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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.
Hawaii Food and Wine Festival Returns August 29-September 13
Go on a culinary adventure in a tropical paradise at the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival! This year marks the event's fifth anniversary. The celebration lasts for two weeks starting on August 29 with the signature dinner event, "7 Chefs, One Big Island" at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Festivities continue on September 4 with a golf tournament. Among the many activities, there will be the free "Grown on Maui Farmers Market," a dinner honoring Shep Gordon, seminars involving caviar and Champagne, and much more. Locations of events vary from the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa to the Rooftop Garden at the Hawaii Convention Center. Find ticket prices for each event at the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival official website
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.
Jennifer Ackrill has stepped in as director of mixology at Top of Waikiki. Guests will encounter cocktails such as the Trade-winds Manhattan made with whiskey, dark rum and cinnamon infused vermouth. Top of Waikiki, Waikiki Business Plaza, 2270 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815, 808-923-3877.
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.
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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