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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 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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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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December 21, 2014

Fresco serves up traditionally Italian, locally inspired dishes

Looking to experience Italian food with roots firmly planted in Hawaiian soil? Look no further than Fresco Italian Restaurant, where executive chef Rodhel Ibay serves up Italian food that pleases both Italians and kamaaina alike. Fresco Italian Restaurant in Hilton Hawaiian Village is a fresh face lift to the prior restaurant Sergio’s, retaining the same…

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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 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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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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Hong Kong delicacies for the holidays

Shopping can work up quite an appetite, and lucky for the weary holiday hunters, Jade Dynasty serves up dim sum and Chinese favorites. Located in Ala Moana Center’s Hookipa Terrace, the restaurant is flanked by two iron horses, and the glass portal doorway gives way to a spacious dining room with elaborate Hong Kong-style decor….

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November 16, 2014

Tin Hut BBQ commands attention

As a military worker who grew up hosting barbecues across the Mainland, Frank Diaz dreamed of starting his own barbecue business one day. So it came as no surprise when he launched Tin Hut BBQ, a barbecue-inspired food truck, after relocating to the Islands. “After a few years working here, I transitioned over as a…

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