Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Place To Eat

A Place To Eat is located on University Ave next to the parking entrance of Puck's Alley. On one side of the exterior, there's macro images of their food. The interior is spacious and clean. The whole place is run by one person and that's Chef Will. You have the option to dine in or take out. If you dine in, there is no waiter service. Just place your order, pay, and take a seat at one of the tables. The chef brings you the food in a takeout box. Ice water and cups are at the front counter and it's self service. My favorite item is the Blue New Yorker. I highly recommend this for first timers. Their sweet potato fries are also very good. The food here is local style but it's slightly upscale. It's about $10-$15 for a regular plate. There are a few items that come in mini plates and those are cheaper. They accept credit cards.

For parking, you can park in the Puck's Alley. The parking is free on Sundays but during the week, you will need validation.

For more information about A Place To Eat, visit aplacetoeathawaii.com.

1035 University Ave
Ste 104
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 941-4554

Blue New Yorker

MacNut Mahi Mahi (mini)

Sweet Potato Fries

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Yakitori Glad

Yakitori Glad is located in Kapahulu. Everything on their menu is $3.90. They are only open for dinner. If you go during the normal dinner hours, you'll see a line coming out of their shop. I recommend going for an early dinner at 5pm or waiting till after 9pm for a late dinner. Each order consist of 2 skewers. They also have some rice and noodles dishes. The food comes out fast as someone is always standing in front of the grill cooking throughout the night. I don't recommend coming with more than 4 people because the shop and their furniture are small. You may find yourself having to eat fast so you can have more space on the table for the new dishes.

They have a parking lot in the back for customers. When you check-in with the hostess, tell him/her your parking stall number to prevent your car from getting towed. The parking lot is tight so you might want to drive a small car.

For more information about Yakitori Glad, visit www.yakitori-glad.com.

766 Kapahulu Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 734-0077

Chicken Thigh w/ Mayo

Beef Tongue

Bacon wrapped Mushrooms

Chicken Gizzards

Egg wrapped w/ Grilled Chicken

Red Bean Sesame Balls

Monday, August 11, 2014

Ah-Lang Restaurant

Ah-Lang Restaurant is owned by the angry Korean lady. It's a small restaurant located on the first floor of the Imperial Plaza. The entrance is on Cooke Street. This place is a one woman show. The angry Korean lady mainly focuses on cooking inside the kitchen and only comes out to give you your food. The best thing to do is to not ask questions and read. Yes, READ the papers under the plexi glass on the table. You'll see the house rules and menu.

The recommended dishes are kalbi, spicy chicken wings, seafood pancake, and meat jun. If you can't eat spicy put "1" as the spice level. Do not put "0" because that is not an option listed on the paper. I went on a slow day so the restaurant was quiet but most of the time, I was busy eating. The food comes out hot and it taste good. The portions for the items I ordered were great for sharing with a small group. The kalbi was my favorite because it was well marinated and tender. The taegu is also very good (sorry, no photo), she has a secret ingredient in it. The angry Korean lady likes Michelob Ultra so if you drink, buy a 6-pack and share with her. You don't have to be afraid of dining here, just follow her rules and you'll be fine.

At one point this used to be cash only but now she accepts credit card. For parking, there is ample street parking on Cooke Street before 6pm. She doesn't offer any kind of validation if you park in the nearby parking lots.

For more information about Ah-Lang Restaurant, visit www.angrykoreanlady.com.

725 Kapiolani Blvd
Ste C119
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 596-0600


Green Onion w/ Mixed Seafood Pancake

Combination Soon Dubu w/ Egg

Bulgogi

Kalbi

Monday, July 21, 2014

Asuka Nabe + Shabu Shabu

Asuka Nabe + Shabu Shabu is located in Kaimuki on Waialae Ave across from Coffee Talk. They are known for having delicious soup bases for shabu shabu. They are open for lunch on select days and open for dinner daily. Their lunch menu is limited. I recommend coming for dinner instead because they have a larger nabe selection. There are also more soup bases to choose from. My favorite soup bases are the paitan and the asuka classic. If you can't decide what to eat, order a nabe. It has a little bit of everything inside. The nabe portions are big so if you have a small appetite, you might want to share the nabe and just add on a couple more items.

If you come with a big group, reservations are recommend. Their booths are set up to seat 4-6 people. As for parking, you have the option of two paid parking lots. There's one behind First Hawaiian Bank and one across Bank of Hawaii. If you get lucky, you may find some street parking on Waialae or 11th Ave.

For more information about Asuka Nabe + Shabu Shabu, visit asukanabe.com.

3620 Waialae Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 735-6666

Asuka Classic Soup Base

Asuka Nabe (meats, seafood, mushrooms, aburaage)

Asuka Nabe (vegetables, dumpling, udon)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Chris Kajioka Pop-Up Dinner at MW Restaurant

Chris Kajioka @ckcuisine, the former chef of Vintage Cave, recently did a pop-up dinner at the MW Restaurant. I was invited to this special dinner by Grant aka Chuggy Bear. The food served that night was delicious. The portions looked small but at the end of the night, I left with a full stomach. If you enjoy food and trying new things, I highly recommend trying Chris' food.

Vegetables Raw & Cooked, Buttermilk

Oysters, Alliums

Smoked Onion Dip, Roe, Lavosh

Duck Pastrami

Ramp "1000" Island, Chris Sy's Bread

Foie Gras, Fig Jam (Supplement)

Grilled Hamachi Collar, Kohlrabi, Black Garlic Emulsion (Supplement)

Glazed Pork Belly, Apple, Verjus & Lamb Shoulder, Honey, Shallot

Flatbread, Za'atar, Garlic, Duck Fat

Spreads & Condiments
(Picquillo Almond, Eggplant Balasamic, Cauliflower Yogurt Dill,
Harissa Hot Sauce, Pickled Onion, Marinated Cucumbers)

Roasted Cabbage, Anchovy, Apple, Parmesan

Doughnut, Brown Butter, Medjool Date