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  • Next on 'Ono Kine Grindz:

    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:

    onokinegrindz (at) yahoo (dot) com

    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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December 16, 2004



Just wanted to drop you a line and say that me and my wife really enjoy your blog and have gotten lots of great ideas on where to eat. Keep up the good work!

j and s


the price seems reasonable for the generous portion... yumyum



Yep, it's a great place with good food. When you have time, check out their "lunch time specials". There's a menu of their lunch specials by the outside ordering window. Everything on the lunch special menu for $5.00 (if I rememeber correctly). I like their japanese style fried chicken pieces. Their potato salad has a slight wasabi flavor.


I went home at lunch to look up the item in my japanese home book. Don't want you to go crazy. I think that it is called a Ji-zai - "at one's will." This looks like a great place, the hard thing for me is to pick five or so places to eat at on my visit. I can't wait to cook in Hawaii as well. Last time in ChinatownI was taken to a door that had a small rice noodle factory behind it. I hope that I can find it again, it has been two years. Where you you eat if you only had 5-10 picks? p.s. all local or asian.


Hi makikifoodies (j and s),

Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm glad you find the reviews useful. If there was anywhere that you were interested in knowing about, drop me a line and I'll be more than happy to try and accomodate your request.

Hope to hear from you again!

Hi babe_kl,

Long time no hear! =)

The portions were generous indeed. In fact, I couldn't even finish the whole bowl of rice. Maybe I should ask for less rice next time, it was actually too much.

Hi lance,

I will definitely try them during lunch. In fact, I would probably prefer sitting outside next time so I can watch what goes on in the kitchen. Maybe I can learn some of their tricks. Thanks for the tips on the food. I'll be sure to try the chicken and potato salad!

Hi Paul,

Thanks for stopping by. Picking just a few places would be difficult, but maybe I can share a few of my favorites with you. Let me think about it and I'll post another reply to your question shortly.


Hi Paul,

Here are a few of my favorites in no particular order:

1. Bac Nam (Vietnamese)
2. Champa Thai (Thai)
3. KC Kitchen (Taiwanese)
4. India Cafe (Southern Indian/Malaysian)
5. Dew Drop Inn (Northern Chinese)
6. Palace Saimin (saimin)
7. Gina's BBQ (local-style Korean)
8. CoCo Ichibanya (Japanese curry)
9. Helena's Hawaiian Foods (Hawaiian)
10. Rainbow Drive-In (plate lunch)


i love the egg rice with chicken.. i think i can eat that everyday.. :)


Hi MrsT,

I like the oyako donburi too. It's just that I like the egg a little "softer" and not as well cooked. =) I could probably eat this daily, but would have to change it up a little. Perhaps katsu don or unatama don would be nice to put into rotation as well. =)


Happy Holidays Reid,

After several years, finally went back to Yamagen and found out that their lunch prices went up to $6.00 Although you'd save $1.50 on couple of the items compare to their dinner menu. Here's a list of their lunch menu for $6.00 and they don't charge tax. Fried Chicken, vegetable tempura combination; Tatsuta Age (fried chicken); Oyako Don (chicken with egg); Yakitori Don (teriyaki chicken); Chicken Curry Don; Chicken Katsu Curry; Chicken Katsu Don; Ten Don (shrimp, suid, vegetable tempura); Yakiudon (fried udon with chicken and cabbage); Soba (kake or tanuki) and Udon (kake or tanuki). Lunch is 11:00am to 2:00pm Mon. thru Sat. Check it out.


Hi Lance,

Thanks for the tip on the lunch specials. =)

The only time I would get to go to lunch there would be on the weekends. Unfortunately, my office is located downtown and I only get a half an hour...if that! I'll be sure to check it out on a Saturday when I'm in the area.

Happy holidays to you too!

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