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Old April 14th, 2008, 10:09 PM
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New Indian restaurant!

Cafe Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant
3036 Waialae Ave
(808) 732-6496

I'm hoping to check it out next week.
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Old April 16th, 2008, 02:08 PM
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[QUOTE=AbsolutChaos;186434]The Cream Pot had their grand opening on Friday. My boyfriend and I checked it out. If you go, it's CASH ONLY. They are serving smoothies, both sweet and savory crepes, salads, and omelets/baked egg dishes. They are open everyday from 6am to 2:30pm.

Any follow-up on this place? Is it still there? Little on the web about it.
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Old April 16th, 2008, 06:24 PM
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The Cream Pot had their grand opening on Friday. My boyfriend and I checked it out. If you go, it's CASH ONLY. They are serving smoothies, both sweet and savory crepes, salads, and omelets/baked egg dishes. They are open everyday from 6am to 2:30pm.

Any follow-up on this place? Is it still there? Little on the web about it.
I went back a second time. Some friends of mine joined us...apparently they had been chatting with the owner on their last visit. The owner recognizes that the place is still getting on its feet as far as organization and efficient operation, and so he deliberately has not been advertising because he doesn't feel they are ready to handle large crowds yet. The kitchen isn't located in the seating area, and the food has to be brought over (heard it's a small kitchen too). The service is definitely uneven still, it's still cash only, but the crepes are very delish!
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Old April 17th, 2008, 02:13 AM
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There is a new "okonomiyaki" place in Puck's Alley (only been around 3-4 months) called Shochan. We went there tonight and thought it wasn't bad.

Here's the link to my review for those who are interested:

http://www.locokinegrindz.com/wordpress/review-shochan/
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Old April 20th, 2008, 12:31 AM
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Just ate at Pho Five-O, new this week in the stripmall straight across from Best Buy on Kamehameha Hwy. (I think it is Aiea area, but I am still learning the road....) Pretty restaurant, still has opening day flowers looking fresh. Until the end of April, 20% off your bill. (Yay!!)

DH loves Vietnamese, and he said it was "very good" and promptly headed to the kitchen to tell the cook.

We enjoyed the following: DH ordered a large pho beef, I ordered medium pho chicken and DS ordered combo meal #5 (was a medium pho w/ wonton, noodle & beef, came with egg roll and soft drink.) We also shared a beef salad.

Fast, hot, tasty soups; beef salad was Very Good; egg roll was presented with small amt of noodle, fish/carrot sauce, mint, and small amt salad. Our fresh veggie plate had plenty of basil, lemon, bean sprouts, another unidentified green that was very good and fresh jalapeno slices.

The menu was 5 pages long, lots of variety and we definitely will be going back.

Se y'all tomorrow at Magic Island!
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Old May 8th, 2008, 05:04 PM
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Looks like Keeaumoku's getting a new sports bar.

Champions Sports Bar and Grill will open Saturday at the old Easy Music Center building between Beretania and Young.
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Old May 8th, 2008, 05:49 PM
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There is a new "okonomiyaki" place in Puck's Alley (only been around 3-4 months) called Shochan.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I love okonumi....okunimi.....oko ono.....that stuff! Will try the restaurant asap!

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Old May 11th, 2008, 01:58 PM
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New Thai place in Waikiki:

Siam Square
--on Kuhio and Lewer's, second floor (Where Quizno's used to be)
--It's not open yet, but the sign's out front; looks like they are still fixing up the inside

Now open in the Wyland Waikiki on Kuhio:

Spada
-- http://www.outrigger.com/hotels-reso...ki/restaurants
-- not sure if it's affiliated with the one on Bishop; assuming it is?

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Old May 27th, 2008, 06:18 PM
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Now open in the Wyland Waikiki on Kuhio:

Spada
-- http://www.outrigger.com/hotels-reso...ki/restaurants
-- not sure if it's affiliated with the one on Bishop; assuming it is?
I did a Google on both sites and I'm sure they're related.

The site of the old Palomino's/Cassis will have a new tenant this fall: http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/s...l?ana=from_rss

Liz Hata Watanabe (The O Lounge) will be opening her first (still unnamed) restaurant and will cater to the downtown business crowd.

Didn't she also pick up the old Oceans at Restaurant Row? What's going on with that?
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Old August 1st, 2008, 09:00 PM
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Panda Express in Ward Entertainment Center - formerly Wolfgang Puck Express - is now open. It was very busy when I passed there yesterday afternoon.

According to this article, they were supposed to open in January 2008, but for some reason there was a delay.
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Old August 21st, 2008, 07:50 PM
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Nijiya Market is open. They specialize in organic and Japanese foods. It is located where Cheapo Music by Puck's Alley used to be. The store is filled with lots of goodies but and their freezer/refrigerator section is not complete yet. The organic produce is displayed very nicely and everything looks so fresh. They currently have a small bento area that sells packed bento lunches. Their spam musubi is not bad for 1.49 and they add green onions to the rice. There were some bargains throughout the store, but some things seemed a bit pricy.

*The website sale ads are not the same though as in the store here.
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Old August 22nd, 2008, 12:13 PM
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Not sure when it's supposed to open, but I'm assuming it's later this year:

Wolfgang's Steakhouse (Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center)
But I, like a lot of other peope, probably thought it was from THE Wolfgang, Wolfgang Puck. But it's not.

An article on the naming controversy: http://www.businessweek.com/smallbiz...tm?chan=search

An article mentioning the steakhouse coming to Royal Hawaiian (and the other renovation-related changes):
http://www.shoppingcenterbusiness.co...8/story3.shtml
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Old August 22nd, 2008, 07:16 PM
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Default Kimmie's Cantina - been there?

