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Nov 13, 2007 04:53 PM

Chai's Island Bistro - Aloha Tower [HI]

We're taking the last flight off the Island (10:00PM) and I'm looking at alternatives for pre-flight dining. One idea is an old stand-by, Indigo, but I've also gotten a rec. (non-CH) for Chai's Island Bistro in the Aloha Tower, Has anyone dined there? Years ago, there was a pretty good seafood restaurant, Scott's, and I think that Chai's might be in that space. We're going to have done a bunch of fine-dining during our stay, so we are not looking for haute-cuisine, but I hate to think that we'll be faced with cheese n' crackers at the Red Carpet Club and/or buying a "box lunch" on United.

I'm still trying for brunch at Mariposa, but it's too far out at this point.


Indigo Eurasian Cuisine
1121 Nuuanu Ave., Honolulu, HI 96817

Chai's Island Bistro
1 Aloha Tower Dr, Honolulu, HI

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  1. Ive always liked Chai's. Scotts has been gone for years. Chai's has been there almost from the start. No ocean view. Downtown along with Indigo you might also check out Duc's Bistro - good food, much underappreciated because of its location on the edge of the not so good part of chinatown. Little Village Noodle house is good for chinese.

    You can always have the cab stop for plate lunch at byrons by the airport. ummm... battered fried pickles. (somehow i don't see you two at byrons).

    1. If you like Japanese, Yohei Sushi is an excellent restaurant, popular with Japanese nationals as well as local residents. It's located in Kapalama, in a strip mall across from Honolulu Community College, so a short drive to the airport. Don't let the location deter you. It's not cheap, but well worth it if you want good sushi.

      1. Chai's is good. You can get a table on the lanai easily (during the day, anyway), and the service is very nice. Everything I have tried there is delicious.

        1. i'm late i'm late.. but i like chais! how did it go?

          i like their shrimp appetizers (it's on skewers).... and with taro? i forgot....

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          1. re: kinipela

            I'm late getting back, and almost as late posting my reviews to CH. We ended up doing Nico's Pier 38 instead. However, while on O`ahu, we did get more recs. for Chai's. Will try it next time.

            Sorry for the delay, but we've been in the air since about last Sept.


          2. Why don't you go to Mitch's Sushi Bar? Definitely not the most upscale & in a industrial area by the airport, but very close and I love their food. Definitely try the Lobster Van Van if it's a special.

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            1. re: torta basilica

              Mahalo Torta,

              I've heard some good things about Mitch's, but have not been yet. Too many places, and too little time.

              Finally did a trip review from December. Sorry that it took so danged long.