Kusina Filipino Cuisine

98-150 Kaonohi Street,Ste B213
Aiea, 96701
Reviews:
OMG! This is my favorite Filipino food place in Honolulu, HI! Kusina Filipino Cusine (also known as Lita's?) is located in the Mapunapuna shopping center (former Ranch 99 Grocery Store, next to Wah Kung). They have a wide selection of hot foods! Dinuguan: Also known as Chocolate Meat. Pork pieces and *you know what* made into a delicious stew. Served hot over rice. The best on the island! Grade: A! Pork Igado: My first time trying this! It was pork pieces (traditionally made with pork heart, kidney, etc) only and it was delicious!!!! It has the sour vinegar flavor of dinuguan, but without the *you know what*. I loved this dish! Grade: A! Squid: Little tiny whole squid cooked in a soup sauce with onions, bell peppers. It is a very traditional dish that is not only tasty, but fun to eat! Grade: B The service was outstanding. I didn't know what a couple of the dishes were, so the ladies behind the counter (who are also the chefs) let me try some. I tasted and LOVED the pork skin with onion and tomatoes. Makes my mouth water thinking of it! Food Grade: A- Service Grade: A! Worth the Money Grade: A Overall Impression: A!

(808) 486-3401

Filipino

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Off-Premise: Oshogatsu

Off The Wall Restaurant Bar & Catering,98-199 Kamehameha Hwy,Ste B-10
Aiea, 96701
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Jaymi Seo from Events Essentials Hawaii sent me this a couple days ago. Thought I'd pass along the helpful info to everyone. Check them out for all your parties & events' needs! "Hey Cin!!! Thanks so much for coming on Saturday it was GREAT seeing you! I know this is after your review but here is some info about the companies: 1) Off-Menu Catering Services off-menu.com : Coordination of Food, Venue, Staffing, and Rentals! 2) Royal Party Rentals royalpartyrentals.com : Provides large rental items such as Tent, Pipe and Drape, Lighting, Tables, Chairs, and Linen 3) Event Essentials Hawaii eehawaii.com : Provides the small finishing touch rental items such as Silver Beaded Charger Plate, Table Number Holders 4) Off The Wall Restaurant and Bar www.offthewallhawaii.com : Complete control of culinary extravaganza, food service and bar service! I hope you enjoyed yourself! And thank you for taking the time to do the write-up! See you soon! Jaymi " Isn't she a sweetheart? Love her!

(808) 486-9255

Japanese, Caterers

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Ani’s Bake Shop

99-840 Iwaiwa St
Aiea, 96701
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Definitely the place to get the BEST sweet bread EVER! Yeah, they do sell them in other stores like longs, walmart, etc. but getting it here you know its fresh. They also have taro rolls, guava bread, lilikoi bread, pies and other pastries. Getting the bread at the source is also cheaper and theres more variety to choose. The breads even make a great french toast...mmm
They have one of the best custard pies! Oh and their pineapple/apricot sweet bread is to die for! Everything that they make is soooooo good!
there's a gravitational pull to this place that's started me wondering whether the real center of the earth is actually ani's! not only is the crack pie (sweet potato) unreal, but those butter rolls jeez. the sweet potato pie is great for a special occasion treat because it's rich and sweet and expensive (but worth every cent as it's heavy as a brick) but those rolls are much lighter (well, until you hit that buttery center). if i didn't have a spouse that i was forced to share this with, i'd be popping that entire tray into my mouth in one sitting, all by myself. and the counter lady who assisted me with selecting was right: this is a thousand times better than an ensaymada!!! be prepared to shell out about $10 for a tray of what amounts to 12 sweet dinner rolls sliced horizontally and spread with that decadent buttery frosting-like spread in the middle. it's half the price of the crack pie but won't last nearly half as long since they are pillow-y deliciousness

(808) 488-2193

Bakeries, Donuts

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Roast Duck Kitchen

99-115 Aiea Heights Dr,Ste 206
Aiea, 96701
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We ate here while on vacation based on a recommendation from a relative. We were a bit skeptical at first since it's a little hole in the wall at an older strip mall, but were pleasantly surprised by their quality. Their roast duck, roast pork and char siu are truly excellent! The pricing is very affordable for what you get too. Their lunch plates are generously piled high so you could easily share with someone. We spoke to the owner and found out he was a chef in Hong Kong for 30 years. His experience truly shows in the quality of the food he offers.
Good roast duck plate & char siu; they pour a sweet sauce over their char siu; similar to another place in Kapahulu. Their lemon chicken was so so, as their lemon sauce was too light in flavor. I hope their place is clean, as a pigeon was flying above around their kitchen area; thought it would get whacked by their ceiling fan.
I know the name is "Roast Duck Kitchen" but I didn't eat the duck!! What I did have was probably the tastiest roast pork and char siu this side of Chinatown. They also serve roast, ginger and garlic chicken. Along with char siu fried rice and of course roast duck. Definately would go back. The store is kind of tucked back in the mall on the 2nd floor. Worth looking for!

