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Pupu Picks

July 7, 2013

The Best of Both Worlds

There’s Chinese food and there’s Japanese food, and for all their geographic closeness, the individual cuisines couldn’t be more distant. At least that’s how it used to be. Chinpei Ramen prides itself on serving Chinese-style cuisine with a Japanese taste. This mix of flavors can be found in everything no matter what section of the…

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June 30, 2013

A Sea of Starters at Ocean House

Restaurants can be much like television shows. The best programs make no distinction between the stars and the secondary characters, blending both to create stronger and more entertaining story lines. Restaurants can be the same way. At lesser eateries, appetizers are simple snacks, secondary players to the main course. Yet, the ones that do it…

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Stick By for What’s Cooking

The joys of Northern Chinese food are many. Bold, clean flavors are simply prepared and wonderfully presented to look as good as they taste. Such flavors are what earned the Asian nation’s cuisine the honorary title of “America’s ethnic food,” at least according to some barely remembered Food Network program. It does makes sense. Chinese…

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June 16, 2013

Go Big on Taste at Hy’s Steak House

Who among us have not ordered a pile of pupus as a main dish? Exactly. So, if appetizers can be a main course, why can’t a main course begin a meal? We ask these sorts of questions so you don’t have to. If you are going to begin in the middle, a big middle is…

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June 9, 2013

Start a Meal With Sekiya Staples

Seventy eight years is a long time, and in the restaurant business it’s an eternity, if not a virtual impossibility. Yet through war, recession and changing food tastes, Sekiya’s has survived to serve the grandchildren of the diners who first made this Kaimuki eatery an island staple of Hawaii-style comfort food. Somewhere, enjoying either the…

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June 2, 2013

Japanese Fare Like You’ve Never Tasted Before

After 25 years in business, Sushi King has become a place for nostalgia. Often introduced to young diners during their first semester at the University of Hawaii or taken as the place for a celebratory meal with family, the King Street eatery is more than just a place to grab some good Japanese food. As…

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May 26, 2013

A Haven of Heavenly Starters

Who would think Shiro’s Saimin Haven would have appetizers? But, the fact they would have awesome homemade noodle dishes? Of course. Since 1969, the family-friendly eatery has dished out more than one million bowls of steaming broth and tender noodles, and with a massive menu of local favorites, the inclusion of pupus is obvious, but…

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May 19, 2013

Plumeria’s Blooming Starters

The Kahala Hotel & Resort is home to a number of restaurants without walls. That may seem like a strange description, but with the hotel’s “anything for the customer” philosophy, it’s actually quite fitting. The elegant hotel offers a number of comfortable and scenic places to sit and enjoy the surroundings, and from those seats…

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Happy Hour Chinese Flair at Jade Dynasty

It’s not often people combine the ideas of Chinese food and happy hour, which is a shame. The very nature of many Chinese specialities make the cuisine a natural match for beer, wine and cocktails. If there is a traditional downside to the idea, it’s that many Chinese restaurants lack the full bars necessary to…

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May 5, 2013

Himalayan’s Top-Notch Starters

A quick word of advice: If ever someone utters a sentence containing the words “Himalayan Kitchen,” don’t wait for the inevitable conclusion regarding your interest in a Nepali and Indian lunch or dinner. It’ll just cut into your appetizer time. In this case, haste is a virtue. The four-year old Kaimuki restaurant is a must…

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