Chris Kajioka

Chris Kajioka's stylish Miro opens in Kaimuki

Cafe Miro had been a staple in Kaimuki for 25 years under the helm of owner-chef Shigeru Kobayashi, with solid French-style cuisine and prices that were affordable enough to make it a regular spot for neighborhood diners. We wondered what the…

Opening Wednesday (at last): Senia

Without a doubt, Senia — a long-awaited restaurant by chefs Chris Kajioka and Anthony Rush — has been one of the most hyped restaurants in town for a spot that hasn’t even opened yet. Well, the wait is over: Tomorrow,…

#HFWF15: Battle of the Brunch II

Humidity and morning rain weren’t enough to keep away the crowd that showed up for the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival’s Battle of the Brunch II on Sunday. The weather cleared up shortly before, and the three chef teams were…

Coming soon: Chris Kajioka’s Senia

It’s been nearly a year since Chris Kajioka’s departure from Vintage Cave, the $10 million restaurant where tasting menus started at $195. He did a little traveling courtesy of a James Beard scholarship and helped his Michelin-starred friend and mentor…

HFWF 2014: A Lucky Modern Buddha Belly

A Lucky Modern Buddha Belly put 1,000 diners poolside at The Modern Honolulu Thursday night, grazing at 14 star-chef-studded stations and sipping Asian-inspired cocktails and wines poured by the vintners themselves. Spotted: Legions of off-duty chefs, including the ponytailed Hubert…

Behind-the-scenes: Vintage Cave collaboration dinner

Over the weekend, chef Chris Kajioka welcomed two phenomenal chefs for a collaboration dinner at Vintage Cave. “Next Food Network Star” season 9 finalist Viet Pham of Forage Restaurant in Salt Lake City, and San Francisco’s Belinda Leong, pastry chef…

Hello, Sheldon!

It’s official: Sheldon Simeon, Top Chef season 10 finalist, is unleashing his bold, contemporary Filipino flavors in Honolulu for the first time at a four-night collaboration at Vintage Cave.If you watched Top Chef, you know Simeon (and why I couldn’t…

Dinner at Vintage Cave

About a year ago, chef Chris Kajioka (@CKCuisine) tweeted to me, “What was the best meal you ever had?” It was probably the omakase at Morimoto’s in Philadelphia, which took me through a range of emotions with each course, or…

VIDEO first look: Vintage Cave

Probably everything you might have heard about Vintage Cave, the new restaurant opening under Shirokiya next week, is true. Fantastical, but true:It’s one man’s dream. Takeshi Sekiguchi, whose developments span Maui’s Grand Wailea Resort and Four Seasons to Ko Olina…

San Francisco: Dinner at Parallel 37

Last year, I got to meet chef Chris Kajioka (@Ckcuisine) while in San Francisco, when he was working at Aziza. The Iolani grad had moved to the Bay Area to spread his creative wings and continue fueling his passion for…

Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Chris Kajioka

Chris introducing me to Susanna Ok of Hapa Ramen at San Francisco's Ferry Building.Hawaii foodies rejoiced when Iolani grad Chris Kajioka — who was once the chef de partie at Thomas Keller’s four-star Per Se in New York — returned…