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April 19, 2015

Mama Bui’s home recipes live on

Pho My Lien in Aiea’s Westridge Shopping Center is a popular dining destination made famous be-cause of its commitment to quality, quantity and affordability. As a result, the Vietnamese restaurant serves some 200 bowls of pho a day. But what truly makes Pho My Lien special, is the husband-and-wife culinary team of Tommy (My) Dang…

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Less is more at JJ Bistro

Today’s restaurants have quite the challenge: be tasty, healthy and Instagram-worthy. Since everyone with an appetite is calling themselves a “#foodie,” chefs sometimes compromise affordable prices and flavors to commodify presentation. An experienced chef, however, knows that taste and quality should always come first. On Waialae Avenue, Praseuth “JJ” Luangkhot, owner and chef of JJ…

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March 29, 2015

Makino Chaya serves up endless possibilities

With a bountiful buffet buoyed by a slew of local favorites and surf-and-turf selections, Makino Chaya truly offers a must-try dining experience for the entire family. And, with important holidays, including Easter and Mother’s Day approaching, as well as graduation season right around the corner, Makino Chaya serves as the go-to locale to satisfy any…

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January 25, 2015

Hot pot filled with ingredients of aloha

The Islands brim with unique assortments of people and cultures, making Hawaii a metaphorical hot pot all its own. A tried and true comfort food, nabe, originally hails from Japan. Here at Nabeya Maido in Market City Shopping Center both Japanese- and local-style ingredients are immersed into the hot pots, which have attracted patrons since…

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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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