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December 15, 2014

Irresistibly Italian

Surrounded by the lush greenery and towering mountains of Kaneohe, Zia’s Caffe is like something out of a painting. Its resemblance to an Italian trattoria is unmistakable and instantly charms. Inside, Zia’s walls are lined with vintage-inspired art that continues to transport diners to another place and time. But for all its whimsical appeal, what…

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December 15, 2014

The Main Squeeze

Like the sought-after fruit for which it is named, YuZu Ala Moana serves up a unique and memorable culinary experience sure to have diners longing for another squeeze. Owner and chef Isamu Kubota opened YuZu Ala Moana three years ago at its convenient locale on the first floor of Ala Moana Hotel’s Kona Tower. Kubota…

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December 14, 2014

Wiener winner, sausage dinner

This holiday season, NH Foods of Japan and Redondo’s of Hawaii are making sure that kamaaina are up-to-date with the latest sausage trends by bringing the explosively “snap-licious” Schauessen to Hawaii. Traditional Redondo’s sausages are everywhere in Hawaii, appearing in lunchboxes and on restaurant tables all over the island. “Redondo’s is as iconic as the…

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December 7, 2014

Mamaya

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Two Layered Osechi Box ($199 plus tax) Convenience, quality and authentic Japanese fare meld effortlessly at Mamaya. The Pearl Kai Shopping Center establishment specializes in Japanese-style bento boxes, and although they are pre-packaged, Mamaya replenishes its bentos frequently to guarantee freshness. Store manager Dan Kobayashi already is…

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December 7, 2014

‘Fusion food’ that dazzles at Formaggio

At Formaggio Wine Bar there’s an intimate atmosphere for diners looking to indulge in an extensive selection of libations and unforgettable food. Wine aficionados can choose from more than 80 vino offerings, as well as an eclectic menu of eats that owner Niraj Maskey aptly describes as “fusion food.” The restaurant’s curry, for instance, is…

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December 7, 2014

Get Into the Mix

There appears to be a mystery around town. Asian Mix on South Beretania Street is mixing things up with stellar fare that can be missed if not on the lookout. Are shenanigans at play? Has the Illuminati infiltrated Honolulu’s restaurant scene? Probably not. While it is true that Singapore Style Rice Noodles ($7.95) is not…

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November 30, 2014

A Million New Tastes of Asian Fusion

Palates will prosper as Million Restaurant shovels out more bang for your buck. The Sheridan Street eatery is no-holds-barred when it comes to serving the most authentic Korean cuisine, and recently has stepped up its game with a myriad of new dishes. Having established a loyal fan base throughout its more than 20 years in…

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November 30, 2014

JJ Bistro & French Pastry

Take a closer look at this week’s house special: STONE CRAB CLAWS WITH JJ XO SAUCE ($19.95) JJ Bistro & French Pastry on Waialae Avenue is a gem of a restaurant in the heart of Kaimuki. Owned and operated by executive chef JJ Luangkhot, the award-winning bistro dishes out fusion cuisine that’s Parisian and Asian…

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November 30, 2014

Little Village’s evolving flavors

Little Village Noodle House, the side street Chinese restaurant, has a long and celebrated history of being a secret Chinatown gem. Underrated it is not — its bedecked walls boast various awards and recognition. This holiday season, Little Village continues its quest to update Chinese food to local palates with a special winter set menu…

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November 23, 2014

Kakaako Kitchen

Gourmet local delights have gained mass appeal at Kakaako Kitchen in Ward Centre. The restaurant’s commitment to quality is apparent by its farm-to-table concept and its support of local farmers. “We want to highlight the farmers of Hawaii because they do hard work,” says chef Anthony Phillips. Explore the vast selection of dishes, such as…

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