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January 18, 2015

Japanese fusion dazzles with yuzu

Tucked away in the Kona Tower of Ala Moana Hotel is a tasty and traditional Japanese restaurant serving up authentic food with zest. YuZu Ala Moana — named after the wrinkly and tangy fruit — might be relatively new to the Islands, but owner Isamu Kubota is no stranger to the restaurant industry. “I had…

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January 18, 2015

The Sausage Link

In preparation for a local-style potluck, everyone knows that you must have Redondo’s hot dogs and sausages on the grocery list. The infamous red “dogs” fill up the grill just waiting to be eaten. They couldn’t cook fast enough though, for all the eager and expectant stomachs of Redondo veterans. And now, the company has…

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January 18, 2015

Spice Up Your Life

For those who love to cook, dining out is a luxury that allows one to avoid doing dishes and having to prep the food. For those who are less skilled in the kitchen, eating out can be hard on the wallet if made a habit. However, at Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant, both amateur chefs and…

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January 11, 2015

All Roads Lead to Shiro’s

While the new year just barely has begun, it may be difficult to find reprieve from the inconvenience of roadwork, the cold weather and the threat of illness. In the midst of construction along Kamehameha Highway is longtime local favorite Shiro’s Saimin Haven. Since 1969, this local favorite has been doing its part to feed…

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January 11, 2015

Cake Works

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Gluten-free Mocha Macadamia Nut Cake ($18.95 for 6-inch, $30 for 8-inch) You could miss it, but you really don’t want to. Tucked away in a corner across from Hawaiian Humane Society, just before the freeway onramp, is Cake Works. And behind the cases filled with rainbow-colored French…

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January 11, 2015

Reeling in a buffet of all-you-can-eat favorites

For indecisive diners, indulgent eaters and anyone who likes buffets and a bargain, Makino Chaya is the ultimate paradise. “We’re everyone’s favorite buffet on the island,” says manager Jo Makino, who shares a statement of fact rather than hubris. Famed for its all-you-can-eat seafood buffet, Makino Chaya in Aiea is a longtime local favorite and…

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January 4, 2015

Welcoming a new year of prosperity

It’s wintertime here in the Islands, which calls for scarves, shivering and cozying up to aromatic, well-spiced Chinese food. Canton Seafood Restaurant’s Four Seasons Shabu Shabu ($49.99) is one heart warming dish to revel in. Even better for beating the blues, it’s meant to be shared among friends (the one pictured, feeds 2-3 people). Long-simmered…

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January 4, 2015

The best of both worlds at Formaggio

Formaggio Wine Bar is an adventure in opposites: Casual, yet classy; high-style delicious, yet affordable; adventurous, yet accessible. A perfect location for a date or ladies’ night out, this intimate wine bar indulges the senses and provides the perfect foil for great conversation. “A lot of married women come here for a night out,” says…

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January 4, 2015

Million Restaurant

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Nagasaki Jjampong Ramen ($11.95 small, $18.95 large) Authenticity is something to be achieved in the world of food, but seeing that innovation also is trending, diners are on the lookout for eateries that offer both. Here to satisfy is Million Restaurant, providing traditional Korean food and new…

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December 28, 2014

No place like House

To celebrate an anniversary, birthday, or any other special affair, Ocean House is a restaurant with a view as grandiose as the occasion. Kissing the Waikiki shoreline, the restaurant, located in Outrigger Reef on the Beach Hotel, serves up fantastic fare with a full ocean view. “This is the best place to eat and see…

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