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Pagoda Restaurant

March 23, 2014

‘Floating’ on Air with Shrimp, Pork Belly and More

The last time we visited Pagoda Floating Restaurant, executive chef Jason Takemura was in the process of updating the classic menu by introducing more fresh and local ingredients. The remake has continued with impressive results, which isn’t easy. Restaurants must adapt without alienating longtime customers. Takemura has done just that by reinventing old favorites while…

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February 23, 2014

Local Faves with a New Twist

Growing up, when Jason Takemura’s family had a special occasion to celebrate, Pagoda Floating Restaurant was their go-to spot. In 2010, When Takemura took over as executive chef and partner of the restaurant, he sought to bring it back to its roots, serving local-style favorites from his youth. Serving up what he calls “local comfort…

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Stoked About Salmon

Something fishy is going on, but don’t fret, Ono readers, there’s no need to proceed with caution. It’s just rare to stumble upon a healthy meal that is ever so indulgent. I love to cater my diet to nutritious options, and I’m all for salads, green juices, fruits, veggies and all-natural homemade smoothies, but sometimes…

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December 22, 2013

Pagoda Floating Restaurant

Shangri-La pales in comparison to the soothing setting and sumptuous entrees offered at Pagoda Floating Restaurant. A little bit of heaven in the heart of Honolulu, this well-known establishment features delicious dishes, including Asian Braised Pork Belly, and invites diners to enjoy eating amid its peaceful setting complete with a koi pond and cascading waterfall….

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The Chase is On for Seafood Chowder

It’s true that fall in Hawaii isn’t as chilly as it is on the Mainland, but I know we all woke up to a distinct nip in the air this past week. In lieu of leaves to rake and snow to shovel, there’s really only one thing for kamaaina to do when a cool breeze…

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October 6, 2013

A Garden in a Dish

Fresh: It’s what we want these days. Just look at all the farmers markets springing up everywhere. Fresh is the new buzzword for foodies. And that’s a good thing. After all, consider the alternative! Speaking of fresh, if you haven’t been to Pagoda Floating Restaurant recently, you really should stop in to check out the…

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August 25, 2013

Perfecting the Pagoda Experience

A visit to Pagoda Floating Restaurant on Rycroft Street is almost a daily ritual for Mr. Park, who is perhaps the restaurant’s most loyal customer. On this particular morning, he’s brought in a new guest to experience the superlative local comfort food and serene oasis complete with a surrounding fish pond and Japanese garden setting….

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July 28, 2013

A Floating Haven for Local Comfort Food

Charcuterie is a buzzword you should get to know. Though foreign in origin, the word is used to describe something that is probably already near and dear to your heart. We’re talking about the craft of preserving meat: cooking, curing or smoking it. And at Pagoda Restaurant, it’s only a sandwich away. Inspired by visits…

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June 23, 2013

Desserts That Go From Comfort to Captivating

Pagoda Floating Restaurant puts its own spin on traditional dishes that the whole family will love. Each dish, whether it’s an appetizer, meal or dessert, has that feeling of familiarity with a Pagoda twist. In addition to the amazing food, the ambiance of the restaurant is incomparable. Stepping into the restaurant is like stepping into…

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A Food Frenzy Springs From Spring Rolls

Recently, I’ve been eating like a mad woman on a rampage. And it’s not only what I’ve been eating (burgers, fries, bowls of pho, peanut butter shakes and scoops of ice cream) that’s a little fanatical, but the portion sizes of these glorious treats. I’ve been told “moderation is key” how many times, but you…

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