For more than 30 years, the chefs at Lung Fung Chinese Restaurant have been bringing China’s freshest, most vibrant flavors to the stomachs of Oahu residents. General manager Eddie Ma regularly updates the menu with popular Hongkongese and Chinese dishes that he learns about during his travels to those countries. He's fully integrated these new, inventive dishes with time-honored classics to create a seamless and hearty menu of traditional chop suey dishes, savory noodle soups, and seafood-based specialties. The restaurant’s banquet menu, meanwhile, accommodates customers planning large events, such as company lunches or clown-college reunions.
The elegant tangles of Chinese lettering run alongside nearly 200 items on the bilingual menu at Mini Garden Orient & Vegetarian Cuisine. Chefs clatter through the kitchen as their knives flick against cutting boards and steam rises from pan-fried onion pancakes, noodles with roast duck, and squid with pickled vegetables. A range of vegetarian dishes brim with bitter melon, lychee, ong choy, and other produce found only in traditional Chinese dishes and Marco Polo’s vacation slideshow.
For more than 30 years, the chefs at Maple Garden Restaurant have sourced recipes from northern China to share authentic Sichuan dishes with hungry visitors. Sichuan cuisine traditionally showcases hot flavors in its many forms, from a mild spice to a peppery kick to just a twinge of passive-aggressiveness. Specialty plates of scallops with hot garlic sauce, peking duck, or diced chicken with button mushrooms can be prepared for relaxed dinners in the restaurant’s dining room or for takeout orders.
Featured on the Food Network, Chef Elmer Guzman harvests the sea’s bounty to proffer a menu that combines polyflavorful batches of the classic Hawaiian dish, poke, with other varieties of sea fare at Poke Stop, a combination seafood market and upscale eatery. Marinated cubes of tender raw fish dance with Hawaiian sea salt and seaweed, sashaying across a near-infinite spectrum of ingredient possibilities to help the chef keep more than 25 varieties of freshly prepared and chilled poke in stock at any given time. Try the spicy Korean octopus poke for internat ional ocean zing, or take a smaller leap of food faith with one of several salmon varieties ($8.99–$14.99/ lb.). Chef Guzman’s Asian-food expertise graces dishes such as the deconstructed sushi bowl, piled high with blackened ahi sashimi and Asian shrimp, with a garnish of ginger and grated metanarratives ($9.95). A coating of the chef’s house blend of herbs and spices prepares an island fish for blackening in the fires of culinary acumen ($8.95), and the seafood combo pits seared island poke against furikaki salmon belly in a struggle for savory supremacy ($7.95).
The chefs at Tanioka's Seafoods and Catering may specialize in fresh, locally caught ahi and aku tuna, but their dishes also reflect the diverse cultural influences that have shaped Hawaii's cuisine. Sushi platters, chicken katsu, and bacon-wrapped meatloaf are presented alongside island classics such as pork lau lau and more than 40 different kinds of poke. The international dishes are served up at Tanioka's market and catered to hungry crowds at weddings, company-wide food fights, and other special events.
When Mel and Lynn Tanioka founded Tanioka's Seafoods and Catering in 1978, they inadvertently created a family legacy. The couple's daughter and son, Jasmine and Justin, joined the team in the following decades as the business continued to expand, providing more and more customers with hearty portions of traditional Hawaiian home cooking. Today, Tanioka's has become a local institution and garnered multiple awards, but its commitment to fine foods hasn't changed.
Launched in Florida in the early 1970s, Tony Roma's has since established itself as a cross-country franchise with a knack for cooking up a mean slab of ribs and serving an extensive menu of chicken, seafood, salads, and burgers. The original rack of pork baby backs ($16.99–$23.99) smothers itself in the restaurant's signature sauce, the Hawaiian Coconut Shrimp ($19.99) comes hand-breaded and paired with a culinary bathtub of orange marmalade, and the Ultimate Combo ($28.99) delivers a culinary gift basket of a half-slab of St. Louis ribs, a skewer of grilled shrimp, and a quarter barbecued chicken. Beef buds can savor the flavors of the whiskey-barrel steak, a thick New York strip streak grilled and topped with a Maker's Mark–based sauce ($31.99), served with a choice of side or poem written by Alan Alda. If a hunk of bone-in meat isn't enough to appease the appetite, supplement dinner with Roma's triple-play sampler ($12.99), which includes red-hot buffalo wings, mozzarella sticks, and potato skins, served up with a trio of sauces for dipping.