Hand picked by uber chef Jean-George Vongerichten, Colin Hazama of the St. Regis Princeville shares his top picks for ethnic eats on Oahu
Recently named as a 2010 James Beard Award Rising Star Chef semi-finalist, Colin Hazama knows good food, so when he shared with me his favorite local restaurants I paid serious attention.
This young chef loves traditional ethnic foods. Bowls of steaming noodles and small, tapas style plates of Japanese and Chinese cuisine rank high on his list. Imanas Tei a Japanese izakaya (pub) is one of his favorite places for sushi and small plates of Japanese bar food – delicious morsels that are usually grilled, fried or steamed and flavored to complement good beer. Colin is not alone in his love of Imanas Tei. Roy Yamaguchi is also a frequent patron and Town chef/owner Ed Kenney, considers Imanas Tei one of his favorite restaurants in Hawaii. The izakaya is a quick 10 minute ride from Waikiki.
About 15 miles outside of Waikiki on the west side of Oahu, Tanioka’s – Hawaii’s answer to a Jewish deli, is where he goes to buy poke a traditional Hawaiian dish of cubed raw fish flavored with sea salt, seaweed and kukui nut relish. Tanioka’s is Hawaii on a plate, this take-out only deli serves local style sushi, fried chicken and bento, a good place to grab a picnic and head for Oahu’s beaches on the west and north shores.
Colin Hazama is the Chef de Cuisine of the Kauai Grill at the new St. Regis Princeville and was hand picked by noted chef Jean-George Vongerichten who partnered with the hotel to create a Kauai flavored Jean-George dining experience. Watch the video and hear more from Chef Jean-George and his Kauai State of Mind.
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Melanie Kosaka is the founder of ShareYourTable.com a food and culture site exploring Hawaii from seed to plate and the co-founder of What Chefs Eat iPhone app bringing dining recommendations from Hawaii top chefs to your phone.