Saturday, November 22, 2014

Wai'olu - Restaurant Week 2014

For those who want a quiet and fancy atmosphere, try Wai'olu at the Trump Waikiki. The restaurant is on the 2nd floor of the hotel and it has an amazing view. They are offering a 3-course menu (other options not shown) of American dishes with a hint of local and Asian. Their menu is priced at $48. Valet parking is available at the Trump Hotel Waikiki and Wai'olu will provide you with the validation.

For more information, visit

223 Saratoga Rd
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 683-7456

Beets & Berries Salad w/
goat cheese, micro greens, strawberry vinaigrette

New York Steak & Rack of Lamb Combo w/
seasonal vegetables, deep fried sushi sandwich

Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee w/ House made Macaroon

Friday, November 21, 2014

Shokudo - Restaurant Week 2014

Shokudo Japanese Restaurant & Bar is offering a 6-course menu that goes from traditional Japanese into fusion dishes. Their tasting menu is priced at $38. They also have sake pairing which is an extra $20. I highly recommend this one because it's reasonably priced.

For more information, visit

1585 Kapiolani Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 941-3701

Fresh big eye tuna wrapped w/ avocado & daikon,
Sushi grade tako in an egg yolk vinagrette, Homemade goma tofu

Otoro sashimi

Fresh Hokkaido scallops rolled in masago,
deep fried tempura style & dusted w/ Himalayan sea salt

Prime cuts of Filet Mignon stuffed w/ fresh Santa Barbara uni &
dressed w/ a homemade Nikiri soy sauce

3 piece nigiri omakase (hirame, chutoro, kanpachi)

Honey toast bread battered & deep fried in tempura batter,
topped w/ Roselani premium vanilla ice cream &
drizzled w/ a sake caramel sauce

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fort Ruger Market

Fort Ruger Market is tucked in the residential area of Kaimuki. They are like a corner store. They offer Hawaiian food and other local foods for take-out. The entire menu is written on a white board that hangs over the deli counter. One thing that stands out about this place is that they make your poke when you order it. Like most places on the island, the poke is mixed in the morning and it sits in the display case all day. Besides selling hot foods and deli items, you can also get snacks and drinks. I recommend trying their ahi poke and Hawaiian plates. Their food is not overly salty and their prices are reasonable.

The crowd comes and goes so the shop doesn't get super busy. They have parking spaces in the front but if it fills up, there is free street parking around the back. They have a few tables and benches outside the shop if you want to eat there. They only accept cash.

3585 Alohea Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 737-4531

Ruger Special Poke

Ocean Salad


Kalua Pork (side order)

Chicken Long Rice Bowl

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Mandarin Restaurant

The Mandarin Restaurant is located on the ground floor of the Imperial Plaza. The entrance is on Cooke Street. The exterior of the restaurant has tinted glass so it's dark and you can't see inside. If you come during the lunch hour, they have lunch specials. All their specials are listed on sheets of paper and tucked under the plexiglas of the table. They have a big menu. The portions for their noodle dishes are good. The entree portions are a bit small and they are pricey. I recommend trying the salt and pepper pork chops. They taste better than the ones you get at the other Chinese restaurants. Their pork is thick cut and you get 4-pieces in an order.

The restaurant was quiet during the lunch hour so reservations are not required if you have a small group. They have round tables so they can accommodate large groups. They accept credit cards. For parking, Cooke Street usually has parking spaces but you need to feed the meter. The restaurant will validate your parking if you park in the Imperial Plaza parking lot.

For more information about The Mandarin Restaurant, visit

725 Kapiolani Blvd. C-123
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 593-1188

Salt & Pepper Chicken Wings

Salt & Pepper Pork Chops

Singapore Rice Noodle

Beef Chow Funn

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Nook Neighborhood Bistro

The Nook is located in Puck's Alleys. They are tucked inside the parking lot where Kiss My Grits used to be. The interior of the restaurant is small but you feel very cozy eating brunch in here. They also have outdoor seating. The staff are very friendly and their prices are reasonable.

If you come on the weekends for breakfast, expect a long wait for a table. They are super busy and they don't accept reservations. If you don't want to wait for a table, you can order take-out. I prefer coming for a late lunch (after 1:30pm) instead because there is no wait time and the food comes out quick. I haven't been disappointed with anything on the their menu. I recommend trying their scones and muffins. They have different and unique flavors everyday. My favorite item is the chicken and waffles. The waffle are made with mochiko so it has the soft chewy texture inside and the toasty waffle crunch outside. It's great for sharing while you order something else as your entree.

From my own experience the preferred payment method is credit card because I ran into a few times where they had to wait to get me change. It's just more efficient to pay with a card. I think they offer parking validation but I'm not 100% sure as all the times I've visited, it was a Sunday and parking was free.

For more information about The Nook Neighborhood Bistro, visit

1035 University Ave #105
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 942-2222

Mochiko Chicken & Waffles

Asian Pear Grilled Cheese

Matcha Waffle

House-made Shinsato Pork Sausage