Try 33 Filipino Food Week Specials at These O‘ahu Restaurants

Roy’s, Obake Honolulu, Stage Restaurant and others join Filipino eateries offering pulutan bar snacks from June 20 to 26.


Bar snacks, tapas, pūpū: In Filipino, the name for this jovial genre is pulutan. For the 5th annual Filipino Food Week, the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu invited restaurants to come up with food and drink specials inspired by pulutan. “While the usual bar food mainly consists of finger foods and appetizers, ‘pulutan’ may range from light offerings such as adobong mani (garlic fried peanuts) to heavy meals like crispy pata,” the Consulate explains.


Of the 17 O‘ahu restaurants participating this year, only a handful typically serve Filipino food. The rest have come up with specials ranging from an Aloha Mabuhay bento (‘Ōlena by Chef Ron Simon) and a seven-course family-style dinner (Chef Chai) to sisig with foie gras butter (Eating House 1849) and cocktails including an adobo-infused whiskey cocktail (Basalt Waikīkī) and Pai Honolulu’s margarita with tequila and calamansi. Other participating restaurants are Joey’s Kitchen and Macadangdang on Maui and Shan-J Restaurant in American Samoa.


Filipino Food Week starts Tuesday, June 20, and runs through Monday, June 26.





•  Adobo Chicken Wings ($16) with soy-vinegar glaze, garlic chili dipping sauce
•  Adobo Bourbon Kaktel: adobo-infused whiskey, pandan syrup, macadamia liqueur
•  BBQ Pork Belly Sticks ($15) with sweet soy lemon barbecue sauce, calamansi


2255 Kūhio Ave., (808) 923-5689,, @basaltwaikiki



Chef Chai



Chef Chai Filipino Food Week

Photo: Courtesy of Chef Chai


Family-Style Dinner for Two or more, $65 per person:

•  Crispy Duck Lumpia
•  Crispy Pork Adobo
•  Pork Guisantes
•  Chicken Tinola
•  Escabeche
•  Steamed Rice
•  Minatamis na Saging (sweet plantains ala mode with vanilla ice cream)
•  Halo Halo with strawberry shave ice


1009 Kapiolani Blvd., (808) 585-0011,, @chefchaipapcifica



Eating House 1849


•  Sisig appetizer ($25) with foie gras butter, pickled onions, lomi tomato


2330 Kalākaua Ave. 3F, (808) 924-1849,, @eatinghouse1849



Elena’s Home of Finest Filipino Foods


Elena’s Pulutan Plate ($20.99):

•  Fried Silet
•  Lechon Kawali
•  Shanghai Lumpia


94-866 Moloalo St., (808) 676-8005,, @elenasfilipino



J&S Lumpia Spot

Salt Lake

Lumpia Sampler Tray ($43):

•  Beef & Vegetable
•  Pork Shanghai
•  Turon
•  Strawberry Cheesecake
•  Pastele


4369 Lawehana St. A-1, (808) 400-1855,, @jslumpiaspot


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Max’s of Manila


•  Classic Pork Sisig, $16.50
•  Fried Lumpiang Ubod, $12.50
•  Lumpiang Shanghai, $13.50
•  Chicharon Bulaklak, $14.50


801 Dillingham Blvd., (808) 793-5512,



•  Fried Lumpiang Ubod, $12.50
•  Lumpiang Shanghai, $13.50
•  Chicharon Bulaklak, $14.50
•  Fried Calamari, $15.50


94-300 Farrington Hwy. Bldg. F, (808) 698-7910,





•  Pusit Real Good ($11): Adobong pusit, fried garlic
•  Tinikling ($11): Fish balls, sawsawan, atsara
•  Cascaron ($6): Deep-fried mochi donut, coconut caramel sauce, coconut shreds
•  Aricini con Caldo ($16): Chicken Arroz Caldo deep-fried, on egg purée
•  Embutido ($14): Pork with chicken sausage, pineapple, banana ketchup


1112 Smith St.,, @obakehonolulu



Ōlena by Chef Ron Simon


Filipino Food Week Aloha Mabuhay Lunch Bento Combo ($20):

•  Adobo slices
•  Rice
•  Pineapple coleslaw
•  Filipino lemonade or Royal Filipino lemonade
•  Fresh baked banana-poi bite


650 Iwilei Road #135, (808) 745-7777,, @olenahi


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Pai Honolulu


•  Dinakdankan Potstickers ($10): Utek ken sibuyas aioli, pickled red onions, pea tendrils, chile bean thread (created in collaboration with chef David Dela Cruz)
•  Sili-mansi Margarita ($15): Tequila, calamansi, chile simple, orange liqueur


55 Merchant St #110, (808) 744-2531,, @paihonolulu




Hawai‘i Kai

•  Shrimp & Scallop Combination with candied bacon and Miki noodles ($63)


6600 Kalaniana‘ole Hwy, (808) 396-7697,



Sama Sama

Pearl City

•  Manila Sunrise drink (calamansi butterfly tea with sparkling soda)


96-045 Ala ‘Ike,, @samasamahawaii



Skull & Crown Trading Co.


•  Biko ($12): sticky rice coconut cake steamed in banana leaf with brûléed bananas
•  Ube-Bae ($14): Tanduay Especial Rum, ube, pineapple, coconut, lime


62 N. Hotel St., (808) 372-0620,, @skullandcrowntradingco



Stage Restaurant and Amuse Wine Bar



miniature ube roll ice cream sandwiches line up on a plate

Photo: Courtesy of Stage Restaurant


•  Calamansi Coconut Leche Flan with banana sherbert, caramelized banana, coconut honey crumble, calamansi foam
•  Family-style “Ice Cream Sandwiches” with house-made ube rolls, coconut lavender ice cream, butter mochi, salted caramel sauce


1250 Kapi‘olani Blvd.,, @stagerestaurant, @amusewinebar



Tiki’s Grill & Bar



crispy pork sisig with fried rice

Photo: Courtesy of Tiki’s Grill & Bar


•  Sisig ($29, entrée): Pork belly braised and crisped, Kula onions, ginger, soy sauce and smoky aioli with garlic rice and Kahumana Farm organic greens salad
•  Shrimp Sarciado ($17, appetizer): Jumbo shrimp sauteed with Kamuela tomatoes, scallions, silky Island Fresh Egg custard and calamansi


2570 Kalākaua Ave., (808) 923-8454,, @tikisgrill


purple ube cocktail in a tall glass

Photo: Courtesy of Tiki’s Grill & Bar





•  Ube pop tart


1284 Kalani St., (808) 439-3224,, @ubae_hawaii



XO Restaurant


•  Adobo Fried Chicken ($9)


3434 Wai‘alae Ave., (808) 732-3838,, @xoorg_hawaii