Marukame Udon

Marukame Udon 1104 Fort Street Mall Honolulu, HI 96813 Yelp After many days cooped up at the Disney Aulani, Mama H.o.P. was getting cabin fever.  We had a rental car for one day, so drove into Honolulu to see the sights, find pleasures that could not be had in the same damn lazy river and…

Roy’s Ko Olina

Roy’s Ko Olina 92-1220 Ali’inui Dr Kapolei, HI 96707 Yelp I’ve been to Roy’s a few times and have never been terribly impressed by the fancified Hawaiian Asian fusion cuisine.  The food is good, but it’s never been worthy of a strong recommendation or repeat visits.  The Roy’s in Kapolei, which is conveniently located within…

Ngự Bình

Ngự Bình 14092 Magnolia Ave. Westminster, CA 92683 Yelp For many people, spring rolls, bánh mì, and phở are all they know when it comes to Vietnamese food.    If you have those 3 dishes down, pat yourself on the back because you’ve covered just a small fraction of Vietnamese cuisine.  I am, by far, no expert on…

Sushi Noguchi

Sushi Noguchi 18507 Yorba Linda Blvd Yorba Linda, CA 92886 Yelp I would give the sushi options in OC two thumbs up.  From Nana San to Ohshima to San Shi Go, the sushi is top notch and not crazy expensive (San Shi Go excluded).  Now I can add Sushi Noguchi to that list of excellent…

Kiyomizu

Kiyomizu 305 E. 4th St. #105 Santa Ana, CA 92701 Yelp I’ve heard so many great things about SUGARFISH’s sister restaurant, KazuNori, in DTLA.  The hand rolls at SUGARFISH are some of the best I’ve ever tasted, so I assume KazuNori is the same.  The perfectly roasted and deeply flavored nori is what really makes makes…

Koi Palace

Koi Palace 365 Gellert Blvd. Daly City, CA 94015 Yelp When you talk about dim sum in San Francisco, Koi Palace is sure to make its way into the conversation.  Interestingly, Koi Palace isn’t even located in San Francisco.  It’s in the neighboring suburb of Daly City, more known for its Filipino predominant demographics and…

Crystal Jade

Crystal Jade Multiple Locations Hong Kong When it comes to xiao long bao aka XLB aka soup dumplings, Din Tai Fung aka DTF reigns supreme.  Many may argue whether DTF truly makes the best XLB out there, considering it is a Shanghainese specialty made famous by a Taiwanese chain.  Few will deny that is probably the…

Mott 32

Mott 32 Standard Chartered Bank Building 4-4a Des Voex Road Central Hong Kong Perpetually Underwhelmed recommended Mott 32 for its modern and sophisticated take on Cantonese cuisine.  As a lunch spot, people come for the dim sum.  One of The Annoyer’s friends, HK Baller, comes here quite frequently for business lunches.  The novelty and luster of the…

Robuchon Au Dome

Robuchon Au Dome Grand Lisboa Hotel Avenida de Lisboa Macau Peninsula The Robuchon empire spans multiple countries and continents.  I have been fortunate enough to visit his Las Vegas outpost.  Turning a blind eye to the heavy price tag, I found it to be outstanding.  The 3 Michelin stars Joël Robuchon earned in 2010 was well deserved,…

Yardbird

Yardbird 33-35 Bridges Street Sheung Wan Hong Kong High up on the to-try list for Hong Kong was Yardbird.  It is known for its Japanese modern yakitori/izakaya fare.  I had seen it on travel shows and Perpetually Underwhelmed and 3SB recommended the place.  They had already nailed it with their recommendation of Yakiniku Great, so…

Fu Sing Sharkfin Seafood Restaurant

Fu Sing Sharkfin Seafood Restaurant Multiple locations Hong Kong With the fancy Michelin caliber dim sum checked off the bucket list, it was only right to give a regular dim sum restaurant a try.  Hong Kong is THE place for dim sum with even the low end places being pretty fantastic I heard.  3SB recommended…

Yakiniku Great

Yakiniku Great 255 Queen’s Road Central Hong Kong I thought I’ve had the best Yakiniku in places like Yakiniku Hiro in Kyoto, Totoraku in LA, and Tsuruhashi in Fountain Valley.  Yakiniku Great takes the cake by leaps and bounds as the BEST DAMN Japanese BBQ in my experience.  It’s a relatively new restaurant, that is…