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Oct 17, 2008 06:42 PM

Oahu - One Night Business

I lived on Oahu for eight years, but have not been back since 2002. I happen to be going back for a business trip at the end of October. We’ll be a group of four, and we’ll be staying at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. We will probably have only Friday night for a possible dinner.

Where can people suggest we might go for really good food that is not high-end or low-end? We are not trying to impress clients with this dinner, it's for us. It would also be very nice if the place was a bit unique and the service is considered consistently excellent.

(A Hawaiian uniqueness if you know what I mean: example: Banh Mi on a croissant from BALE or raw meat at an AYCE Korean BBQ. This is just off the top of my head, and not really where I’m going with this post, but I’ve never seen these two things on the mainland, which I guess is what I mean by unique (meaning we don't see it here) but this is secondary as food is the most important factor)

We will have a car, but will be limited in our time.

Lots of suggestions will be greatly appreciated.


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  1. I would suggest Hiroshi at Restaurant Row. Great food, lots of local produce and seafood
    and local beef. He does some great sous vide dishes as well as knockout seafood offerings.
    It's low key, easy to get to and the service is always great. I think if you look up DK restaurants
    on google you'll see their website. That would be my choice.

    11 Replies
    1. re: manomin

      Hi Manomin,

      Wow, Thanks for the rec. I know the area well, but did not know this place. This is exactly what I am looking for. I checked their website.

      I lived in Hawaii in my youth. My palate has refined since then and I wish to incorporate my love for the islands at that time, and good food.

      Thanks again.

      1. re: manomin


        thanks for the reference to the website. It is amazing how long this place has been there, and I haven't been. A little bit on the pricey side, but not to bad. Similar to 3660, little higher than town (two other options for RockyRoad). Somehow I'm gonna have to find a reason to go there.

        I'm also gonna recommend Duc's bistro downtown, a family favorite.

        1. re: KaimukiMan

          I was hoping you would reply Kaimuki Man. Needless to say, I watch this board because of my past affiliation to the state, so I know who I should hope for a reply from. You were number 1.

          I have checked the website for 3660 - That is an excellent rec for what I have in mind. Thanks!

          Duc's Bistro seems like the place I'd go to in a heartbeat for good eats but not for these guys. Mahalo!

          Keep 'em coming if you can

          1. re: Rocky Road

            Rocky Road: I went to 3660 last weekend on, I believe, Kaimuki Man's rec. The food is outstanding, and the wine list is strong. The ahi katsu starter is insanely good.

            My only gripe was with the service. The waiter was very friendly and accommodating. However, he either did not catch or did not recall our wine order (he wrote down our food orders) and returned when our appetizers were served to ask us to tell him again what we had ordered. We didn't get the bottle until after our appetizers were finished.

            Anyway, despite the issues with the wine service, my family and I had a fantastic meal. The atmosphere was not at all stuffy, and the food was first-rate. The food would hold up against almost anything we can get at home in San Francisco.

            Speaking of our meal at 3660, I owe this board a report. I'll try to get to it tomorrow. In short, we ate ourselves silly and did not have a single disappointing meal, from high-end to low-end. Mahalo!!! You all are the best!

          2. re: KaimukiMan

            Well you know it's also a good thing to share lots of his small plates if you didn't want an
            entree'. We go there often before a show since they open so early and it's easy to get to
            the Blaisdell from there. That or sister restaurant Vino is our other favorite choice. I am
            glad you could use the reference/website. Town is always on my list of favorites as well.
            At this point they could flip a coin and decide! And I too, K-Man always value your insight
            and opinion! A hui hou!

            1. re: manomin

              Well, let's face it, you guys are the two experts. I'll go with what you say. Mahalo.

              I'm on business, but I would love to lunch with a chowhound. Tell me your interested and I'll give you a phone number or email.

              1. re: Rocky Road

                sure, that could be fun.

                1. re: KaimukiMan

                  I'm in. I'll email you K-Man later or tomorrow. Time to heat up my Costco
                  chicken enchiladas and have cocktail hour! Tonight I'm making Maker's Mark
                  with fresh local orange and tangerine juice with PacificKool ginger syrup and
                  a splash of Perrier. Cin Cin!

                  P.S. I am going to try to get Yoshio to come along - always a GREAT dining partner.
                  Posts by Yoshio have become scarce due to a heavy work load but I know lunch
                  is always a good way to take a break for Yoshio!

                2. re: Rocky Road

                  Hank's Haute Dogs would be good or Town. Or we could go to Roy's in Waikiki
                  and sit outside and have the bar menu that's always a fun thing to do. I'd say
                  Nico's but it's such a hurried atmosphere with people waiting to pounce on your
                  table the minute they think you are done! I love their food though, it is not a place
                  for a conversation full lunch. I emailed K-Man earlier today.

                  1. re: manomin

                    I did too. I'll look for your offline responses. Should be fun.

          3. not high end or low end.....what about side stree inn? deep fried pork chop, fried rice, chinese chkn salad...some spcl of the night....could be crowded but...