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Monstera Restaurant Review: Seasoned chef Norio Yamamoto’s name may sound familiar as he was the namesake behind Norio’s Sushi Bar & Restaurant at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii. He is now out on his own upstairs at The Shops at Mauna Lani at Monstera, a Japanese restaurant and sushi bar he opened with co-owner Wes Monty. (The name and leafy logo come from a non-native plant that bears cucumber-like fruit.) The sushi bar and liquor bar sit side by side, and there’s additional seating at wooden tables, two booths, black banquettes along the walls and out on the patio. Start off simply with the seaweed salad or tuna tataki with ponzu and garlic aïoli. The signature Monstera udon noodles are served with chicken, cucumber, bean sprouts, tomato, tempura crunchies and a dashi-kaiyishi dressing. Yamamoto’s wife is Korean, so it’s no surprise to find accents such as housemade kimchi on the menu. The expected sushi, sashimi and rolls are offered, along with original specialty rolls like the Poke Roll made with the chef’s selection of fish, Maui onion, ogo, sesame oil and fresh wasabi. Complement your meal with a selection from the signature cocktails, shochu, saké and local and Japanese beers.