Monday, May 30, 2011

Ojiya Restaurant - CLOSED

This is the Japanese restaurant across from the Convention Center. They have a little bit of everything on the menu. I thought the taste of their food was okay. Some of the dishes weren't so great. The service wasn't good. My group was put in the back of the restaurant and it took forever to get the attention of the waiter.

1718 Kapiolani Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96814

Special Mackerel Box Sushi

Buta Sparerib Karaage

Beef Tataki

Rainbow Roll

Asparagus Bacon

Hanpen Cheese

Crab & Salmon Rice Porridge

Hegi Soba

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Cafe Laufer

This is a nice little place to have lunch with friends. They have a small menu but I'm sure there's something on there that everyone will like. Their ordering process is a bit different from the typical restaurant. You order in the back of the restaurant by the register and then a waitress will tell you what table to sit on. Afterwards, they will bring the items to your table.

This place has won a lot of awards for their desserts. So you definitely want to save room for a slice of cake or tart. They also bake pastries. The next time you're in the Kaimuki area, swing by and check this place out.

For more information about Cafe Laufer, please visit http://www.cafelaufer.com.

3565 Wai'alae Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816

Chinese Chicken Salad

Vegetarian Sandwich

Raspberry Chocolate Torte

White Wine Gel

Strawberry Shortcake

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Genki Sushi

If you just want plain ol' sushi and you want it fast, this is the place to come. The dishes are on a conveyor belt so you get to see what your food looks like. If you're like me, I try to pick out the fresh ones. Here's a little tip, look at the nori, if u see wrinkles in there, that means it's been out for awhile so don't pick that one. The prices here are really good but you do want to get the best out of your money.

Genki Sushi has locations all over the island. To find one near you, please visit http://www.genkisushiusa.com.

Somen Salad

Spicy Ahi

Kabocha Tempura

Ebi Tempura Roll

Garlic Mayo

Tamago

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Miyako

This is a nice and expensive restaurant. If you want an extra special dining experience you can reserve one of the cabanas outside. You'll be able to watch the sunset while you eat your dinner. I recommend ordering the chef's kaiseki. The kaiseki menu changes every month.

I was really impressed with the presentation of their food. Also, the waitresses here wear kimonos. This is a good place to come if you're celebrating a special occasion.

The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel
2863 Kalakaua Ave. Ste 2
Honolulu, HI 96815

For more information about Miyako, please visit http://www.kaimana.com/miyako.htm.

Appetizer

Sashimi

Sashimi

Agedashi Tofu

Shrimp & Vegetable Tempura

Nameko (mushroom) Chazuke

Fruits

Friday, May 13, 2011

Tenkaippin Ramen

The Kotteri Ramen is their specialty. It's a thick broth made from chicken. Some people love it and some people dislike it because it's too rich. The staff recommends putting some of their special garlic into the ramen. The garlic enhances the flavor of the ramen but don't put too much or you'll end up with garlic breath. My favorite is the Paitan Ramen because I like the pork flavored broth. It's a bit on the salty side so you might want to get a soda to go with it.

The gyoza could use more filling. They don't have gyoza sauce like the other ramen places. So I end up mixing vinegar and soy sauce as my dipping sauce.

For people who don't like to eat ramen, they have other options such as garlic steak and the local special which is fried rice with fried chicken.

617 Kapahulu Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815

Kotteri Ramen

Fried Chicken

Gyoza

Spicy Tan Tan Ramen

Paitan Ramen

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Frost City

This is starting to become popular. People call this snow ice, it's shave ice but instead of using water, they use ice cream. So the end product is creamier.

I didn't like the fruit flavors. It tasted too similar to regular shave ice. I thought the black sesame and the green tea flavors were the best. Some flavors do sell out fast so if you miss it, you can probably go back in 2 weeks and it should be there.

2570 Beretania St. Ste 105
Honolulu, HI 96826

Blueberry

Mango

Green Tea

Azuki

Black Sesame & Milk

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Roy's Restaurant Hawaii Kai

If you have guest coming from out of town, this is a nice place to bring them. This is the original Roy's restaurant so you know everything is good here. If you dine here before the sun sets, you can catch a view of Maunalua Bay.

For more information about Roy's, please visit http://www.roysrestaurant.com.

6600 Kalanianaole Hwy. Ste 209
Honolulu, HI 96825

Cold Tofu Salad

Salmon "Family Reunion"

Hawaii Kai Style Crispy Crab Cakes

Seared Duck Breast w/ Spinach & Roasted Garlic Dumplings

Hibachi Style Grilled Salmon

Ono Cheesecake w/ Vanilla Ice Cream

Chocolate Souffle

Butter Mochi w/ Okinawan Sweet Potato Ice Cream

Friday, May 6, 2011

Panya Bistro

The food is okay but I think most of the items on the menu are over priced. I come here for the cakes and pastries. I like their cakes because it's light and moist. They put a lot of fruits on the top of their cake similar to bakeries in Asia. They can also do writings on the cake in Chinese. There aren't many bakeries around that will do that. The cakes are expensive but it's worth it.

For more information about Panya Bistro, please visit www.panyabakery.com.

1288 Ala Moana Blvd., Shop 116
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 946-6388

Deep Fried Baby Octopus
Sauteed Black Pepper Rib Eye Steak

Won Ton Noodle

Miso Ramen

Panya House Noodles (Laksa)

Fried Pork Chop w/ Black Pepper Sauce

Dessert