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

Address:
Ala Moana Shopping Center 4th Fl
1450 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96814
Tel: (808) 947-8818
Website:
http://jadedynastyhawaii.com

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

Jade Dynasty Choy Sum Ala Moana

Garlic Choy Sum

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Singaporean Noodles

Jade Dynasty Pork Green Beans

Pork String Beans

  

Uncle Bo’s

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Service: The service was really excellent at Uncle Bo’s on Kapahulu. The waitress was a real pro, full of smiles and very candid. She was on top of her game and didnt miss a beat from the moment we sat down till the moment we paid the check. In fact, we had a coupon and forgot to read the fine print indicating we had to come after 8pm she spoke to the manager on our behalf (so we could redeem our voucher) and we really appreciated all her help and attentiveness. The only not so memorable in a good way service was the hostess who tried to seat us in the back room because we didnt have a reservation. The restaurant had plenty of empty tables out front so it was a bit particular that we had to ask a few times not to site in the dark, cold back of the restaurant especially when arriving for dinner so early at 6:30pm. The manager finally interviewned and told her she could seat in front with everyone else! ha ha ha

Food: The food was not so great at Uncle Bo’s its average but nothing really stands out as delicious or memorable which you look for from a restaurant and keeps you coming back time and time again. Everything we ordered was very overly sweet including the Baby Back Ribs, Clams and Pork Kabobs. You can find a good assortment of pupu’s, pastas, pizzas, seafood & poltry entrees at Uncle Bo’s with a asian-pacific meets italian theme to it. We also ordered a “Crab  Salad with Avocado” but where disappointed when it only had 3 small little pieces of crab a few pieces of avocado and the rest was all ham and a traditional cob salad. It was very boring and miss marketed for sure. The best thing we ordered was the Spicy Tuna Wraps, they where creamy and very tastily but not even remotely spicy.  

Favorite Dishes: Spicy Tuna Wraps

Atmosphere: The atmosphere at Uncle Bo’s is nice. The restaurant has high ceilings and interesting artwork. The restaurant used to be Anti pastas so one wall has some interesting stanglass windows with garlic and other italian themed pictures covering it. The feel is trendy especially with the dark walls, floor and hanging chains. The front of the restaurant is lovely, however, the back of the restaurant has a completely different ambiance with low ceilings and rather dark / constricted. Our recommendation is to make a reservation and request the front seating area or go another time. The bar only has about 4-5 stools so its more of a place to mingle while waiting for a table than to grab a quick bite.

Consistency: We go to Uncle Bo’s every once and a while but it has been about a year since the last time we went. We are not particular impressed any time we have been with the food but it was convenient with the kapahulu location and late hours to grab pupus with friends, however, now that the new Side Street opened down the street i’m sure we will not be back to Uncle Bo’s for a good  long while (the pork chop at side street is to die for!).

Parking: Uncle Bo’s does not have free parking but there is a small private parking lot right next to the restaurant which costs $5 or you can find metered street parking which is free after 6pm and usually pretty easy to come by at night. If you have troubles across the street is another paid parking lot with ample spots as well.

Price Range: Medium ($12-$27) per Entree
Corkage Fee $10 per Bottle
Reservations Accepted & Recommended
Take Out Available

Address:
559 Kapahulu Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
Tel: (808) 735-8311
Website: http://www.unclebosrestaurant.com

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Sunday: Dinner – 5:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

uncle bo's crab and avocado salad

Crab & Avocado Salad

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Clams

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Spicy Ahi Wrap

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Baby Back Ribs

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Sushi Sasabune

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Service: The service is exceptional at Sushi Sasabune on King Street. The waiters are veterans and always remember the guests who keep on coming back. They are friendly, knowledgeable, polite and quick which is all you can ever ask of a good restaurant.

Food: The food is to die for! the key phrase is “Trust Me” at Sushi Sasabune because you don’t order par-say but rather the chef brings you select items which are the freshest and most delicious he has to offer, dish by dish until you are full. If you are a regular you can also request different dishes (on his tasting menu) but you have to eat a few times to get aquatinted with the food enough to do be able to ask for them by name. The sushi is so fresh it melts in your mouth and is presented on top of warm sushi rice giving it a unique and memorable taste. Each bite is a true celebration. Enjoy!! 

Favorite Dishes: Blue crab hand roll, the squid stuffed with blue crab, the scallop and salmon duo, everything!

Atmosphere: The ambiance is very nice at Sasabune. The restaurant is small and quaint with a sushi bar and about 5-8 tables. The decor is very clean yet trendy for a Japanese restaurant and showcases a few beautiful pieces of artwork and black, red and gold color scheme.

Consistency: Each time you go to Sasabune you can feel secure that it will fantastic. The consistency is top notch and we have never had a dish that wasn’t superb or fishy fish.

Parking: Sushi Sasabune has a small parking lot out back that may be shared with some other restaurants in the area but typically you can always find a spot. If not and its not during rush hour you can find parking on king street.

Price Range: High – Dinner about $125 per Person
Corkage Fee $15 per Bottle
Reservations Accepted & Recommended
Take Out Not Available

Address:
1417 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96814 ‎
Tel: (808) 947-3800

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Sat: 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Tue-Fri: 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Sushi Sasabune - squid stuffed crab

Squid Stuffed Blue Crab

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Scallop & Kelp Salmon

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Unagi & Tamago

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Lobster

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Tuna Duo

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Blue Water Grill

Overall Review: Cork

Service: Yikes…. the service was terrible at Blue Water Grill in Hawaii Kai. The evening started out with us calling and booking a reservation at 7:30pm that night. When we arrived we where informed that it would still be at least 30 minutes before we could be seated. I inquired why they didn’t tell us to come at 8pm if there where busy and the hostess was frazzled and didn’t really have an answer… hummmm get it together guys! Then once we where finally seated an hour later not only was the restaurant empty (like tables everywhere) but our waiter was less than impressive and kept forgetting things or was MIA for most of the evening.

