Where to get shave ice on Maui? The consensus answer seems to be Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice. As with Hawaii’s other famous shave ice joints (see Matsumoto’s and Waiola’s), Ululani’s serves up their finely shaven (that’s the secret to a good shave ice) concoction with a nice pouring of homemade flavored syrups. And they go to eleven with their flavors. Think tiger’s blood, li hing mui, calamansi and leche. Too adventurous for your shave ice palate? They also serve the standards: strawberry, pineapple, coconut, and almost any other flavor that you can think of.
I’m not gonna lie, the only reason that I had for visiting Tucker & Bevvy was so that I could have Tim Tams and ice cream for breakfast. The newest Tucker & Bevvy, a breakfast concept, popped up late last year, and is sort of the big brother to their smaller picnic food shop at the Park Shore Hotel on the corner of Kalakaua & Kapahulu Ave.
We’ve shared a lot on Exploration: Hawaii, especially our favorite hikes and places to dine. That said, this is one restaurant that I’m not particularly ready to give away just yet. It’s a sushi bar that is more of a hole-in-the-wall. Actually, it kind of is, literally, a hole in the wall of a larger restaurant. It’s frequented by locals who like to eat good, talk loud, and drink a lot. Did I mention that this sushi bar is BYOB. Yup, and many regulars drag along their own coolers filled with ice and their favorite alcoholic beverage of choice. Their 11-piece omakase is a great value at just $30. Now do you get why I’m keeping this one to myself?
Tucked away on the corner of Hotel & Smith St. is the latest culinary experiment by the same duo that delivered the immensely popular Lucky Belly. Livestock Tavern reminds me of the hearty comfort food that I willingly indulge in whenever visiting the New England coast. Their winter menu includes choices like shellfish stew, braised beef tongue, and a devilishly delicious Maine lobster roll.
Lucky Belly or Downbeat Diner? It took us two days to decide, but eventually, we chose to indulge in ramen from Lucky Belly. Located on North Hotel Street, Lucky Belly is part of a new wave of restaurants that has been invading Downtown Honolulu. When I first walked in and took a look at the menu, I was reminded of David Chang’s immensely popular Momofuku Noodle Bar in New York City’s East Village. Think indulgent pork belly bao, gyoza, and, of course, irresistible ramen.
The classic Old Fashioned has been on my mind as of late. Maybe it’s because I stumbled upon the wonderful Old Fashioned 101 website by Martin Doudoroff. Maybe it’s all those episodes of Mad Men that I’ve been watching on Netflix. In any case, my friends and I decided to experience an Old Fashioned at the recently opened Bethel Street Tap Room. My good friend Ryan would be flying back to Boston, currently 16 degrees Fahrenheit, and so a final drink was in order.
After having a wonderful dinner at Nobu at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, we decided to catch the complementary Four Seasons shuttle back to the Lodge at Koele. It was a chilly November night. What better way to enjoy the rest of the evening than with late night hot chocolate, in the the Lodge’s Great Hall, next to the fireplace.
Chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s Nobu on Lanai opened less than two years ago at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay. Celebrity chef and restaurateur, Chef Matsuhisa, is known for his new style Japanese cuisine, which fuses traditional Japanese dishes with Peruvian ingredients. He’s also considered to be a favorite of Lanai’s majority owner, Larry Ellison. The co-founder and CEO of Oracle, and fifth richest man in the world, owns 97 percent of the island. I’ve dined at Nobu Honolulu before, but this would be my first time experiencing the Manele Bay location.