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Celebrating family-style eating

Around 2:30 p.m. at Nice Day Chinese Seafood Restaurant, the lunch rush has settled, and its servers finally are able to sit down and have a bite. Dim sum service had started at 8 a.m. and ended at 2 p.m., but lingering diners continue their chit chat, no doubt reminiscing about the epic meal they…

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September 13, 2015

Yakiniku set apart from the rest

As of February, what once was an empty lot has become a restaurant offering an elevated level of yakiniku dining. Japanese BBQ Yoshi opened its doors to customers and showcased top-of-the-line meat and service right off the bat. Having started its venture at such a high point, it’s hard to imagine that the eatery could…

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September 6, 2015

Japanese buffet presents a perfect match

In the dining room of Hakone at Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki, Now Plating sits down with an all-smiles chef Masami Shimoyama. The Japanese restaurant, which simultaneously opened with the hotel back in 1990, has grown in bounds of success over the years. Without a doubt, the credit goes to Chef Shimoyama and his vision for…

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August 30, 2015

Korean eatery makes a ‘Stand’ for good food

Tucked away in the heart of “Korea-moku” is a little shop taking large strides to win over the hearts and appetites of local people. Red Stand is a Korean food-stop and dine-in restaurant off of Keeaumoku Street, serving Korean-style hot pots, coffee, musubis and culturally unique desserts. Owned by Theresa Choi, the eatery dons a…

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August 25, 2015

Confectionery shop celebrates two

For any true artist, some reasons for sharing one’s craft are to educate and express. At Minamoto Kitchoan, the same is true for its own works of art, which come in the form of wagashi, or Japanese confectionery. Each delightfully sweet and decadently indulgent treat begs to be discovered, unwrapped and enjoyed. What makes Minamoto…

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August 18, 2015

Turning passion into French-Laotian fare

When asked what time he gets in every morning, Preseuth “JJ” W. Luangkhot — chef and owner of JJ Bistro & French Pastry — replies with a laugh, “I never sleep; I live here.” He goes on to explain, “If you love doing something, love creating, you don’t see it as work; it’s not a…

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August 11, 2015

An unexpected beachside eatery

Opened a little more than a month ago, with plans to launch a second beach park location soon, L&L Hawaiian Barbecue at Ala Moana Beach Park is ready to cater to hungry vacationers and locals. And, after a day at the beach, complete with basking in the hot Hawaiian sun and wading in crystal clear…

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August 2, 2015

Reaching new culinary heights

It’s easy to become mesmerized when listening to chef Edmond Kwok talk about food. His mind constantly is churning with original recipes and new ideas, such as what vegetable to pair with what reduction, and so on and so forth. Kwok brings his artistic creativity to the kitchen of Sarento’s at the Top of the…

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July 26, 2015

Putting a creative twist on local favorites

There are many reasons to venture to Aiea’s Newtown Golf Driving Range, and some would say that hitting a few golf balls actually is second to the food at Newtown Drive Inn. “The golfers eat some, but most of our business comes from workers and residents around this area,” notes chef and owner Reid Matsumura….

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July 19, 2015

Come on, get happy with Ichiriki’s specials

The clamor of cooking utensils dipping into pots of soy-based broths and the satisfied slurps of diners can be heard throughout the spacious and ethereal venue of Aiea’s Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant. As customers fish into their hot pots, treasures of delicious proportions emerge in the form of an assortment of veggies and thinly sliced…

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