11 thoughts on “restaurants mmxx

  1. Sura Hawaii Korean Restaurant (across from the Hawai’i Convention Center)

    This is a Korean bbq–i.e., yakiniku–all-you-can-eat restaurant. $27. The options are limited, but I really enjoyed two of the meats–premium brisket and pork jowl. The beef tongue was also good. I also really liked the tofu soup, with a kim chee broth–maybe the best I’ve had (which I guess isn’t saying much).

    I’d go here again.

  2. Betty’s Burgers (Where Greek Corner used to be)

    Quick comments:

    The burgers were solid, although they mistakenly cooked mind well-done. I think they would have been a lot better cooked at medium. I really liked the buns, which were from Liliha. The regular burgers are about $5, which is good for a quarter pound burger.

    The quantity of the large fries were disappointing. The fries were of the thicker shoe-string variety.

    The strawberry shake was good, and cheaper than other places.

    Oh, we got the spicy (with jalapeno and siracha mayo–although Larri couldn’t taste the mayo), and mushroom–guac. I’m not sure the mushroom-guac adds much. These were about $8. I’d forgo the $2-$3 and get the deluxe instead.

    1. I went to Betty’s several weeks ago. They didn’t have what I wanted, which was basically a double cheeseburger, but not deluxe. So they rang it up as a regular cheeseburger with an extra patty. Just saying this so you know it can be done. I think I paid just under seven bucks or thereabouts.

      The burger tasted like what my stovetop burgers taste like when I make them at home, which is to say very meaty, not sauced in any way, with just a strong ground beef flavor, which I love. I’d say Betty’s is not as salty as mine, and I cook mine with a lot of fresh chopped onions.

      But texture-wise and flavor-wise, it’s pretty much the same thing. I liked it a lot. The fries are great — probably my favorite fries at a burger joint, nice and potatoey.

      I like that they had TouchTunes (I’ve been wanting to try it out — I played Iron Maiden’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” and they immediately dropped the volume to barely audible). I didn’t like that it’s almost too warm in there. I don’t mind being warm, but I don’t wanna eat a hamburger when I’m warm, unless I’m outdoors.

      I’ll definitely go back again and probably order the same thing.

    1. I’ve been to BIC and Kabana. At BIC I only had the burrito. It was pretty darn good. At Kabana, it’s good too, but kind of small. I think I can eat like 8 of those. I would recommend both though.

      1. The chances of me trying those places isn’t great, unless they’re both open on the weekends. But since you recommend both, I might put in the effort to try them.

    2. Alejandro’s is in my hood but I’ve still never been there.
      I’ve been to Serge’s, but not for tacos. Same for Encore.

      I’ve had my eye on OMG, especially since they opened in that spot at the corner of Waialae and St. Louis Heights.

      Tacos at Magarita’s (across the street from my office) are good, but I don’t remember them being especially good.

      I thought the burrito at Taco Kabana was pretty hefty, but I would recommend ordering it with no lettuce (and maybe no tomato). There’s too much distracting stuff in there. Haven’t tried the tacos.

      However, as I’ve said multiple times, no ethnic cuisine is more polarizing in this town than Mexican food. It’s kind of silly to ask people for their opinions, because no matter what they say, you’re probably going to disagree. I mean “you” as in whoever you are.

      1. However, as I’ve said multiple times, no ethnic cuisine is more polarizing in this town than Mexican food.

        I haven’t talked to a lot of people about this topic, but I want to say the consensus is that the majority of the best Mexican food in Hawai’i is OK, or little more than OK–and the differences between these restaurants aren’t that significant.

        For example, I like Serg’s, but if someone said the food wasn’t really great, I wouldn’t really argue with them. Even though I like the food, I don’t think it’s super exceptional, too.

  3. Feast

    This is Jon Matsubara’s restaurant in Manoa. They’re only serving burgers, sandwiches, and one or two plate lunches now. We tried,

    Double cheeseburger with bacon
    Lobster roll
    Philly cheesesteak

    I hate to say it, but they weren’t that good. In fact, the burger might be one of the worst I’ve eaten, especially for a place like this. The patty was mushy and not seasoned well; it was bland.

    The lobster roll and cheesesteaks were just OK.

    1. The lobster roll is an Instagram darling these past several weeks. My coworker tried the Philly and said it was tasty but too gristly. She said the lobster roll was good but probably not for that price.

    2. Yeah, the lobster roll was pricey–a little over $21 dollars. I thought the one we had in Chinatown was tastier, for what it’s worth.

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