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.
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.
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 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.