Getting Around in Honolulo with Aloha Bike Rental, Dining Spots & The Hawaii Food-Wine Festival-November 2022
Honolulu Dining and getting around
Aloha Bike rentals is the place to get your rental bike while in Waikiki. Honda is the manager/owner and will help arrange the delivery to your lodging or hotel. He provided a great E-bike which helped me get around the city including Diamonhead and all over feeling safe but having access to the battery equipped bike to assist on hills or if you were tired. Also provided is a helmet and bike lock so it is easy to ride around if you want a bit of exercise or just the flexibility to not have to rent a car or use uber. Great customer service, friendly and highly recommended. I rode to the various food events and restaurants.
The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival was another fantastic time. The best events were the 2 opening ones were at the Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach & the following night at the Convention Center and . Overall a great turnout, chefs, food, drinks, atmosphere and entertainment. They did have a late night food-cocktail event on the friday night from 9pm-12am as it was raining, wine and cheese pairing saturday and the sunday brunch drag queen event. Met Roy Yamaguchi as he in an intregal part of the festival and such a nice guy besides great chef.
More at https://hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com/
Roy’s in Waikiki never disappoints. The most fresh and delicious food & preparation‘s you will see at any restaurant in Hawaii. So with some of their sushi & sashimi as it is super fresh. Below is the Kampachi and tuna carpaccio which were very tasty. The butter leaf salad was a nice way to mix in with the butter fish staple dish. they have a nice selection of fish and meats but I highly suggest to go with seafood since it’s so fresh out here.
I tried the mahi-mahi which was tender and had a shrimp & crab crust. The service is wonderful and the atmosphere is relaxing get vibrant. Overall just a top-notch meal and hence your experience by having a glass of wine or one of their signature dishes. The manager Diva takes great care of all the customers and checks on everybody to make sure everything‘s going well.
More at https://www.royyamaguchi.com/roys-waikiki-oahu
Mud Hen Water–
Definitely the most unique and creative restaurant I’ve ever been to. OK about 15 minutes away from Waikiki in Kaimuki this place is a must visit. This place is very sustainable and offers some dishes you’ll never have heard of.
I started with a beat poke because Ahi poke fished out so much so it mimics the fish but it’s all vegetables comes with wasabi avocado pickled onions and smoked macadamia nuts. A great starter. I have a selection of chicken, veal and pork dishes but I went with the octopus hoagie with celery and tarragon how long with the tasty clams in a lemongrass coconut milk sauce. Hope this is worth delicious and doing especially dipping the bread shop country bread into the clams coconut milk sauce.
Two side dishes I would recommend are the buttered Hulu which is a Hawaiian starch kind of like a potato and a fermented black bean sauce with cilantro and the other vegetable dishes the Chinese style lotus roots with rainbow carrots, long beans, peanuts in a slate or tasty sauce that I poured over the rice which was a perfect complement. Staff hospitable including the manager Valentina and my server Matt. Enhancer meal with one of the fresh cocktails and the other vegetable dishes the Chinese style lotus roots with rainbow carrots, long beans, peanuts in a slate or tasty sauce that I poured over the rice which was a perfect complement.
The staff is very friendly and hospitable including the manager Valentina and my server mat. Enhance your meal with one of the fresh cocktails as I went for the big island switchblade which is rum, pineapple, lime and Cayenne pepper. I have a selection of other singers your drinks and spirits plus wines and beers to compliment your dining experience. You must check this Hawaiian sense of plate style restaurant on your next visit to Honolulu is very eclectic with a fusion of Chinese, Italian & Hawaiian. More at https://www.mudhenwater.com/