Food: The disappointments kept on coming when we received our food. By the time we where seated both the local fresh fishes dishes they where out of as well as the lamb. They blamed all the issues on the Groupon deal they did but we felt that they should have been more “on their game” knowing that their deal was expiring July 4th and that MAYBE this weekend people would come and use the GC before it expired!! The food was lack luster, under seasoned and overall pretty bad. The salmon came with mushy and overcooked rice, the ribs where dry and served over a watery slaw which made all the french fries wet, the Filet Mignon was cut into two thine pieces of meat (not a thick piece like it should be) and even our friends hamburger which is impossible to screw up wasn’t so great. 

Favorite Dishes: Seafood-Artichoke Dip, and our drinks.

Atmosphere: The atmosphere is the best thing going for the Blue Water Grill. The restaurant is overlooking the water / harbor of Hawaii Kai and has a beautiful view. The is an ideal place to go for drinks and to watch the sunset. The decor is warm inside with high ceilings and light wood floor and fixtures.

Consistency: We have only been once so far and will never go again. If we do for some strange reason we promise to update this section.

Parking: Blue Water Grill has free parking out front if you are lucky enough to find a spot. The parking lot is in the Hawaii Kai shopping center and is shared with all the other restaurants & vendors including Safeway, The Shack and many others.

Price Range: High ($20-$30) per Entree
Corkage Fee $20 per Bottle
Reservations Accepted (but even if you have one you may still have to wait!)
Take Out Available

Address:
377 Keahole St
Honolulu, HI 96805
Tel: (808) 395-6224
Website:
www.bluwatergrillhawaii.com

Hours of Operation:
Lunch & Dinner:
Mon-Thu: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Fri: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sun: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Happy Hour – Monday to Fridays 3:00-6:00 p.m. daily.

 

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Seafood-Artichoke Dip

Blue grill mango-guava baby back ribs

Baby Back Ribs

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Salmon

 

Luibueno’s

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Service: The service was a bit slow at Luibueno’s in Haleiwa but since the restaurant is in the North Shore  I guess its more normal and we should cut them a little slack. They are a bit less “rushed” on the country side of the island so I guess its to be expected. The staff was very nice / friendly  and they did get our order right. The only really strange thing was you have to wait outside of the restaurant to be seated which was a little awkward.

Food: The food was a traditional mix of Mexican & Spanish. The menu consists of a large variety of Paellas, Ceviche, Salads, Soups, Burritos, Quesadillas, Entrees and of course TACOS! The menu has lots of fresh fish and seafood items which is nice to see specially since we are in Hawaii. The beans and rice could have used a little seasoning but the seafood was very fresh and well worth the price! They also offer Benuo Happy Hour deals on drinks and a lite menu selection everyday between 3-5pm & 9:30-10:30pm so try it out after work!

Favorite Dishes: Fisherman’s Warf Tacos (without the white sauce) but we would recommend just ordering two taco’s ala cart instead of the plate because we where not to impressed with the rice & beans.

Atmosphere: We really enjoyed the atmosphere at Luibueno’s. It has a unique feel with wooden tables both facing the window on an upper level, interior seating on the lower level and bar seating. Each wall has very nice artwork and a good flow to the layout. The restaurant isn’t very big but they do a good job of positioning the tables so many people can be seated without feeling really crammed or like you are sitting on top of your neighbor. The high ceilings add a nice ambiance to the establishment and make it a pleasant place to have a drink or grab a bite with your friends or family.

Consistency: This was the first time we have been to Luibueno’s because we got a Living Social coupon but we will update this section next time we visit which we are sure to because the fish tacos where just delicious.

Parking: They have free parking at Luibeno’s outside in the Haleiwa town center shopping area.

Price Range: Medium ($10.50-$25.95 / Market Price) per Entree
Corkage Fee $10-$15 per Bottle
Reservations Accepted
Take Out Available

Live Music Wednesday Night from 6-9pm.

Address:
In the Haleiwa Town Center
66-165 Kamehameha Hwy
Haleiwa, Hi 96712
Tel: (808) 637-7717
Website:
http://luibueno.com/

Hours of Operation:
7 days a week
11 am-12 am
Bueno Happy Hours
3-5pm & 9:30-10:30pm

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Fisherman's Warf Tacos

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Bar

 

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

 

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

Address:
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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Lobster in Black Bean Sauce

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Crab in Ginger Sauce

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Sweet & Sour Soup

ETHOS – Chateau Ste. Michelle

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Varietal: Chardonnay

Vintages: 2003

Country: Columbia Valley, Washington

Essence of: Oh has this wine aged with grace! This well-balanced chardonnay is both elegant and complex. Concentrated fruit with mineral aromas and loads of oak, refined with a soft finish.

Best Served With: Cheese, Seafood, Salads, Pasta, Pizza

Price Range: Around $35 per bottle

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Murphy-Goode – The Fumé

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Varietal: : Sauvignon Blanc

Vintages: 2008

Country: Sonoma County

Essence of: Flavors and aromas of bright citrus and tropical fruits expressed leaving a rich feel in your mouth / a vibrant wine/ with nice acidic qualities/ notes of grapefruit and tangerine.

Best Served With: Seafood, oysters on the half-shell, chicken or pork dishes, salads

Price Range: Under $15 per bottle

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