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Step Up to the Plate

July 5, 2015

Sakura Terrace

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Deluxe Sakura Chirashi ($26) Japanese cuisine is awaiting you on South King Street, and those who can’t wait to try it won’t be disappointed. Diners walking into Honolulu’s Sakura Terrace are greeted with a modern-chic ambience that lets all guests enjoy their meals in its contemporary indoor…

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June 28, 2015

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Beef Carpaccio ($21) This week, elegance meets versatility in Restaurant Row and Waikiki Beach. Ruth’s Chris Steak House welcomes its diners to an exquisite ambiance where fine dining is seen from corner to corner. Customers anticipating a worthwhile meal won’t be disappointed with its top-notch courses. Already…

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June 21, 2015

Max’s of Manila

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Beer-Braised Pata Tim ($15.95) Yearning for a feast of Filipino flavors? Look no further than Max’s of Manila, where Honolulu Star-Advertiser has called it “Hawaii’s Best Place for Filipino Food” three years in a row. The restaurant serves up a colossal menu of pure, authentic Filipino cuisine…

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June 14, 2015

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Surf and Turf ($84.95) Passersby walking through the third floor of Royal Hawaiian Center would find Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener a hard-to-miss dining destination. Diners are greeted with an impressive staff and an even more impressive menu. If the clinking of fine wine-filled glasses or sophisticated…

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Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Summer Sandwich ($13.95) If Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant’s name doesn’t ring a bell, the two horse statues in front of the eatery are sure to jog your memory. Upon entering the favored Chinese eatery, you are met with high ceilings, vibrant colors of reds and yellows and…

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May 31, 2015

Sarento’s at the Top of the “I”

An elevator whisks patrons straight to the top of Ilikai Hotel, where the window-lined restaurant Sarento’s at the Top of the “I” resides, showcasing stunning landscapes of Diamond Head and Waikiki. There, you can’t help but feel on top of the world, and if the view isn’t enough to wow you, the food certainly will….

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May 26, 2015

Five Star Shrimp

With the food truck scene still booming, Five Star Shrimp delivers a menu that exceeds the expectations of its small cooking quarters. The bright blue mobile kitchen, parked at the corner of Kapahulu and Kaimuki streets, stands out almost as much as the establishment’s delicious plate lunches. With the recent addition of its delivery services,…

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May 19, 2015


After making the switch from Pacific Rim fare to Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Japengo has never been better. Under the direction of chef Jon Matsubara, the Hyatt Regency restaurant now focuses on what’s locally available, appealing to tourists and locals alike. The word “extravagant” doesn’t even begin to describe Japengo’s menu, with dishes that call for…

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May 10, 2015

Il Lupino

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Linguine del Pescatore ($30; add 6-ounce Maine Roasted Lobster Tail for $19) Upon entering Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar, you are immediately transported to a quaint Italian village, with moseying music, patio seating and alluring smells wafting from the kitchen. A glass wine cellar sits in…

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May 6, 2015

YuZu Ala Moana

Like the bright yellow citrus fruit, YuZu Ala Moana encompasses all that is fresh, vibrant and tasty. With menu items such as Lotus Root Pizza ($8.95), which features grilled lotus root smothered in four different types of cheese, and Temari Sampler ($14.95, 6 pieces), which includes round-shaped sushi, fashioned after the colorful temari ball of…

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