Archive for January, 2012

Juice and Figs

Out-of-town guests. Sunday brunch at Hoku’s  (The Kahala Hotel & Resort, 5000 Kahala Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii). I’ve posted about this place a couple of times (so I won’t bore you with repeats). Just some juices that are offered to start the brunch.

Cucumber Pineapple

Good combination, cool and sweet.

Carrot Ginger

Another good combination. Veggie with a bit of a bite.

Red Bell Pepper, Watermelon, Strawberry, and Tomato

Weird, very weird.

BTW, the buffet line had fresh figs.

Fresh Figs

Mouse Bite

I’ve never seen (much less tasted) a fresh fig before. A new experience. Closest thing to figs were dried figs and Fig Newtons. I prefer Fig Newtons first and dried figs second before fresh figs. Oh well, at least I dried them.


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Herbal “Tea”

Cold medicine from China.

Shiwei Longdanhua Keli

Made by the Tibet Tibetan Medicine Group Co., Ltd.

Supposed to be most effective when taken at the start of a cold. So far it’s worked.

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In the previous post, noted the owner of Morio’s Sushi Bistro (1160-A South King Street) likes his liquor. I was advised “if you want to eat, go early, if you want to drink, go late.” As the night goes on, the atmosphere could get loud and raunchy. We listened. Last night, our reservation was for the first seating at 6:00.

Menu Cover

Place Setting

Dinner started out with complimentary salad and appetizer.

Salad (Complimentary)

Appetizer (Complimentary)

On the left, egg omelet, on the right, marinated tofu.

Going to izakaya can be a challenge to The Cat (not enough veggies). We started with yamaimo salad.

Yamaimo Salad

For The Cat, it was serious like at first bite. The quail egg becomes part of the salad dressing and adds stickiness to the  already slightly sticky texture of the yamaimo.

Agedashi Tofu

Perfectly deep-fried, bathed in a light broth, topped with spring onions and grated daikon. Simple yet oh so satisfying.

Spicy Hamachi Roll

Not too spicy (a good thing).

A side note, if you’re counting, both the agedashi tofu and the spicy hamachi roll come eight pieces to an order. The Cat ate a tofu before I could take a picture. I ate a roll before I remembered to take a picture. We’re even. 🙂


Compliments of the chef. I think it was pajeon.

Soft Shelled Crab

The Cat is said “yum”.

I’ve been curious about chirashi, sushi rice topped with various sushi and other delectable items for a little while now. Decided it was time to get my feet wet. Price was within the acceptable range.


This was a pretty hefty bowl. Nice selection of sashimi, unagi, uni, and ikura. I can now happily say I am no longer a chirashi virgin. 😉 I would definitely order again.

Our last order is not on the menu. I asked for it in hushed tones. The server has to ask the chef if there’s any. It looked like the chef was judging whether we were worthy (I’m kidding).

Hamachi Kama

A huge piece (largest I’ve seen), broiled, crispy skin, meat as smooth and soft as butter. A moment of silence to thank the fish and the chef.

The total bill, I won’t go into details, let’s just say we dropped a fifty (with tax and before tips) and got change back. The Cat was in awe.

We will be back.


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Made reservations at Morio’s Sushi Bistro tonight. Fifty-one reviews on Yelp, all five-stars, wow. I heard he likes his liquor. So …

Yesterday I went to The Sake Shop and picked up a bottle.


Nadine, the proprietress, knows Morio and assisted me in picking out an appropriate sake. Xie xie. She was very nice and put up with my newbie questions. I should have taken pictures of the shop (facepalm), my bad. Next time.

Looking forward to tonight, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

There are a couple of place in town that have similar characters (chefs); Sushi Izakaya Gaku (1329 South King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii) and Ah-Lang Restaurant (725 Kapiolani Boulevard, Honolulu, Hawaii) come to mind. Know of any more?


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Still on the Wagon

This package was reduced to half price at the market.


Nishime is a Japanese version of vegetable stew. Kind of like Chinese jai.

Stripped down version, but at half price, I’m not complaining.

Mixed with Shanghai cabbage to give it a bit of color.

Nishime with Shanghai Cabbage

Are you bored with so much monasterial postings yet? Hang in there. We will return to our regular programming shortly. 🙂


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