I thought it would be good to compile a list of all of my previous food recommendations for restaurants in Honolulu. I will continue to add to this list as I add more restaurants in Honolulu, but it is just an easy, condensed way to view all of my recommendations. Also, it is a good way to review any places that you might have missed along the way.
If you are curious about knowing in more detail about a certain restaurant, just click on the hyper-link to view my full recommendation.
I hope this list is useful to refer to as a guide, and I hope you can go to many places on the list when you are in Hawaii!
Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha: A great place for shave ice with natural, real fruit syrups
Shaka Shaka Tea Express: A popular boba shop that uses natural, real fruit syrups
Tamura’s: One of the best poke places on the island, as it also has king crab poke
Ono Steaks and Shrimp: Has some of the best garlic shrimp and fish tacos in Honolulu
Off The Hook Poke Market: One of my new favorite poke places, definitely try the spicy ahi
Junpuu: Be sure to try the char siu quesadillas
Nabeyo Maido: My favorite shabu shabu place on the island, definitely get the Paitan with Pork Belly
Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin: From Japan originally, they have great katsu curry
Do-Ne: A great bento takeout place, some of my favorites are the marinated fried chicken and pork with eggplant
Tonkatsu Tamafuji: Also originally from Japan, Tamafuji has great katsu, but a more limited selection than Ginza Bairin
Akira: A higher-end Japanese restaurant that has sushi and some great lunch specials
I-Naba: Specializes in fresh udon and soba, also has tempura and other Japanese dishes
Rinka: Similar to Akira, Rinka has a diverse menu; be sure to try their real-crab California Rolls
Moena Cafe: 100% be sure to try the Short Rib Loco Moco with Fried Rice
Broken Rice: Be sure to try the Crab Fried Rice and Shaken Beef
The Pig and the Lady: A higher end Vietnamese cuisine, it is more of a modern/fusion take on Vietnamese food
Shaloha Pita: The only Mediterranean restaurant I go to in Hawaii, they have Shawarama, Eggplant, and Schnitzel plates
La Cucina: A friend of a friend’s restaurant in Honolulu, La Cucina has great pastas and Osso Bucco (also it holds pretty well for takeout, even if eating there is better)
Bernini: A Japanese/Italian fusion restaurant that has unique pastas and great takeout specials (during COVID-19)
Rigo: A Spanish/Japanese fusion restaurant, but has a lot of Italian influence as well; be sure to try the chilled pasta with bok choy and scallops (sounds weird but it works!)
Chubbies Burgers: An affordable burger food truck that uses local beef from Kauai, be sure to get the El Rey Burger
3660 On the Rise: One of the best Asian-fusion restaurants in Honolulu; some of their best dishes include lobster wontons, surf&turf special
MW: A restaurant that has really supported local farms and producers during COVID-19, as well as having some incredible Asian-fusion dishes
Food Guide Guides Honolulu Food Guide Broken Rice Chubbies Burgers Do-Ne Food Hawaii Honolulu Junpuu La Cucina Moena Cafe Nabeyo Nabeyo Maido Ono Steaks and Shrimp Poke Ramen Shaloha PITA Tamuras Fine Wine The Pig and the Lady Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin Tonkatsu Tamafuji Uncle Clay
This is a blog for myself (and hopefully others) to keep track of all of the places, restaurants, books, movies, etc. that I do not want to forget. I am a college student who has lived in the US, Asia, and Europe for extended periods of time; I am very lucky to have had these experiences, and I want to share my recommendations with people interested in any of these locations.
NONE of these posts are advertisements. I do not have any discount codes or promotions for anything I write about; however, this should be considered a positive because it means that everything I write about reflects my true feelings. In order to keep this blog positive, my posts will only be recommendations for the things I enjoy the most in life. The topics will vary between whatever subjects I am interested in at a certain time, and I will have 1-2 new posts per day.
I wish I could have started this project earlier while some of my memories were fresher in my mind, but it is better late than never. I hope that other people will have the chance to visit or experience things that I write about, and I hope that people will have a similar taste in life to myself!