Behind an inconspicuous door tucked into Kona Street hulks The Beast, devouring slabs of kiawe wood and breathing flames that reach temperatures of 800 degrees Fahrenheit. That's the chefs' affectionate nickname for the pizza oven at the center of Inferno?s @ The Lounge, and fortunately it has its friendly side: just a few minutes after it's taken a pizza into its maw, it's melted the cheese, made meats and veggies tender, and blistered the thin crust.
The oven doesn't do all the work, however. Chefs hand-stretch the dough and apply fresh mozzarella, and, as important, buyers search surrounding farms for fresh produce and pork. The extensive menu allows for traditional or inventive routes?you might choose clam and white sauce, guava smoked barbecue pork, or simply sopressata. Inferno?s stays open until 4 a.m. every night of the week, making it easy to stop in for a snack and a nightcap or symbolize the end of the day by consuming something clock-shaped.
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.
The Hawaii Perks card supports Hawaii two ways?by promoting its businesses and by giving back to the local community through partnerships with some of Hawaii's largest non-profit organizations, including Hawaii Foodbank, YWCA of Honolulu, and the Komen Foundation. Cardholders get discounts and perks at both local businesses and national chains, from the Gap and Sam's Club to legendary hole-in-the-wall Ethel's Grill. Hawaii Perks donates at least 25% of revenues from the sale of each card to a non-profit organization, including Hawaii Food Bank and Hawaiian Humane Society.
Part swanky lounge with plush leather seating, part neighborhood burger joint with scrubbed wooden tables, Sway Restaurant and Bar is a mecca for creative fusion. The cuisine follows suit with American classics that receive an Asian makeover. Tacos are stuffed with Korean kalbi short ribs and salmon is marinated in miso and served atop buckwheat soba noodles. Hawaiian grass-fed beef goes into the burgers, which include a version inspired by traditional Vietnamese banh mi.
The Asian inspiration behind newly renovated K-TV Hawaii emanates from its every corner. From the kitchen, where cooks whip up servings of kimchee ramen, to the private karaoke rooms, which can hold up to 25 people. The rooms are also colorfully designed, splashed with painted cherry blossoms or black-and-white blooms. All rooms are also BYOB until midnight, so friends can sip libations while singing the night away.
Nagomi's massive 5,000-square-foot space is a shrine to authentic Japanese cuisine, from pork-belly-studded udon noodles to cabbage pancakes and savory fried rice. Skilled chefs also sear filet mignon and king salmon on a teppanyaki-style grill, and bartenders pour sake and handcrafted cocktails in the bar and lounge for after-hours revelers.