Buzzed-about restaurant opens in Honolulu

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Chefs Chris Kajioka and Anthony Rush decided to open a restaurant in Honolulu after working together at Thomas Keller's Per Se in New York.
Chefs Chris Kajioka and Anthony Rush decided to open a restaurant in Honolulu after working together at Thomas Keller's Per Se in New York. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Senia

The highly anticipated restaurant Senia opened in Honolulu's Chinatown just before the holidays.



Dining scene observers, including Eater and the New York Times, highlighted Senia months before it opened thanks to the pedigree and promise of its cofounders.  

The restaurant is the result of a partnership between Chris Kajioka and Anthony Rush, who met while working together under the tutelage of Thomas Keller at his New York restaurant Per Se. Kajioka is a Honolulu local while Rush is British; together they have collaborated on a modern "regional American" menu that highlights Hawaiian flavors in creative and new ways, while striving to create a neighborhood restaurant with fine-dining touches.

The menu is varied, and dinners cost around $60 per person, according to the restaurant. There will also be a chef's counter tasting menu experience offered, which allows for an up-close view of the preparation of a selected menu.

The restaurant is housed in a renovated space in a building originally built 1886, and features an open kitchen. Senia is currently open for dinner, but there are plans to add lunch hours in 2017.
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