I’ll be honest, I’ve never been big on running out to try new restaurants. I usually like to wait a couple of months to let restaurants work out their kinks & let the reviews roll in. That being said, I haven’t tried all of the new restaurants below yet — but a bunch of my friends have told me to give these places a go.
Senia is located in Honolulu’s Chinatown. They are said to serve “Elevated Hawaiian & New American menus, with imaginative drinks, served in refined surrounds“. After many rave reviews from friends, we’ve added this to our must try list. We had to make reservations a month out for the chef’s tasting menu. They are also willing to accommodate dietary restrictions. To learn more about the menu, visit their website.
Yauatcha is an elevated dim sum restaurant with locations across the globe. As Kimo is a sucker for dim sum, this popped up on his radar instantly. We’ve been told service could be improved, but the food is delicious. The best way to try a large variety of dishes is to go with a total of four. To view the menu, click here.
- The Edge
We tried The Edge out a couple of weeks after they opened, as it’s right down the street from our home. Things to note: The restaurant is owned by the same person that owns Tamura’s. That being said, we found it really odd how there was no corkage fee. (Please note, no outside bottles). The food was decent, nothing extraordinary. But it was good local bar food. They had a small cocktail menu & a fair amount of wine to choose from. I recommend the chicken & the avocado poke.
- Moku Kitchen
I had no idea how popular this restaurant was until I stepped foot inside. Make reservations well in advance! The Makawao Avenue & the Moscow Mule were delicious cocktails. My favorite thing we ordered were the truffle fries. Skip the potato tacos (I know, I should have known). And my friend loved the pulled pork sandwich. Bonus: they also have live music some nights! Visit Moku’s website.
- Broken Rice
Broken Rice is new on Waialae Avenue, it’s right next to The Edge & in the old Verde space. It’s a Vietnamese restaurant. It has 4.5 stars on Yelp. They have a smaller menu than Saigon’s, which is located across the street. You can’t bring your vegetarian friends here, but I’ve heard really good things about the shaking beef & the pork chops on broken rice. You can view more of the menu here.
Let’s just take a moment to ponder this: if you live in Waiea, you can get room service from Nobu. Yes, room service to your condo. Anyhoo, Nobu is world renowned for its award winning innovative “New Style” Japanese cuisine. At Nobu Honolulu you’ll find Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s renowned dishes, such as Black Cod Miso and Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño.