Days of Our Knives
All over town chefs are recreating dishes from their pasts that are "all grown up." These playful dishes are the perfect fix for curbing your nostalgia and your cravings.
Your daily after-school routine used to be: come home, drop your backpack and demand a snack. Well, the "after school special" at Apartment 3 is totally demand-worthy: a double-decker grilled cheese sandwich filled with gooey Gruyere cheese and thin slices of salty prosciutto. Dip the whole thing into the accompanying bowl of roasted tomato bisque for the ultimate treat. What's that sound? Oh, that's just your inner fat kid rejoicing. Apartment 3, 1750 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu. 808.955.9300.
There's nothing better than a good ol' Spam musubi. Or, that's what you thought until you tasted one of Mana Bu's freshly made gourmet musubis. Filled with ingredients like baked salmon, unagi, veggie curry and azuki beans, they’re a far cry from the ubiquitous packages of regret that beckon you from across convenience store counters. The rice options are aplenty—organic white, brown, 10-grain and mochi rice. They only use fresh Hawaiian sea salt as a preservative, and never add chemicals or artificial flavors. And with over 34 varieties available every day, there's something for everyone. Mana Bu's, 1618 S. King St., Honolulu. 808.358.0287.
As a kid you loved li hing powder sprinkled on fruit, gummy candy and well, practically anything. Shokudo decided that if it’s good enough for Sour Patch Kids, it's good enough to infuse sake with. Shots of their li hing infused sake go down like, well, candy, so don't say we didn't warn you. Shokudo Japanese, 1585 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu. 808.941.3701.