If you spend any time out on the town in Honolulu, chances are you've spotted Kim at one of his favorite hangouts. What you might not know about Kim is that he's kind of a foodie. Here are his favorite places to eat, drink and be merry...
Daniel Dae Kim's Guide to Eating Local (Honolulu Style) - TGIF Honolulu Advertiser
March 19, 2010
By Kawehi Haug
If you spend any time out on the town in Honolulu, chances are you've
spotted Kim at one of his favorite hangouts. What you might not know
about Kim is that he's kind of a foodie. Here are his favorite places to
eat, drink and be merry.
Side Street Inn: "I love this place a lot," Kim said, referring to
Side Street Inn, where we met for the interview. "I love the food. I
love the portions. I love that there's a wide variety of food ? local
food, Asian food and even fried chicken." His favorite Side Street
dishes: kim chee yakisoba, poke, fried chicken and the signature fried
Jimbo Restaurant: Kim and his kids, ages 8 and 13, love Jimbo for house-made udon and the "low-key, casual" atmosphere.
Yuchun Korean Restaurant: "We love Yuchun's Korean cold noodles. So good."
Imanas Tei Restaurant: For family-style Japanese, Kim and his family like Imanas Tei for the diverse menu.
Sis Kitchen: Kim says he was a fan of the original Sis Kitchen, and
was happy to find the Kaimuki Korean eatery had recently reopened.
Nobu Waikiki: "When we want to be fancy, we always go to Nobu. The
food is inventive, and the staff is great." Kim also likes Roy's
Restaurant, La Mer and Michel's at the Colony Surf for upscale dining.
TO ENTERTAIN OUT-OF-TOWNERS
Town: "Kaimuki has great restaurants," Kim said. "Town is one of my favorites. Ed Kenney does a great job."
12th Ave Grill: "When I have out-of-town guests, I'll take them to
12th Avenue Grill or to Town. They aren't on the beach, there are no
palm trees ? they're kind of urbane, and it's a nice change of pace."
Nordstrom Marketplace Cafe: Kim says he likes Nordstrom Cafe for a
quick lunch. "It's not a full sit-down place, but it's not fast food,
and they have a great menu."
Orchids at the Halekulani: "I've had brunch at the Four Seasons in
Beverly Hills and at The Peninsula in New York, and the Halekulani has
the best brunch, bar none."
The dungeness crab ramen at Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi
Bar, the ikura at Sushi Izakaya Gaku, the blue crab roll at Sushi
Sasabune and, for a good steak, Morton's Steakhouse.
For a good cocktail, Kim says he heads downtown to thirty-ninehotel
and NextDoor. "I guess because of my time in New York, I always
associate going out with being among tall buildings and concrete."
Kim says he also likes RumFire in the Sheraton Waikiki.
And to throw back a beer? "Honestly, the best place for a beer is my
living room." Kim says his favorite is a Japanese rice beer he first
tried at Tokkuri-Tei called Echigo. (Kim says he buys the beer at
Marukai Wholesale Mart.)