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May 25, 2010 01:24 PM

waikiki for 3 days only

hi there,
i will be in honolulu for 3 days in mid June and trying to plan a few meals. My bf and i will be celebrating a special anniversary during our trip as well and wanted to go out for a nice dinner. We love sushi and was thinking of Sasubune but I'm afraid that the "sushi nazi" atmosphere would not be very romantic. What are your thoughts on Kawai for sushi? Is it anniversary appropriate, in terms of ambience? Would love to take advantage of the Happy Hour specials but again I don't know how romantic that would be. I was also thinking of La Mer, Mavro's or Roy's. Opting out on Alan Wong's just based on the comments on the decor and location.
I would love some help in this area as this will be our first time to Hawaii.
So to sum it up, looking for:
- a finer dining restaurant or a casual restaurant with great decor and ambience
- sushi or Hawaiian fusion
- cab ride/walking distance from the Hyatt
- Sunday night availability
- would like to avoid any sort of chain restaurant
- also a suggestion for Sunday brunch...tried to make reservations for Orchids but already booked up (father's day)
- we will be arriving late friday night so a rec for a nice lounge w/ great small bites & drinks would also be appreciated

Thanks in advance for any recs!!! I am so unbelievably excited!

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  1. sorry, Kaiwa Sushi was what i meant.

    226 Lewers St Ste 215, Honolulu, HI 96815

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    1. re: fatkid

      I love, love, love Kaiwa. For sushi, we don't go anywhere else. We're spoiled for life. Here are a couple of hints though, ask for a table in the zashiki room. Its little more elegant, a little more private and much more comfortable than sitting in the main room, which is in my opinion cramped, crowded and loud. Be prepared to take your shoes off in the zashiki room, where you'll sit at a table that's floor level with room beneath for your feet (so you can sit comfortably). You don't have to dress up to come here (though you may choose to), although the restaurant is sleek and modern, the patron attire ranges from slippas and shorts to dress shirts and jeans.

      I don't think I've ever had Uni so fresh and fantastic as there. All the food is outstanding. It is pricey, but I think the quality is as good as Nobu, without the imposing attitude.

      Make sure to make reservations, they HATE the whole walk-in thing, but go out of their way for reservations. Have a sake martini or three and you'll be one happy girl.

      LaMer is a can't-miss place, but you mentioned Orchids for brunch, but they also have a beautiful dinner menu. They have a view of the ocean too. I can barely ever choose when we go. Its probably much more intimate than Kaiwa, plus you can have a drink in the Lewers Lounge before and after. Always cozy, always live music. One of the "clubbier" feeling places on Oahu.

      You seem to looking for suggestions outside of the (very excellent) one's you have mentioned. Michel's at the Colony has a pretty view and a nice menu, as does Top of Waikiki which rotates giving you a 360 view. Very romantic. Food is good. *Note: not LaMer/Orchids-blow-your-mind-I'll-never-forget-it* but good and the view is great.
      Mariposas is a beautiful lunch spot. They don't have "brunch" as in a gigantic spread of all-you-can-eat food, but its a beautiful restaurant with a view of the ocean as well.

      Have fun! Let me know what you think.

      226 Lewers St Ste 215, Honolulu, HI 96815