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July 20, 2014

Celebrate Fresco’s second birthday with its tasty, new menu

Fresco Italian Restaurant is turning two, and to celebrate, it has cooked up a three-course menu. The Happy Second Anniversary Three-Course Special ($55, plus tax and gratuity) begins with Zuppa Di Porri, a chilled potato leek soup with Maui onions, garlic, Yukon gold potatoes and chicken stock, topped with créme fraiche. Bruschetta, generously topped with…

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One step ahead with innovative culinary specials

Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant keeps up with the times, making sure to never bore its customers, as the eatery consistently presents the palate with something new. In fact, each month, the restaurant introduces a new set of specials. The fine-dining Chinese restaurant is inspired by Hong Kong’s metropolis and innovative cuisine. Jade Dynasty’s chefs even…

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July 6, 2014

Japengo keeps things ‘fresh’ with new program

Hyatt Regency Waikiki’s chic eatery, Japengo, takes pride in its exceptional regional cuisine. The restaurant recently announced that it will be a participant in Hawaii Fresh, a program to be launched this August by Hyatt hotels across Hawaii. For the program, Japengo composed a new appetizer menu, complete with cocktail pairings (one appetizer and one…

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June 29, 2014

From plate to palate, a mix of flavors

Asian Mix is a hub of Chinese, Japanese and local flavors. Owner Daniel Leung and his assembly of experienced workers have cultivated the art of fine take-out food. Leung previously owned Panda Cuisine, and opened Asian Mix to provide quality food for the busy people of Honolulu. “We wanted to cook the same food, but…

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June 22, 2014

In the heart of Honolulu, enjoy the flavors of China

Among the hustle and bustle of downtown Honolulu, The Mandalay offers a tasty retreat. Inspired by Cantonese cooking and Hong Kong-style dim sum, The Mandalay perfects the art of creating succulent dishes. High ceilings meet peach-colored walls, complemented by round tables accented with red and gold table cloths. The Mandalay opened its doors in 2006….

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June 15, 2014

A slurp of saimin history

Shiro’s Saimin Haven in Waimalu Shopping Center has served tasty bowls of local history since 1969. With locations in Waipahu and Ewa, Shiro’s expansive menu builds upon “Mistah Saimin” Franz Shiro Matsuo’s dream. “Matsuo spent years working in restaurants, but wanted his own,” says Bryce Fujimoto, Matsuo’s grandson and restaurant manager. “He started with the…

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June 8, 2014

More than just beef

As soon as you walk into Wolfgang’s Steakhouse on the third floor of Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki, you know you’re in for a treat. The alluring aroma of its prime, 28-day aged beef is evident immediately. Hungry for mouthwatering meat? Filet Mignon ($58.95) is a good way to satisfy that craving, featuring a grain-fed…

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June 1, 2014

Classic cuisine, creative innovations

YuZu in Ala Moana Hotel offers a new twist on Japanese cuisine. “We offer classic, authentic Japanese food, but we also have more creative, modern,” options,” says owner and chef Isamu Kubota. Customers will find a wide selection of sushi rolls, nigiri, sashimi, udon and yakitori on the menu, along with innovative, contemporary items, including…

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May 25, 2014

GRYLT to perfection

GRYLT owner Allen Farinas stands behind the restaurant’s philosophy of “Good food that is good for you.” GRYLT has three locations: one in Ala Moana Center, another in Kahala Mall and its initial establishment in Manoa Marketplace. According to Farinas, the eatery combines the best of both worlds when it comes to dining. The walk-through…

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May 18, 2014

Now’s the time for nabe wonders

Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant is all about choices. “When you come to our restaurant, first you choose a broth, then you choose what you want to cook in the broth,” explains Issei Kazama, who co-owns the restaurant with Riki Kobayashi. Ichiriki specializes in traditional Japanese hot pot dining, including nabe, sukiyaki and shabu shabu. A…

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