When Julia Morgan began designing the YWCA, she was the first woman architect to ever design a public building in Honolulu. Today, Cafe Julia pays homage to her by bearing her name, as it stands in the beautiful building she dreamed up back in the 1920s when it was built. Out on the breezy plaza-patio or inside the bright, beautiful dining room, chef Almar Arcano aims to delight diners with cuisine that's as elegant as the surroundings. Open for lunch and dinner, the menus are home to delicate and savory seafood crepes, hearty sandwiches, and old-school entrees such as slow-roasted prime rib served on a giant monocle.
The Fix Sports Lounge and Nightclub pairs live music and televised sports with a menu of burgers, chicken wings, and ribs. Diners can build their own burger masterpiece or order one of the burger specialties, such as the Nuannu with ham, pineapple, and teriyaki, or the Bethel with chili and cheddar cheese. Customers can also smother their other carnivore cravings with tender ribs. TVs and projectors broadcast sports, and on evenings live DJs and bands energize the lounge.
The chefs at Chi-Town Deep Dish Pizza Co. fill the club they're housed inside, the Soho Mixed Media Bar, with the mouthwatering aroma of deep-dish pizza. When they’re not adorning thick pizzas with heaps of toppings, they stack fresh ingredients between bread to create italian-sausage sandwiches and open-faced pizza sandwiches. Guests can choose to enjoy their domestic beers and Chicago-style hot dogs served in the casual pizzeria or found skittering across the DJ’s turntables in the club.
With a futuristic white bar illuminated from below, cushioned benches and luxurious pillows, an expansive dance floor, and a breezy patio—M seems to be ready for anything. The elegant space welcomes revelers for happy hours, private events, and live music, combining the raucous with the refined. Revelers take advantage of the bar's bottle service, feast on specialty sushi rolls, sip expertly mixed cocktails, and resist the urge to fingerpaint on the brilliant white walls.
According to psychologists, the color red makes people hungry. So it's no wonder that Rakuen Lounge’s combination of vibrant, crimson tabletops and artistically plated sushi consistently incites stomach rumbles. Here, the chefs design their quirky specialty rolls with organic ingredients and a knowing wink: their caterpillar roll arrives adorned with jewel-toned red eyes and micro greens doubling as antennae, creating a presentation that was oohed and ahhed over by Non Stop Honolulu’s Tracy Chan. Bartenders congregate in the center of the dining room at a square-shaped bar where they shake up signature martinis with sake and yuzu, fresh fruit juices, and other seasonal ingredients procured from local vendors rather than intergalactic grocery store chains.
Glenn Chu’s earliest memories of cooking are of watching his Chinese grandmother pluck veggies from her garden in Manoa, fire up a wood-burning stove, and stir-fry the pickings in an oversized wok. While studying and working on the mainland, he learned Western cooking methods, honing his skills to a level that earned one of his recipes publication in Bon Appétit. He draws together this experience to influence his work as Executive Chef of INDIGO, where the blend of Asian, French, and Mediterranean styles is evident in the goat cheese won ton appetizer, the wasabi soy and sun-dried tomatoes on ahi steak, and the sautéed eggplant and pineapple chutney on spicy shrimp. The dining room presents accents of crimson red and high ceilings, while outdoor spaces welcome vacationing demigods.