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September 13, 2015

Falling hook, line and sinker for seafood

It seems that island diners simply can’t get enough of Mamaya. With locations in Aiea and Ala Moana Center flourishing, the prime bento venture recently opened up a cafe on Bishop Street — which has been greeted with lines that wind down the street each day for lunch. Mamaya serves up what manager Takeshi Ouchi…

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September 6, 2015

Savory September specials now available at Formaggio

A few years ago, Niraj Maskey was a regular customer at Formaggio Wine Bar. He loved it for its Italianand French-inspired eats, vast wine selection and cozy, intimate setting. So when the opportunity to purchase the restaurant came about, Maskey — who had been working as a manager at an Indian restaurant — jumped at…

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August 30, 2015

Sizzling new specials

By now, you’ve likely tried the flavorful nabe at Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant that comes stocked with an array of meat, seafood and vegetables. But the eatery always is rolling out something new, and starting Sept. 1, it’s got some exciting offerings on the menu. To start, for every $50 you spend during one meal,…

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August 25, 2015

Discover the lesser-known joys of authentic Lao cuisine

Southeast Asia long has been a popular tourist destination — and I would presume that the region’s food plays a big role in that. But even if you can’t make it there for a vacation any time soon, you can go visit Thai Lao Restaurant. The eatery was created by Victor Chaleunxay, who is originally…

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Fortune favors these bold Chinese flavors

There might be a lot of Chinese eateries around town, but the newly opened Good Fortune stands out from the moment you walk in the door: White table cloths, a clean dining room and a friendly server greet you. Plus, is there even such a thing as too much Chinese food? Not as far as…

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August 9, 2015

Southern seafood tradition washes ashore in Kaneohe

Popular in the South and on the East Coast, seafood boils feature a variety of shell-fish and other types of seafood cooked all together in a heaping pot. That sounds like pretty much the best thing ever, right? So why should Hawaii have to miss out? Well, now it doesn’t have to, thanks to Cajun…

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August 2, 2015

A new style of yakiniku emerges

There are plenty of aspiring restauranteurs who strive to open their very own eateries, but here’s someone who followed a different path: Hajime Saito, the force behind Japanese B.B.Q. Yoshi, actually was asked by an investor to start the culinary venture. The investor had been so impressed with Saito’s work that he wanted him to…

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July 26, 2015

GRYLT expands with new locale

GRYLT’s healthy and delicious food was in such high demand that the local string of eateries had to open another location in Kailua. The venue, which opened in April, is GRYLT’s fourth and has been getting a warm welcome from its new neighborhood. “A lot of customers would ask us when we were going to…

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July 19, 2015

There’s no match for Minamoto’s treats

There is something about Japanese sweets. Compared with their American counterparts, they tend to be lighter and not so overly sweet. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that they often are presented in a way that almost makes you not want to eat them at all. To get your fix without hopping on a plane, there’s Minamoto…

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Where happiness is a warm dim sum

Obviously, there are many Chinese eateries through out the island. But what sets Happy Days Chinese Seafood Restaurant apart is right there in its name. “People gather here and get their whole family together. Everyone is so happy,” says owner Lisa Lum. “Our customers are just like family — they always come back,” she adds….

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