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May 26, 2015

Oceans of fresh seafood, worldly cuisine to explore

In 1979, restaurateur H.T. Hayashi had a brilliant idea: build a giant aquarium and have it serve as a backdrop to a dining room. “The concept came about because of (his) lifelong fascination for aquatic environments,” Pacific Beach Hotel director of food and beverage Patrick Faas says. “He set out to build one of the…

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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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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 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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Hung Won and its delicious secrets

The menu at Hung Won Seafood Restaurant is impressive: It’s stocked with nearly 140 items that incorporate beef, seafood, chicken and tofu. Plus, there’s also a selection of rice and noodle dishes that are crucial to any Chinese eatery. If that doesn’t sound familiar, there’s a good reason for that: Hung Won has been around…

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April 19, 2015

Happiness in Nabeya Maido’s hot pot

If you haven’t heard of Nabeya Maido, you need to pick up your “coconut wireless,” as general manager Kevin Suehiro says. Suehiro originally is from the Islands, but spent 13 years running a bar in Japan. Once you see what the Market City Shopping Center establishment is all about, you’ll know why people are talking….

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April 12, 2015

3660′s new menu rises to new heights

Created by noted local chef Russell Siu, 3660 On The Rise has been a go-to for Euro-Asian island cuisine since it opened in 1992. Patrons keep coming back — and the Kaimuki eatery keeps giving them new reasons to. Just a few months ago, for instance, 3660 revamped its menu. “We have brought in some…

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April 5, 2015

Gokoku expands its repertoire

Gokoku Sushi hit Hawaii’s dining scene late last year, but chef Katsuhisa Inoue already had been crafting new culinary creations. The Koko Marina restaurant in Hawaii Kai features Japanese-European fusion, which is further explored in its new, expanded menu, which unveiled April 1. The new menu features three specific elements, including dishes that represent traditional,…

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March 29, 2015

A shop that bottles ‘liquid gold’ EVOO

Here’s a confession: My go-to move on nights when I don’t want to make dinner is to get some French bread and goat cheese, and generously dip the pairing into a mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It’s delicious. And, my takeaway from my conversation with Kevin Aboud, sales and brand manager of Island…

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March 23, 2015

Udon on the run

With those thick, cooked-to-perfection noodles bathed in hot broths, Iyo Udon is so good that many of its customers wish they could take it with them wherever they go. Well, now they can. Iyo Udon recently presented takeout options, so you can take your udon with you on the run. The takeout selection doesn’t include…

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