Voted one of the city's best bars by Honolulu magazine in 2009, Tsunami's woos patrons with chic, minimalist furnishings, a flavor-packed menu, and artistic plate presentation. Chef Aaron Fukuda molds minced ahi with sriracha aioli into a savory sculpture with his spicy ahi bowl ($8). Inventive versions of classic pub fare include the half-pound Tsunami burger ($8) and the kalua pig quesadilla served with scallion sour cream and hoisin barbecue sauce ($8). Friends or handcuffed strangers can go splitzies with teriyaki fries ($6) or poke balls, which are rice balls encrusted with ginger- and soy-braised pork ribs and accompanied by hoisin barbecue and pickled cabbage ($10 each). Complete the lounge experience with a beer ($4–$5), mixed drink ($6+), or sake shot ($6–$12) under the modern drop lighting of Tsunami's bar. Valet parking is available, and Tsunami's stays open until 2 a.m. to accommodate night owls and ambitious Californian sleep swimmers.
The friendly staff at Lisa's House pairs cold beer with pupu platters and fresh seafood—all served in a fun, laid-back atmosphere. Diners can fuel up before limerick-style rap battles with an array of poke plates, including spicy Korean salmon poke ($8.75) and fresh Hawaiian-style ahi poke (market price). Lisa's House also serves chicken ($7.75–$8), pork ($8.75 each), and steak dishes, including the house-specialty New York steak awash in ginger-cilantro pesto ($9.75). Patrons who are concerned about sinking their steeds during dolphin rides can dine on lighter fare, diving into more than 15 pupus, including kim chee kamaboko dip ($7.75) and portobello fries ($7.75).
A more than 50-year-old throwback to the gastro-glories and tiki traditions of Hawaii's past, La Mariana solves its visitors' palate puzzles with the help of a broad menu encompassing some of the best of both surf and turf. Amidst a festively decorated interior heavy on natural materials and whimsical lighting, guests can enjoy the fork-ready finery of steak and prime rib, "local-style" curries, and a multitude of fresh seafood while chatting with the tiki-faced cups containing their mai tais, zombies, and other cocktails. Sandwiches, such as the shrimp and avocado sandwich, are $8–$13, and entrees, such as grilled mahi mahi, are $7–16.
When Antonio “Trigo” Da Silva moved to Hawaii in 2007, he found a community of people who wanted to learn more about their own Portuguese heritage. That’s why he opened Adega Portuguesa Restaurant in Chinatown. There, visitors can sample traditional dishes such as Portuguese-style bean soup, Northern Portuguese–style codfish, or bitoque—a dish made by crowning a new york strip steak with brown gravy and a fried egg.
On Fridays and Saturdays, the eatery’s cooks also prepare Brazilian dishes such as feijoada, a medley of black beans, beef, pork, sausage, and bacon stewed with farofa and sliced orange. Beer, cocktails, and imported wines wash back each bite. In addition to tasting traditional foods, guests can dance to live Portuguese music or learn the native tongue in Portuguese language classes.
Air Park Karaoke Lounge offers its visitors the chance to be a star, if only for a handful of hours. Each of the 11 rentable rooms contain a full karaoke setup, allowing friends to belt in private without the worry of Michael McDonald dropping in unannounced to add harmonies. In each room, a 55-inch HDTV shows video and lyrics, while the system's vast catalogue includes tunes in English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean—with songs updated monthly. There's also a more public space in their social lounge area, featuring a 70-inch plasma screen and a full bar that serves up beer, wine, and signature cocktails. And despite there being a room and drinks themed around Hello Kitty, Air Park Karaoke Lounge only admits those 21 and older.
Whether it’s silky dark chocolate draped over organic fruit fillings or lines of white bonbons stenciled with high-impact floral decals, Ricard Muszynski’s confections wow the eyes long before they touch palates. But Muszynski channels his experience as a gourmet chef to add a layer of depth to his creations not typically found in other candies. He sources his ingredients locally for the handcrafted confections, and Kokoa Bar uses local pineapple, papaya, and mango for their dipped fruits. It’s not just the confections that go above and beyond—bonbon fillings include chili lime, passionfruit, and honey blossom. Visitors can get the candies to go in white boxes wrapped with aqua ribbon, or linger in the café to savor gourmet coffee and ice cream.