Monday, June 25, 2018

Morimoto Asia Waikiki

Chef Morimoto's restaurant is back in Waikiki. The menu here offers more Asian dishes.  The food is more on the spicy side. The prices are reasonable and the portions are big so you can do family-style dining. Some of my favorites were the beef carpaccio, roast duck, black pepper steak, chocolate sphere and sticky rice with mango. I highly recommend the chocolate sphere because it gets lit on fire at your table.

They are located inside the Alohilani Resort on the 2nd floor facing Waikiki Beach. The restaurant is big and spacious. If you get the exterior seating, you'll get a view of Waikiki beach and the sunset which having dinner. I recommend making reservations in advance. For parking, use the valet service at Alohilani Resort. It's a shorter walk and it's complimentary with validation. 

For more information about Morimoto Asia Waikiki, visit

Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
2490 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 922-0022

Beef Carpaccio

Tuna Pizza

Crab Rangoon Sticks

Ga Prao Rice

Chef Morimoto Special Roast Duck

Black Pepper Steak

Chocolate Sphere

Sticky Rice

Banana Pudding


Almond Pudding

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Surfing Pig

The Surfing Pig is located in Kaimuki in the former space of SALT. They only open for dinner but they have a full bar. The porchetta is high recommended; they have an option of ordering this as a side. Their space is small so reservations are recommended. The service is good and their prices are reasonable for the amount of food you get. It's best to go with a group for 4 so you can try a little bit of everything on their menu.

For more information about The Surfing Pig, visit

3605 Waialae Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 744-1992

Ahi Poke

Farro Salad

Mushroom Medley

Tenderloin Medallions

Smokey Cheesy Mac w/ Porchetta

Stuffed French Toast

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Tim Ho Wan

Tim Ho Wan is the newest dim sum spot in Waikiki. They originated from Hong Kong and this is their first Hawaii location. The baked BBQ pork bun is their signature item. Other items I enjoyed were the congee, siu mai, and fried silky milk sticks. The dishes range from $5 to $7. They only offer dim sum but it is served all day and night. The full menu is not available yet. Since they are new, the service is lacking so be patient. The restaurant itself is clean and brightly lit. I also like that they use better quality ingredients compared to what you'd get in Chinatown and Culture Plaza.

The wait is about 90 minutes if you come during peak times. They don't accept reservations. There is indoor and outdoor seating. I recommend the outdoor seating because it's less noisy but you don't get to choose because they're so busy. They'll validate parking (1 hour) if you park in the Royal Hawaiian Center parking garage.

Royal Hawaiian Center
2233 Kalakaua Ave, Level 3
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 888-6088

Baked BBQ Pork Buns

Congee w/ Pork and Preserved Egg

Steamed Rice w/ Pork Spareribs & Chicken Feet

Steamed Rice w/ Chicken

Steamed Shrimp Dumplings (Har Gow)

Steamed Beef Balls

Steamed Pork Dumplings w/ Shrimp (Sui Mai)

Steamed Malaysian Cake

Fried Silky Milk Sticks

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Herringbone Waikiki

Herringbone has a weekend brunch that offers endless rosé and bottomless mimosas. They're known for seafood, but they have other items which are also good. I enjoyed the Ray Ray Fries and the bacon. The Ray Ray Fries are not on the menu and it's a special created by Chef Ray; I recommend those over the regular fries because the toppings give it some extra flavor.

The restaurant has interior and exterior seating. The exterior seating is nice because of the lush greenery and I prefer that over the interior. The interior seating can get a little noisy but if you happen to get a table next to the kitchen, it's interesting to wait the food get prepared and plated. The prices are reasonable and the portions are good for sharing. If you plan to dine here, reservations are recommended.

For more information about Herringbone Waikiki, visit

International Market Place
2330 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 797-2435

Ray Ray Pancakes

California Burrito


Ray Ray Fries

Friday, March 23, 2018

Panda Dim Sum

Panda Dim Sum is known for their animal and character steamed buns. They are located inside the Chinatown Market Place at City Square Shopping Center in Dillingham. The animals/characters are different every day and I recommend going before 10am for the best selection. You can buy the buns as is or have them steamed and ready to eat right there; it takes about 10 minutes to steam. All the fillings inside the buns are sweet; they have custard, red bean paste, sweet potato paste, lotus paste, and chestnut paste. The fillings aren't overly sweet, and the buns are moist and soft. They are 2 for $3.50. If you're not interested in the steam buns, they have other dim sum items like white rice cake, jin dui, and mochi rice. This might be a cash only place since they're a tiny shop. 

Chinatown Market Place
1199 Dillingham Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 429-2018

Panda Buns

Piggy Buns

Minion Buns

Angry Bird & Doraemon Buns