Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar – Waikiki, HI

 

I went from never been to Sansei to going 3-4 times in the last few months. Was it worth it? Um, yeah! It’s pretty dangerous that Sansei also serves the one alcoholic drink I love. Hmm…this is not going down a good road. It’s okay, I know you’re here for the food pics anyhow! My wonderful friend Kristian treated me to the best graduation dinner ever and I will never forget it. 🙂 Thank you Krey! On to the food pics…

Hibiscus Pineapple Cocktail – Cruzan pineapple rum, mint, hibiscus syrup, fresh pineapple, house made lime sour

What does it taste like? Pineapple, hibiscus and oh, I don’t know…a pinch of heaven. If you know me, you know that I don’t usually drink alcohol. Well, I had two of these that night. I wish I could have a non-stop supply if I didn’t have to drive or if it didn’t cost money…haha.

Panko-Crusted Fresh Ahi Sashimi – Island fresh ahi tuna wrapped with arugula and spinach, panko crusted and flash fried, served with a soy wasabi butter sauce

This is one of their award winning dishes! It is very good and highly recommended for you to try.

Salmon Sashimi

What can I say? I love salmon! And I love that they serve it with fresh lemon slices. Is it the best salmon I have ever had? No, but it was still good!

Sansei’s Lobster & Blue Crab Ravioli

I would skip this, skimpy on the portion of ravioli and where is the seafood? The ravioli wasn’t even stuffed full! The sauce was delicious but I don’t think this dish is worth the cost.

Maui Style Teriyaki Beef

I ordered this at least twice in my visits, teriyaki beef is a pretty plain dish but I liked that their beef was sliced thicker. I’m not usually a fan of teriyaki beef because it is usually such thin slices.

DK’s Crab Ramen with Asian Truffle Broth

Another signature award winning dish I would highly recommend you trying. Unfortunately we got this after we got stuffed on all the other food so we couldn’t enjoy this as much. It’s very good.

Ama Ebi Nigiri

One of my favorite sushis is the ama ebi, raw sweet shrimp. Some places don’t fry up the heads for you, why not? That’s one of the best parts! I loved that they gave you rice with the head too…lol. That’s a bit unusual…but hey, I’ll take it! Very good.

 

Silk Road Cafe – Honolulu, HI

I had a meeting in downtown last week and jumped at the chance to grab lunch to go! Boy do I miss working in downtown…all the good food is there! It sucks because a lot of the restaurants aren’t open during the weekends and parking can be such a pain/pricey. Silk Road Cafe serves up Uzbekistan food and I have never tried Uzbekistan anything so I was excited to give it a try. I just looked them up on Yelp and realized they are open on Saturdays! Hmmm…that’s got my brain going. Much more open street parking on Saturdays. I can safely say that I really enjoyed my dish so I would recommend you trying it out!

Plov (Osh) – $8.75
Rice pilaf with beef, carrots, chickpeas, and raisins.

I think this dish was okay. I don’t think I would get it again since it’s really mainly just a rice dish, why not try a plate with protein and their awesome rice already? The meat you can see here was dry…I’ve seen other pictures of the dish with slices of beef so it seems to be a bit inconsistent. I’m glad to have tried this dish but wouldn’t order it again.

Tabaka plate – $9.75
Uzbek-style rotisserie chicken thighs

YUM. First impressions, Uzbekistan people like using dill (lol). Do you see the fresh dill on my chicken and the carrots? Oh but it all works so well together. I’m not usually a big fan of carrots but these are some of the best carrots I have tasted. It’s definitely pickled carrots but it’s not sour, has more of a sweet garlicky taste. No raw carrot taste which I like. As I finished off my carrots, I found small red bits. I’m pretty sure it was beets…which explains the sweet flavor! Great!

The salad had a nice simple vinaigrette. The chicken thighs were tender, smoky, delicious. The basmati (?) rice was aromatic and soaked up the juices from the chicken nicely. Yumm…I definitely want to get this dish again.

