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Try this hidden gem in Waikiki

A La Carte

July 9, 2023

Story By: Stephanie Lopes | Photos by: GINZA WON

Hot Stone Bibimbap with Beef Tartare (call for price)

A true Korean culinary treasure is tucked away on a side street in Waikiki: Ginza Won Restaurant.

Since 1997, the hidden eatery has been serving stews, noodles, bibimbap and barbeque (called yakiniku on the menu, referring to the Japanese term) to in-the-know culinary connoisseurs.

A suggested starting point is the Spicy Pork with Rice ($24.95). Soft and juicy, melt-in-your-mouth pork is saturated with the perfect balance of spices. Many guests’ go-to order is the Hot Stone Bibimbap with Beef Tartare ($24.95).The popular Korean dish is served with fresh vegetables, rice and meat and cooked to perfection in the hot stone bowl. Seafood Tofu Stew ($18.95) is a recommended soup selection, blending fresh seafood and tofu in a delectable broth.

“Both our food and service are exceptional,” says Paul Kim, the son of Ginza Won’s owner Tae Kim. “The food is fresh and prepared daily. Our portions are generous. The servers are attentive, kind and make our customers feel welcomed.”

Parking is readily available with a few stalls in front of the eatery and a paid parking lot across the street.

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