HONOLULU -- The
capital city dining scene is rapidly evolving in the high- and
midrange categories. Heres a look at new, planned or existing
restaurants that are making -- or promise to make -- waves.
Waikiki, Waikiki Parc Hotel: A 7,500-square-foot outlet of
Japanese-cuisine chain Nobu will open in the lobby of the Waikiki
Parc, currently undergoing a transformation into a boutique
Nobu Waikiki will
feature outdoor dining, a sushi bar and private dining areas
decorated in Hawaiian style with lots of bamboo, fish nets, foliage
and stone surfaces. A December opening is planned.
Mavro: This longtime top Honolulu venue was named one of
the worlds top 10 restaurants by Fodors travel guides (see On
the Menu, at right).
Beach Walk: This $460 million resort and retail
development by Outrigger Enterprises just added a 5,500-square-foot
Ruths Chris Steakhouse and an outlet of southern California chain
Yard House to its list of planned restaurant tenants, which already
includes Roys Waikiki, Holokai Grill, Mondo Gelato and Japanese
fast-food restaurant Kai Waikiki.
" Bali by
the Sea, Hilton Hawaiian Village: Chef Adam Hightower
injected fresh air into this oceanside eatery that, as far as decor
and fare are concerned, is fine dining; however, aloha shirts
prevail. Extravagant dishes such as peanut butter and jelly rack of
lamb (glazed with peanut butter, guava jam, hoisin and Chinese
black bean) are not to be missed.
Kaimuki: Local chef Ed Kenney and New Yorker David
Caldiero opened this minimalist venue in the Kaimuki neighborhood a
year ago. Town serves American bistro fare, but we detected an
Italian flair in many dishes. Kenney is adamant about using local
produce, so Hawaiis on the menu, too.
Village, Chinatown: Youd be hard-pressed to find a Chinese
restaurant in Honolulu with good food, excellent service and
tasteful decor. Little Village boasts all three. Highlights are
pan-fried beef with red chili and garlic; fried rice with char sui
pork, shrimp, duck and vegetables; and tiger prawns with a
yogurt-honey glaze. Check out the chalkboard above the kitchen
window for unique specials.
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Kiesnoski contributed to this report.