Ramen Bario – Waikiki, HI

Have you been to the new Waikiki Yokocho? It’s modeled after the Japanese alleyways full of delicious restaurants. I finally got to give it a try the other week. We were planning to eat our way through the joint but only ate one bowl of ramen. Weak sauce. I decided to give Ramen Bario a try since I’ve seen most pics of their food and am always game to try tsukemen! If you go to Waikiki Shopping Plaza after 6pm, they have a flat rate of $7 for parking until 12am. If you don’t plan to roam around Waikiki and have something to buy at Ross, I would just park in their lot and get validated parking.

The ramen options are a bit pricey but if you show your ID, they give you a kamaaina rate of 15% off. Let’s get to the food:

Egg Ramen – $13.48

Egg Tsukemen – $14.48

So this was my dish. How was it? Not great. Similar to the Egg Ramen except they add the spicy seasoning into this one already. I like that they keep fresh minced garlic on the table for use…but for me the dish wasn’t that great. The broth tasted a bit sour, might have been on purpose but I wasn’t a fan. I felt like I got less noodles when I paid more! I don’t plan on returning.

Hoji Soft Cream with Warabi Mochi

There’s always room for dessert right? Decided to try Nana’s Green Tea. I’m not the biggest fan of green tea so I tried to hojicha ice cream. It was pretty good, though I’m not a fan of waffle cones. Should have gotten a parfait huh? I actually prefer the Black Sesame ice cream at Matcha Love in the new Mitsuwa Marketplace in the new International Marketplace. Whew that’s a mouthful. If you get a chance, try black sesame ice cream. It’s so good!

Where Have I Been?

Soo…I finished a milestone in my life and I think it’s been more than I had expected. I’ve fallen into a bit of a funk, maybe it’s just a period where I question what to do now with my life. I don’t quite have the answers yet so I’ve been resting and taking it easy, catching up with hobbies and still going to work everyday. I think I do need a break from it all but haven’t planned any trips yet. I seem to have lost the motivation for many things…including this blog. Nothing is wrong with me, just trying to slowly get back into the swing of things in life.

I did want to share a silly thing I’ve gotten into…or have been into for a while. Have you folks heard of slime? The homemade slime kids play with? I definitely got into it. It’s both therapeutic, fun to make…and I love how creative you can get with it. I’ll leave you with some of the slimes I have made…I apologize ahead of time. Haha!

Black Butter Slime – mixture of clay and slime. Oh the texture! Beautiful and lovely to play with.

Here are three different slimes and I love the colors! This was before I was making my own so I was buying them online. Oh boy…but now I’m buying all my own supplies to make them. I don’t know which one is more expensive. Haha

This is a slime I like to call Trix Cereal. Haha..simple white slime with multi-color foam balls.

Avalanche Slime. This one includes different colors of clear slime and a white glue slime to create a nice marbling look. You guys must think I’m crazy now. I’ll go back to food posts, I promise.

Senia – Honolulu, HI

Senia Restaurant is a newer restaurant run by a super talented local chef. We knew we had to give it a try and definitely were not disappointed. If you want to go, I highly highly suggest making a reservation. They have their reservations online through their website…and my meal was a while back so they now also serve lunch! Here are the pics from our meal…

The Freddie Cocktail

Basil Hayden’s bourbon, chestnut, blood orange and smoke. It was an interesting drink, not the usual fruity fare I go for. They bring the cup with the “ice” cube inside and pour the drink in front of you which includes a bunch of smoke. The drink definitely has a woody taste…glad I tried it. Would I get it again? I don’t know…

“Poke” Cracker

This is probably one of the most photographed dishes. Doesn’t it look amazing? Well it tastes great too.  I gotta be real, we really ordered this to take a great picture but it certainly helps that it was delicious.

Hot-Smoked King Salmon

I don’t know how I can explain this dish, it was wonderful. The fish was cooked perfectly, the vegetables look burnt but they didn’t taste it.

