Three years ago I was stuck at a hotel in Waikiki overnight and decided to go out for sushi. I wandered around the little triangle between Fort DeRussy, Kalakaua Ave., and the beach, and found a restaurant with an almost exclusively Japanese clientele. It had its own entrance, but the back of the restaurant opened into the lobby of a hotel that also had a Japanese customer base. The sushi was quite good, if somewhat expensive.
In a few weeks I have to be in Waikiki again for a conference that ends at 3:00 pm on a Thursday. I'm on the 10:00 redeye back to the mainland, and plan to use the overnight flight to rationalize an expensive meal (hey, we're saving the cost of a hotel room) before takeoff. Not enough time for a random amble through the streets; gotta figure out where dinner's going to happen.
Going back to the scene of previous indiscretions is one option, but for the life of me I can't figure out where I ate. Is it the place that is now Nobu Waikiki?
Of course, the other option is to find another spot. The chef's table at Alan Wong's looks interesting. And it doesn't have to be high end--maybe a few hours' dissipation at Side Street? Any input is welcome.