Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Helena's Hawaiian Food

Helena's Hawaiian Food is located in Kalihi. It is a local hang out that serves Hawaiian food. They are only open 4 days a week from 10am-7:30pm and they do not take reservations. The pipikaula short ribs are highly recommend and you might want to order extra to go. If you're not sure of what to get, try one of the preset menus because it offers a little bit of everything. The preset menu can be shared between 2 people unless you have a big appetite. Their prices are reasonable and you will most likely be a returning customer.

The interior of the restaurant is run down but you're not there to admire the decor, you just want the food. There is parking in front of the restaurant but if that's full, parking is available in the residential area on Aupuni Street. Be prepared to wait 15-30 minutes for a table because they are always busy. This is a cash only place.

For more information about Helena's Hawaiian Food, visit helenashawaiianfood.com.

1240 N School St
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 845-8044

Ahi Poke

Kalua Pig

Lomi Salmon

Pipikaula Short Ribs

Chicken Long Ric

Haupia & onions on the side

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Mana Bu's

Mana Bu's is known for handmade musubi's. They are located in the same plaza as Baskin-Robbins across from Washington Middle School. The shop is at the end with a bright orange sign above the door. All their musubi's are made fresh daily and they sell out before closing. The musubi's are priced between $1.50 to $2. Each musubi is individually wrapped so it's makes a great snack if you're on the go. They don't have any seating in here, it's all take-out style. The staff are polite, they always smile and thank their customers. I haven't been able to try all their musubi's yet but my favorites so far are the salmon tobiko, ground beef, spam lite, and shiso & wakame.

The shop is open from 6:30am to 1pm. The latest I've visited was 10am on a Saturday and the selection was very limited. I recommend going between 7:30am to 8am for the best selection. They also have a desserts like coffee jelly and strawberry mochi. This is a cash only place. There is parking available in front of the shop or metered parking on S. King Street.

For more information about Mana Bu's, visit hawaiimusubi.com.

1618 S King St.
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 358-0287

Shiso & Wakame

Sekihan Okowa (Azuki bean w/ rice)

Salmon & Tobiko

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Formaggio Wine Bar

Formaggio Wine Bar is located inside the Market City Shopping Center on the same side as Ben Franklin. If you enter the shopping center from Kaimuki Ave you will have an easier time finding the restaurant. Formaggio is open daily for dinner only. The happy hour for food is from 5:30pm - 7pm and 10pm - 11pm. If you love wine, this place is for you because they have a huge selection to choose from. They also have delicious food that come in large portions. I highly recommend the Fonduta as an appetizer. The inside of the restaurant is really dark but it's spacious. On certain nights, they have live music in the back of the restaurant. If you come with 2 or more people during the peak dinner time, reservations are recommended.

Market City Shopping Center
2919 Kapiolani Blvd #10
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 739-7719

Formaggio Fonduta

Smoked Salmon Carpaccio

Margherita Pizza

Caroline's Chocolate Addiction

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Special Off Menu Dinner at Forty Carrots

Forty Carrots is inside of Bloomingdales on the 3rd floor. I was invited to this special dinner by Grant aka Chuggy Bear. The 5-course dinner was prepared by Chef Jon Matsubara and the food was delicious!

Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96814

Sashimi of Hokkaido scallop and ama ebi,
lemongrass consume, preserved enoki, wasabi ice

Huevos
Italian black truffle, smoked meat, olive oil crisps

Hibachi king salmon
bulls blood vinegar, shaved radish, Serrano chili

Pot au Feu
Salted short rib of beef & foie gras,
watercress, caraflex, Hawaiian chili bouillon

Drop scone pudding, smoked bacon, maple bourbon butter


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Chiba-Ken

Chiba-Ken is located at the beginning of Waikiki in a residential neighborhood. It's a few shops down from 7-Eleven and the restaurant is on the 1st floor of a 2-story building. They offer a variety of cooked Japanese dishes but they also have a sushi bar. This is a good place to come with a group and do family style dining. The interior of the restaurant is spacious and the staff greet you when you walk in. Their prices are high but if you share the cost between a group, it's not bad. I recommend ordering nigiri sushi and sashimi because their fish is really fresh. Other items that were amazing were the pork belly and grilled squid. If you are on a budget and you still want to eat here, you can try their happy hour which is from 9:30pm to closing. The food prices range from $2-$10 during happy hour. If you come for dinner, reservations are recommended.

For parking, there is a driveway right next to the entrance of the restaurant and you can drive in. They have 5 stalls in the back but it can get tight and you may find yourself having to reverse out to End Road after your meal.

468 Ena Rd
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 941-2800

Tonkatsu

Pork Belly

Vegetable Tempura

Boiled Clams

Ikura Nigiri

Firecracker Ball

Amaebi Nigiri

Grilled Squid

Chef's Selection Sashimi (for 2 people)

Grilled Mochi