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Had to do some business in town yesterday.

Planned to try a new-ish vegetarian Chinese lunch spot. Got to town too early. Not about to wait.

Ended up at a Ahi Lovers (Yelp link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/ahi-lovers-honolulu). Paid a dollar extra for miso soup and salad.

Ahi and Natto Bowl with Soup and Salad

Ahi and Natto Bowl (on Black Rice) with Soup and Salad

With blanched choi sum and pickled ginger.

Close-Up

Close-Up

Colorful, no?

Included was a little (think tiny) bit of wasabi.

The size of a rabbit pellet (input or output)

The size of a rabbit pellet (input or output)

I kid you not. Good thing there was pepper on the table.

Shichimi Togarashi

Shichimi Togarashi

Overall, not bad, especially priced at a Hamilton with no tax. :)

Any big plans for tomorrow?

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Escape – Engage – Indulge. That’s the tagline of the restaurant Saturday.

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A newly reimagined restaurant I was curious about.

The Cat's White Peach Nigori The Mouse's Iced Tea

The Cat’s White Peach Nigori (Unfiltered Sake)
The Mouse’s Iced Tea

 

Mac Nut Tofu

Mac Nut Tofu

Mac nuts instead of soybeans. Winner! Imaginative. One of our new favorite foods. The texture is a lot rougher than soybean tofu (coarser on the tongue), but the taste more than makes up for the difference. Didn’t even need the soy “broth” that accompanied the dish. Just ate it plain.

Plus the restaurant donates part of the proceeds to charity.

Eat & Support

Eat & Support

Hamachi Sashimi

Hamachi Sashimi

Hearts of Palm Tempura

Hearts of Palm Tempura

Another not-so-usual dish. Another winner. Ate it with the accompanying salt (bottom right of the plate) instead of the usual tempura dipping sauce.

Odor-ko Style Wafu Steak

Odor-ko Style Wafu Steak

Eight ounce New York sirloin.

Miso based sauce.

Daikon, green onion, and garlic chip garnish.

Sautéed onions and mushrooms.

Fried potato wedges.

Not so epic as Chef W’s steak plate, but still very good.

Miso Marinated Butterfish

Miso Marinated Butterfish

Large piece. Could’ve been a bit more charred for The Cat’s taste. Personal preference.

Soft Shell Crab Roll

Soft Shell Crab Roll

Instead of a bowl of rice.

Ramen

Ramen and Chasiu close up

Because it’s tradition. Not bad, the chasiu was nicely cooked and thick. Had better ramen at dedicated ramen shops, But for tradition sake …

Dessert(s).

Lilikoi Panna Cotta

Lilikoi Panna Cotta

Extremely dense. Nice flavor, not too sweet.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Crisp

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Crisp

Chocolate phyllo pastry, peanut butter mouse, whipped cream. Does it get any better? I think not. :)

This concludes the epic weekend.

Happy Monday. Sigh.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Picked this up for dinner last night.

Nori Bento

Nori Bento

Stoopid Windows update “shredded” the picture when I tried to transfer from my phone. So sad, so mad. :(

Ate it again for lunch today just so I could post about it (although I didn’t mind).

Rice, shoyu, dried bonito flakes, dried seaweed (nori), seasoned burdock (kinpira), pickled ginger, fried fish, and fried fishcake.

Stratified View

Stratified View

All for …

Under Four Bucks!

Under Four Bucks!

Including tax!

Okay, the quantity is not mega-sized, but good enough for lunch (otherwise need a mouse nap afterwards).

Although today, needed a little vegetables to go with the bento.

Kiriboshi Daikon Kinpira

Kiriboshi Daikon
Kinpira Burdock Root

No matter, headed home after lunch, mouse napped on the bus. Zzz snore.

Okay, my work is done for today. Heh heh.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

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Dinner, Labor Day Eve, Hakone. :)

A sampling of our eating.

Sashimi and Amazu Shoga (Japanese Pickled Ginger)

Sashimi and Amazu Shoga (Japanese Pickled Ginger)

Did you know I love pickled ginger? By the end of the dinner, the plate was empty. :)

The Mouse's salads

The Mouse’s salads

Messy but oh so tasty.

Hot Foods

Hot Foods

Steak, meatballs, tonkatsu, and fries (with mayonnaise).

Sunset

Sunset

While The Mouse is taking pictures of food (and eating), The Cat takes pictures of sunsets. Go figure.

The Cat's Food

The Cat’s Food

Dessert

Dessert

Chocolate cake and black sesame ice cream.

Coffee Jello

Coffee Jello

A nice way to end the meal.

Have a nice weekend.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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As mentioned yesterday, church had an evening “raise the roof” on Sunday.

Early dinner break with The Cat.

Menu Cover

Menu Cover

Awesome happy hour deals (the paké in me just wants to jump for joy).

The Cat started off with.

Cold Sake

Cold Sake

Dunno what kind, The Cat enjoyed the presentation as much as the saké itself (also on the happy hour menu).

Salad

Salad

Tofu with Shimeiji Mushroom

Agedashi Tofu

Tofu with Shimeiji Mushroom. Yum.

Unagi Nigiri and Hamachi Nigiri

Unagi Nigiri and Hamachi Nigiri

First time The Cat raved about the sushi rice. More yum.

Clam Soup

Clam Soup

The Cat slurped.

Wada Mix Rice

Wada Mix Rice

A must order with us.

Fried Oysters with Shishito Peppers

Oyster Age-Ni

Fried oysters with Shishito peppers in dashi broth. The Cat usually likes her oysters raw but she liked this dish even cooked.

The last must order, pork nuggets. Couldn’t find the picture on my phone. Must’ve gotten too excited and forgot to take the picture. :( Thick pork belly slices, battered and deep-fried, served with ketchup. Trust me, order it.

Everything was on the happy hour menu, except for the oysters (and the oysters were worth it).

Have to go back soon.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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