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September 18, 2016

Pagoda Floating Restaurant

As colorful koi swim gracefully through the water surrounding Pagoda Floating Restaurant, and lush trees sway in the breeze, customers are treated to a rare sight of thriving life in the middle of Honolulu’s concrete jungle. And if the view isn’t enough, try the establishment’s buffet of locally inspired food, including different variations of the…

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Golden Palace Seafood Restaurant

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Seafood in a Taro Basket ($9.95) One thing that chefs of Chinese cuisine have mastered is offering a full-sensory experience. At Golden Palace Seafood Restaurant in Chinatown, heavenly aromas draw diners in first. Then, the pleasingly bright colors of the dishes continue to attract them. Finally, the…

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September 4, 2016

Kahai Street Kitchen

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Opakapaka ($11.25 special, $13.75 regular) Note: The Opakapaka plate will be sold at the special price throughout the month of September — so get yours now! If you didn’t know, Kahai Street Kitchen has moved! The be loved eatery, which serves up gourmet local plate lunches, as…

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August 21, 2016

Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: “Milk and Cereal” Pancakes ($10) There are so many elements that build upon Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop’s cool-factor. Like a perfected recipe, the eatery has a collection of well-thought-out “ingredients” that make it truly special, including a collective music playlist that spews out classics from Al…

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August 14, 2016

Teishoku Restaurant

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Broiled Misoyaki Butterfish Teishoku ($12.95) The beauty of teishoku, or set meals, presents itself in each refined dish that is placed before diners. One part of the set can be a handful of pickled radish, or takuan, and another, steamy miso soup. The elegance of this traditional…

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August 7, 2016

Raging Crab

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: The Captain’s Special (with lobster, $73 or market price) Fans of Raging Crab’s beloved Cajun-style seafood will want to be among the first to dine at its second location at Aiea Town Square, set to open tomorrow (Aug. 8). Since the eatery’s Southern flavors washed ashore on…

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July 31, 2016

Sweet Home Cafe

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Spicy Miso ($9.95) and Healthy Herb ($8.95) Looking for some hot pot indulgences? You’ll find them along South King Street, where a beloved eatery keeps food enthusiasts coming back again and again. Sweet Home Cafe, a healthy and natural Taiwanese hot pot restaurant, first arrived on the…

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July 24, 2016

Fendu Boulangerie

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Lychee Caramel Flan ($4.60) Life is sweet at Fendu Boulangerie, the charming Manoa Marketplace bakeshop offering an array of appetite-pleasing fare. Since opening in 2009, the neighborhood eatery has been catering locals with the best of European-style eats ranging from pastries, breads and sandwiches to pizzas and…

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July 17, 2016

Junpuu

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Tantan Men Special ($13.50) Patrons may remember Junpuu from the old Shirokiya. Rather than move with the popular Japanese food court to its new location, Junpuu owner Eiji Kato decided to branch out instead with his own larger venue, now located off of South King Street. Junpuu…

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July 10, 2016

Makino Chaya

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Warm Cinnamon Bread Pudding (part of buffet) A buffet is a nice concept because it offers customers a little bit of everything. A good buffet, however, goes above and beyond simple satisfaction and fulfills one’s wildest food cravings. At Makino Chaya in Westridge Shopping Center, its buffet…

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