Archive for Honolulu Oahu Dining

Chef Mavro Earns AAA Five Diamond Award

Congratulations to Oahu restaurant, Chef Mavro, for earning the AAA Five Diamond Award – the first independent, non-hotel restaurant to do so in Hawaii.

The restaurant is the namesake of George Mavrothalassitis, a James Beard Foundation award winner, and one of the founding members of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement, widely recognized as the renaissance of modern fine dining in the state of Hawaii.

Mavrothalassitis was born in Marseilles, France, where he honed his culinary skills and owned and operated two restaurants. He emigrated to Hawaii in 1988, entranced by the state’s beauty, the multi-cultural atmosphere, and the local foods of Hawaii.

He was previously executive Chef at the La Mer restaurant in the Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki, another Five Diamond Award winner.

This award is a big deal – other past winners include the French Laundry in Napa Valley, Gary Danko in San Francisco, Alinea in Chicago, Alain Ducasse, to name a few.

So, if you find yourself on Oahu, don’t forget Chef Mavro, for a fine dining experience. We imagine that the restaurant’s already popular profile will go even higher, so get those reservations in early!

Congratulations Chef Mavro!

Chef Mavro
1969 South King Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96826
Phone: 808-944-4714
Reservations required!

Roy’s Restaurant on Oahu

Chances are you may have heard of Roy’s Restaurant. You might even have one in near you if you live in the Continental U.S. or in Japan.

However, the original Roy’s, the granddaddy of them all, is located on the island of Oahu, in Hawaii Kai in East Honolulu.

Roy Yamaguchi founded the original Roy’s back in 1988. Born in Tokyo, Roy often visited his Grandparents in Maui, and had fond memories of the varied seafood available at the seaside piers. Yamaguchi graduated from the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) in New York at age 19. After several years in Los Angeles (including running his own restaurant 385 North), Yamaguchi moved to Hawaii to open Roy’s.

Soon afterward, Roy’s cuisine was being hailed by numerous notable Food magazines, and he was also Hawaii’s first James Beard award winner. He is also credited as being one of the 12 founders of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement in Hawaii, which vaulted Hawaii Cuisine into international attention.

Roy’s now has 35 locations, including 7 in Hawaii, 2 in Japan, 1 in Guam, and 25 in the Mainland U.S.

The Hawaii Kai location is Yamaguchi’s “home base”, and is widely recognized as amongst the best of the Roy’s locations. If you’re ever in Honolulu, be sure to get out to the Roy’s Hawaii Kai location at 6600 Kalanianaole Highway.

If available, be sure to sample the Steamed Moi, a delicate white fish that is exclusively ocean grown and sourced from Hawaii, the Misoyaki Butterfish, or the charbroiled Short Ribs.

If you’re a foodie, search this restaurant out during your travels. The Hawaii Kai location also offers spectacular views of the sunset off the ocean, and is away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki.