HAWAII journal’s “75 Locations to Eat Like a Native”: Korean Meals

The 2014 food issue of HAWAII magazine is now available.

In the issue, you’ll find “75 Places to Eat Like a Local,” our now annual guide to the places in Hawaii where locals like us eat when we’re starved. This year’s “75 Places to Eat Like a Local: Mixed Plate Edition” deals with the islands’ well-known multicultural cuisine. For example, where do we go when we are looking for the best Hawaiian food. The restaurants we go to serve the best of Japanese home cooking. And if we crave more than one ethnic cuisine, the places eat with melting pot menus from different Hawaiian cultures.

Until the end of December, we’ll be sharing some categories and restaurants from this year’s guide “75 Places to Eat Like a Local: Mixed Plate Edition” here on HawaiiMagazine.com. We have split our Hawaiian Food, Japanese Food, Asian Hot Pot, Poke, and Vietnamese categories in previous posts. Below is the sixth category that we share: the five restaurants that make up our “KOREAN” category.

Let’s eat!

75 Places To Eat Like A Local: Mixed Plate Edition


Category 5 of 15

So many places for great Korean food in Honolulu. Only room for five here.

678 Hawaii

Since 678 was on our last 75 seat list, there’s now been a crazy long queue for dinner. Well The 678’s delicious menu with marbled, high-quality grilled meat (pork belly, pork breast, veal beef, pork skin, ribeye) and extras has clearly got around. We will still be waiting for the spread shown in the photo above. But how about a second location in Honolulu?

1726 Kapiolani Blvd., Oahu (808) 941-6678


In the kitchen of Chef Won Nam, whose vivacious demeanor gave this Honolulu restaurant the nickname “Angry Korean Lady”, the iconic Korean cuisine reaches creative, tasteful heights unmatched anywhere else. Prepared with Nam’s skill and mastery of taste, even a simple meal of fried kimchee rice, Korean pancakes, pork bulgogi, and steamed veal is gastronomically transporting.

At Imperial Plaza, 725 Kapiolani Blvd., Oahu • (808) 596-0600 • Angrykoreanlady.com

Kyung’s seafood

Large portions of favorite Korean dishes – sinfully crunchy kimchee pancakes, charcoal crusted veal – meet the clean taste of fresh seafood – ahi, hamachi, tako (squid), abalone, etc. at this cozy Honolulu restaurant. Eat a sack of Maui onions and tobiko (flying fish roe). It’s good that Kyung’s is always open late.

1269 S. King St., Oahu • (808) 589-1144

Million restaurant

Until recently, famously open until the wee hours of the morning – to better satisfy hunger for Korean food after the pub bustle – Million will now close at a more respectable 11pm or midnight. We’ve adjusted our late-night schedule accordingly to complement the huge selection of Korean comfort favorites (tender veal and charcoal-grilled rock steak) and the weird menu curiosities (Al Chigae, a fish egg soup).

626 Sheridan St., Oahu • (808) 596-0799

Yakiniku Don Day

We’re a sucker for the nighttime setting here – open-air seating under big umbrellas, strung white lights, and surrounding urban condos. However, the main attraction of this favorite late night dive for locals is the extent and quality of the offerings grilled and cooked to order by you. Put some curry pork belly slices on the grill and order a lemon soju to start with. Then have fun exploring the menu.

905A Keeaumoku St., Oahu • (808) 951-1004

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