News for Restaurants in Hawaii
|HAWAII RESTAURANT NEWS|
Kickin' Kajun, a new Louisiana-style crawfish boil restaurant, has opened in Honolulu. Diners can choose a "creature" for dinner, such as crawfish, crab, lobster, shrimp or a combination. In addition to seafood boiled in Cajun sauce, you can opt for fried or raw menu items in keeping with the theme. Bibs are provided, as are utensils, although these are seldom used. It's a BYOB establishment. Dinner nightly. Kickin' Kajun, 1518 Makaloa St., Honolulu, HI 96814, 808-946-2789.
Licious Dishes, a vegan takeout and catering operation in Dole Cannery Shops, will open a new restaurant on the first floor of Honolulu condominium 909 Kapiolani. The restaurant will offer the popular vegan grab-and-go deli options and meal plan packages, but the menu will expand and patrons can opt to dine in (self-service style). The restaurant is slated to open at the end of August. Licious Dishes, 909 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96814, 808-536-9680.
Summer Menu at Chef Mavro
Chef Mavro has introduced a new menu for the summer inspired by déclinaisons, preparing a single ingredient in different ways. Dishes include an appetizer of Sumida watercress salad, watercress kanten and grilled watercress stems with roasted poppy seed accompanied by seared big eye ahi, Hanapepe salt and garlic emulsion; and Kurobuta pork loin wrapped in eggplant, pork rinds, and pork shank wrapped in bacon, garnished with Belgium endive braised in Pinot Noir and a sauce of apricot pork jus. For dessert, pastry chef Lynette Pflueger composes honeydew melon froth with Meli Kalima pineapple jelly, coconut sorbet, sweet tea ice shavings, and a tableside sprinkling of popping ginger sand. Chef Mavro, 1969 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96826, 808-944-4714.
Mark Noguchi, the chef who revamped rustic Heeia Pier General Store & Deli in Kaneohe, has left the restaurant. He was also a partner in the business. Noguchi will start a food venture called Pili (a Hawaiian word meaning "to be intertwined, connected") for catering and consulting, and plans to base it on the values of community, education and food. Heeia Pier General Store & Deli partner Russ Inouye will continue to run it, but has not announced the name of the new chef. He will keep most of the popular menu items but plans to supplement them with a kids' menu, an expanded breakfast menu, and some inexpensive, quick dishes. Heeia Pier General Store & Deli, 46-499 Kamehameha Hwy., Kaneohe, HI 96744, 808-235-2192.
Chef Sean Priester has closed Soul, his southern-inspired restaurant in Honolulu. He plans to re-open in a new location. Soul, 3040 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816, no phone.
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