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    The Wedding Cafe, Manoa

    Recently Consumed:

    Zaney's, Downtown Honolulu
    Bob's Bar-B-Que, Kalihi
    Restaurant Yamagen, Moili'ili

    Below you will find a never ending list of restaurants that I want to visit or re-visit:

    Young's Fish Market
    Alan Wong's Pineapple Room
    Cafe Sistina
    Indigo Eurasian Cuisine
    Yakiniku Toraji
    Sushi Masa
    Ono Hawaiian Foods
    Tsukuneya Robata Grill

    If you would like to give me a tip on a new restaurant that is opening up, or give me a recommendation on some of your favorite restaurants, please send an e-mail to:

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    The following posts should be completed someday (!):

    New Diner's Drive In
    Border Grill
    Penang Malaysian
    Chez Panisse
    Zuni Cafe
    Indonesia Restaurant
    Boston's North End Pizza
    Happy Inn
    Kat's Sushi
    Fritz's European Bakery
    Makino Chaya
    Singapore/Bangkok Posts
    Chin's Kahala
    Hata Restaurant
    Ebisu Catering Service
    Bubba Burgers
    The Eggberts
    Blossoming Lotus
    Hamura Saimin Stand
    Bob's Big Boy

    WHEW! I hope to have them done by year's end!

    Upcoming adventures

    San Francisco, CA

    Sydney, NSW, Australia

    London, UK
    Paris, France
    Chicago, IL
    Seoul, South Korea
    I won't be able to visit Korea this year.
    San Francisco, CA
    New Orleans, LA
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Shanghai, China

    Hopefully, some of you can provide me with recommendations for some good eats!

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September 02, 2006



hi reid! =) i've avoided this place BECAUSE it's an all-you-can-eat establishment... but now i'm thinking i should pay a visit --- your pix don't look like the stuff i'd imagine to find in a place like that!

oh, and have you been to patisserie la palme d'or yet at ala moana? - behind shirokiya, mauka side. omigosh, a REAL japanese cake shop has FINALLY landed in hawaii! heaven! =)


Hey Reid - Looks really good!


hey i LOVE makino chaya! yuuum! i see u visited the chocolate fountain =]


hihi! i found ur site a while ago when i was in oahu. we actually went there to eat as well by recommendation of a local friend. it's SO much better than todai. here's a few shots from my flickr


I noticed their crab is served kind of heavy on the butter. It's probably so you don't eat them out of business. After more than a few, you feel a little sick.


OOOOOOOoooh you've just made me miss it all over again.. I wish I wasn't stuck in California!


We also couldn't help but compare "Makino's" when we recently paid a visit to Todai for the first time yesterday. But you know what? We VERY impressed! We've heard things like "the food's not fresh" and "they're not as good as the mainland Todai". Still, our experience left us wanting more! It think like any dining experience, TIMING was a key factor. Most important in that regard was the fact that we arrived as they just opened doors for lunch, so the sushi and hot food items tasted as if they were made to order, not premade as you noted.

The most frustrating part of buffet dining is the indicision due to too many good things to eat! This was certainly the case at Todai. $12.95 Kama'aina lunch price is truly a deal for all that great Sushi and hot entree items.

I highly recommend Todai. Just make sure you arrive EARLY when they first open and make RESERVATIONS. This place packs a crowd.

See some food photos here:

joyce higashi

We have a todai here in dallas,tx... i really miss the local japanese-hawaiian food in hawaii


Just to let you know that Makino Chaya At King Street moves to Aloha Tower Marketplace by December 20th, 2006.
I dont know exactly where in Aloha Tower, but I think it isn't that hard to find it since Aloha Tower isn't that big.
I heard that the new place at Aloha Tower is much bigger than the one at King St., I hope the serve more variety of seafood at new place.
I cant wait to go there and try their seafood. :)


Ooooh, I love Makino Chaya. I recommend everyone to go there! In fact, we're taking my sister in law when she comes to visit in a few weeks.


my favorite restaurant. much bettah than Todai, IMO...luv da Alaskan King Crabs and all u can eat lobters..sooo ono!

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