Heavenly Island Lifestyle

Executive Chef Keigo Yoshimoto
Executive Chef Keigo Yoshimoto
Favorite Dish: Hawaiian Pho Noodles

Locals were surprised last year when the old Mexican dive at the Shoreline Hotel was replaced by an island lifestyle-themed restaurant, and were immediately dazzled by its down-to-earth décor, farm-to-table ingredients, indoor/outdoor seating and, of course, the healthy-yet-flavorful breakfast dishes served all day. It was love at first bite. With combinations of quinoa, salad, fresh-squeezed juice and açai or pittaya (dragonfruit) bowls, Chef Keigo Yoshimoto creates dishes that are healthy, organic, and guaranteed to leave you feeling better than you arrived, like taking the heavy, Hawaii classic Loco Moco and turning into a healthy, feel-good favorite.

Heavenly’s Organic Veggie & Beans Loco Moco
Heavenly’s Organic Veggie & Beans Loco Moco: a perfect, soft egg resting on a beef patty with organic vegetables, beans and black rice.

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Trees Restaurant & Bar with Chef Jory Shinn

Chef Jory Shinn
Nestled within the DoubleTree by Hilton Alana Waikiki Hotel is Trees Restaurant & Bar, a warm and welcoming eatery that supplies the entire hotel with breakfast, dinner and in-room dining. With a new chef in town creating eclectic culinary delights, Trees Restaurant & Bar is the perfect summertime destination.

 

WM: As Chef de Cuisine at Trees Restaurant, what do you have planned?

JS: I want to add an even wider variety of entrées to our existing menu. We’ve made some great changes to the menu selection and given our drinks an upgrade, including putting some favorite beers on tap like Longboard lager, summer ales and IPAs. The service here is excellent already, and that’s something people can always count on.

WM: What is your favorite dish on the menu?

JS: They’re all amazing dishes to me, but the DT burger is the best seller. It’s a 7-ounce beef patty cooked to perfection, with melted bleu cheese, lettuce, tomato and crispy onions served on a warm pretzel bun. It is really delicious. My personal favorite is actually one of the new menu items, the Artisan Pizza. It’s got coppa, chorizo, soppressata and pepperoni; just a wonderful assortment of meats, with a generous portion of fresh mozzarella. Get both if you can!

Chef Jory Shinn has been cooking professionally for 10 years.  Born on the West Coast and raised on Kauai, Chef Jory trained at the Travel Institute of the Pacific and, with his culinary degree in hand, gained invaluable experience at two distinguished locations: the Trump Hotel and The Modern Honolulu. Chef Jory has been the Chef de Cuisine here since December 2014.

WM: What would you say separates Trees Restaurant from other Waikiki dining destinations?

JS: The food here is outstanding since we use fresh, quality ingredients, but I think what truly sets us apart from the rest of Waikiki is the combination of great food and relaxing ambiance.  Other Waikiki venues can be loud and busy, while Trees is perfect for a quality dining experience without the distractions. The warm service we provide here at the DoubleTree with the delicious food and peaceful ambiance is what makes Trees Restaurant a truly unique experience.

DT Burger

Date Night: Spring 2015

PHOTOGRAPHY: AMBER SCHONIWITZ

When it’s spring in Hawaii, love is more than “in the air,” it’s in the food too! Home to an array of Hawaii’s top restaurants, Waikiki has everything two hearts could desire. From spectacular sunset dinners, to secluded tables for private moments, we explore some of Waikiki’s best-kept secrets and renowned venues for the perfect date night. Whether your relationship is exciting and new or a celebration of enduring love, these destinations definitely know how to set the mood. Don’t wait too long to make that decision though, because now that the word is out you may run into a little competition… for a table, that is.

Buho Cocina y Cantina

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Island fresh Mexican cuisine at Buho Cocina y Cantina, rooftop of the Waikiki Shopping Plaza on Kalakaua Avenue.

Buho Cocina y Cantina is Waikiki’s stylish, brand new rooftop restaurant, serving up lively craft cocktails alongside south-of-the-border favorites. True to their tag line, “refined, not refried,” Buho puts an inventive twist on Mexican dishes by utilizing Hawaii’s local ingredients. The restaurant’s chic design offers intimate alcoves as well as open-air seating for large parties beneath an erupting fireball torch. Friday nights offer a special treat, as Waikiki’s weekly fireworks show lights up the sky, and maybe ignites a few sparks for you, too.

