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Wisp opens in Waikiki


    Wisp’s opah is wrapped in kataifi and served in a coconut curry sauce with vegetables and Okinawan sweet potatoes.


    Three Hawaii sushi restaurants and one chain won spots on a list of the 50 best sushi bars in the country, selected by The Daily Meal, a website that covers cooking and dining trends. Named were the Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar chain, Koiso and Sushi Paradise on Maui and Sushi Sasabune in Honolulu.

Wisp Restaurant & Lounge has taken over the space in the Lotus Hono­lulu hotel formerly occupied by the Park and Diamond Head Grill restaurants.

The space across from Kapiolani Park had been vacant since the Park closed in 2014.

The restaurant features Hawaiian Regional Cuisine with breakfast and dinner service daily.

Owners are Jon Ishimi, who is also an owner of Kissaten; Lani Nakamura; and Jason Kainuma, a former chef at Alan Wong’s.

Dishes include a ramen omelet for $11, truffle waffle fries for $9 and coconut curry opah for $28.

Happy hour runs 4 to 6 and 9 to 11 p.m. daily with $6 wines by the glass and $4 domestic beers. The restaurant also offers a 10 percent kamaaina discount.

Visit or call 791-5163.

Dining and giving

Spend Thanksgiving at Wood & Bucket Tapas Bar & Grill in the Waikiki Sand Villa and a portion of your tab will go to the Aloha United Way.

The Dine & Give promotion sets aside 15 percent of all earnings Thursday for the AUW’s education programs.

Lunch hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; dinner is 5 to 10 p.m. Cost is $8 for a lunch plate and $15 for dinner. The meal includes turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole and a bean salad.

Call 921-3212. Drive-up meal pickup is also available.

Unwind with wines

Relieve holiday stress at a Black Friday UnWINEder, at Fujioka’s Wine Times at Market City Shopping Center.

More than 30 wines will be poured from Champagne and Bordeaux in France, as well as Italy and Portugal.

Tickets are $40 and include a Riedel wine glass. The tasting runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday. Call 739-9463.

Scotch finds its match

REAL a Gastropub is hosting a scotch and food pairing dinner Monday led by Derek Yueng, territory manager from Young’s Market.

The menu: poached pear with brie wonton (with Glenfiddich Bourbon Barrel Reserve), mushroom arancini with goat cheese (Balvenie PortWood), braised lamb neck with barley (Bruichladdich Cuvee 640 Eroica) and S’mores Cheesecake (Highland Park Dark Origins).

Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $100.

Call 596-2526 or email adam@

BLT hosts farm dinners

A monthly dinner series showcasing local farms launches at BLT Market on Dec. 3. Each dinner is limited to 10 guests and comprises a cocktail reception, a six-course dinner and a chance to speak with the food purveyors.

Featured farms are Molokai Ranch on Dec. 3, Kualoa Ranch on Jan. 14 and Mari’s Garden on Feb. 11.

Cost is $95. Call 729-9729 or email

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