This place has good ramen -- their soup is very flavorful, and the ramen is tasty. They are however, a bit expensive -- I ordered gyoza there and this tiny plate came out with six little things on it. I basically paid about a dollar per gyoza.
First time I came here the guy I ordered from asked me to repeat my order 3 times-- at 5 minute intervals. That was fun.
This place has great Soon-tofu -- which is basically a thick tofu stew that comes steaming hot in a small stone pot. You can get it with all sorts of stuff like seafood, beef, mushrooms, or a combination. It also comes in a varying degree of spiciness. They have great combinations here that include soon tofu and a plate of Korean barbecue (i like the gal-bi [ribs]). And of course, you get the refillable side dishes (pan-chan) as part of the meal!
Only drawback, and sometimes it's a big one -- is that the lines can be horrendously long, even during the closing hours. This also contributes to some lapses in service.
Awesome steak here -- one of the best I've had. We came here because a friend (who ate at the original in NY) recommended it. 3 of us ordered the grill steak (like the NY strip, for lunch, around $27) and 1 of us ordered the filet mignon (around $25 - lunch). A little pricey, but worth it! The steaks come out a little blackened -- apparently their signature style. The steaks were cooked perfectly, nice texture -- the filet was extremely tender. mmmmm.
Their side dishes like the mac and cheese and whipped potatoes were great, too!
The first time I ate here was for Valentine's Day. Probably not the best time to come -- the meal ended up costing a fortune, which was expected on that day, but it was still a bit too much. The food was great -- probably the first time i've ever had foie gras (sp?), and it was delicious! The other dishes were great too, but for that much money? I don't think any food should cost that much. Anyways, friends tell me that they have a great Sunday Brunch (like the Ritz Carlton Huntington), but of course, it may be on the expensive side.
The rooms and area around the Kahala are gorgeous. They have about 3 dolphins in large and scenic pools that you can pay to swim with, or you can just watch up close and take photos as well. They also had 2 baby sea turtles just brought in recently that were a joy to watch. The rooms were comfortable and spacious -- though quite expensive. This place was meant to host weddings, as they had at least 2-3 locations with oceanfront views/gazebos, and another area with a natural-looking waterfall where you could take pictures. Their restaurants were nice too, we ate at the Plumeria often and they had nice ocean views while you were eating on the patio, though you had to deal with some some very bold birds hoping for a bite at times. The only other qualms I had about the place was that the outside view of the hotel itself looked pretty ordinary and almost a bit run-down compared to the rest of the hotel.
Slightly off the main strip in Waikiki, you can dodge the crazy and unexplainable lines of places like the Cheesecake Factory (why??) and go for some of the best sushi/seafood on the island here. You can order their omikasa (sp?) -- a series of their best dishes served in courses, and get really really full. Or you can simply get their sushi and other appetizers if you're not as hungry. Recommended dishes are their panko crusted ahi sashimi, and the mango and crab salad roll --they were delicious!
This mall is huge. Tons of shops here ranging from Longs Drugs to Louis Vuitton and Harry Winston. It has 4 levels and also has a large food court and multiple restaurants from dim sum to plate lunches to sushi and steak. You could literally spend hours here and not get to every store..I would know, as I was stuck here for 6+ hours waiting for a ride, but still managed to find things of interest to look at and do.
This place serves gourmet hawaiian plate lunches -- like fresh ahi tuna chopped salad and the crispy mahi mahi fish sandwich with curly fries! We ordered those and both were delicious, and weren't as heavy as some of the other plate lunches you'd get around Hawaii. They put little touches on their meals that just make it perfect, like having soft and sweet taro buns for the fish sandwich as opposed to normal buns. There are tons of other stuff on the menu that we'd love to try as well!
This place is a little hole in the wall-- not a restaurant, but more like a tiny grocery shop located next to a gas station-- but don't let the decor fool you! I've gotta say they have the absolute best ahi poke I've ever tasted! Perfect seasoning and fresh ahi -- you can order them by the half pound, and they package them in little plastic containers. Soooo goood. Eat it asap when you get it for the best results. Open M-F 9-6, weekends it closes at 3pm or so.
This place is one of my favorite places to eat in San Francisco! All their food is delicious, and their service is excellent! They used to have another location that was a bit larger and easier to find parking for, but now it's just this one, i think. I absolutely love their seafood dishes, and their appetizers. Everything is presented so well, and tastes as good as it looks! Also order a bottle of their white grape juice -- it is awesome!
PROS: the food, the service, the presentation
CONS: the parking..ugh