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May 10, 2015

Making the yummiest new eats in town, ‘fare and square’

It’s been a little more than two months since Square Barrels first opened its doors. Now, aside from menu staples of burgers and beer, you’ll also be able to find a bevy of new inventions. Take, for example, Tats’s Poke (market price). Named after the restaurant’s sous chef, it’s served with pickled sea asparagus. Hawaiian…

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May 6, 2015

A dining oasis in the heart of Downtown

For Honolulu’s professionals earning their bread and butter in the heart of the city’s Downtown district, dining at The Mandalay offers that one pleasant oasis in the midst of what often can be a bustling urban area. Regardless of the stresses any work day may bring along, when lunchtime rolls around, and that clock on…

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April 27, 2015

An oasis of ‘meltingly tender’ steaks and more

Waikiki is bustling with a variety of restaurants to satiate your appetite. When choosing the best steakhouse, however, nothing comes close to the sophisticated atmosphere and superior cuisine offered at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener. On the top floor of Royal Hawaiian Center, overlooking ever-busy Kalakaua Avenue, Wolfgang’s is an oasis of flavors. Since 2009,…

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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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