On the road to Maui…ami’ami’ at the Coast

The test of a good restaurant is consistency over time. It should not matter when you go, the food will be good. Before yesterday, 808 Bistro was RM’s fave place for breakfast in Maui. However, yesterday’s meal was below par. Not sure why. First,  they got his order wrong which they corrected  . His toast … Continue »

Hy’s Steak House

I admit it. I am a carnivore. I like meat. I don’t have to have big portions but I like a good rib eye or lamb chops. I made reservations for Hy’s through opentable.com for Friday night. We arrived at the restaurant a few minutes after our reservation because of traffic. Not a problem. We … Continue »

Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar

My SO and I like to go to the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center to dine. We usually eat at the Cheesecake Factory, PF Chang’s, Wolfgang’s Steak House or Doraku. I’ve wanted to try Il Lupino for awhile but didn’t get a chance until today. We drove to the Shopping Center and parked on the 9th … Continue »

Azure at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel

Although I’ve been to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel for dinner, I’ve never eaten at Azure. Restaurant Week was my excuse to try Azure which is right on the beach. Azure is not inexpensive, hence, my reluctance. My SO and I went to dinner  on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. when the sun was about to set. … Continue »


I love Restaurant Week in Hawaii. I get to try different restaurants for a good cause. One of the restaurants that my SO and I went to was Vino. Vino is the sister restaurant of Hirsohi which is right next door. However, the atmosphere is quite different. The paintings on the wall give you the … Continue »

Liliha Bakery – Nimitz

What makes a successful restaurant? Is is the food, people, location, chef, or service? Actually, it’s all of the above and more. Liliha Bakery in its original location was a neighborhood bakery that was known for it’s cocoa puffs, butter rolls, and counter restaurant. Could that be duplicated in another location? My SO and I … Continue »

W Bistro

My significant other and I wanted to eat at a new venue for dinner on Friday and decided on W Bistro. We called Thursday evening and made reservations for Friday night at 5 p.m. Located at the Medical Arts Building, W Bistro is a relatively new contemporary American restaurant with a great location across Thomas … Continue »

MW Restaurant

My significant other likes to drive. One night while we were cruising, we passed MW restaurant located at the old KGMB site. The restaurant was packed. We decided to try MW Restaurant after work for their happy hour which is between 2 to 5 p.m. The restaurant was pretty empty at 4 p.m. To me … Continue »

The Nook Neighborhood Bistro

My significant other likes to eat breakfast out especially on Saturday.  We decided to try the new restaurant that opened in Puck’s Alley (1035 University Avenue) at the former location of Kiss My Grits. We arrived there at ~10:30 which is closer to brunch. The Nook is quaint and has a nice rustic feel. The … Continue »

Max’s of Manila

If you’re looking to try some Filipino food, Max’s of Manila was just voted Hawaii’s Best 2014 Filipino Restaurant. I’m not sure if I agree though. I went to the location near Costco Dillingham at 801 Dillingham Boulevard. I ordered a plate ($8.95) which included a quarter of Max’s famous fried chicken, pancit, brown rice, … Continue »