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December 7, 2014

Mamaya

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Two Layered Osechi Box ($199 plus tax) Convenience, quality and authentic Japanese fare meld effortlessly at Mamaya. The Pearl Kai Shopping Center establishment specializes in Japanese-style bento boxes, and although they are pre-packaged, Mamaya replenishes its bentos frequently to guarantee freshness. Store manager Dan Kobayashi already is…

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November 30, 2014

JJ Bistro & French Pastry

Take a closer look at this week’s house special: STONE CRAB CLAWS WITH JJ XO SAUCE ($19.95) JJ Bistro & French Pastry on Waialae Avenue is a gem of a restaurant in the heart of Kaimuki. Owned and operated by executive chef JJ Luangkhot, the award-winning bistro dishes out fusion cuisine that’s Parisian and Asian…

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November 23, 2014

YogurStory

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: UBE PANCAKES ($12) When it’s time to gather everyone together for a good meal, there’s no better place to bring friends and family than YogurStory. Conveniently located on Keeaumoku Street, this contemporary eatery boasts a cafe-like atmosphere with menu offerings that make mouths water. A popular favorite…

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Fairwood Drive-Inn & Hi Yip Cuisine

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Stir Fry Shanghai Shredded Beef ($12.50) Earlier this year, restaurant owner Tiffany Ko capitalized on Fairwood Drive-Inn & Ramen Diner, where local classics and healthy alternatives to ramen were on the menu. Nowadays, loyal patrons of the Kaimuki Shopping Center establishment can expect something new; the…

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November 2, 2014

Ocean House

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Ginger Steamed Monchong ($33.50) Ocean House wants nothing more than for its guests to feel right at home. Situated in Outrigger Reef on the Beach Hotel, this Waikiki establishment exudes casual elegance in its plantation-style dining room. Ocean House captivates all the senses with its classic…

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October 26, 2014

Chef Chai

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Oxtail a la Chai with Lemongrass Broth and Chinese Celery ($29 regular price, $15 during happy hour at the bar) You could say that for celebrity chef Chai Chaowasaree, his passion for cooking was instilled in him from an early age. Growing up in Bangkok, Thailand,…

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Seafood Village Chinese Cuisine

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Diced Pork Loin with House Black Pepper Sauce ($18.95) Nestled in Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort and Spa’s Ewa Tower, Seafood Village Chinese Cuisine caters to the appetites of those who adore traditional Hong Kong-style fare. The restaurant boasts elegant decor, and its spacious dining rooms are…

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October 5, 2014

Mamaya

Situated in Pearl Kai Shopping Center, Mamaya is your one-stop-shop for a quick lunch on the go. Specializing in freshly made bentos, Mamaya prides itself on convenience and customization, as it continues its tradition of offering tasty, local Japanese fare with freshly packed meals, such as Miso Butterfish Bento. Patrons also have the opportunity to…

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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 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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