Sunday, November 19, 2017

Tsukada Nojo Hawaii - Restaurant Week 2017

Tsukada Nojo is new to restaurant week. They are offering shabu shabu for $40. Their shabu shabu broths are flavorful and there is a lot of food included in the shabu shabu set. There was also a drink that came with it. You want to save room for dessert because the mini polar bear shave ice was a great way to end the meal.

For more information, visit www.restaurantweekhawaii.com/restaurant/tsukada-nojo.

Nojo Salad

Hamachi Jalapeno

Paitan & Sukiyaki (broth)

Shabu Shabu

Beef

Ramen

Mini Polar Bear Shave Ice
 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

MW - Restaurant Week 2017

MW Restaurant is offering a lunch and dinner menu. The 3-course dinner menu is $55. I come here every year for restaurant week and they never disappoint. You get a lot of options to choose from for your entree and dessert and some of the items change out so what your friend ate last night might not be there when you go tonight.

For more information, visit www.restaurantweekhawaii.com/restaurant/mwrestaurant.

Chefs Appetizer Trio:
Butternut Squash Bacon Onion Jam,
Chilled Curry Cauliflower Soup, Crab & Orzo Pasta Salad

Hokkaido Scallop & Kauai Shrimp

Japanese inspired Curry "Gumbo"

Mountain View Farms Pork Loin

Hibiki "Mud Pie" ($10 supplemental)

Strawberry Matcha Shortcake

"Kushi Katsu"

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Appetito Craft Pizza & Wine Bar - Restaurant Week 2017

Appetito Craft Pizza & Wine Bar is new to restaurant week. They are offering a lunch and dinner menu. The lunch menu consists of 3-courses and is priced at $25. You have the option of choosing 1 of 3 entrees to go with your appetizer and dessert. The restaurant opened earlier this month in the Ohana Waikiki East. They're working a few things out but the food is delicious, the service is great and the staff are friendly. If you're on a tight budget and you still want to support restaurant week, this is a good place to check out for lunch or dinner.

For more information, visit www.restaurantweekhawaii.com/restaurant/appetito.

3 Appetizer Sampler

Hanger Steak Tagliata

Porcini Cream

Matcha Tiramisu

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Bozu Japanese Restaurant

Bozu is an izakaya located on the 2nd floor of the McCully Shopping Center. They have a specials menu with some creative dishes that are worth trying. I recommend getting sashimi because they have good cuts of fish. I enjoyed the blue fin toro but it's not something they have often. Their grilled items are delicious but the portions are small. The prices are reasonable but if you plan to eat a lot of sushi and sashimi the bill will add up fast.

Some of the staff don't speak English well so you may have to repeat yourself but they are friendly and they provide excellent service. The restaurant is small and the lighting is dim. If you plan on coming with more than 2 people for dinner, I highly recommend making reservations. You can also take a chance at going right when they open for dinner to get a table before the crowd. The parking lot at the shopping center is always busy and the stalls are tight.

McCully Shopping Center
1960 Kapiolani Blvd., Ste 209
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 955-7779

Yam & Sea Urchin Beef Roll

Blue Fin Toro Sashimi

Salmon Skin Seafood Salad

Hamachi Carpaccio

Grilled Yari Geso

Grilled Beef Tongue

Spider Roll

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Le'ahi Concept Kitchen

Leahi Concept Kitchen is a restaurant run by staff who are affiliated with KCC. It allows students who have graduated from the culinary program an opportunity to get real world experience. Their menu is small but it has a good mix of seafood and meat dishes and they use a lot of local ingredients. My favorites were the hamachi kama and filet mignon. The prices are high but they give a good portion. They are only open for dinner. I recommend making reservations a few days in advance.  

The dress code here is dressy so you might want to save this place for a special occasion. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the Waikiki Parc Hotel. The hotel offers valet parking but if you do self-parking, it's free with validation.

For more information about Leahi Concept Kitchen, visit leahiattheparc.kapiolani.hawaii.edu.

Waikiki Parc Hotel
2233 Helumoa Rd
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 762-2220

Miso Glazed Hamachi Kama

Garlic Brussels Sprouts w/ Big Island Macadamia Nuts

Filet Mignon Crusted Hamakua Mushroom Gratin

Black Pepper Kauai Shrimp

Pan Seared Mahi Mahi

Hawaiian Style Shave Ice

Friday, September 29, 2017

Legend Seafood Restaurant

Legend Seafood Restaurant is a popular spot for dim sum on the weekends. They are located inside the Chinese Culture Plaza by the river. The interior of the restaurant is spacious and well lit. I recommend getting as many items as you can when the dim sum cart comes by your table because it takes a while for them to come back. The wait staff are really busy trying to service everyone so you need to be patient and it can get noisy.

