Our dinner here was the best meal we have ever eaten in Hawaii. Unlike many restaurants that boast of "creative" cuisine, this one serves food you can enjoy eating. The unusual combinations of tastes really work!
The cuisine is billed as "Hawaiian regional," meaning that it draws inspiration from all the various national and ethnic groups in the Islands. Others might label it "Asian fusion." No matter. Foodies come from all over to taste it.
We were told the smartest approach was to order the $85 tasting menu, which offers some of the most popular dishes in the restaurant and also saves a lot of confusion. This turned out to be excellent advice, and the menu was a decent value as well.
Useful factoid: This menu can be at least somewhat flexible. The night we were there, my partner couldn't eat one item on the menu, and I just didn't like it. The waiter happily offered to substitute another course.
Service is very efficient and friendly. The atmosphere isn't particularly elegant, but it is pleasant. The restaurant is located in a surprisingly nondescript part of Honolulu. An energetic person could walk from Waikiki, but most people seem to prefer the 10-minute cab ride, which costs $10 or so. Bottom line: If you're planning to eat in one really memorable restaurant in Hawaii, this would be a great candidate.
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