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A Perfect Pairing of Italian Fare and Japanese Flair

Mimasuya Italiano of Kyoto is a traditional Italian restaurant, but with a Japanese twist. On the menu are classic Italian dishes including pasta and risotto, however popular Japanese ingredients such as uni, kabocha, sansyo peppers and various Japanese seasonings and sauces are incorporated into the dishes as well. “Japanese fusion is integrated into our appetizers…

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April 13, 2014

Pearl’s Korean BBQ Shines Bright

Growing up in a family of restaurateurs, brothers Mike and Jim Hickey have taken the knowledge they’ve inherited to create their own successful restaurant chain known as Pearl’s Korean BBQ. Since opening their first location in Pearlridge in 1999, they’ve expanded to Kahala Mall, Ewa Beach Laulani Village Shopping Center and most recently, Ward Centre…

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April 6, 2014

Beary Good News for Bob’s Diner

The news is spreading, and, yes, it’s true. Bob’s Big Boy in Mapunapuna has reopened, but under a different name and in a different location. Now called Bob’s Big Bear Diner and located in Waipahu, the restaurant may not look the same, but don’t worry. Bob’s Big Bear actually has the same menu, concept and…

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March 30, 2014

YogurStory in the Making

It’s always a good sign when another restaurateur frequents your restaurant. Sean Saiki, who owns several local businesses including Tsunami’s on South King Street, Blazin’ Steaks in Windward Mall and Raging Crab, was a longtime regular at YogurStory on Keeaumoku Street. So when he heard the owner was thinking of selling the popular eatery, he…

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March 23, 2014

Get it While it’s Hot at Hee Hing

For five decades, Hee Hing Restaurant on Kapahulu Avenue has become a local tradition for delicious Chinese cuisine, Hong Kong-style dim sum and large banquet parties. Locally family-owned and operated, the landmark restaurant recently announced that it will be undergoing extensive renovations starting April 15 and is expected to be closed for at least six…

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Temple Shares Celebratory Fare

Wat Lao Sithammaram of Hawaii, a Laos buddhist temple in Waipahu, celebrates its newly renovated building with special events Friday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to midnight and Saturday, March 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anyone is welcome to attend, receive blessings and enjoy many traditional Lao foods. The food, which is free…

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March 9, 2014

Cook Your Own Lunch, Dinner to Perfection

Chances are you’ve been served meat at one time or another that just wasn’t done the way you asked for it. Well, at Camellia Buffet, a popular Korean yakiniku restaurant on Mc-Cully Street, customers can cook their own meat to how they desire it. No unpleasant surprises here. “It’s a meat lover’s paradise,” describes manager…

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March 2, 2014

Sweeten Up Your Life With Cupcakes

Whether it’s a special occasion or simply “just because,” you can always count on cup-cakes from Hokulani Bake Shop to bring a smile to your face. Since opening its first shop in Restaurant Row (Waterfront Plaza) in December 2005, owners Ana and Tushar Dubey have expanded their cupcake business to three additional locations — in…

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February 23, 2014

Wine and Dine in Fashion at Ever-cozy Formaggio

Niraj Maskey was a regular at Formaggio Wine Bar in Honolulu and loved the restaurant so much that when its (former) owners decided to sell it about a year and a half ago, he took it under his wing. Since then, Maskey has made a few changes to the menu, but has kept much of…

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February 16, 2014

Where Vietnamese Dishes are Prepared Just Right

You know a restaurant is good when people are willing to drive out of their way to eat there. Since relocating to Aiea a few years ago, Pho My Lien continues to serve many of the same customers from its original location in Waikiki, where the eatery was for about 10 years. The casual, family-style…

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