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



Sunday, July 16, 2017

Ricado's Italian Restaurant

Ricado's serves up delicious Italian food for a reasonable price. They are located inside the Pearl Kai Shopping Center a few doors down from Baskin Robbins. The interior of the restaurant has dim lighting but the space is big. The wait staff is super nice and they will keep refilling your bread basket with fresh bread while you wait for your food.  I recommend the cabonara because it's different from the other Italian restaurants. They don't crack a raw egg on top of it but it's still really tasty.

This is a popular dinner spot for locals who live on the West side of the island.  If you plan to come for dinner, reservations are recommended because it gets busy. The best time to eat is before 6pm. After 6pm, there is a crowd and the parking lot is full.

98-199 Kamehameha Hwy
Aiea, HI 96701
(808) 484-0215

Caesar Salad

Carbonara

Veal Saltimbocca

Fettuccine Salmon Alfredo

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Kona Coffee Purveyors | b. patisserie

Kona Coffee Purveyors | b. patisserie is a coffee shop in the International Market Place. They are located by the Kuhio Ave entrance of the market place. The beverage menu is small but they have a variety of pastries and desserts. My favorite is the kouign amann by b. patisserie. I was surprised that it's consistent with the kouign amann I ate at their San Francisco shop. If you're visiting from out of town, I recommend the black sesame kouign amann because you won't find at the SF shop. The mocha from Kona Coffee Purveyors was good but it was strong. I stayed awake for more than what I needed.

There are a few tables inside and some outdoor seating in front of the shop. The prices are high. If you plan on getting a beverage and a pastry, it will be around $10. If you park in the International Market Place structure, you can get validation if you make a $10 purchase. The validation will give you free parking for 1 hour.

International Market Place
2330 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 845-1700

Kouign Amann

Sesame Kouign Amann

Croissant

Cafe Mocha

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Senia

Senia is in Chinatown next to The Pig and the Lady. They now open for lunch and there is a $35 Prix Fix lunch menu. The menu consists of 3 courses but you have 4 options for the appetizer, 4 options for the entree and 2 options for dessert. You can also add on some of their popular dinner items like the poke cracker and chicken liver mousse. This is a pricey lunch but it's reasonable compared to the dinner. The food is delicious, the presentations are amazing and the service is excellent. The wait staff is friendly and they made great recommendations on the food and drinks. 

If you haven't tried Senia yet, this prix fix lunch is a good way to try the food and see if it's for your taste and you can go back for the dinner. The restaurant is small so you need to make a reservation. For lunch, casual dress code is fine but there are some diners who dressed formal. For parking, I recommend the Marin Tower parking lot; you enter on Smith Street.

For more information about Senia, visit restaurantsenia.com.

75 N King St
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 200-5412

"Poke" Cracker

Chicken Liver Mousse

Hirabara Chopped Salad

Beef Tartare

Mafaldine

Porchetta Sandwich

Upsidedown Cake w/ Vanilla Beeswax Ice Cream

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Rita's Italian Ice Hawaii

You can cool off this summer with Italian ice and frozen custard from Rita's. They are located inside Tiki's Family Fun Center next to the Regal Theaters in Dole Cannery. This is a mainland franchise and their first Hawaii location.

You need to get the vanilla frozen custard because it's delicious. If you want to step it up a bit, get the gelati; which is a combination of Italian ice and frozen custard. The regular size will cost you less than $5 and you won't be disappointed. You can park in the Dole Cannery parking structure and they'll give you validation. Depending on what time of day you go, there may be a lot of kids inside Tiki's but Rita's is in the back so you can go in get your frozen treats and get out. If you don't mind the noise, you can stay inside to eat because they have some tables and chairs.

For more information about Rita's visit, ritasfranchises.com.

Tiki's Family Fun Center
735 Iwilei Rd
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 206-9143

Mango Gelati

Strawberry Gelati

Frozen Custard Swirl

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Yauatcha

Yauatcha is a high-end Chinese restaurant located in Waikiki. They are known for their roast duck but they also take dim sum to the next level using quality ingredients and creating beautiful presentations. All the steamed items are made after you order it so you're getting it fresh. The service is excellent and our waiter made great recommendations on the food and drinks. Everything tasted delicious and my favorites were the venison puff, prawn & crispy beach curd cheong funn, truffle duck, and duck salad. The outdoor seating is nice especially in the evenings because you'll get a light breeze.

You want to save this place for a special occasion because you'll find yourself spending between $60-$80 per person if you want to leave full. This amount does not include drinks. If you park in the International Market Place parking, the restaurant will give you validation for 1 hour. Depending on how much food and drinks you order, your dining experience may take about 3 hours. You should make reservations a few days in advance because they do get busy. I highly recommend giving this place a try and a small tip; don't order items you'll find at the dim sum restaurants in Chinatown.

For more information about Yauatcha, visit yauatcha.com/waikiki.

International Market Place
2330 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 739-9318

Venison Puff

Shrimp & Chive Dumpling

Morel Crystal Dumpling

Shanghai Siew Long Bao

Roasted Duck Pumpkin Puff

Prawn & Crispy Bean Curd Cheong Funn

Crispy Duck Salad

Chili Squid w/ Oatmeal

Truffle Duck