Oahu Food Guide: Day 1
Hi, friends! Happy February! And…. Happy late Valentine’s Day (I know super late, I’m sorry)! Was love in the air! Yeah? Nah? I remember last Valentine’s Day when Justin surprised me with a bouquet of white roses and white lilies (my favorite!) He arranged it to arrive at my place after I got home from work, but I don’t answer the door for anyone unless I’m expecting something. So as we were messaging back and forth, I told him that someone just rang the doorbell, but I didn’t answer it because I wasn’t expecting anyone. And he was like, “ANSWER IT!! It’s from me! I wanted to surprise you!” By that point, the delivery man was already gone, so I had to call him to come back (which he did within 30 minutes – good job Japan Post!). I told him not to get me anything this year to save money and he actually listened (*sad face* nah, it’s okay LOL).
Going off on a tangent from that story, I’m just curious – if/when you’re in a relationship, do you guys constantly message each other throughout the day? Justin and I do, but I know every couple has their own version of “normal,” so I’m curious what’s “normal” to you?
Anywaysss, the actual topic of this post has nothing to do with Valentine’s Day, as you could probably tell from the title. A few months ago (more like 6 months ago…), Justin and I spent a few days on Oahu (yeah I know, I’m super late on doing this post) and all we really did was eat. I honestly gained 5 pounds in just the few days we were there. Since we had only a limited amount of time on the island, I only took him to eat at places that I love or heard great things about. While this isn’t really an Oahu food guide like the title suggests (clickbait anyone?) because it doesn’t cover the entire Island of Oahu and there are so many other good restaurants, these are the places we ate at during our trip and are definitely ones I recommend to anyone.
We stayed in town at the Ala Moana Hotel, so most of the restaurants in this post are right in the heart of Honolulu. So, without further ado, let’s get started!
Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant
After arriving and checking into the hotel, we were starving! And how convenient is it that this
restaurant is located in the hotel! This has always been my go-to spot to have dim sum while on Oahu (I haven’t really tried many though LOL) especially because you can park at Ala Moana Shopping Center and walk right over! Parking in Honolulu is always a concern, but the ramp that connects the hotel and the shopping center’s parking lot makes it SO easy!
I don’t know a whole lot about all the different types of dumplings (I don’t know a whole lot about authentic Chinese food in general), but one thing I can say about this restaurant is that it is NOMSS. How do they make everything? I don’t know. What’s in everything? I don’t really know. But, it’s delicious! And the best part about dim sum is being able to choose whatever you want from the carts as they walk around the restaurant. The servers just tally it on your tab as you choose things, so you don’t ever have to order, which means you can start eating as soon as you sit down! They do serve other dishes that you can order, but let’s be real. Dim sum is where the party is at. I think I ate about 12 pork shumai all by myself, and I do not regret it at all.
Unfortunately, the restaurant closed in October of last year (so soon after we visited!) and they are not planning to reopen the restaurant at another location. :(
Dave and Buster’s (DnB’s)
After stuffing our faces at dim sum, we walked around Ala Moana Center and did some shopping before meeting up with one of my college friends at Dave and Buster’s for Happy Hour (half-off drinks!). Dave and Buster’s at Ward is great because it’s multiple stories that separate the arcade area from the restaurant area. Of course, on the arcade level (2nd floor), there are tables to sit at and you can dine in there without having to play games. But, on the 1st floor, it’s just a sports bar/restaurant.
We sat on the 1st floor and ordered a few appetizers, but if you know me and my friends, you know we were there to driiiink (don’t worry, we took an Uber). Many Jack and Cokes and a few Jameson shots later, the waitress cut us off for ordering too many drinks within an hour. Like whaaaaat. I understand there are rules that the restaurant has to abide by so good job to the waitress for enforcing the policy, but why is the limit so low?! (For the record, I don’t know exactly what the limit is. I just know it’s less than what we all could handle within an hour. Maybe we’re just the champs of drinking?) We’ll just take our money to another bar LOL.
As for the food we ordered, everything was pretty good. It’s nothing spectacular, but it’s what you would expect from a sports bar – you know, the kind of food you want to eat when drinking. Like fries and shit. Do fries become exponentially better when drunk for everyone? Or is that just me? I mean, they’re already really good when sober, but when drunk, they’re nothing short of heavenly. I love fries. Getting back on track here…The menu is HUGE and they have a lot of specials that include a game card to use in the arcade, which is a good deal for those that want to play games.
Happy Hour Schedule:
Monday – Friday: 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Sunday – Tuesday: 10:00 pm – Midnight
Wednesday: 10:00 pm – 2:00 am
Thursday: 10:00 pm – Midnight
Happy Hour Specials:
$1 off 22 oz. drafts
$1 off wine glasses
$3 off wine bottles
There are a lot of specials and events going on throughout the week, so be sure to check out their
website for the latest information (linked below).
Ward Entertainment Center
1030 Auahi St.
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone number: (808) 589-2215
Sunday: 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Monday: 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Tuesday: 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Wednesday: 11:00 am – 2:00 am
Thursday: 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Friday: 11:00 am – 2:00 am
Saturday: 11:00 am – 2:00 am
Beer Garden – Shirokiya Japan Village Walk
After being cut off at DnB’s, we decided we wanted to continue drinking and there is no place cheaper to get drunk at than Beer Garden at Shirokiya Japan Village Walk.
Glasses run $1-$4 per glass, with the $1 beers being Primo. Even if it’s Primo, no complaints when it’s only $1!! (I’ll be honest though, I never buy the $1 beer.) They also sell beer by the pitcher or by the tower. Pitchers run $4-$16 and towers are the same price, but only some beers are available to purchase in a tower. We always get one pitcher of Kirin at a time to split and that costs $8. I’m not sure of the exact fluid oz. of a pitcher, but a glass of Kirin is $2 so I think you get a bit more for your money if you buy a pitcher.
Aside from the beer, they also offer other types of alcohol like wine, shochu, and sake, all at more
affordable prices than your average bar. There is also some of the best food there, especially since the entire thing was meant to replicate Japan (and Japan has the best food EVER, but I might be biased). They have bentos, okonomiyaki, takoyaki, ramen, curry, and so much more. So if you’re a Japanese food fan, this place would be one of the best places to go because there is so much to choose from. And while I haven’t tried everything in there, everything that I have tried was pretty damn noms.
And the cute sakura (cherry blossoms) hanging over the seating area is prettyyyy.
Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd #1360
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone number: (808) 973-9111
Sunday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Monday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
We called it a night after consuming tonsss of beer at beer garden, which was a good idea because we had a big day ahead when we woke up the next morning! Stay tuned for Day 2 of our Oahu trip. :)
Thanks for reading! <3
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