(808) 486-0005

Chinese, Barbeque

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Halawa Korean Bbq

99-1285 Halawa Valley St,Ste A-26
Aiea, 96701
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I eat here almost everyday for breakfast. Hotcakes, link sausage, portugese sausage, fried rice. Take your pick, all Really good stuff!!!! Wide selection of local and korean food, i usually try to go through the whole menu but the old faithfuls hamburgersteak or loco moco keeps me full. Vegetable stir fry is pretty good too!!
Owner, Kevin(??), is just wonderful. Their mandoo soup is da bombz. He adds bbq meat on it so it's very filling along with veggies. Ono ono ono. He has spoiled me with this fab dish that no other Korean restaurant can measure up on this dish. I no longer work in that area so I really really miss it.His fries are fab too - the portion is huge and it also tastes so ono. I do have a thing about hamburgers that use fillers, i.e. not 100% beef. I notice some fillers have a sour taste and others do not.Unfortunately they use the sour tasting one, otherwise their deluxe burgers would be fabulous-o too. But that's the only 'sour note'
Great food, great prices, and friendly service, gives this place four solid stars. Im a fan of their yook gae jang (sorry if I misspelt it). Parking can be a real pain so try and carpool when you can.

(808) 484-0088

Korean, Barbeque

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Ba-Le Sandwich Shop

Pearlrige Shopping Center,98-180 Kamehameha Hwy
Aiea, 96701
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what: contemporary vietnamese fare made from scratch for those who want a taste of vietnamese culture and history! something good: i'm not a huge vietnames food eater... i think because i never really grew up with the spices or the food in my childhood. but i love, love, love the tapioca they have here! i crave for it all the time : ) !! the gentleman who works here is so kind and sweet to my sister and i, since we visit here so frequently for dessert!! : ) best ba-le location!! everyone go and try the tapioca!! something not so good: hmmm... nothing i can think of! i just wish the mall didn't close so early so that i could get this dessert during my late night sweet tooth cravings :D something to try: coconut tapioca (2.95)
This is my favorite place on the island for tofu pho! Simple and tasty broth, rice noodles and sweet tofu with just bean sprouts! You get it piping steamy hot! My other favorite from here is the tuna with French bread - crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, with pickled veggies and tuna! Their chicken and veggie lumpia is also yummy with the sweet sauce! The other favorite is white chocolate symphony smoothie with pearls! That's all I ever order from here - the best!
Back in 2002 to 2005, I use to work at Zippy's Pearlridge. In the Sears, to the left of Napolean Bakery is Ba-Le. This is a Vietnamese food store. Never really knew what Vietnamese food was like. I never really understand what the Eiffel tower had to do with Vietnamese food, till I started to learn more about world history in college. French settling in South East Asian. They had a lot of influences with the Vietnamese culture including food. Ok good to know... It is strange because I never really tried too much of the foods here. I think the first couple things I did try from this place was the mocha and coffee bubble drinks. Then one day my mom introduces me to pho. This is a soup made with beef broth and beef. You can add bean sprouts and mint leaves to it. It was new to me. I never ever heard of, "pho". I thought it was actually called "f_ck?" lol. I know I am crazy. I tried it the first time and thought it was ok. I was not crazy for it at first. Who would of known that this would be the beginning of my love for pho... Besides pho, they have sandwiches with cilantro, carrots, and daikon on french bread and fried spring rolls. The owner and wife that work here are very kind. Definitely a place to stop by when your walking around Sears Pearlridge.

(808) 487-7280

Vietnamese, Sandwiches

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Olay’s Thai Food Express

99-927 Iwaena St
Aiea, 96701
Reviews:
After my first terrible experience with Olay's at the Made In Hawaii Expo I swore never again. But a young lady named Macy messaged me shortly after apologizing for my horrible experience, and invited my husband and I to try one more time, on them. I was skeptical at first, but I ran into them again at the Baby Expo and my husband was begging me to stop and fuel up. As I made my way closer to the booth, I realized that all they had was curry (it was pretty early). I was scared considering what had happened to me the last time. I peered into the tubs and saw my old friend...yellow chicken curry. I decided "well..if I'm going to give it a fair shot, I have to eat the same thing again." My husband opted for the pumpkin curry. The young man who was working DEFINITELY did not want to be there, but I couldn't blame him. It was early, there were kids screaming from all directions, not fun. He kind of blankly looked at me as I ordered but he honored my freebie redo. As I opened my plate, I held my breath. I was having flashbacks of the horrible oily soup I had the last time and the soggy rice. I took my first bite when suddenly, I had a revelation. THE FOOD WAS AMAZING! Holy heart attack batman, the food was AMAZING. So good, that I just had to say that again. The yellow chicken curry actually had some decent pieces of chicken, there was oil but not too much where I couldn't taste anything else. The jasmine rice was perfect. And ho man, don't even get me started on the PUMPKIN curry! My husband and I fought for the left overs when we came home. Definitely glad I tried it again, because I was NOT disappointed. The curry hit the spot WITHOUT SRIRACHA (and anyone who knows me knows I like everything spicy. The curry needed NO extra help being delicious). I cannot wait to eat Olay's again!
Been here twice and ordered the Pumpkin Curry both times! I like it because its unique and tasty! Service was quick and my meal arrived shortly after ordering. The only downside to this spot is parking. I had a difficult time finding an open spot. You may have to find an opening on the street :/
I really don't like curry because I can't handle the spice, but when I tried the pumpkin curry. WOW... I liked it. It had the right amount of meat, pumpkin and curry. Now we keep going back every week with my co-worker .

(808) 487-4001

Thai

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Wally Ho’s Garage & Grill

98-380 Kamehameha Hwy
Aiea, 96701
Reviews:
Today they forgot to turn on the fryer but I don't care. Almost any amount of waiting is worth it. Best plate lunch ever. Staff is super friendly and they remember you. A seriously awesome small town experience in the middle of Oahu's hustle and bustle.
The mechanic is extremely rude. I went there to get a safety inspection and he saw me drive up- no greeting, no hello, just glanced at me and went about his business. Another customer arrived a second later and he helped that customer then continued about his business. I approached him to get some help and he abruptly said, "You're going to have to wait a minute." I decided to take my business elsewhere. You lost a customer, Wally.
Outstanding food, service and personality. Every dish is out of this world and the Loco Moco is awesome. This is a weekly lunch stop for me. And you can knock out that safety inspection while you eat. This place is a must do for locals and tourists.

(808) 488-2220

Diners, American (Traditional)

