Jade Dynasty

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Service: The service was good at Jade Dynasty. Our waiter was a little pushy but in a nice way. He was attentive and went out of his way to let me know all the items on the menu that contained MSG which I really appreciated and made me trust this chinese restaurant above others in town. The last time we went , however, the food took forever to arrive! after about 50 minutes we had only recieved 2 dishes and had to ask for the rest in a doggy bag to make an appoinment.

Food: The food was good at Jade Dynasty overall. The vegetables where really well seasoned and cooked. For lunch they have traditional dim sum selections and you can also order off the menu. For dinner there is no dim sum but they have lots of  items include chicken (lemon, cold, general tao’s, kung po, etc), peking duck, noodles, rice, pork, seafood (fresh crab, shrimp, prawns, whole steamed fish, lobster etc) , tofu and of course chinese vegetable dishes! We found the food very tasty overall but the most memorable items where the Choy Sum and Stir-Fry String Beans as they where extra crispy and fresh. 

Favorite Dishes: Dim Sum – Fresh shrimp & spinach dumplings, signature shrimp dumplings, seafood bean curd roll, steamed BBQ pork buns, Dinner – Stir-fry minced meat with string beans and chii sauce (yummy!), Choy Sum with garlic sauce, and the curry Singaporean rice noodles.

Atmosphere: The restaurant is very clean and grand inside. The ceilings are extremely high and decorated with chandlers giving the restaurant an open feeling as well as reduce the noise factor when busy during the dim sum rush. The decor is black, gold and red and they have very limited artwork inside. The restaurant is large overall and has plenty of tables for larger groups as well as booth seating, in fact they have 7 private rooms available making this a great place to book a party!

Consistency: We have only been twice so far, once for dim sum and once for dinner… so far so good on the food! the owners of the Jade Dynasty also own 20 restaurants in Hong Kong so they must know what they are doing. However, the second time the service was super slow sooo hopefully that was just a fluke

Parking: Jade Dynasty is located at the Ala Moana shopping center so there is plenty of free parking at your finger tips. The restaurant is located close to Mai Tai bar and the parking right outside Norstroms on the third level. We recommend parking there and then taking the elevator or escalator next to Pearl to the restaurant on the fourth floor (3 above ground).

Price Range: Low-Medium ($2.95 – $7.95) for Dim Sum & ($11.95-$48.00 or Market Price) per Entree
Corkage Fee $5-$10 per Bottle
Reservations Accepted
Take Out Available
Happy Hour Drinks Till 6pm

Ala Moana Shopping Center 4th Fl
1450 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96814
Tel: (808) 947-8818

Hours of Operation:
10:30 a.m.- 5.pm for Dim Sum
5 p.m – 10 p.m for Dinner Daily
Happy Hour Drinks Half OFF Till 6pm

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Golden Duck

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Service: The service is really good at Golden Duck Chinese restaurant in Kahala. The food comes out of the kitchen lightning fast so if you where planning a leisurely meal don’t order everything at once. The staff is very friendly,  attentive and make you feel welcome.

Food: The food is good at Golden Duck. If you enjoy fresh seafood then we definitely recommend going to this Chinese restaurant because its taste and its cheap at only $13.95 for live lobster and $20.95 for live crab! The other items are OK but don’t stand out like the crab and lobster. Golden Duck has typical Chinese food including Peking Duck, Stir Fried Green Beans & Pork, Noodles, Soups, Vegetables, and most likely anything you are craving / classic favorites.

Favorite Dishes: Fresh lobster with black bean sauce, Fresh crab with ginger and onions, Choy Sum with oyster sauce, Fried string beans with pork (Tip: order rise instead of noodles they are a little oily and overcooked)

Atmosphere: The ambiance isn’t anything exciting. The restaurant is big and has plenty of seating for all size parties which is great. The decor is very clean feeling because the wall and furniture are both bone white but they do have some plants and artwork which brighten it up a bit.

Consistency: We have been twice so far and both times the fresh seafood was delicious! similarly the noodles dishes were not so great.

Parking: One of the best things about Golden Duck is that it has tons of free parking located in the back of the restaurant.

Price Range: Low-Medium ($11-$30) per Entree
No Corkage Fee!
Reservations Accepted
Take Out Available

4230 Waialae Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
Tel: (808) 737-7188

Hours of Operation:
Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner
Sun – Thu: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Fri – Sat: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

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Kirin Restaurant

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Service: The service at Kirin Restaurant on Beretania Street was ok. The staff was very friendly and curious but at times slow to respond. They never came around to refill our water glasses (the entire meal) even though they where completely empty. It also took a pretty lengthily amount of time to order and pay the check so if you go for lunch or dinner plan extra time before catching a movie or a plane.

