Saturday, February 28, 2015

Da Ala Cart

Da Ala Cart is a food stall that appears in the parking lot of Launderland in the Moiliili area. The chef cooks all kinds of food on a stick and they also have grilled musubi. To find out when they open and what is on the menu, you need to check their instagram or twitter page. Of all the times I visited, there has always been a line. They usually open around 9pm so try to be there by 9:30pm. If you go after 10pm, some items may already be sold out. Since everything is cooked on the robata grill, it may take some time. Some of my favorite items are the grilled musubi with pork, pork garlic, rib eye, lamb lollipops, and corn. I heard the gyutan (beef tongue) is really good but I haven't seen it on the menu.

For parking, you can use the Launderland stalls. There are stalls before and after Launderland. They accept cash or credit. If you pay with cash, try to give them small bills. I also recommend bringing your own drinks because they don't sell any. If you forget your drinks, you can go to the Shell gas station on the corner of S Beretania and McCully Street.

@daalacart
2025 S Beretania St
Honolulu, HI 96826

Pork Garlic

Garlic Kamaboko, Garlic Ika

Grilled Musubi w/ Salmon

Grilled Musubi w/ Pork

Da ala Sausage

Lamb Lollipop

Zucchini Wrap & Jalapeno Wrap

Monday, January 12, 2015

Vino Italian Tapas & Wine Bar

Vino is an Italian restaurant inside Restaurant Row. It is located on the South Street Side. They only open for dinner and they are known for their wines. Most of the people dining around me were having a wine tasting. The atmosphere inside the restaurant is nice. This is a good place to come for a quiet dinner. My favorite dish was the burrata. There aren't many restaurants on the island that make it so I highly recommend ordering this as an appetizer. Some of the pastas needed a little more seasoning and the portions were small. For dessert, the apple tart is the best item on their menu.

I went on the week night and half of the restaurant was full. To be safe, you should make a reservation before coming. You can park inside the restaurant row parking lot and your server will validate your ticket.

For more information about Vino Italian Tapas & Wine Bar, visit www.vinohawaii.com.

500 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 524-8466

Burrata

Ligurian Style "Trofie" Pasta

House Made Three Cheese Gnocchi

Pan Seared Lamb Chops

Warm Apple Tart

Kona Coffee Semifreddo



Friday, January 2, 2015

Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop

Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop is located in Chinatown. They are open for breakfast and lunch. The lunch menu starts at 10:30am. They serve American food but there are also some fusion dishes.  When you walk into the shop, be sure to check out the specials written on the board. The cookies, muffins, and scones are baked fresh so the flavors change daily. My favorites are the milk & cereal pancakes, shrimp po' boy, and the BC burger. The pancakes are great for sharing because they make it thick and the sweeten milk with crunchy cereal makes it taste like a dessert. I highly recommend it on your first visit. They don't accept reservations and most of the tables are set up to seat 2 or 4 people. If you have a big group, you should come early because this place does get busy.

Since they are in Chinatown, parking can be tricky. If you get lucky, there might be street parking in front of the shop. If not, there are paid lots around Chinatown. I would recommend the parking lot in Marin Tower since it's the closest.

For more information about Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop, visit www.scratch-hawaii.com.

1030 Smith St
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 536-1669

"Milk & Cereal" Pancakes

Creole Shrimp n' Grits

Calentado

B.L.T. Benny

Crunchy Shrimp Po' Boy

BC Burger

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Nabeya Maido

Nabeya Maido is located in the Market City Shopping Center. They offer Japanese hot pot. If you come during lunch, they have a lunch special that is $9.90 (soup base included). This price is only for the first 10 people. If you happen to be the 11th person, you pay the regular price. The protein in the lunch special is selected by the chef. They offer a handful of soup bases. The ones I tried were very light but if you have leafy greens cooking in there for awhile, they will soak up all the flavors. Their signature soup base is the maido nabe which is shoyu based and has a bit of a kick with the finely chopped red chili's. You can also select items in their "food cave." The plates are marked by color and this option makes it great for sharing.

I recommend coming on a weekday because it's less crowded and you'll have a better chance at getting the special price. There is a 90 minute time limit on dining in there so decide what you want fast so you can spend more time eating.

2919 Kapiolani Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 739-7739

Lunch Special

Maido Nabe & Japanese Curry Nabe

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Slurp

Slurp is a pop up ramen at Vino restaurant in Restaurant Row. They are open Monday to Friday from 11am - 2pm. Slurp's menu is mainly ramen but they also have appetizers. In the specialty ramen section, you'll find the truffle crab ramen that is served at Sansei restaurant. This is also the most expensive item on their menu. The classic ramens are under $10 and the appetizers are under $6 so it's still very reasonable for lunch.

The taste in some of the food was inconsistent. Most of the items I ate were bland and needed more salt. They are new and the waiter did mentioned that they are still modifying the menu. I do plan on coming back because the truffle crab ramen was delicious. I recommend getting it if it's your first time. They accept credit cards and they will validate your parking ticket.

500 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 524-8466

Gyoza

Chicken Yakitori

Pork Belly Hoisin Bun

Chinatown Duck Ramen w/ 7-minute egg

Crab Ramen