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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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March 15, 2015

‘Yu-nique’ Sushi Sensations

Tucked away within Ala Moana Hotel, YuZu restaurant offers its customers a generous helping of impeccable taste — and not just from the items on its menu. The appealing aesthetics of yuzu are what truly make this establishment unique, from its delightful decor, right down to the delicious dishes it serves daily. Step inside YuZu…

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January 18, 2015

Japanese fusion dazzles with yuzu

Tucked away in the Kona Tower of Ala Moana Hotel is a tasty and traditional Japanese restaurant serving up authentic food with zest. YuZu Ala Moana — named after the wrinkly and tangy fruit — might be relatively new to the Islands, but owner Isamu Kubota is no stranger to the restaurant industry. “I had…

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December 15, 2014

The Main Squeeze

Like the sought-after fruit for which it is named, YuZu Ala Moana serves up a unique and memorable culinary experience sure to have diners longing for another squeeze. Owner and chef Isamu Kubota opened YuZu Ala Moana three years ago at its convenient locale on the first floor of Ala Moana Hotel’s Kona Tower. Kubota…

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November 30, 2014 ,

Sausage is the Missing Link

Thanksgiving really snuck up on us this year. Now, it’s day three of leftovers — turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberries, yams, pumpkin pie — you name it, it’s probably in the fridge. Stuffing is my main dish. No joke. Why? Because of the chunks of Italian and Portuguese sausage, which stand…

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October 5, 2014

YuZu’s veggie treasures to go

Aptly named after the delicious Japanese citrus fruit, the cuisine at YuZu brings a similar refreshing and light taste to the table. The owners of this eclectic establishment, husband-and-wife team Isamu and Motoko (Moco) Kubota, are no strangers to the fine-dining scene, as the duo have previously owned other eateries, as well as YuZu’s sister…

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August 3, 2014

Say Yes to YuZu

Ask any legitimate restaurateur: they’ll tell you innovation is a critical component to ensure longevity in today’s ever-expanding, highly competitive restaurant industry. At Sushi YuZu Ko Olina, owners Isamu and Moco Kubota have attuned themselves to this mentality. This West Side establishment is the sister restaurant of YuZu in Ala Moana Hotel. Having expanded its…

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July 6, 2014

Zooming in on YuZu’s flavors

I love the sprightly citrus fruit known as yuzu. At restaurants, I make it a point to try any items on the menu that incorporate its flavors. From all outward appearances, yuzu resembles a wrinkled relative of an orange. Its flavor is a medley of familiar citrus notes that will tickle your tongue just enough…

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June 1, 2014

Classic cuisine, creative innovations

YuZu in Ala Moana Hotel offers a new twist on Japanese cuisine. “We offer classic, authentic Japanese food, but we also have more creative, modern,” options,” says owner and chef Isamu Kubota. Customers will find a wide selection of sushi rolls, nigiri, sashimi, udon and yakitori on the menu, along with innovative, contemporary items, including…

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May 11, 2014

Mom-approved munchies

As we celebrate the special women in our lives on Mother’s Day, here’s another one to pay tribute to: YuZu owner Isamu Kubota’s mom. Her down-home healthy cooking influenced Kubota to go into the restaurant business where he brings her sensibilities in the kitchen to a wider audience first in Tokyo and now in Hawaii….

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