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July 27, 2014

Ichiriki thrills the senses with nabe

Enter Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant, and tempt your senses. In its chic dining room, you’ll see diners adding premium meats, seafood and vegetables to steaming pots of nabe. The sounds of convivial chatter and dishes clanking indicate a good time. And most importantly, the aroma permeating the air, making your mouth water, lets you know…

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Kaimuki eatery boasts local grinds

The more, the merrier. That’s exactly what guests can look forward to at Fairwood Drive-Inn & Ramen Diner, where selections from two menus are definitely better than one. Little known fact to some, may be the recent merger between Fairwood Drive-Inn and Pho 27. Owner Tiffany Ko recognized a need in the Kaimuki area for…

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July 13, 2014

Giving back in delicious ways

There’s something so comforting about walking into Kenny’s Restaurant that speaks volumes about the food you are about to experience. After all, at the end of the day, what’s most important is the memories created over good old comfort food. For more than 40 years, this Kalihi eatery has entranced and delighted generations of patrons,…

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July 6, 2014

Zooming in on YuZu’s flavors

I love the sprightly citrus fruit known as yuzu. At restaurants, I make it a point to try any items on the menu that incorporate its flavors. From all outward appearances, yuzu resembles a wrinkled relative of an orange. Its flavor is a medley of familiar citrus notes that will tickle your tongue just enough…

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June 29, 2014

Premium steaks and more

A visit to Ruth’s Chris Steak House is like a well-planned vacation — something to look forward to in anticipation of what’s to come. One step into its romantically lit dining room, and you know you’re on the verge of experiencing something great. True to its name, Ruth’s Chris offers a menu of classic steak…

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June 22, 2014

Sekiya’s appealing specials

It’s the comforts of family and home that make an ordinary meal an unforgettable experience, and Sekiya’s Restaurant and Delicatessen has perfected this homey atmosphere. Next year, the family-run establishment celebrates 80 years of business. “What we serve is classic, Japanese-American food, from recipes evolved from th ’30s and ’50s, for the most part,” says…

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June 15, 2014

Formaggio favorites

Seated in Formaggio Wine Bar’s cavernous surroundings, the excitement in the air is palpable. The dimmed lights and cozy tables scattered throughout the spacious restaurant invite groups of people to sample delec-table eats. Located in Market City Shopping Center, Formaggio Wine Bar continues to serve happy hour and dinner favorites to guests, along with its…

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June 8, 2014

Dessert for breakfast

There’s no better time to indulge than the moment you wake up. Why not, right? Treating yourself to something a little special will give you just the right boost you need to tackle the day. With this in mind, the best breakfast indulgence are dishes that mimic popular desserts. Pagoda Floating Restaurant’s executive chef Jason…

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June 1, 2014

An open book of flavors

High ceilings and expansive windows draw in natural sunlight. In one corner of the room, a large, beautifully bare faux tree serves as a conversation starter. Two stories of dining opportunities, complete with a variety of chic tables and chairs make it almost impossible to decide on the “best” seat in the house. This is…

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May 25, 2014

Sunday mornings just got brighter

Defy the laws of space and time, and travel to France without having to purchase a plane ticket. Nestled in the middle of downtown, directly across from Hawaii Theatre, Brasserie Du Vin offers a luxuriously Parisian-inspired atmosphere, with palate-pleasing dishes to match. Indulge in some weekend fine dining that won’t break your budget with Du…

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