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Rijo in Honolulu takes its name from a castle in Japan. This contemporary Japanese restaurant presents dishes like maki sushi, dynamite crab crusted fish of the day and misoyaki filet mignon with garlic kale, scalloped potato and foie gras demi glaze. Rijo, Harbor Court, 66 Queen St., Honolulu, HI 96813, 808-208-8180.
Town's chef/owner Ed Kenney offers casual fare at Kaimuki Superette in Honolulu. Offerings include breakfast bites, soups, salads and sandwiches such as porchetta with braised fennel and arugula. Kaimuki Superette, 3458 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816, 808-734-7800.
Lemona Hawaii in Waikiki offers shave ice made with fresh fruit syrups in flavors like Meyer lemon, papaya, pineapple and strawberry. There are also toppings such as Hokkaido azuki beans and organic condensed milk. Lemona Hawaii, 421 Lewers St., Honolulu, HI 96815, 808-922-9590.
Lucy’s Lab Creamery is a new specialty ice cream shop in Honolulu. Owner Lee Wang creates all the flavors from scratch, including whiskey bacon, honey lavender and earl grey. The shop is named after his mother, who passed away in 2012 from breast cancer. A portion of the shop’s proceeds will be donated to various breast cancer charities. Lucy's Lab Creamery, 435 Kamakee St., Ste. 102, Honolulu, HI 96814, no phone.
Kapalua Wine & Food Festival Returns June 11-14
At the annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival, guests can sample sample wines at seminars and tastings, try delectable regional Hawaiian cuisine and a bounty of seafood fresh from the Pacific, play a round of golf against master sommeliers and winemakers, and much more against the background of the scenic oceanic views of The Kapalua Resort. Tickets for select events are available to purchase à la carte. For more information, visit www.kapaluawineandfoodfestival.com
Alan Wong Expanding to China
Chef Alan Wong (Alan Wong's Honolulu) will open Alan Wong's Shanghai in China. Some dishes on the menu might include "Duck Duck" (duck meatball and foie gras steamed in rice paper with yuzu ponzu); Niman Ranch New York strip with black bean sambal shrimp; and lilikoi tart with caramel meringue, shortbread crumbs and brown sugar crisp. Alan Wong's Honolulu, 1857 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96826, 808-949-2526.
Vintage Cave Honolulu in Ala Moana Center has a new chef de cuisine. Jonathan Mizukami, an alum of The French Laundry, has taken over the position vacated by Chris Kajioka. Vintage Cave Honolulu, Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Ste. 2250, Honolulu, HI 96814, 808-441-1744.
Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas in Honolulu has closed. The restaurant featured a tapas menu famous for blending flavors and techniques from Japan, France and beyond. Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96813, no phone.
Vino, Honolulu's go-to place for local oenophiles, has shuttered. Vino, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., Ste. 6D-1, Honolulu, HI 96813, no phone.
The JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina has closed along with its restaurants: Naupaka Terrace, Ushio-Tei Japanese Restaurant and Azul. The property will re-open as a Four Seasons in December. JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina, 92-1001 Olani St., Kapolei, HI 96707, 808-679-0079, 800-626-4446.
W Bistro has closed. The restaurant was located in the former space of Le Guignol in Honolulu and offered a menu of New American cuisine highlighting local food producers. W Bistro, Medical Arts Building, 1010 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96814, no phone.
Chef-owner Chai Chaowasaree has replaced Singha Thai Cuisine in Waikiki with Chai's Waikiki Café & Market. The menu features "local favorites" like Kobe beef loco moco, grilled miso salmon, Hawaiian-style beef stew and sweet potato haupia cake. Singha Thai Cuisine, 1910 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96815, no phone.
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