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Beachhouse at the Moana

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Prime filet mignon with Alaskan King Crab legs served beach side at the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa.

The Beachhouse at the Moana is an oceanfront oasis of culinary sophistication set in the “First Lady of Waikiki’s” timeless Victorian décor. Enjoy both indoor and outdoor veranda seating right on Waikiki Beach, and a menu of thoughtfully prepared prime steaks, seafood, and signature entrées. Beyond steakhouse expectations, the chefs take pride incorporating locally inspired recipes and highlighting “super-food” ingredients. With award-winning cuisine, a picture perfect view, and outstanding service, a truly memorable evening is only awaiting your arrival at the Beachhouse.

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Roy’s Waikiki

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Decadent Chocolate Soufflé and cozy table for two at Roy’s Waikiki. Photo courtesy Roy’s

Chef-owner Roy Yamaguchi continues to amaze guests with exciting new flavors and creations combining local ingredients and expert culinary precision. A well-known destination for the romantic at heart, every dish here, from appetizers to desserts, will intrigue and captivate your senses. All love stories deserve a happy ending, and the ultimate sweet finale at Roy’s is the famous melting hot Chocolate Soufflé. Oozing perfection with each bite, this flourless cake is paired with a swirl of raspberry-strawberry coulis and locally made Lappert’s vanilla bean ice cream. Experience signature dishes as well as unique seasonal creations at one of three Roy’s restaurants on Oahu.

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Miyako

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The Rainbow Roll and Ponzu Sukiyaki Mini Pot, oceanfront at Miyako.

Just outside the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, Miyako offers a uniquely traditional Japanese dinner, complete with servers in kimonos, and a serene tearoom atmosphere overlooking the ocean. Perched atop the second floor of the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel, guests enjoy an unimpeded view of Waikiki’s stunning sunsets and nighttime city lights. Reserve one of the exclusive open-air lanai cabanas for an intimate evening of expertly prepared tempura, sukiyaki, and sushi. Find your zen, on and off the plate, at one of Waikiki’s hidden gems.

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Taormina Sicilian Cuisine

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Taormina’s specialties, Grilled Lamb Chops “Luca Pecorini” and Pasta Nero Frutti di Mare.

Amidst the lively action of Waikiki Beach Walk, find the comforting aromas of Southern Italian pasta, chops, and seafood. A perfect place for a special evening, this charming corner restaurant has the demeanor of a modern, sophisticated bistro, similar to what you would find in the quaint city of Taormina, Sicily. Here, Taormina is known for its “old world” Italian dishes, prepared with both imported ingredients and Hawaii’s local fish and produce. However, the Chef will insist, there is no Americanized fusion involved in their recipes. From freshly made “Pasta Nero Frutti di Mare” (squid ink pasta with seafood), to “Grilled Lamb Chops ‘Luca Pecorini’” (the name of the Italian chef from whom this succulent dish was inspired), share a true taste of Southern Italian cooking right in the heart of Waikiki.

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Azure Restaurant

 

 
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Azure Ocean Risotto and cabana seating, oceanfront at the Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort. Photos courtesy Azure Restaurant.

Azure 2626For eighty-five years the “Pink Palace” has been the standard of style and luxury in Waikiki. Today the Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort, redefines that role through its flagship restaurant, Azure. Offered are ‘small plates’ to taste, ‘large plates’ to indulge, and today’s selection of fresh fish straight from the morning auction. Azure’s chefs have a knack for reinventing contemporary dishes with intricate flare as local ingredients shine throughout the menu in beautiful presentations, with the keenest attention to detail. Dine inside the elegant restaurant or reserve an oceanfront cabana for a more exclusive and private affair. Pair with a glass from Azure’s extensive wine list, and savor an island experience that is beyond compare.

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Hy’s Steak House

Chocolate Lovers flambé, prepared tableside at Hy's Steak House.
Chocolate Lovers flambé, prepared tableside at Hy’s Steak House.

_MG_9573Hy’s Steak House is a Waikiki tradition for celebrating and turning any night into a special occasion. The classic décor, USDA prime beef selection, and exceptional service have kept locals and visitors returning for decades. Indulge in aromatic steaks grilled over local kiawe wood amidst the comfort of a top-notch gentleman’s club, or in the newly redesigned executive suite. Finish off your evening sharing one of Hy’s decadent flambé desserts, like the Bananas Foster, Cherries Jubilee, or the award-winning Chocolate Lovers and allow your senses to be dazzled as they are expertly prepared tableside for your enjoyment.

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