Glazed Pork Belly

This was like our entree to share, since it’s a shared dish for a group. So good. It comes with a green crepe or manoa lettuce for you to make your own wraps. Delicious!

Cake Slice

Chiffon Cake, Yuzu-Meyer Lemon Curd, Whipped White Chocolate. As good as it looks! It was light and tasty.

Angelo Pietro – Kaimuki, HI

Angelo Pietro moved to Kaimuki and while they are in a smaller space, the food remains the same! They sell their salad dressings in stores but my friend noticed they no longer sell the ume salad dressing in stores but they still serve it with their salads in the restaurants…so if you’re into ume, give them a visit!

Plantation Iced Tea

Meh, not sweet enough but they do allow you one free refill. Guess which Chinese person took advantage of that?

Pietro Rainbow Salad

This is a great salad, comes with greens, bell peppers, carrots, raw daikon, and raw potato strings. It comes with all four Angelo Pietro dressings!

Spaghetti Sukiyaki Style

Not my dish but I got a taste and it was nice! Definitely tasted like sukiyaki but with a slight buttery finish. Very good!

Pork and Eryngii Spicy Cream Sauce

This is my dish and I love it! I love the deep fried garlic on top..it adds a nice taste and crunch to the dish. My absolute favorite.

Recipe: Lemon Pudding Mochi with Fresh Blueberries

Earlier this week, I had this sudden craving for something lemon-y. Then I thought, gotta make something lemon with blueberry because they complement each other so well! I found a recipe for Lemon Pudding Mochi from the Honolulu Advertiser and it got started from there! The recipe by itself sounds and looks great already but I just had to play around with it to include the in-season blueberries (and Times had ’em on sale)! So I made adjustments to the recipe and created my own, no coconut (not a fan of shredded coconut) and pile on the blueberries! I was a bit scared of how it would turn out, baking is such a science and you just never know what will come out of the oven. Well, I made ’em, brought ’em to work, and everyone loved them! Including me. 🙂 The original recipe calls for lemon extract which I didn’t have so I used lemon zest…which I think actually makes the recipe better! First some pics…then the recipe!

Check it out guys…the mochi texture was PERFECT. Smooth and soft…with a wonderful brown crust on the sides. Wish I could have had this right out of the oven! The lemon flavor comes through perfectly.

Plump blueberries ready to eat! Much better than the canned kine, this recipe is already so sweet…it’s good to use fresh blueberries so you don’t make it sickly sweet.

I actually mixed the blueberries into the batter and was a bit afraid they would sink to the bottom. To my surprise, the blueberries floated all to the top! The batter of this is pretty thick so I think that’s why the blueberries went up to the top. Ahh…this recipe worked out so well! I almost wanted to keep it all to myself. 🙂

Lemon Pudding Mochi with Fresh Blueberries

Ingredients
16 ounces mochiko sweet rice flour (1 box)
2 ¼ cups sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 (3 ounce) box instant lemon pudding
2 cups coconut milk
1 cup 2% milk
1 (1/2 cup) package unsalted butter, melted
5 eggs, lightly beaten
3 lemons worth of finely grated lemon zest
9 oz. fresh blueberries (I used 1 ½ of those 6 oz. blueberry clamshells from the supermarket)

Directions
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Get a 13 x 9 glass pan.
In a large bowl, stir together sweet rice flour, sugar, baking powder, grated lemon and pudding.
With a balloon whisk, gradually whisk in coconut milk and dairy milk to beat out lumps.
One at a time, stir in melted butter, then the beaten eggs.
Gently stir in the blueberries.
Pour into baking dish.
Bake 1 hour or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

No real notes on this recipes, I put my ingredients and instructions as is! I hope you folks get to make it, let me know how it comes out if you do! Enjoy!

