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new places opening up all over- reports?

i see MW restaurant opened this past week
pig and the lady soon
new ramen places- santouka, the one by ailana shave ice, and now i hear there's a new one in the old maple garden space near hnl stadium
highway inn in town
marukame udon downtown next week

anybody?
bueller?

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  1. Kiwami ramen also reopened where Tsuku Tsuku Tei used to be on Keeaumoku. The new ramen place near HNL stadium park is called Agu Ramen and is actually in the Da Kitchen spot at the St. Louis Clubhouse. No report from me on any of these places yet, but when I do get to them, i'll post something.

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    1. re: killersmile

      mahalo ksmile
      da kitchen was ok
      expensive, but huge portions

    2. does the 'new' 12th Avenue Grill count as new? Had a really good dinner there last week.

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        1. re: macsak

          after a little discussion we gave it a good solid 8 out of 10. Very good, just short of excellent, and for the price (3 people $200 inc minimal drinks and tip) quite a good value. Nothing was 'wrong', just a few things not as right as they might have been, and our server was less than charming, but more than proficient. Maybe just an off night for him.

          The place was packed, reservations are necessary. Some reviewers complained about the noise level in there, but if you have a room full of happy people enjoying their food and libations, its probably not going to be a quiet place. It certainly wasn't boisterous. The food is a little less 'home style' than I remembered - but that was years ago. The smoked chocolate flan was heaven on a plate. Definitely on my 'splurge' list of places to go.

          1. re: KaimukiMan

            someone tweeted a suggestion about speaker placement and arrangement of furniture a couple weeks ago, and he replied that they fixed it

            the menu certainly evolved a lot since they opened
            glad they are in a bigger space

            it's amazing how much kaimuki and kapahulu have evolved to be areas where there are great restaurants/bars

      1. Kan Zamen Moroccan and Lebanese in Chinatown.
        Brief report on thread about "of the beaten path" http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/922441

        1. went to KIMAMI Ramen last night as i've been hunting to try tsukemen style ramen (noodles on the side to dip into concentrated broth)....and i thought it was KILLER. They use local Sun noodles, little thicker than the usual....i got the spicy shoyu tsukemen and this was a conentrated, oily, amazing flavor bomb. Noodles were served cool/rm temp, the broth was hot and contained lots of chopped chive/green onions, a few pieces of char siu (decent, not super tender, but tasty - but they dont touch the goma tei char siu), and some menma. As the noodles were on the side, every bite had perfectly cooked noodle, and the broth did a fantastic job sticking them....prob wont finish the bowl of broth with the noodles, but its touch too concentrated (on purpose) to eat on its own...though i was tempted. also shared an order of the gyoza which had a fantastically crispy side, but maybe fell a little flat on overall flavor. Everyone's got their own tastes with ramen (as yelp reviews clearly reveal), but this was MONEY for me.

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          1. re: fatstern

            glad to hear that it's still good. used to enjoy it when it was located in waikiki.

          2. Gourmet Lani "North East Indian" on Bishop St next to Leo's Taverna. Open just a month, lunch only. Tried the Chicken Basmati plate and a side of potato/garbanzo (missed the name)..both delicious. Were first ones in at 11, and had a 15 minute wait, but food was worth it if you are not in a hurry. 10% off coupon made it a reasonable lunch for 2 at $15, and leftovers to take home.