Food: The Chinese food was good at Kirin Restaurant! the noodles and rice dishes where both very tasty and not oily. The dim sum was also pretty good but we thought the dumplings wrappers where way to thick (and the filling to little). The menu has both dim sum and the typical proteins, seafood, noodles, rice and vegetables such as Flat Noodles, Kao Bao Chicken, Tea Smoked Duck, Fried Rice, Dim Sum, etc. Something that makes Kirin Restaurant stand out is that they make the dim sum fresh to order (and without MSG should you ask).

Favorite Dishes: Stir fried rice noodle with shrimp and curry, Chinese style pickled cucumber, Tofu Dim Sum, and Chicken Fried Rice. (TIP: Don’t order dumplings they are extremely doughy)

Atmosphere: The atmosphere is very nice at Kirin Restaurant. The layout of the tables is very open so you are not to close to your neighbors and they have beautiful artwork on the walls. Even the tables are nice and made out of old wood giving this restaurant ambiance a warm homely feel.

Consistency: Both times we have been have been consistently good. Being a private chef in Hawaii I always appreciate good noodles & rice dishes because most places use to much oil or over cook the noodles. Both times we had items we where not crazy about but overall the food has been good and we are excited to go back.

Parking: Kirin restaurant on Beretania has some free parking outside about 9 spots. Or the new longs (old Star Market) is right across the street and you can park there (buy some wine) and walk across the street to dinner.

Price Range: Low ($8.95-$46) per Entree & ($2.95-$4.50) per Dim Sum
Corkage Fee only $2 per person!
Reservations Accepted
Take Out Available

2518 S. Beretania St
Honolulu, HI 96826
Tel: (808) 942-1888

Hours of Operation:
Lunch & Dim Sum Hours
Monday-Friday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sat-Sun: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Dinner Hours
Monday-Friday: 5 p.m. – 12 p.m.
Sat-Sun: 5 p.m – 10:30 p.m.

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P.F. Chang’s

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Service: The service is hit or miss at P.F. Chang’s. Typically its not that bad but every once and a while you can get less than acceptable waitstaff.

Food: The food is pretty good. The menu is American Chinese and P.F. Chang’s has all the basic standards you would expect like Lemon Chicken and Mongolian Beef. Nothing really exciting but all the food is good. They have a special lunch menu which is a good deal and attractive if your going for a business engagement and are short on time. P.F. Chang’s also has a Happy Hour Monday-Friday from 3pm-7pm with half of appetizers and Drink specials – $3 draft beers, $6 Drinks, $2 OFF wine

Favorite Dishes: Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Dumplings, Hot & Sour Soup, Spicy Green Beans, Kung Pao Chicken, Buddha’s Feast, Cantonese Chow Fun, Marinated Sea Bass and Dirty Martini (they are so big they count as food!)

Atmosphere: Both locations have a similar landscape and are both very beautiful inside. The concept is fresh, contemporary and bright. Guests can be seated both outside and inside which is nice for breezy summer days or brisk winter nights. The high ceilings and art help make these restaurants dynamic.

Consistency: Both Hawaii P.F. Chang’s are consistent.

Parking: If you are going to the Waikiki location the best place to park is at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center. If you are going to Ward Center the best place to park is at the Hokua condominium where the restaurant is located. P.F. Chang’s will validate parking at both these places.

Price Range: Medium ($10-$25) per Entree
Corkage Fee: $10 (Cannot Bring Wines that are on P.F. Chang’s Wine List)
Take Out Available
Reservations Not Needed

Great Happy Hour!

Hokua Restaurant
1288 Ala Moana Blvd Suite 110
Honolulu, HI 96814
Serving lunch and dinner daily.
For reservations please call: (808) 596-4710.
Website: http://pfchangshawaii.com/

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Thursday and Sunday 11am – 10:30pm
Friday and Saturday 11 am – 11:30pm

Happy Hour Monday-Friday: 3pm-7pm

Waikiki Restaurant
Royal Hawaiian Center
2201 Kalakaua Ave Suite 116
Honolulu, HI 96815
Serving lunch and dinner daily.
For reservations please call 808-628-6760.

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Thursday and Sunday 11am – 11pm
Friday and Saturday 11am – midnight