Umami-ya Shabu Shabu continues to be a hot spot for hot pot, including shabu shabu, sukiyaki and nabe. Serving 70 percent authentic Japanese-style cuisine, along with 20 percent Korean flavors and a 10 percent local influence, the restaurant uses high-quality ingredients and meats, including U.S. Choice ribeye ($24.50) and USDA Prime…

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August 6, 2017

Meeting Your Noodle Needs

When it comes to authenticity, in terms of noodles and Japanese comfort food, Manichi Ramen can’t be beat. The shop, located on Kona Street, is famous for its ramen and gyoza — the latter of which has been named “Japan’s No. 1 gyoza.” The Honolulu restaurant opened about three years ago, according to investor Billy…

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August 6, 2017

This Steak House Is In Its ‘Prime’

For 40 years now, Hy’s Steak House in Waikiki has provided an escape for both locals and tourists via an unforgettable fine-dining experience. The restaurant easily lives up to its reputation as one of the best-known steak houses on the Island — serving kiawe-broiled Prime-grade steaks, stunning seafood and fiery desserts, plus upwards of 200…

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August 6, 2017

Escape The Heat, Enjoy These Bites

The comfortable and cool ambiance of The Mandalay offers an inviting setting for those looking for a filling and refreshing meal. The restaurant’s fine-dining area, coupled with elegant recordings of grand piano music, will please diners looking to decompress for lunch and/or dinner. The Mandalay’s menu offers Chinese fixings for those who love meat, seafood,…

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August 6, 2017

Bringing a unique, fresh taste to the Isles

During her travels, restaurateur Maly San Luis came across an international chain, Yellow Cab Pizza Co. She loved it so much that earlier this year, she brought one to Hawaii. “We liked the variety in the menu, and the pizza itself — the crust is great,” she says. The eatery specializes, of course, in pizza,…

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August 6, 2017

Chinese eatery has delectable cuisine

Since its grand opening in June, Hoy Tin Kitchen — formerly known as Hoy Tin Chop Suey — has continued to be a staple Chinese restaurant in Kalihi. The restaurant’s manager, Lin Fan, says Hoy Tin Kitchen has been well known in the community for the last 30 years, serving construction workers on their lunch…

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