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February 15, 2015

New chef puts modern twist on top-of-the-line cuisine

Sarento’s at the Top of the Ilikai welcomes a new executive chef to its team. Edmond Kwok, a local boy who grew up in the restaurant business and has more than 15 years of culinary experience, started just a few weeks ago but has already brought much excitement to the kitchen, and has made noticeable…

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February 8, 2015

An extra helping of New Year’s good luck

In celebration of Chinese New Year Feb. 19, Canton Seafood Restaurant is offering special deals on some of its most popular dishes throughout the month. Jai (on special for $9.99, regular price $11.99) is among the many traditional dishes enjoyed on Chinese New Year. This vegetarian dish is full of symbolic good-luck ingredients such as…

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February 1, 2015

A fresh take on Chinese favorites

Royal Palace Chinese Restaurant in Aiea has been open for about 30 years, but the restaurant recently changed ownership and offers a brand new menu featuring authentic Cantonese-style dishes. Located in Stadium Mall (across Aloha Stadium, near Ice Palace), Royal Palace has been a longtime local favorite. New owner and chef Jin He Wu, who…

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January 18, 2015

A French-style bakery for the senses

Since its opening in 2009, Fendu Boulangerie in Manoa Marketplace has become a favorite neighborhood bakery with many familiar faces stopping in daily for its fresh breads, sandwiches, desserts and more. Sitting outside during a recent visit, I caught myself taking a deep breath in every time the door opened, just to get a whiff…

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January 11, 2015

JJ Bistro expands its reach

JJ Bistro & French Pastry in Kaimuki is expanding near and far. Owner and chef JJ Luangkhot shares with Dining Out that three new locations are opening in Tokyo, Japan, this month, including one in the famous shopping district of Harajuku. In Japan, the restaurants will be called JJ Bistro & Hawaiian Dessert, and operated…

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January 4, 2015

A family serving families local-style, Japanese delights

Since its opening almost 80 years ago, generations of families have been dining at Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen near Kapahulu. Even restaurant operations are spearheaded by the third generation, with the grandchildren of founders Taisuke and Katsuko Sekiya running the popular local eatery. “We’re still using the same recipes from 80 years ago,” says general…

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December 28, 2014

L&L takes the Islands by storm

Since its opening in 1995, Windward City Shopping Center’s L&L Hawaiian Barbecue in Kaneohe has become a generational favorite for many families in the neighborhood, much like it is at other L&L locations throughout the state. “I’ve watched a lot of kids grow up,” says owner Jennifer Cheung. “When they were small, they would come…

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December 21, 2014

Ring in the New Year with Osechi

In celebration of the New Year, Sakura Terrace Japanese Cafe is offering a special Osechi menu, featuring an assortment of traditional foods eaten on New Year’s Day in Japan. Available for lunch and dinner from Jan. 1 to 7, the Osechi New Year’s Special costs $60 and serves two people. It includes assorted osechi appetizers…

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Rediscover Waikiki with a Chinese feast

Waikiki may be known as the tourist mecca of Oahu. But it’s also become “the” place to be when it comes to shopping and dining. With the opening of Urban Outfitters last week, H&M in March, and soon-to-come Saks Fifth Avenue, there are fewer reasons to leave the island. As for food, Waikiki welcomed world-renowned…

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Steaks that never go out of style

Last year, Ala Moana Hotel welcomed The Signature Prime Steak & Seafood to its 36th floor, the fine-dining landmark that once was home to Nicholas Nickolas and Aaron’s. Locally owned and operated by Peter Kim of Yummy Restaurant Group, The Signature Prime Steak & Seafood is a classic American steak house that specializes in aged…

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