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April 6, 2014

Getting a Mouthful of Fresh Poke, Donburi

When Mamaya opened its second location at Pearl Kai Shopping Center, a fitting follow-up to the eatery’s widely successful Shirokiya location at Ala Moana Center, diners everywhere breathed a sigh of relief knowing they now could answer the daunting question, “What should we eat for lunch today?” Comprised of fresh, made-to-order Japanese fare, Mamaya’s menu…

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April 6, 2014

Fendu Boulangerie

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: VALRHONA CHOCOLATE DOME ($5.75) Fendu Boulangerie in Manoa Marketplace breaks the mold when it comes to sweet nothings. Owner and chef Niel Koep opened this top-tier bakery in March 2009 determined to offer quality baked goods and sinfully delicious desserts to his patrons. Fast-forward to today,…

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March 30, 2014

Aloha in Every Bite

While eateries have made a habit of infusing local flavors and ingredients with traditional cuisine, the culinary team at Aloha Crepes has continued to roll out an array of innovative menu creations that take the concept of fusion to the next level. Aloha Crepes was introduced to the local market five years ago, when owner…

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March 30, 2014

Hokulani Bake Shop

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: PASSION AND GUAVA MARBLE WITH ORANGE CREAM CHEESE CUPCAKE ($3.50) Partake in the sweeter things in life at Hokulani Bake Shop, a leader in the island’s confectionary scene even before its win during the Food Network’s “Screamfest” episode of Cupcake Wars. Home to an assortment of avant-garde…

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March 30, 2014

Makino Chaya

As if Makino Chaya’s all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner buffets, complete with everything from king crab legs to teppanyaki-style steak, were not deals in and of themselves, the eatery now features a special happy hour menu available every Monday-Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. Priced at $19.98 per person, the happy hour menu features an array…

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March 23, 2014

Wine, Cheese Join Forces at Du Vin

While wine and cheese are no strangers to discerning diners, Brasserie Du Vin takes the palatable pairing to the next level with Wine-Cheese-Wine combinations. Situated in downtown Honolulu across from the historic Hawaii Theater, Brasserie Du Vin serves up a casual, rustic environment modeled after the inviting cafes and bistros found throughout the French countryside….

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March 23, 2014

Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant

There’s no more comforting cuisine than a steaming serving of Japanese hot pot. And at Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant, customers can get their fix of Sukiyaki, Shabu Shabu and an abundance of other original soups sure to satisfy all cravings. Keep it simple and dine on fresh vegetables, seafood, meat and flavorful broth — all…

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March 23, 2014

Formaggio Wine Bar

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: NEPALESE STYLE CHICKEN CURRY BOWL ($14.99; $7.50 HAPPY HOUR) Wine and dine at Formaggio Wine Bar in Market City Shopping Center. Owned and operated by Niraj Maskey, the restaurant lures in diners with its intimate setting and relaxing atmosphere, making it the perfect spot for a date…

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March 16, 2014

Shabu Shabu King Serves Up Fresh Fun, Fare

For nearly three years, Shabu Shabu King has treated Moiliili residents and visitors from around the island to the increasingly popular and interactive experience known as hot pot dining. “They can pick what they like, everything is fresh,” owner Michael Shi says of the 100-plus items guests may choose from when cooking atop ceramic hot…

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March 16, 2014

Pho My Lien

A LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: SHRIMP FRIED RICE WITH MIXED VEGETABLE SAUTEE ($16.95) For more than a decade, Pho My Lien, located at Westridge Shopping Center in Aiea, presents customers with home-style Vietnamese cooking that cannot be duplicated. The restaurant is known for its fresh ingredients and authentic cuisine. Not only is Pho…

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