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The brand new Andaz Maui at Wailea is the magnificent home to Morimoto Maui, chef Masaharu Morimoto’s first restaurant on the island. The sushi menu is extensive with sustainable ahi, white fish, eel, caviars, pickled veggies and more. A surprising selection of Asian-inspired flatbreads and sandwiches are on the menu as well. Morimoto Maui, Andaz Maui at Wailea, 3550 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, HI 96753, 808-573-1234.
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the band KISS, Los Angeles area restaurateur Michael Zislis (ROCK'N FISH, Shade Hotel, Circa), and music industry vets Dave and Dell Furano have opened a branch of Rock & Brews in Paia on Maui. The restaurant offers American fare and a selection of craft beers. Rock & Brews' other locations can be found in Mexico and in El Segundo and Redondo Beach in California. Rock & Brews, 120 Hana Hwy., Paia, HI 96779, 808-579-9011.
The Pig and The Lady began as a pop-up and has since established a brick-and-mortar location in Honolulu's Chinatown. Chef Andrew Le’s menu is inspired by Vietnamese family cooking and offers bahn mi sandwiches and hand-cut pho noodle soups, plus larger plates like Shinsato pork. The Pig and The Lady, 83 N. King St., Honolulu, HI 96817, 808-585-8255.
Wade Ueoka and Michelle Karr-Ueoka, both alums of Alan Wong's Honolulu, are behind MW Restaurant. The menu, which highlights local produce, meat and seafood, features dishes such as Kauai shrimp with seafood ravioli; grilled kalbi short ribs; and miso butterfish and unagi duo. MW Restaurant, 1538 Kapiolani Blvd., Ste. 106, Honolulu, HI 96814, 808-955-6505.
PACREP, LLC, announced that it will partner with ESquared Hospitality to launch Hawaii's second BLT restaurant: BLT Market. The "farm to table" restaurant will be located at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach, on Oahu, and is set to open in late 2015 or early 2016. BLT Market's menu will feature an array of organic and sustainable grains, herbs, vegetables, fish and free-range animals. It will be driven by the seasonal availability of ingredients sourced from local and regional areas that supply the city's farmers markets. BLT Market, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach, 2112 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815, no phone.
Mark Your Calendar for Hawaii Cocktail Week April 22-26
Hawaii Cocktail Week is an event for enthusiasts and industry professionals to experience Oahu's cocktail scene and explore the craft as it has evolved in the Pacific with talented bartenders from around the world. During the week, participants can attend tastings, pairings, workshops and more at various spots around the island. For more information, visit www.hawaiicocktailweek.com
Waikiki Spam Jam Returns May 3
Honoring Hawai‘i’s beloved canned meat, the Waikiki Spam Jam is a festive annual street festival, now in its 12th year. Held along Waikiki’s Kalakaua Avenue, the event will feature food (with, of course, Spam!) and family-friendly entertainment. There will also be merchandise tents offering Spam-themed clothing and other items. The event, which begins at 4 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m., benefits the Hawai‘i Foodbank. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.spamjamhawaii.com
Elizabeth Dippong has taken over as pastry chef at Chef Mavro. Her desserts include Waialua estate chocolate cremeux, black sesame seed caramelized rice, orange meringue, hazelnut dragées, butterscotch crisp and sauce. Chef Mavro, 1969 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96826, 808-944-4714.
Indigo in Honolulu's Chinatown has closed after nearly two decades in business. Indigo, 1121 Nuuanu Ave., Honolulu, HI 96813, no phone.
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