My husband and I are leaving on Sunday for two and a half weeks on Oahu. We are staying at a home in Hawaii Kai.
Although I lived on Oahu for a year 17 years ago, a lot has changed since then (and I have more money to spend on meals than I did in my early 20s!).
I have researched activities, hikes, restaurants, bars, and live music extensively and have lots of picks but a few questions I still need help with in terms of restaurants and bars, despite researching this board. A note about us:
We live in LA, the land of small plates, gastropubs, and farm-to-table fare, and my husband and I are just no longer that into sitting down to huge dinners and having an appetizer, entree, and dessert, so we usually share small dishes in order to try several things, and often sit at the bar, even at very high-end places. We find we get better service that way, no one cares if we don't order the traditional way, and we don't overeat. If we are going to do a big dinner, I'd rather a tasting menu, omakase, or something special.
That said, here are my qs:
Where should we go? I thought Morio's sounded great and low-key and I liked the idea of BYO but I can't get a reservation.
The person who owns the house where we are staying recommended Sasabune, but I read a few reviews about the whole thing being super rushed due to the "sushi nazi." Also, we are happy to spend a good amount but I can't get a sense of how much the it is. I know it varies, but I'm seeing everything from $80 to $300 a person.
Other places I'm considering are Mitch's and Sushi ii. Thoughts?
Upscale splurge/tasting menu dinner
I had booked Alan Wong's, but the person who owns the house where we are staying said he doesn't love it. He recommended Chef Mavro first followed by Hoku's. Thoughts?
Shrimp Truck/Lunch on North Shore
Giovanni's? Something else?
Lunch on our way from airport to Hawaii Kai:
Considering Nico's or Ono Seafood (I know Ono would probably be better, but we'll definitely go there and Nico's might be fun for a welcome drink with lunch, etc.) Other ideas welcome. This will be Sunday around 1. We will be driving from HNL to Hawaii Kai.
Any near Hawaii Kai you know of that would be a great go-to spot for when we cook?
Reservations I have:
The Original Roy's (near where we are staying)
Nanzan Giro Giro
Other places I plan to go:
-Do a dinner "snack around" combining drinks and nibbles at Lucky Belly, The Pig and the Lady, and Livestock Tavern (all in the same night)
- Uncle Bo's (I don't see much about this on CH but it looks pretty good to me)
- Chez Kenzo (ditto)
- Tiki's grill (pupus and drinks/casual dinner)
- Kona Brewing Company (I know this is nothing great, but could be good for a local place we don't have to drive far to get to and sounds like they have live music) Is it awful?
- Side Street Inn (not sure about this one -- thoughts?)
- Nobu - maybe. We have in LA, but it sounds really nice here. Thoughts on a second, non-Omakase sushi if not?
- Ono Seafood
- Harbor Village (dim sum)
- Yama's Fish Market
- Fresh Catch
- Koko Head Cafe
- Boots and Kimo's
- Cafe Moena
- Candi's Cafe
- La Mariana Sailing Club
- House Without a Key
- Pint and Jigger
- Arnold's Beach Bar
Any and all suggestions and comments welcome. Thanks!