There’s a hidden gem tucked inside the Waikiki Resort Hotel that offers tasty traditional Korean cuisine. Try this authentic dish served in a sizzling stone pot filled with rice, seasoned vegetables, beef and an egg. Let it sit for a while to give your rice and veggies some extra snap and spice it up with gochujang sauce, made from red chilies. Mix everything together or savor each ingredient separately. Either way, it hits the right spot.
DECK BAR & GRILL
CRISP ROASTED CHICKEN & MAUI SWEET ONION
Go for the refreshing, handmade happy hour cocktails but stay for this delicious meal and the stunning scenery. The open-air restaurant at Queen Kapi‘olani Hotel has the most gorgeous and iconic perspective of Diamond Head and offers the epitome of American comfort food. The dish is cooked to exquisite perfection,
so much so that it tastes like your grandmother made it special for you and seasoned it with love.
BUHO COCINA Y CANTINA
KALE WRAPPED BURRITO
There isn’t a dish at Búho that doesn’t perfectly represent the reshest flavors of Mexico. This vegetarian dish is mind-blowingly delicious. It’s comprised of a rich blend of homemade ingredients wrapped neatly inside cooked local kale, including Mexican rice, black beans, rajas-onion mix, romaine lettuce, mango pico de gallo, guacamole, coconut lime rice and sour cream. Not only is this original dish one-of-a-kind in taste and presentation, it’s light and leaves your belly invigorated.
WAIKIKI YOKOCHO GOURMET ALLEY
PREMIUM TEMPURA BOWL
At Kaneko Hannosuke, one of many authentic Japanese restaurants in one space, this soulsatisfying bowl of delicate tempura consists of rice, fresh water anago (eel) from Japan, seafood kakiage (mixed seafood), a pair of generously-sized shrimp, a shishito pepper to give it kick and a piece of nori. The most unusual aspect of this bowl is that it’s accompanied with a soft-boiled egg tempura. Your taste buds will throw a party once you crack it open, drizzle on the “special sauce,” and mix the ingredients together.
EATING HOUSE 1849
Every dish at this rustic-chic restaurant at the International Market Place exemplifies the ethnic blend of cultures unique to Hawai‘i. An Asian-Pacific specialty, the fluffy fish is the star of this dish and sits on a bed of Korean rice and Chinese long beans. An ‘ono (delicious) sweet and spicy soy mustard butter sauce makes an exceptional companion, as well as the daikon (Japanese radish) salad and microgreens that provide extra tang for your tongue.