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July 2014 Archive

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Honolulu is known for its diverse ethnic cuisines, so it's a surprise that Dagon Burmese is the island's only Burmese restaurant. It’s a neighborhood gem in an area full of eateries that cater to the University crowd, and servers are friendly and willing to walk first-time diners through the menu. Some items may look familiar, as the cooking of Myanmar often resembles that of neighboring countries --- so novices may recognize hints of India in the biryani listed among rice selections, or in the spice mixture in the curries, which cross Indian and Thai flavors. It's BYOB, so feel free to bring along a light wine or beer to complement your meal. Dagon Burmese, 2671 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96826, 808-947-0088.
 
Koko Head Cafe has opened in Honolulu One thing Honolulu sorely lacks, when compared to mainland cities, is boozy brunch options. At Koko Head Cafe, locals line up for chef Lee Anne Wong’s creative takes on local favorites, like the koko moco. Loco mocos are ubiquitous on breakfast menus in Hawaii but this one comes smothered in a rich mushroom gravy, topped with kimchi tempura and served in a small cast iron skillet, allowing the garlic rice underneath to crisp up to add a nice layer of texture. Hawaii's affection for Asian flavors get a nod with a daily dumpling special, congee and even a breakfast bibimbap. Wash it all down with the Queen's Mimosa, made with sparkling cava, elderflower liqueur and fresh guava juice. The place is busy every day, but especially on the weekends when you're likely to run into other chefs from around the island enjoying their day off. Expect a wait unless you come right at opening. Koko Head Cafe, 1145 12th Ave., Ste. C, Honolulu, HI 96816, 808-732-8920.
 

 

News Bytes

"The Hundred-Foot Journey" Film Opens August 8
From Lasse Hallström, director of "Chocolat," "The Hundred-Foot Journey" opens in theaters on August 8, 2014. Helen Mirren stars alongside Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon in this lighthearted tale of love and food set in the South of France. Read the full film review on GAYOT's blog
 
Meli-Melo Salad at Chef Mavro New Menu Items at Chef Mavro
Chef Mavro has unveiled new menu items. Among these seasonal inspirations are the Meli-Melo Salad with upcountry vegetables of the day, Sumida Farm watercress purée, watercress salad, watercress stems, poppy seeds and chickpea fritters on the "Hana Hou" (Guest Favorites) menu, as well as a new dessert on the Chef's Menu: Waialua chocolate cremeux, acai-blackberry sorbet, "sand" and coulis. Chef Mavro, 1969 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96826, 808-944-4714.
 
Grand Wailea Resort Hosts Celebrity Chef Tour
The Celebrity Chef Tour, a culinary weekend August 15 & 16 including an elaborate dinner prepared by some of the nation's top chefs, makes its way to Maui's Grand Wailea Resort. The festivities begin Friday with a Grey Goose cocktail party at 5 p.m., and continue with the Celebrity Chef Tour dinner on Saturday at 6 p.m. Tickets are $85 for the cocktail party, $225 for the dinner, or $300 for an all-inclusive weekend pass. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.celebritycheftour.com. Grand Wailea Resort, 3850 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, HI 96753, 808-875-1234, 800-888-6100.
 


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