Sushi ii

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Service: The service was slow at Sushi ii but only because it was completely packed full of people. They only had one waitress but she was very nice and full of smiles. We also appreciated that as soon as we where seated she alerted us we wouldn’t receive any food for at least 35 minutes regardless if we ordered sushi or hot items which was just fine with us but nice to hear so you are prepared all the same!

Food: The food was very good at Sushi ii. They have a full sushi bar as well as very interesting hot entree dishes like whole fried fresh fish (flounder, Moi or whatever is freshest), lots of protein & seafood items including lamb, scallops, shrimp, oysters, sashimi carpaccio, and soft shell crab, as well as salads and unique desserts. You should have no problem finding something you will love at this restaurant and each dish has a unique twist making it memorable. Do keep in mind that most dishes are fried so its not a place to go while on a diet.

Favorite Dishes: Fried Whole Moi (we ate everything but the spine bone!), Nori popovers with Furikake Butter (best popovers in town even over BLT and Mariposa they are interesting and unique), Ehu Carpaccio, Beet Salad, Mom’s Minoage (Shrimp wrapped in shoe thin potatoes and fried), Scallops, Sushi was also delicious. Banana dream pie dessert (light and fluffy) the only thing we didn’t like was the Soft Shell Crab as it was extremely overcooked… but seems like you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu!

Atmosphere: We loved the ambiance at Sushi ii on Keeamoku street! The restaurant is very quaint and only has only about 6-7 tables inside in addition to the sushi bar. The walls are bright orange and it has good acoustics and although packed we where able to hear everyone at the table without yelling over loud music or neighbors conversations…..  it was very enjoyable!

Consistency: We have only been once so far but have many friends who swear by Sushi ii and just rave about its consistence. We promise to update this section next time we go which is sure to be soon!!

Parking: Sushi ii is located in the Samsung Plaza across the street from Walmart. They have free parking with validation. Otherwise you can usually find parking on the street or around the block next to Ross if they are completely full.

Price Range: ($8-$20) per Entree
Corkage Fee $5 per Glass (i.e. $5 for each person who is drinking)
Reservations Accepted & Recommended
Take Out Available

Address:
Samsung Plaza
655 Keeaumoku St, Ste 109
Honolulu, HI 96814
Tel: (808) 942-5350

Hours of Operation:
Wed-Sat 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wed-Sun 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Fried Fish from Suhi ii restaurant

Fried Moi

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Banana Dream Pie

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Mom's Minoage

 

Tenyaku – Asian Yakiniku

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Service: The service was good at Tenyaku but not refined. The restaurant was very new (only a few months old) so hopefully they will smooth out the rough edges. The staff was friendly and very attentive the only thing we had to wait for our drinks for quite a while and the waiter didn’t bring all our dinner items at the same time (i.e. he forgot about our rice which came with the meal and we had to bring it up to him after all the meats, fishes and other items arrived also at different times) which made it harder to enjoy everything together.

Food: The food was ok and they have typical Korean Yakiniku and Shabu-Shabu menu selections including some noodle and side dishes. Some items where pretty tasty but overall it lacked a little imagination and the wow factor that makes you want to return to a restaurant time and time again. One of the things we look for with a great Korean restaurants are vegetable/kimchi sides are very dynamic and tie the Yakiniku together. The sides where one of the best things on the menu, however, they only had three and it was kind of boring for the price tag attached to Korean BBQ meats. The bibimbap was also ok and did get nice and crunchy on the bottom but needed salt and some more pizazz overall. The best thing we had was the meat and they did cook ours in the back instead of making us do the Yakinkiu ourselves which is a nice option if you are not in the mood to BBQ yourself! so our advice is if you try this establishment go for Happy Hour either from 11am-3pm, 5pm-6:30pm, & 9pm-last call and get the 20% OFF meat options and keep it simple (TIP: Don’t order the set menu for two people…. its a better deal to order off the menu and we only really liked 2 items we received)

Favorite Dishes: The Premium Kalbi & Kone Kalbi Short-Rib meat and Tofu soup where the best dishes. The vegetable side dishes were also good but they only had 3 dishes (Fish cake, Kimchi and Bean Sprouts) which is less than many other of the best Korean restaurants in town which offer 5+.

Atmosphere: The restaurant was very clean and well taken care of which was great. The owner was also present which added to the ambiance and she even came over to ask us how our experience was going and thank us for coming. Tenyaku has a large inside with at least 20-25 tables. They also had a sushi bar so if you want to eat alone or not have Yakinku its a great option. The inside didnt have any memorable artwork or decor but cleanliness is always a very good asset.

Consistency: We have only been once (and went because we got a Groupon) and to be quite honest don’t think we will try again. However, if we do go with some friends we promise to update this section and hopefully with some great news as we know what to order and what to stir clear from.

Parking: Tenyaku Restaurant is located on Keeamoku and has about 8-10 free parking spots in front of the restaurant which is great but also share with the bar “Champions”located  next door. TIP – if you are planning to go for an early bird dinner and catch Happy Hour Tenyaku opens at 5pm so Champions is a good place to pop in for a drink while you wait (and you can park in the same lot!)

Price Range: High-Medium ($19.59-$39.50) per Yakiniku Entree (Sides / Other Entrees $6.50-$20)
Corkage Fee $10 per Bottle
Reservations Accepted
Take Out Not Available

Happy Hour Specials!

Address:
Tenyaku
1108 Keeaumoku St
Honolulu, HI 96814
Tel: (808) 593-8281.
Website: /
http://tenyakuhawaii.com/index.htm
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Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Happy Hours: 11am-3pm, 5pm-6:30pm, & 9pm-Last Call

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Kimchi - Vegetables

Tenyaku keeamuku

Bibimbap

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Mai Lan Vietnamese Restaurant

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Service: The service was pretty good at Mai Lan Vietnamese restaurant in Honolulu. It appears to be family owned (always nice touch!) and our waitress was full of smiles even as she told us they are open 365 days a year…now that’s service! Also the second time we went we brought our own wine and since we ordered the crab (the most expensive item on the menu and worth every dollar) they let us drink our wine for free (normally corkage fee of $8) which is really great service.

Food: Yummmmy is all that we can say about the fresh crab curry with french bread. It is $32 but incredibility delicious and enough for 2 people! I would go back in a heart beat for that crab and its always nice to see them catching your little crustaceans fresh from the tank. Items you can expect to find on the menu include Vietnamese cold noodles, broken rice dishes, curry, soup, specialties, entrees, salads, etc. The restaurant also gives you fresh Ramutan’s for dessert which is really a nice way to finish the meal.
Download Mai Lan Vietnamese Menu in Honolulu

Favorite Dishes: Fresh Crab Curry with French Bread, Ramutan’s (TIP: Don’t order the spring rolls we found to be little mushy inside)

Atmosphere: The ambiance could use some work at Mai Lan. Nothing really is very interesting on the inside and the restaurant has about 14 not to fancy tables plus a special room of to the side for larger parties. The artwork is pretty nice.

Consistency: Both times we have been the crab was so delicious we are already counting the days before we can return again for a fix.

Parking: Mai Lan does offer free parking next to the restaurant but the lot only has 6-8 spots. We recommend taking a taxi cab (the corkage fee is so cheap you can drink 2 bottles of wine!) or car pool with friends.

Price Range: Medium ($8.50-$32) per Entree
Corkage Fee ONLY $8 per Bottle!!
Reservations Accepted For Large Parties
Take Out Available

Address:
1224 Keeaumoku Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
Tel: (808) 955-0446

Hours of Operation:
Open Monday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m

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Crab Curry

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