Recently replacing the sports/booze dive that was there for a few years, and located on Coyne St. just off University Ave. between Bubbies Ice Cream/Burger Thing and across from the Uni. Theater vacant lot. It looks to be Mexican themed, from the new wall paint, and still quasi divey.
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 04:21 AM
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Default Nijiya Market Now Open in Puck's Alley

Has anyone checked out the new Nijiya Market yet?

Nijiya Market, based in Torrance California, specializes in organic and Japanese import products, with the new Puck's Alley location being their largest yet at 11,000 square feet of retail space.

I bet Marukai, and nearby Down To Earth, are just thrilled about that.
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Old December 23rd, 2008, 04:23 PM
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Another Blazin' Steaks just opened up at the Ala Moana Food Court, right next to Little Cafe Siam, just before you go down the short set of stairs. The cashier I spoke with said they opened just last week.

I expected the prices to be a little higher than the others, or the portions a little smaller at least. I noticed that their menu board did not read "8 oz. steak plate for $6" like the others. It just said "Regular Steak Plate - $6". I was surprised to find out that a regular plate (plus salad and drink) is still only $6 and the portions looked about the same because I was pretty stuffed.

I can't remember what was there before. Does anyone remember?
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1. (I've mentioned this in another thread...)
JJ Dolan's (an Irish pub)
I've been a couple of times and love this place; very San Francisco-ish. My only complaint is they need to upgrade the paper plates!
The easiest parking for me is the underground lot, entrance on Beretania just ewa of Nuuanu Ave. The lot just mauka of Mark's Garage tends to be full.

2. The Living Room at the Wharf (Fisherman's Wharf)
pupus, dinner and drinks
524-0150
Hours are Mondays 4 PM 2 AM; Tuesdays 4 PM 4 AM; Saturdays 6 PM 4 AM.
Free parking
A friend highly recommended it and I look forward to checking it out in the new year. I saw an article that leads me to believe it turns into a club at 10p.
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Old December 23rd, 2008, 05:18 PM
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JJ Dolan's (an Irish pub).
Then it's got to be good! Erin go brah!
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Another Blazin' Steaks just opened up at the Ala Moana Food Court, right next to Little Cafe Siam, just before you go down the short set of stairs. The cashier I spoke with said they opened just last week.

I expected the prices to be a little higher than the others, or the portions a little smaller at least. I noticed that their menu board did not read "8 oz. steak plate for $6" like the others. It just said "Regular Steak Plate - $6". I was surprised to find out that a regular plate (plus salad and drink) is still only $6 and the portions looked about the same because I was pretty stuffed.

I can't remember what was there before. Does anyone remember?
I think it was an okonomiyaki place.
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Old December 24th, 2008, 12:33 PM
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Has anybody tried out the recently opened "Z Pizza" at Ward?

I liked the ingredients, and the pizza was served fresh and hot (I didn't go for the two premade slices/drink deal), but it was definitely a little bland. Not sure if it's because of the low-fat cheese or the organic sauce not having much in the way of spices, but even heavy doses of hot pepper flakes didn't seem to make much of a difference. I like their flavor combinations, and the wheat crust was thin, so I didn't feel like I was eating a cardboard box crust (which is often how I feel when I eat wheat crust). Maybe I'll have to try a different pizza when I visit again (I had the Provence one this time). It's nice to have another place that serves pizza by the slice--there are so few of them here.

BW3s is going to be opening at Discovery Bay. I miss my Blazin' Hot Sauce--used to make visitors from Ohio bring me some before I'd let them in my door to stay with me. I used to love it on their veggie wraps.
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1. (I've mentioned this in another thread...)
JJ Dolan's (an Irish pub)[...]
Forgot to mention that, during lunch, pizza by the slice is an option altho' it doesn't show on the menu. Not sure about dinner. (Thanx for the reminder, AC!)
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[...]BW3s is going to be opening at Discovery Bay.[...]
Am I assuming correctly that's the buffalo wings "grill and bar" (don't remember the actual name) that will open in the spring in the large space formerly occupied by Shanghai Bistro? I'm looking forward to that. Must say, tho', that with the exception of Starbucks, McDonalds and Subway, restaurants tend to have a tough time in Discovery Bay.

Another restaurant opening in the spring is IHOP, a couple of buildings Diamond Head of Discovery Bay, in the Aqua Palms and Spa Resort. I'm a fan of Wailana Coffee Shop and hope their business, which is already impacted by the economy, doesn't fall to the competitor.

It's gotta be a very scary time to be opening a new business, in general, and a new restaurant, in particular.
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Another Blazin' Steaks just opened up at the Ala Moana Food Court, right next to Little Cafe Siam, just before you go down the short set of stairs.

I can't remember what was there before. Does anyone remember?
I remember a Mrs. Field Cookie Shoppe being there in that spot. I don't remember if that was the last vendor who had that spot.
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I remember a Mrs. Field Cookie Shoppe being there in that spot. I don't remember if that was the last vendor who had that spot.
oh how i miss Mrs Field's Cookies! To me, their cookies are way better than Cookie Corner. Is there any Mrs Field's on the island other than the one by Hungry Lion?
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Old December 28th, 2008, 03:11 AM
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oh how i miss Mrs Field's Cookies! To me, their cookies are way better than Cookie Corner. Is there any Mrs Field's on the island other than the one by Hungry Lion?
According to this: http://www.mrsfields.com/stores/?sta...ount=20&page=1 the one in Nuuanu is the only one.
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Had lunch at Pho Dillingham & Grill which is at the old location of Spot's Inn.
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Default Re: New Establishments

does anyone know of a new york style pizzaria place here in town - that serves pizza by the slice?

couldn't find one for the past 2 months. all i want is a new york brooklyn style oily with real pepperoni's by the slice pizza.....or just a slice cheese pizza!!!

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