Iyasume Musubi: A Musubi is basically a sandwich with rice instead of bread. Normally I would not recommend anything with SPAM in it but the SPAM, egg, and bacon musubi at Iyasume’s was incredible explosion of flavors. So delicious that I went back for seconds and thirds and brought it on the plane ride home and made it myself at home as well.
Morimoto’s rock shrimp. The spicy and non-spicy renditions are both excellent. FYI portions at Morimoto’s Waikiki is larger than other branches of Morimoto’s. I asked the waiter and he said it is because Hawaiians have bigger appetites and demand bigger portions even in fine dining restaurants. Which makes fine dining a relatively better deal in Honolulu than in NYC. =)
Yakiniku Hiroshi: Their sliced Wagyu borders on heavenly. Pricy but it is top quality. Did you know that the right way to eat wagyu is not in steak form but thinly sliced and on a grill? I didn’t until I came here.
Sweet Home Cafe: Amazing shaved ice, just as good as those in Taiwan. Hot pot is also delicious as there are so many amazing broths sans MSG to choose from. Too bad their service is severely lacking, but I would still be back the next time I am in Honolulu. The shaved ice and hot pot is really that good.
However the very best thing I ate in Hawaii, I didn’t take a picture because honestly I didn’t expect it to be that delicious but it was. I just picked up a seemingly ordinary sashimi bowl at sashimi shop. I had no idea that it would be the freshest sashimi that I had ever had. And only for $15!!! It was so so good, beats many of the top shelf Japanese restaurants in NYC, Hong Kong, and Toyko that I have been to. Sometimes people look at me like I am crazy when I tell them that the best sashimi I ever had came from a no name shop in Honolulu, but it’s the truth. The question is how can I find it again? All I know is that it is located on a side street on the way from walking wise from The Royal Hawaiian to Trump Hotel Waikiki.