A small cafe on Monserrat located on Diamond Head. Bring cash, it’s cash only, there is always a line! Everything from garlic shrimp plates, to healthy shakes, haupia pancakes, breakfast bagels, and some of the best fried rice ever!
“the Pig and the Lady”
a “pop up restaurant” in Honolulu. The fried crunch of the tostone contrasted with the texture of the taro stem ceviche (I thought it was a cucumber vinagarette) and the softness of the fresh steamed kalo which was much like a soft mochi. The rice paddy herb added a nice essence to the finish. The Pig and the Lady can be found at KCC Farmers Markets, Kailua Farmer Markets, and small markets around Honolulu.
Boots and Kimo’s
Breakfast spot located in Kailua. Always busy with Japanese tourists and often an almost hour wait. I just like to grab some take out over the phone and take it to the beach. Macadamia Pancakes a must!
It can get pricey just for a few pieces of sashimi, but with their high quality fish, I can’t eat sushi anywhere else. Some of my favorite dishes are the wagyu fois gois gyoza with kambocha sauce, fresh udon and lobster, crispy spicy tuna and exotic cocktails like the matushisa cucumber martini, champagne 95 and citron shishito martini. Hit up the lounge on Sundays for the “industry night” menu and discounts. 3 appetizers and 1 dessert for only $32. What a deal! It’s a sexy date spot and great place to be seen, but I don’t hesitate to bring my daughter to eat here early on industry night as long as she promises to behave!
Best fresh ramen around! I ❤ the oxtail with roasted garlic chips and fresh veggies. Pair it with the best gyoza’s around! 15% off for Kama’aina’s. Located on Kalakaua at the top of Beach Walk.
the best appetizer list all around! I love the nori wrapped tempura ahi, the steamed clams kahlua bags, linghi mui tomato salad, avocado poke stacks, Secludedly located in an upstairs building on S. King St. Alan Wongs is a must dine spot! A bottle or two is always nice as well. Try the house riesling. And if you’re having steak, Roth, a fine red.
My favorite healthy restaurant, especially to lunch while I’m dieting. Healthy shabu shabu and nabe incorporates fresh ingredients, vegetables and meat into a healthy one pot family style traditional setting. Great for lunch with the ladies, business meetings, a casual date or family outings. Located in Alamoana on Piikoi and a second location at Pearl Ridge.
In my opinion the best Hawaiian Food around. I ❤ the curry, the long rice, the kalua pig and the squid luau. Located downtown by Pali Longs. The lava rock special is amazing! Lau lau with stew gravy. And I always get a side of kim chee and haupia along with my meal.
Olive Tree Cafe
Great greek food, located in Kahala behind the mall. It’s right next to a wine store as well, and they have a byob policy. So grab a bottle of wine to go with that lamb slouvaki.
Located in Alamoana hotel. The fresh udon is the best! And the sushi is unique and very visual and aesthetically pleasing. The ambience is very low key but contemporary. The fish is high quality and prices reasonable.
Hit up happy hour for half priced bbq. I always grab a bottle of sake too! Located in Alamoana on Kapiolani and in Waikiki on Lewers st.
Best dim sum around! Located in China Town.
All about the unique “sesame broth” in the tonkatsu ramen. Located @ Alamoana Shopping Center.
Fook Yuen Seafood Restaurant
Add lobster to the order for only $10! My favorite is the ginger green onion. I love coming here to drink and over order with large groups of friends.
Located in the heart of Kailua. A fresh deli, with great wine specials, fresh fares, local produce and unique daily specials. Great grabs after a hike or a quiet late night romantic candlelight dinner. The atmosphere gives you that homely earthy feel Kailua has to offer, but still with subtle class.
Nico’s Pier 38
Fresh fish, right off the dock! My favorite special… albacore… lemon butter sauce… capers.
Located in Wailea, Maui. Great earthy eco friendly themed restaurant. My favorite place to dine, grab some cocktails and relax whenever I go to Maui.