Have A Nice Day

A La Carte Columns

May 8, 2016

Story By: Christina O Connor | Photos by: Nathalie Walker

Stuffed Bitter Melon ($11.95)

Stuffed Bitter Melon ($11.95)

While it’s called Nice Day Chinese Restaurant, a more apt name for the eatery’s employees might be busy day — the restaurant is so popular that it’s pretty much go, go, go from the moment they open at 8 a.m. every day. That’s when patrons come in to snag dim sum as a morning treat or to take to work with them for lunch.

And the customers keep on coming throughout the day to indulge in Nice Day’s other traditional Cantonese-style fare — main entrees that include stir-fry dishes, seafood, noodles and more.

Eggplant with Tofu ($10.95)

Eggplant with Tofu ($10.95)


There often is a perception that if you don’t eat meat, there’s nothing for you at Chinese restaurants. But Nice Day has vegetarians covered with options like Eggplant With Tofu ($10.95). One of the eatery’s most popular dishes, it features stir-fried eggplant with tofu, accented with a touch of salt and a shoyu-based sauce.

Another popular item came to fruition based on customer requests: Stuffed Bitter Melon ($11.95), which features the vegetable filled with pork hash and black bean sauce. While it wasn’t a menu item, Nice Day found that customers often would ask for it, so they created a special dish.

“We wanted to start offering it so that everyone can enjoy it,” explains manager Shirley Cheng. “I think that one is really good — I like to eat this, too.”

Nice Day Chinese Restaurant

Liliha Shopping Center,
1425 Liliha St.
Daily, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96817

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