Bozu Japanese Restaurant – McCully, HI

I tried Bozu Japanese Restaurant for the first time last week and got hooked. I mean hooked, I went back to the restaurant three nights later. I’m not usually a night owl but for some odd reason, both visits were during their late night happy hour special which I believe starts at 9pm. While I did get one item of the late night menu, everything else was pretty much from their regular menu. They are located in the McCully Shopping Center on the 2nd floor, not hard to find especially since the 2nd floor is kind of empty. The staff there are all so friendly! The restaurant is filled with Japanese nationals but I got first rate service both nights. And as I left both nights, all the sushi chefs enthusiastically yelled their farewells and thank yous. Great food and service? Can’t miss! Here are the pictures.

Cold-style Chawan Mushi

Oh my god. If there is ever a dish to get here, THIS. IS. IT. The silky smoky smooth savory egg custard, a layer of some type of delicious gelatin, ikura, uni, crab meat, shiso leaf…it just all tastes so great. Perfect combination. Perfect dish. Trust me and get it.

Salmon Lovers Don (Late Night Happy Hour Special) 

Great dish! Lots of good quality salmon and a mountain of ikura. It’s also a huge mountain of rice, but good quality seasoned rice. Delicious!

Powerful Natto (Tuna, Squid, Yam, Masago, Takuwan, Okura, and Quail Egg)

All I can say is, you better like natto or do not get this dish. I usually see this dish named as a stamina bowl or something in other restaurants. It’s a slimey gooey mess, the exact mess I’m into.

Bozu Special Roll

How do you go wrong with this roll? All the best fish and topped with ikura! The picture may be a bit misleading, this roll is HUGE. Definitely need to share it with a group.

Ika Shiokara Pasta

Oh boy, it was a nice dish to try but boy is it salty. It must be the shiokara that makes it sooo salty. It tastes pretty good but I don’t know if I would order it again. They do cook the pasta perfectly though!

Spicy Ahi with Taro Chips

Delicious! But I gotta say…this spicy ahi is definitely spicier than other places so if you can’t handle spice…I wouldn’t recommend it. I liked it though! I may have overkilled it with two visits in one week – but definitely plan to visit again!

Welcome Back?

Hi everyone! If there is anyone left reading this blog! Guess what? I officially finished grad school this past weekend. It was a long journey and I appreciate everyone who supported me. What did I do this past weekend? Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. And did I mention sleep? I also cleaned a lot. I couldn’t believe I cleaned, I thought I would just veg out. And the past two days were glorious, waking up without worrying about another paper to write? Amazing.

I certainly haven’t stopped eating out all this time! So I’ll gradually update my food adventures. Tonight, I had the urge to do some baking. Here’s a picture of it:

Can you guess what it is? Hint: It’s not cake! It was a totally improvised recipe. I’ll bring it to work tomorrow and if the verdict is good, I’ll for sure share the recipe! Look great though doesn’t it? Fresh blueberries!

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Izakaya Nonbei – Honolulu, HI

Izakaya Nonbei has become one of my favorite Japanese restaurants. I don’t want it to get too popular but hey, I also want them to stay in business because they are so good! It’s really sad to see when good restaurants close down and a whole bunch have recently! Izakaya Nonbei has been around for a while and I have been there very few times, but I plan to go back very soon! If you plan to go, I highly suggest reservations.

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Crab Avocado Salad – This salad was heavenly. The yuzu dressing they serve with the salad is out of this world. If you come during happy hour, they have it for a special price! Definite must-order.

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Agedashi Tofu – good, solid dish

160731-3Shoyu Yakimusubi – I tried both the shoyu and miso. Not something I usually order but it tasted good!

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Karei Karaage – this is another signature dish for the restaurant. Crispy fried flounder. The whole fish! It is so fried that you can basically eat the whole fish. It tasted good!

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Nasu Kinoko – this was surprisingly my most favorite dish of the night. This dish was ordered at the recommendation of the waitress, it is eggplant stir-fried with different types of mushrooms. I’m not even a fan of eggplant and this was my favorite. The sauce it was cooked in was like a savory shoyu butter sauce. I just wanted a big bowl of rice and pour this on top of it. I’m salivating just thinking about it…this dish is enough reason to return. For real. Order it, you won’t regret it.