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Gourmet bentos to go at Gochi Grill

Updated on  June 12, 2018 at 4:14 pm
It’s not every day I devote this much space to a takeout spot, but Gochi Grill is worth an examination as the first solo project of John Iha, former executive chef of Hiroshi Eurasian Tapas. Read More

Sophisticated izakaya the hallmark of Zigu

Updated on  June 8, 2018 at 12:37 am
Zigu, a Japanese name translated as “eat local,” features a more upscale environment suited to the sustainable izakaya and sake bar’s overall concept. Read More

Arancino marks 5 years in Kahala

Updated on  May 30, 2018 at 11:09 am
For more upscale Italian, head to Arancino at the Kahala, where chef Daisuke Hamamoto has created a handful of new dishes to celebrate the restaurant’s fifth anniversary. Read More

New Spaghetti Factory at Aloha Tower holds onto old Ward Warehouse spirit

Updated on  May 30, 2018 at 4:05 pm
I don’t think anyone would consider the Spaghetti Factory to be home to great cuisine; it’s a little too one-dimensional. But a lot of people like their food simple, it’s kid- and family-friendly, and during graduation season, will likely be packed with celebrants. Read More

‘Iron Chef’ Morimoto opens Waikiki ramen restaurant

Updated on  May 22, 2018 at 6:08 pm
On the heels of Morimoto Asia comes the grand opening of “Iron Chef” Masaharu Mori­moto’s second restaurant in the Alohilani Resort, Momosan by Morimoto. Read More

Upscale dining primed for takeoff at Honolulu airport

Updated on  May 24, 2018 at 11:51 pm
When you have a captive audience, there’s not much incentive to improve your game, and for decades, that’s the way travelers have felt about airport restaurants. Their reputation has been of bland, dull fare — but that’s about to change at Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. Read More

New Stage at Honolulu Design Center is chic with a unique menu

Updated on  May 15, 2018 at 5:52 pm
After 12 years, it was time for a refresh at Stage restaurant, where a new, more locally inspired menu accompanies a redesign of the dining room. Read More

Tim Ho Wan serves star quality dim sum in Waikiki

Updated on  May 8, 2018 at 8:40 pm
The market for dim sum here is one that’s been relatively stable year after year. Every Chinese family has its favorite handful of restaurants for weekend gatherings, and every once in a while, a new restaurant opens to keep the scene a little interesting. Tim Ho Wan is now open, offering finer quality than what you’d typically find in Chinatown, at mid-tier cost. Read More

Island Snow shave ice takes natural turn

Updated on  May 1, 2018 at 5:32 pm
Without the addition of food coloring, Island Snow’s new fruit-based syrups give its shave ice a more subtle color than those made with standard syrups. Read More

Beet Box keeps veggie beat in Kailua

Updated on  May 2, 2018 at 10:27 am
I often eat with friends who claim to want to eat more healthfully. But once we read the menu those good intentions go out the window. It takes a dedicated health-oriented restaurant like Beet Box to eliminate those distractions and temptations. Read More

Chingu Hawaii offers Korean-style bar fare on steroids

Updated on  April 25, 2018 at 10:22 am
Chingu Hawaii brings a bit of L.A.’s Korea­town to the islands — that means you get fried chicken, cheese and kochujang with flavors that are bold, fatty and assertive, and feature audacious combinations of ingredients. This is a Korean-style bar on steroids. Read More

Paisley Meadery adds food to menu

Updated on  April 24, 2018 at 6:18 pm
Local brewer Brian Paisley opened Paisley Meadery in 2015 and recently began offering lunch and dinner service to help introduce diners to the idea of swapping out wine for pairing mead with food. Read More

Mina’s Fish House at Four Seasons Oahu takes its mission seriously

Updated on  April 18, 2018 at 4:32 pm
We have sushi and poke bars, but an all-encompassing, comprehensive and high-quality seafood restaurant is a rare entity, at least on Oahu. Read More

Humble Saigon’s yields rewarding experience

Updated on  April 10, 2018 at 4:07 pm
Diners are obsessed with “best of” lists, but how often can people follow those leads? For most people, dining choices are more a matter of cost and convenience. Read More

Hawaii Sushi offers quick, high-quality sushi fix

Updated on  April 10, 2018 at 4:08 pm
Sometimes when that sushi craving hits, you want it fast and that often means hitting up a convenience or grocery store for something ready-made, quick and inexpensive. Read More

New brunch options abound for Oahu residents

Updated on  April 3, 2018 at 9:30 pm
Today there are plenty of brunch options for early birds. The morning market is still nowhere near as saturated as the evening market for dinner, but the fuller scene calls for more creativity to lure diners that crucial first time. Read More

Chongqing Style: What’s new in noodles

Updated on  March 27, 2018 at 5:36 pm
Move over, ramen, there’s a new kind of noodle shop in town, poised to win hearts if diners are willing to give it a try. Like sister restaurant Chengdu Taste, Mian is quickly becoming known for its Sichuan-accented fare. Read More

Waiahole Poi Factory offers only-in-Hawaii treat

Updated on  March 27, 2018 at 5:37 pm
Beyond the scenery, beyond the Hawaiian plates, you’ll find an only-in-Hawaii dessert at the Waiahole Poi Factory in Windward Oahu. Read More

Italian eateries poised to stir up scene

Updated on  March 20, 2018 at 4:11 pm
Essentially, there are two kinds of Italian restaurants on Oahu, neither involving Italians in the kitchen. Read More

UH med school finds right mix

Updated on  March 13, 2018 at 4:23 pm
Until recently, Kakaako was mostly known as a work hub, home to auto shops, warehouses, small businesses and the cheap-eats restaurants that serve this community. Since being designated the coolest work-live community in Honolulu, that is changing. Read More

A doubtful debut for Morimoto Asia

Updated on  March 6, 2018 at 5:16 pm
I typically write 1,000 words about a restaurant, carefully weighing the pros and cons of every encounter to back up my ratings. Without burden of responsibility, my friends can be much more succinct in expressing their opinions with a few simple words. Read More

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