Ala Moana/Ward

Where Oahu - - THE GUIDE - Rim. Re­gional. Re­gional. Ja­panese. Re­gional. Seafood/Steak. Re­gional.

CHEF CHAI’S AT PACI­FICA

Pop­u­lar lo­cal restau­ra­teur Chai Chaowasa­ree of­fers a fu­sion of fla­vors, pre­par­ing such dishes as ox­tail soup, de­con­structed scal­lop pot pie, veg­etable ter­rine and Thai-style whole fresh fish. chefchai.com. Paci­fica, 1009 Ka­pi­olani Blvd., 808.585.0011. PANYA GROUP  Panya Group of­fers ap­pe­tiz­ing qual­ity food, a wide range of cui­sine, friendly and ef­fi­cient ser­vice and an ap­peal­ing, in­for­mal am­biance that lends it­self to any oc­ca­sion. The bistro at is known for its fu­sion mar­ti­nis and cock­tails; and ap­pe­tiz­ers; sand­wiches and Asian-in­spired en­trees. pa­nya­group.com. 1288 Ala Moana Blvd., 808.946.6388 ALAN WONG’S  Chef Alan Wong has cooked for Pres­i­dent Obama, won the James Beard Award, and his res­tau­rant was named one of Amer­ica’s Top 50 Restau­rants in Gourmet Mag­a­zine. Pop­u­lar dishes in­clude the “New Wave” opihi shooter, macadamia-co­conut-crusted lamb chops, and warm lob­ster sushi. The ex­trav­a­gant chef’s tast­ing menu is avail­able with in­no­va­tive wine pair­ings. alan­wongs.com. 1857 S. King St., 3rd Floor, Din­ner only, call for reser­va­tions 808.949.2526. GYU  KAKU JA­PANESE BBQ DIN­ING 

Gyu-Kaku is one of Ja­pan’s most pop­u­lar yakiniku restau­rants, where din­ers grill fresh meats, seafood and veg­eta­bles right at the ta­ble atop a state-of-the-art char­coal grill. Dine in pri­vate booths in a serene Ja­panese at­mos­phere along with Ja­panese bev­er­ages and deserts— right here in Honolulu. gyu-kaku.com. 1221 Ka­pi­olani Blvd., 808.589.2989.; 307 Lew­ers St., 808.926.2989.; 46- 056 Kame­hameha Hwy F1, 808.744.2157. KAKAAKO KITCHEN  Chef Rus­sell Siu’s no-non­sense eatery serves gourmet plate lunches, in­clud­ing fu­rikake mahimahi and tem­pura catfish with ponzu sauce. Other pop­u­lar dishes in­clude soy- and sake-glazed salmon and sautéed mahi with lomi tomato but­ter sauce. The take-out busi­ness is brisk here (you or­der at the counter), and those who stay use open-air ta­bles at a ca­sual, busy cor­ner at Ward Cen­ter. kakaakok­itchen.com. Ward Cen­ter, 1200 Ala Moana Blvd., 808.596.7488. KINCAID’S FISH, CHOP & STEAK HOUSE Lo­cals flock here af­ter work for pau hana (happy hour) spe­cials. Go there early to grab a ta­ble by the win­dow, and en­joy views of Ala Moana Beach Park and the menu se­lec­tions of fresh fish, raw oys­ters on the half-shell, steaks and chops. kin­caids.com. Ward Cen­ter, 1050 Ala Moana Blvd., 808.591.2005. STAGE RES­TAU­RANT This icon­o­clas­tic res­tau­rant of­fers a din-

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