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Top-notch roast pork, pupu party platters for the win

If you ever wondered what happened to the landmark Kwok’s Chop Suey in Kaimuki, it’s still there. Well, sort of. It’s now known as Hung Won Seafood Restaurant, renamed by the Lee family who took over the restaurant in the mid 1990s and eventually sold it in 2013. The establishment changed ownership once more before…

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March 1, 2015

The choice is yours at Camellia Buffet

For the past 28 years, Camellia Buffet has been a popular place for all-you-can-eat yakiniku-style favorites. Its large dining room and separate private room (that seats 24 to 30 people) makes it a great choice for family gatherings or parties. Locally owned and operated by sister and brother June Ha and Kenji Kim, Camellia Buffet…

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February 22, 2015

Nutritious food that’s ‘GRYLT’ to perfection

I often hear people say they want to eat healthier, but it’s just too difficult. I understand. We’re all so busy with work and family, that these days many of our eating habits are based on convenience. Well, GRYLT has made healthy eating very simple. Its casual, fast-food-style set up is convenient, and the food…

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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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