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October 5, 2014

Bite-size delights pay homage to the Islands

While Hawaii may do its fair share of importing ingredients from far away places, the archipelago state does boast an impressive flavor profile of its own. Unique, tropical fruits and exotic ingredients are widespread, from high-end to hole-in-the-wall restaurants. So, of course, it was exciting when Hokulani Bake Shop released its newest creation Okinawan Sweet…

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September 28, 2014

Seoul Garden unveils buffet trifecta

Whoever said “less is more” probably has never tried Korean-style yakiniku before — certainly not at Seoul Garden Yakiniku, where copious amounts of beef, pork and chicken, seasoned to perfection, grill all day long. So, it comes as no surprise that diners are thrilled, as the restaurant’s owner Yun Hee Im added three new yakiniku…

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September 28, 2014

Nabeya Maido

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: OMAKASE PLATTER ($18.90) To celebrate fall’s arrival, warm up to Nabeya Maido in Market City Shopping Center. The restaurant, which opened in April, is renowned for its Japanese-style nabe. The method is simple: patrons choose their preferred soup base, then select from a range of assorted…

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September 28, 2014

Wailana gets fresh, new look

Last Friday marked the highly anticipated re-opening of Wailana Coffee House. This Waikiki eatery’s interior space underwent a major renovation for nearly three weeks. In addition to new carpeting and countertops, the restaurant’s new inventory of kitchen appliances are sure to significantly assist in preparing a wide array of local, comfort food. “Having been in…

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September 21, 2014

Lili’s BBQ

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: COUNTRY CHICKEN WITH CORN BREAD ($8.50) Lili’s BBQ in Kalihi marries aspects of Southern barbecue with localand Asian-inspired barbecue. Owned and operated by husband-and-wife duo Filipo and Sue Maiava, the clean and spacious eatery opened its doors to eager diners last December, offering dine-in, takeout and…

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September 21, 2014

Not your average cafe

Back in the day, coffee shops were a pretty simple operation, with menus consisting of little more than a handful of caffeinated drinks and some pastry goods. So when Kissaten Coffee Bar, whose name means “coffee shop” in Japanese, opened four years ago in Honolulu, the upscale eatery took Oahu’s dining scene by storm. “In…

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September 14, 2014

Royal Thai Garden

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK,S HOUSE SPECIAL: LARB ($9.99) Traditional cuisine meets local flair at Royal Thai Garden in Ewa Beach. Emphasizing freshness and flavor is all part of the game for co-owner Irma Sayavong, and it isn’t hard to see why the establishment has been a hit with customers since it opened earlier…

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September 14, 2014

New delights you’ll fall for at Hy’s

Here in Hawaii, although we may not feel the physical effects of the changing seasons as noticeably as our Mainland counterparts, there are certainly other ways in which we commemorate the year’s progression. At Hy’s Steakhouse, where diners have enjoyed some of the country’s finest quality steaks and seafood dishes for decades, customers can look…

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Chinese classics can do no wrong

Here in the Islands, fusion cuisine is no rare sighting. Our knack for gastronomy and willingness to try new things make it easy for different countries to join forces and form a palatable menu. Sometimes as diners though, we hunger for the classics, a meal so authentic it immediately takes you to a specific land,…

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September 7, 2014

Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: KALBI MEATLOAF ($14) In the heart of Honolulu’s Chinatown, Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop, a trendy, cozy Southern-inspired brunch bistro, has gained an avid following from breakfast lovers everywhere. Owner and executive chef Brian Chan expresses his creativity with an innovative menu centered on simple, rustic cuisine…

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