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M & M BBQ

99-149 Moanalua Rd,Ste 104
Aiea, 96701
Reviews:
If I were to choose L&L or M&M, I would go M&M. Yeah it may sound like a generic and rip off from L&L but you don't know and won't know till ya know ya know what I mean. I've been coming here for years since my days at Aiea Intermediate and High School coming here after school or off of school while cruising Aiea Library and stuff. If you decide to dine in, they treat you like family and serve you like you are actually dining in even though it may feel or not seem like it. The menu is pretty solid. The bento and breakfast specials are winnahs. My favorite is the beef eggplant which is on the specials menu where I seldom order from often. It may take a while to cook it but it is pretty worth the wait and eat I would say. The prices are really decent. The portions and satisfaction is decent as well. They are located right next to Aiea Manapua. There is some limited parking right in front of the small businesses. The area is also right next to Roosalie Woodson dance school. It is very nice to see that they are still serving some good 'ole local kine local grindz for the and in the Aiea community.
If you're hungry, and in search of a hole in the wall diner, than don't blink when you drive through Aiea. If you're not from the area, you'll probably drive right past it if you're not paying attention. Here's a hint..... if you're going west on Moanalua Road, and you see the Aiea library.. better hit the brakes, make a left down the steep drive way, and another sharp left into their micro, micro, MICRO parking lot. ( I told you, if you blinked you'd miss it!) It's a small mom, pop, sister, and brother operation, maybe an auntie might be in the mix too. The food is tasty, and super affordable. It's not what you'd describe as massive... falling all over the sides... one plate for two people kinda serving, but for the price... if you're still hungry after one plate... I'd say buy another one, cause you'll probably have some money left over. But the thing I like most about M & M, is the catering part. Lotta times if you're tired ,or lazy, and somehow just can't seem to get the stove started, for some reason or another; then it's time for M & M. My grandson had a birthday at the beach, and we wanted to bring food, but with getting everything ready, and loaded; there wasn't gonna be enough time to make something ( well that was my excuse at the time) So with time running out, I made a last minute call. "Can I get a pan of chicken katsu, a pan of sweet and sour spare ribs, and a pan of fried noodles... PLEASE!" and can I get that in 45 minutes... there was a slight pause, and then... "Okay!".... WHEW! Got there on time and our food was hot and ready. The chicken was moist and juicy on the inside, but crispy on the outside, that was complimented well with the katsu sauce. The Spare ribs, were soft and tasty, with that sweet, gingery, soury, tang going on. Perfect over rice!! And the fried noodles... not too hard and under cooked, and not too over cooked where it's mushy. With crunchy slivers of fresh vegetables, and char siu, and just a slight hint of Oyster sauce, and shoyu. All this was very, very affordable... but for the time it saved me.... PRICELESS! The grandsons beach birthday party was a blast, with lots, and lots of good beach type foods, and I'm so glad my little contribution to it was made possible due to the friendly family at "M & M"... the tiny hole in the wall, in the Micro parking lot, at the bottom of the steep hill.
YUM, YUM, YUM and YUM! Friendly people and great food! Hearty portions at a reasonable cost. I don't live near Aiea, but still try to cater M&M, when possible. The food is super-ono and they probably have the best "party pan packages" for the $.

(808) 488-6739

Hawaiian, Barbeque

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Pearl Country Club Restaurant

98-535 Kaonohi St
Aiea, 96701
Reviews:
You can't tell from the outside but this place has really good food. My cousin had a birthday party here and there was enough room to accomodate 60 people. Service was great and I was pleasantly surprised by how good the food is here. The garlic mahi and steak were super good. I also liked the chantilly macadamia nut cake. This is a very good location to consider if you have to throw a birthday party, anniversary party, or grad party. It's very cold inside the restaurant..usually I can handle lots of AC but even I was cold..bring a sweater or jacket. I hope someone hosts another party here so I can eat the food again :)
when i hear "country club" i envision snooty couples in matching argyle cardigans, strict rules and stuffy staff. this isn't the case for Pearl Country Club's restaurant, hidden on the lower level near the golf course - you don't have to be a member or even play golf to eat here! the ambiance is Ige's-like (plain white room with tables and chairs), local servers saying "see ya next week" to the local regulars, and last but not least, good homestyle food. we went for breakfast but i was surprised at the variety offered for lunch, pupu and dinner, from ahi poke and burgers to saimin and donburi! due to the appetizing color pictures on the menu (love that btw!) i was eyeing the katsudon, but at this time of day we were limited to brekkie. we ordered the usual suspects: pancakes, eggs, bacon, arabiki sausage, omelet, hashbrowns, and even a "japanese breakfast" of grilled salmon, miso soup, egg and rice. everything was A-OK, filling and served with a smile. they didn't flinch at the toddlers running around or that we stayed alittle longer to chat. prices were also decent at $6-9 as some items were specially priced on the "early bird" menu (served 6-9 a.m.). one day i hope to return to try the katsudon and other local japanese dishes, maybe we'll even sit outside to enjoy the peaceful view of the golf course. it may be more like going to aunty's house than a "country club," but beg-your-pardon, i think i like it that way!
Had a dinner at the Pearl Country Club restaurant a few nights ago. We had a party of 15 and I must say, they are rather quick with serving the food. The restaurant has a combination of items from the local hamburger steak to the Japanese saimin, bento, soba, etc. The people in our party ordered a combination of breakfast, Japanese, and local fare. They all said it was rather delicious. I, personally, had the breakfast (I LOVE breakfast!). It was Spam, scrambled eggs and hash brown. They give 5 pieces of Spam. It was great! However, regarding taste of the hash browns, it was just "okay." Nothing stellar to write home about. Not bad, just not shocking. Very friendly staff here! I would recommend the restaurant for a casual dinner after golfing or just going there to have a breakfast, lunch or dinner.

(808) 487-1558

American (Traditional), Japanese

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