Sunday, June 21, 2015

MW Restaurant - Afternoon Tea

I've blogged about MW Restaurant before but this year, they started offering afternoon tea. Afternoon tea is on the 3rd Sunday of each month. It's $35 per person. You get 7 savory bites, 7 sweet bites and a pot of tea. The event is very popular and so it's always a full house. The tea menu changes every month. I recommend making reservations 2 months in advance. Besides the tea menu, they also have supplements (prices vary). The supplements are great for sharing if you go in a big group.

1538 Kapiolani Blvd
Ste 106
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 955-6505

Mango Salad

Nozawa Farms Corn Chowder

Tea Smoked Duck

"Cheese & Cracker"

Salmon Carpaccio Roll

Barbeque Beef Shortrib

Salt Cod Croquette

Blueberry Scones w/ Goat Cheese Lemon Curd

Carrot Cake

MW Candy Bar, Lemon Square, Chocolate Decadence,
Matcha Mousse, Pineapple Upside Down, Boston Truffles


Monday, June 15, 2015

Manichi Ramen

Manichi Ramen is located across the Ala Moana Shopping Center. Their ramen comes in a tonkotsu (pork bone) broth but you can also have it mixed with black garlic oil or spicy miso. I recommend getting special #1 or special #2. For special #3, I didn't taste the ebi (shrimp) flavor and the ebi were very small. The ramen tasted good but the broth was too oily. After finishing my noodles, the thin film of oil thickened really quick. The ramen prices range from $10 - $14 which is a bit on the pricey side.

If you go during peak dinner time (6pm-7:30pm) you might end up having to wait 15-20 minutes for a table. They have a clipboard hanging at the front where you can write your name. There is a shared parking lot where you can enter from Kapiolani Blvd or Kona St. The parking spaces are tight.

1430 Kona St
Ste 101
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 943-1430

They also have another location inside the Windward Mall Food Court.
46-056 Kamehameha Hwy
Kaneohe, HI 96744
(808) 235-7670 

Negi Negi Gyoza

Manichi Special Tonkotsu-Shibori (Special #1)

Manichi Special Miso Tonkotsu-Shibori (Special #2)

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Yakiniku Futago

Yakiniku Futago is located at the corner of Kapahulu and Kaimuki Ave. across from Crane Community Park. It's a Japanese and Korean style yakiniku restaurant. They offer special meats for grilling, one of them is the hamideru kalbi. The grill concierge will cook the special meats for you. For the regular meats, you will have to cook them yourself. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable about all the different meats on the menu. If you want the hamideru kalbi, you will need to call in advance to order it along with your reservation. My favorites were the fatty sirloin sushi, wagyu with ponzu, hamideru kalbi, and US prime kalbi. If you are feeling adventurous, try the ippon hormone.

The ventilation here is very good so you don't have to worry about the smell on your clothes when you leave. This place is on the pricey side so you might want to save it for a special occasion. There are a few parking spaces behind the restaurant that is mixed with residential so check the signs before you park. The other option is to park on the street (Kaimuki Ave).

949 Kapahulu Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 734-3956

Broiled Fatty Sirloin Sushi

Japanese Black Wagyu w/ Ponzu

Potato Salad

Avocado & Wasabi

Filet Steak w/ Garlic & Tongue w/ Salt

Hamideru Kalbi
(prepared by grill concierge)

US Prime Kalbi

Eringi & Shiitake Mushroom

Ippon Hormone
(prepared by grill concierge)

Vanilla Ice Cream w/ Kinako

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BREW'd Craft Pub

BREW'd Craft Pub is located on Waialae Ave at the corner of 9th Ave. This place is known for having a huge selection of beers but since I'm not much of a beer drinker, I came for the food. The items on the menu are mostly appetizers with the exception of one burger, the Brew'd Burger. The portions for some of the items are small but for the pipikaula poke, it was big. The candied bacon is highly recommended but it only comes with 4 strips so you may want to double or triple up on that one. The mac & cheese was also really good because they make theirs extra cheesy. The tables inside are really close to each other and the noise level is loud. They are always busy so if you plan to go with a group, make reservations. There is a lot behind the building where you can park but I lucked out and got a space on the street.

For more information about BREW'd Craft Pub, visit www.brewdcraftpub.com.

3441 Waialae Ave
Ste A
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 732-2337

Mac & Cheese

Jerk Style Candied Bacon

Pipikaula Beef Poke



Bacon Fat Fries


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 St
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