Its located in an inauspicious shopping center that you might even drive past it. Its a small little eatery where you order your food at the cash register and then seat yourself. Right away they give you onion and seasalt, and haupia. Everything was delicious and reasonably priced.
This restaurant is a place that serves Japanese food without being pretentious like Nobu or having the obese price tag of Sasabuni. I suggest that if you are in the mood for off the beaten path Japanese or are just have a craving for a regular teishoku, Yohei will fit your fancy. Just don't forget to make friends with the Sushi Chef.
Nice classy place. Tiny portions. Chef Mavro is a real person - a vert talented Parisian who came to Hawaii, worked at one of the big 'otels and then after a few years realized that Honolulu was lacking a good traditional French restaurant.
The food at Olive Tree is beyond divine. The bad thing is, everybody knows it, and if you don't call ahead to order your food, you'd better be prepared to stand around and wait upwards of a half-hour, drooling over everybody else's stuff. Oh, and they only take cash.
Manapua essentially a Chinese cha siu bau (pork-filled bun). The Manapua Factory makes all sorts though, not just pork-filled both steamed and baked.
Everything there is good and they give a LOT of food. I can usually split what they give me into two meals comfortably. Their side dishes are freaking awesome. My favorites are the bean sprouts, the choi sum, cabbage, potato, taegu, kim chi, spicy cucumber....wait, did I just name them all? I think I just mentioned most of them. Hm. Yeah, they're all that good. I can make a meal out of their side dishes alone. I'm totally serious.
I love ramen and I love Chinese food, so I enjoyed eating Chinese-style ramen. The broth is stronger in flavor than the Japanese broths and have more shoyu.
the menu is tasty yet predictible, a little imagination would bring it to the level where it claims to be, and the French Laundry equivalent price tag, we enjoyed the evening. Overall a romantic, one of a kind (view) dining experience.
Imanas is a gorgeous restaurant disguised by a humble exterior. They even serve their dishes on pretty platters. the choices are plentiful, the prices are high, and rarely is there any English being spoken. Dinner is a cultural immersion experience that stands above the typical neighborhood Japanese dinner
The electronics departments has good deals on the sale items, but the regular prices aren't anything special. The real fun is browsing upstairs for the food items and specialty regional food fairs. They often have special vendors come over from different regions of Japan. Usually the vendors will stay for a couple of weeks at a time and feature specialty prepared food items that are unique to their area.