Overall the food taste good and the prices are reasonable. I'm not sure if they accept reservations for dim sum, but it's best to go 30 minutes before the time you want to eat and pick up a number at the hostess stand. You can park in the Chinese Culture Plaza parking structure (entrance on Maunakea Street) and they will validate. If you don't like dim sum you can order Chinese food from the regular menu. They also have dinner service that starts at 5:30pm.

For more information about Legend Seafood Restaurant, visit legendseafoodhonolulu.com.

Chinese Culture Plaza
100 N Beretania St
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 532-1868

Beef Ball

Shumai

Chicken Feet

Custard Bun

Custard Tart

Choy Sum w/ Oyster Sauce

Salt & Pepper Chicken Wings

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Silk Road Cafe

Silk Road Cafe is located in downtown Honolulu in the former space of CGee's Lunches. They offer Uzbek food. The entrees/plates range from $9-$13 for a reasonable amount of food. They also have sides and desserts for under $5. My favorites are the lamb shish kebabs, pelmeni (dumplings), and medovik (honey cake). They only open for lunch from Monday to Saturdays. You can eat in or do take out.

I recommend going before 12pm on weekdays to beat the lunch crowd. This is a different kind of food for the Hawaii taste but it's good and worth trying. The closest parking lot nearby is at the post office; metered parking. 

For more information about Silk Road Cafe, visit silkroadcafehi.com.

212 Merchant St
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 585-8212

Beef Shish Kebabs

Lamb Shish Kebabs

Manti

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Cajun King

Cajun Kings offers seafood prepared Louisiana style. If it's your first time trying this, I recommend getting one of the combos because you get a little bit of everything. There are certain types of shellfish I don't eat so I picked items by the pounds and created my own bag. The cajun and garlic butter sauce with no spice was my favorite. Even though there was no spice, I still had a kick in my mouth. The prices are reasonable because you're getting fresh seafood and it's prepared for you. You don't have to worry about making a mess in your own kitchen. They even give you a bib and gloves so you don't get the sauce on your clothes.

They have 3 locations on the island and they are open for lunch and dinner. If you're going for dinner and you have more than 2 people in your party, I recommend making a reservation.

For more information about Cajun King, visit cajunking808.com.

Cajun King Aiea
Waimalu Shopping Center
98-020 Kamehameha Hwy
Aiea, HI 96701
(808) 484-2221

Cajun King Kaimuki
3611 Waialae Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 738-1888

Cajun King Kaneohe
Windward City Shopping Center
45-480 Kaneohe Bay Dr
Kaneohe, HI 96744
(808) 744-1882


Oysters (1/2 dozen)

Stir Fried String Beans w/ Garlic

Chicken Wings w/ Cajun Fries

Cajun & Garlic Butter Clams, Shrimp, Corn

Spicy Cajun & Garlic Butter Clams, Shrimp, Corn

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Pokeway

Pokeway lets you make your own poke bowl. It's the Subway sandwich concept for poke. You can choose between 1-3 scoops of protein. They offer ahi, salmon, hamachi, tako, and tofu. They use fresh fish from the fish auction. Your protein gets mixed with the sauce of your choice and it sits on top a bed of rice and salad. They have 8 different sauces to choose from but my favorite is the sesame. You also get 3 sides and toppings. The poke bowls range from $9-$13.

They are located in downtown Honolulu at Fort Street Mall inside the 1132 Bishop Street building; right across 1132 Cafe. There are some tables outside the shop so you can eat there. They are only open Monday- Friday from 10am-3pm. If you need parking, the closest street parking is on Bethel Street or Pauahi Street.

1132 Bishop St., Ste 143
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 206-1006

Ahi (small)

Salmon (small)

Hamachi (small)

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Mochi Lab

Mochi Lab is known for their butter mochi creations. They put filling into the center of the butter mochi so it has an extra burst of flavor. You can only find them at the Farmers Market (Blaisdell Concert Hall, Kailua, and Ala Moana Center). The butter mochi is $3 each but you're going to want to buy more than one. My favorite is the pandanilla because it's different and no one on the island makes mochi with pandan. If you follow @mochilab808, you can find out their flavors of the week.

For more information about Mochi Lab, visit mochilab808.com.

Pandanilla, Purple Sweet Potato, Lilikoilada