Thursday, December 11, 2014

Slurp

Slurp is a pop up ramen at Vino restaurant in Restaurant Row. They are open Monday to Friday from 11am - 2pm. Slurp's menu is mainly ramen but they also have appetizers. In the specialty ramen section, you'll find the truffle crab ramen that is served at Sansei restaurant. This is also the most expensive item on their menu. The classic ramens are under $10 and the appetizers are under $6 so it's still very reasonable for lunch.

The taste in some of the food was inconsistent. Most of the items I ate were bland and needed more salt. They are new and the waiter did mentioned that they are still modifying the menu. I do plan on coming back because the truffle crab ramen was delicious. I recommend getting it if it's your first time. They accept credit cards and they will validate your parking ticket.

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

Gyoza

Chicken Yakitori

Pork Belly Hoisin Bun

Chinatown Duck Ramen w/ 7-minute egg

Crab Ramen

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Wai'olu - Restaurant Week 2014

For those who want a quiet and fancy atmosphere, try Wai'olu at the Trump Waikiki. The restaurant is on the 2nd floor of the hotel and it has an amazing view. They are offering a 3-course menu (other options not shown) of American dishes with a hint of local and Asian. Their menu is priced at $48. Valet parking is available at the Trump Hotel Waikiki and Wai'olu will provide you with the validation.

For more information, visit www.restaurantweekhawaii.com/waiolu-at-the-trump-waikiki.

223 Saratoga Rd
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 683-7456

Beets & Berries Salad w/
goat cheese, micro greens, strawberry vinaigrette

New York Steak & Rack of Lamb Combo w/
seasonal vegetables, deep fried sushi sandwich

Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee w/ House made Macaroon

Friday, November 21, 2014

Shokudo - Restaurant Week 2014

Shokudo Japanese Restaurant & Bar is offering a 6-course menu that goes from traditional Japanese into fusion dishes. Their tasting menu is priced at $38. They also have sake pairing which is an extra $20. I highly recommend this one because it's reasonably priced.

For more information, visit www.restaurantweekhawaii.com/shokudo.

1585 Kapiolani Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 941-3701

Fresh big eye tuna wrapped w/ avocado & daikon,
Sushi grade tako in an egg yolk vinagrette, Homemade goma tofu

Otoro sashimi

Fresh Hokkaido scallops rolled in masago,
deep fried tempura style & dusted w/ Himalayan sea salt

Prime cuts of Filet Mignon stuffed w/ fresh Santa Barbara uni &
dressed w/ a homemade Nikiri soy sauce

3 piece nigiri omakase (hirame, chutoro, kanpachi)

Honey toast bread battered & deep fried in tempura batter,
topped w/ Roselani premium vanilla ice cream &
drizzled w/ a sake caramel sauce



Friday, November 14, 2014

Fort Ruger Market

Fort Ruger Market is tucked in the residential area of Kaimuki. They are like a corner store. They offer Hawaiian food and other local foods for take-out. The entire menu is written on a white board that hangs over the deli counter. One thing that stands out about this place is that they make your poke when you order it. Like most places on the island, the poke is mixed in the morning and it sits in the display case all day. Besides selling hot foods and deli items, you can also get snacks and drinks. I recommend trying their ahi poke and Hawaiian plates. Their food is not overly salty and their prices are reasonable.

The crowd comes and goes so the shop doesn't get super busy. They have parking spaces in the front but if it fills up, there is free street parking around the back. They have a few tables and benches outside the shop if you want to eat there. They only accept cash.

3585 Alohea Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 737-4531

Ruger Special Poke

Ocean Salad

Chicharones

Kalua Pork (side order)

Chicken Long Rice Bowl

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Mandarin Restaurant

The Mandarin Restaurant is located on the ground floor of the Imperial Plaza. The entrance is on Cooke Street. The exterior of the restaurant has tinted glass so it's dark and you can't see inside. If you come during the lunch hour, they have lunch specials. All their specials are listed on sheets of paper and tucked under the plexiglas of the table. They have a big menu. The portions for their noodle dishes are good. The entree portions are a bit small and they are pricey. I recommend trying the salt and pepper pork chops. They taste better than the ones you get at the other Chinese restaurants. Their pork is thick cut and you get 4-pieces in an order.

The restaurant was quiet during the lunch hour so reservations are not required if you have a small group. They have round tables so they can accommodate large groups. They accept credit cards. For parking, Cooke Street usually has parking spaces but you need to feed the meter. The restaurant will validate your parking if you park in the Imperial Plaza parking lot.

For more information about The Mandarin Restaurant, visit www.mandarinrestauranthonolulu.com.

725 Kapiolani Blvd. C-123
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 593-1188

Salt & Pepper Chicken Wings

Salt & Pepper Pork Chops

Singapore Rice Noodle

Beef Chow Funn