Master sushi chef Norio Yamamoto left his namesake restaurant (still called Norio’s) at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii to open this bright, less formal dining room in the Shops at Mauna Lani. His “sizzling plates” menu includes New York strip steak in a choice of sauces, boneless fried chicken in spicy garlic-sesame sauce, and pork loin stir-fried with kimchi. Although the bill adds up quickly here, it would be a shame to skip seafood specialties like his volcano roll (a combination of spicy tuna and shrimp tempura with local avocado) or ultra-fresh, silken sashimi such as Hawaiian fatty tuna (chu toro). Downstairs is Yamamato and partner Wes Monty’s Blue Room Brasserie & Bar, a charming French/island-style bistro inspired by a room at Iolani Palace; it’s open for lunch and dinner, notably with Belgian beers on tap, an oyster bar, excellent seafood entrees, and leafy patio seating.
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Monstera Noodles & Sushi
In the Shops at Mauna Lani, 68-1330 Mauna Lani Dr., Waimea
Our Rating Neighborhood Waimea Hours Daily 5:30–9:30pm (last seating 9pm). Phone 808/887-2711 Prices Main courses $18–$30; sushi rolls $7–$22; sashimi $17–$20. Cuisine Type Japanese Web site Monstera Noodles & Sushi Other Blue Room: http://theblueroomhi.com. 808/887-0999. Lunch main courses $16–$20 ($42 bouillabaisse); dinner main courses, $17–$42. Daily 11:30am–10pm.
MapIn the Shops at Mauna Lani, 68-1330 Mauna Lani Dr., Waimea Hawaii (The Big Island)
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