Monday, August 29, 2016

Foodland Farms Ala Moana

Foodland will be reopening in Ala Moana Center on Wednesday. I was invited to a preview of their new flagship store and got to try some of the new creations prepared by the in-house chefs. You can still buy groceries here but you'll also find some new things like a juice bar, shave ice stand, fresh mini donuts, thin crust pizzas, a grilling station, a poke island, and the R. Field Wine Company which offers wine by the glass and specialty beers on tap. HI Steaks, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and the Foodland Pharmacy are in here as well. There is a dining area that seats up to 100 people and offers complimentary wifi. The will call service can hold your groceries for you while you continue to shop around the mall. The interior decor and layout of this store is amazing and its worth checking out. If you like poke, get the truffle ahi poke because it's only available here.

For more information about Foodland Farms Ala Moana, visit www.foodland.com/alamoana.

Ala Moana Center
Ewa Wing, Street Level
1450 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 949-5044

Truffle Ahi Poke

Margherita Pizza


Grilled Steak w/ Teriyaki Sauce from HI Steaks

Cheese from R. Field Wine Company

Prosciutto from R. Field Wine Company

Salami from R. Field Wine Company

Mini donuts tossed in Lilikoi Sugar



Thursday, August 25, 2016

Izakaya Naru

Izakaya Naru is known for their Okinawan dishes such as taco rice and homemade soba. Their specials change daily and the chefs make creative dishes. Some interesting daily specials I've tried in the past were Italian style poke and house-made smoked pistachios. If you like to drink, this place is good because they have a huge selection of alcohol and they stay open till 2AM. If you like food, this place is also good because the portions are small so you can try a bunch of different things. Their prices are reasonable and it's best to come with 2-4 people. Some dishes I recommend are the yukari seasoned fries, gyoza pizza, taco rice, okinawa soba, and shoyu pork spareribs. You must save room for dessert because the baguette stuffed with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with honey is amazing. 

They are located in Mo'ili'ili in the same complex as Glazer's Coffee and Sushi King. There is a parking lot but the lot gets full quick because it's shared with all the other businesses. There is street parking which is free after 6PM and you can also park in Puck's Alley. You might need to pay for Puck's Alley though. They are only open for dinner and the restaurant is small so call a few days in advanced to make a reservation.

For more information about Izayaka Naru, visit naru-honolulu.com.

2700 S King St.
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 951-0510

Yukari seasoned French Fries

Gyoza Pizza

Beef Tongue

Butter Sauteed Clams w/ Baguette

Taco Rice

Homemade Okinawa Soba w/ Shoyu Pork Spareribs

Baguette stuffed w/ Vanilla Ice Cream

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Uncle Tetsu

Uncle Tetsu is known for their light and airy cheesecakes. They originated from Japan and this is their first location in the United States. The cheesecake flavors are original and coffee. You want to buy the cheesecake right after it comes out of the oven. It is best to eat the cheesecake when it's still warm but if you put it into the fridge for a few hours, the cake firms up and is more like the American cheesecake. I enjoy the cheesecakes here because they're not rich and overly sweet. If you don't like cheesecake, they also have other baked goods and cold drinks.

They are located on the 2nd floor of the Royal Hawaiian Center at the Pa'ina Lanai Food Court. They offer validation if you make a purchase. The prices are reasonable so you might end up buying more than just a cheesecake.

Royal Hawaiian Center
2201 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 922-9680


Original Japanese Cheesecake

Ooey Gooey Cookies


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Avenue's Bar + Eatery

Avenue's Bar + Eatery is a gastropub located in the Kaimuki area. They are in the former space of SALT and Hale Ohuna. The items on their food menu are heavy but if you like to drink, this place is definitely for you. The have unique cocktails and a big list of beers, wines, and whiskies. For food, my favorites were the antipasto plate (the bread is really good), poutine, jidori buttermilk fried chicken, and open faced smoked ahi melt. Those item are great for sharing. If you want something all to yourself, their burgers are also good. I enjoyed the Ni'ihau lamb burger and the Hawaii Ranchers pastrami sandwich. A lot of the ingredients they use are locally sourced. The prices are high but if you are dining with a group and you can split the cost, it's not bad.

Their interior space is small so I highly recommend making reservations. They are only open for dinner and it's gets busy. For parking, the paid parking lot between 11th and 12th Ave is your best option.

For more information about Avenue's Bar + Eatery, visit avenuesbarandeatery.com.

3605 Waialae Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 744-7567

Antipasto Plate

Duck Fat Popcorn

Poutine

Ho Farms Lemongrass Pork Burger

Hawaii Ranchers Pastrami

Open Faced Smoked Ahi Melt

Jidori Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Manoa Chocolate Beignets

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Menya Musashi Ramen

Menya Musashi Ramen is located near Ala Moana Center. They are known for their tsukemen and ramen. This has become one of my favorite places for tsukemen. The dipping broth is thick and it's not super oily. The noodles get coated nicely after each dip. They are generous with the kakuni (pork belly). The lean to fat ratio is perfect so you'll enjoy each bite along with your noodles. The noodles come in 4 sizes; regular, large, xl, and pounder. If you plan on sharing a tsukemen with your group, the pounder is a great option. The price range is about $10 - $15 so it's still reasonable. If you want a better bowl of ramen or tsukemen with flavorful broth, check this place out.

The shop entrance is small so you can miss it. If you're coming from Pensacola Street or Kapiolani Blvd, you'll see the Wedding Ring shop at the corner. On the next block of Pensacola Street, you'll see the Discount Store and Menya Musashi Ramen is next to it. There are parking spaces in front of the shop and some street parking. The inside of the shop is big and its interior is samurai themed. The kitchen is in the back and you can see the cooks preparing your meal as you wait. If you're coming with more than 4 people, I recommend making reservations.

560 Pensacola St
Ste 105
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 589-0634

Kakuni Bao

Super Musashi Style (ramen)

Nitoryu Musashi Style (tsukemen)