Monday, April 13, 2015

Rijo Restaurant

Rijo Restaurant is located in Harbor Court. They took over the Palomino space. The entrance is on Queen Street right before Bethel Street. There is a lounge and a dining area. The dining area has a nice view of the water and if you dine there around dinner, you'll be able to catch the sunset. Rijo serves modern Japanese food with some healthier options on the menu. I recommend trying the crispy tofu with quinoa, two way saikyo yaki butterfish, rennyu panna cotta, and the green tea ganache molten lava cake. The restaurant wasn't full house when I dined there but I still recommend making a reservation. Parking is $3.00 if you park in Harbor Court and get validation from the restaurant.

For more information about Rijo Restaurant, visit www.rijorestaurant.com.

66 Queen Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 208-8180

Rainbow "Katsu"

Hawaiian Dragon Roll

Crispy Tofu w/ Quinoa

Two Way Saikyo Yaki Butterfish

Dynamite Crab Crusted Monchong

Lightly Smoked Kalbi Short Rib

"Rennyu" Panna Cotta

Japanese-NY Cheesecake

Green Tea Ganache Molten Lava Cake

Friday, April 3, 2015

Doughlicious Pizza

Doughlicious Pizza is located inside the Samsung Plaza across from Walmart. The shop is towards the back of the plaza. On the inside, they have 2 tables with a few bar stools for customers to sit and dine in. I recommend eating the pizza there when it's fresh and hot. The crust is thin and they are generous with the pizza toppings. The sandwiches are also very good. It would be a good idea to go with 3-4 people so you can share the items. I went on a week night and all the food came out in about 20 minutes. While I was eating, the owner ran in and out to deliver pizzas. There's another person in the back that does all the baking.

The parking is free with validation. When you enter the plaza you will automatically be given a ticket by the parking attendant. If you get lucky, you can parking right in front of the shop. The parking stalls are small so you might want to leave the SUV at home. They accept credit cards.

For more information about Doughlicious Pizza, visit www.oahufreshpizza.com.

655 Keeaumoku St
Ste 110A
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 295-4024

Buttery Garlic Bread topped w/ Cheese & Marinara

Doughlicious Classic Combo

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ahi Assassins Fish Co.

Ahi Assassins Fish Co. is located in the Moili'ili area. They are in the same building as Frost City but on the 2nd floor. If you're not familiar with Frost City, it's the building after Blazin' Steaks on the corner of University and S. Beretania. The specialty here is ahi. They catch their own fish daily so everything is fresh. Depending on how much inventory they have, the prices may go up or down. They offer a variety ahi poke but they also have cooked ahi. Those are the "hot specials" and they are priced at $8 a plate and it comes with 2 scoops of rice. I recommend sharing if you get the plates. The portions for the fish are big.

They only accept cash and it's take-out. I recommend going before noon to avoid the lunch crowd. They have free parking downstairs.

For more information about Ahi Assassins, please visit www.ahiassassins.com.

2570 S Beretania St.
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 372-2930

Baked Ahi Stuffed w/ Crab

Pan Seared Ahi w/ Furikake & Garlic Aioli

Fried Ahi Bones

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Da Ala Cart

Da Ala Cart is a food stall that appears in the parking lot of Launderland in the Moiliili area. The chef cooks all kinds of food on a stick and they also have grilled musubi. To find out when they open and what is on the menu, you need to check their instagram or twitter page. Of all the times I visited, there has always been a line. They usually open around 9pm so try to be there by 9:30pm. If you go after 10pm, some items may already be sold out. Since everything is cooked on the robata grill, it may take some time. Some of my favorite items are the grilled musubi with pork, pork garlic, rib eye, lamb lollipops, and corn. I heard the gyutan (beef tongue) is really good but I haven't seen it on the menu.

For parking, you can use the Launderland stalls. There are stalls before and after Launderland. They accept cash or credit. If you pay with cash, try to give them small bills. I also recommend bringing your own drinks because they don't sell any. If you forget your drinks, you can go to the Shell gas station on the corner of S Beretania and McCully Street.

@daalacart
2025 S Beretania St
Honolulu, HI 96826

Pork Garlic

Garlic Kamaboko, Garlic Ika

Grilled Musubi w/ Salmon

Grilled Musubi w/ Pork

Da ala Sausage

Lamb Lollipop

Zucchini Wrap & Jalapeno Wrap

Monday, January 12, 2015

Vino Italian Tapas & Wine Bar

Vino is an Italian restaurant inside Restaurant Row. It is located on the South Street Side. They only open for dinner and they are known for their wines. Most of the people dining around me were having a wine tasting. The atmosphere inside the restaurant is nice. This is a good place to come for a quiet dinner. My favorite dish was the burrata. There aren't many restaurants on the island that make it so I highly recommend ordering this as an appetizer. Some of the pastas needed a little more seasoning and the portions were small. For dessert, the apple tart is the best item on their menu.

I went on the week night and half of the restaurant was full. To be safe, you should make a reservation before coming. You can park inside the restaurant row parking lot and your server will validate your ticket.

For more information about Vino Italian Tapas & Wine Bar, visit www.vinohawaii.com.

500 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 524-8466

Burrata

Ligurian Style "Trofie" Pasta

House Made Three Cheese Gnocchi

Pan Seared Lamb Chops

Warm Apple Tart

Kona Coffee Bavarois