Here's a thread to talk about your favorite place lunch places, and maybe even warning about places not to go to. Also, I hope people can talk about new plate lunch places they've checked out.
Yesterday, I went to Koi (on Dillingham, near OCCC) for the second time. I had their bento (a little under $10) which came with steak, garlic ahi and garlic chicken. The steak were cut up into pieces like they do at Time's Supermarket or Blazin' Steaks (but they're a little better I thought). The garlic ahi is basically deep fried in panko with a wasabi cream sauce drizzled on the top (You might want to try and ask for a side dish, although they put just the right amount for me.) Finally, the garlic chicken is in the mold of Mitsuken and Sugoi: very crispy, not very oily.
All in in, it was very tasty and well-prepared. I'd definitely go back. They also serve brown rice here, which I like.
Another place: Kahai Street Kitchen.
I didn't go here recently, but I almost went today as they had some good items on their menu. (You can see their website.) They had a prime rib for under $10, shiso and nori wrapped ahi katsu stuffed with crab ($9), a combo with the ahi kastsu and steak; pork trio (guava bbq ribs, pork chops and polish sausage ($9) and some other stuff. I like this place, but there's only street parking, and they're open only T-F. This is one of the better plate lunch places, imo.
Kahai Street Kitchen
237 Kalihi St, Honolulu, HI 96819