Brand new restaurant alert! A familiar menu comes to Waikiki in a convenient space just on the outskirts of Beach Walk. Sushi Sho and Hachibei had a baby and it is located where Bills used ot be next to Hard Rock Cafe. Aimed at featuring some of the most sought after and classic dishes from its parents, UPSTAIRS melds a fusion of cuisines with an iconic Japanese flare in a comfortable sake bar.
Seasonal and local ingredients are harvested as much as possible to create a comforting experience. Items like Kim Chee Fried Rice, Crispy Fried Dumplings, Fried Chicken and LA style Kalbi are notable. The decor is contemporary meets casual tropics and the service is superb. Servers are all very well educated on the menu and eager to offer assistance, recommendations and clarification on anything you need. The beverage menu boasts hand-selected items from Japan, along with beautiful cocktails, mocktails and local brews.
The experience overall is great. Parking in the area is accessible with paid parking options. The lighting in the restaurant once it is night is a bit dark and romantic. Some of our favorite dishes were the: Salmon Salad: Seared salmon with greens and vegetables, mint, lime chili caramel, asian dressing; Hachibei's Torimomo: Spiced roasted Jidori Chicken with chicken oil and nigiri (this was absolutely spectacular, juicy, tender and delicious); Fried Wonton: local shrimp, deep fried won ton paper thin served with a chili nuoc cham dipping sauce; Kimchi Fried Rice: well seasoned garlic gochujang rice with Spam, local eggs and garlic shrimp!
UPSTAIRS, located at 280 Beach Walk, Honolulu, HI 96815, open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Starting October 8, the restaurant will offer takeout during lunch Wednesday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. As COVID restrictions are lifted, UPSTAIRS will return to the normal hours of operation of breakfast and lunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Local residents will be offered a Kamaʻāina discount of 15% off.
Hidden gem alert! There's a new bakery in Wahiawa that is simply divine. The beautiful handcrafted cakes and cupcakes might just be too pretty to eat. Pua Cake Studio is a sweet little bake shop that specializes in cakes and cupcakes with elegant buttercream flowers made by hand.
The owner, Jayme, started off her professional career inspired to practice fashion design... later she opted for something more reliable and received her psychology degree. Her passion for art and design continued to grow and flourish and as the years passed she began taking an interest in baking, After interning and shadowing some of the best bakers (here on Oahu and abroad) she studied the craft of buttercream flower making in Korea.
Now back in Hawaii, Pua Cake Studio was born and features quality baked goods, made from scratch and the most beautiful, intricate flower designs. Jayme makes and bakes a variety of things including cupcakes, cakes, cookies and macarons. The standout cupcakes are strawberry and lilikoi. The cake is dense yet fluffy and the inside of the cupcake is piped with delightful jelly or cream. The buttercream is outstanding as it is the perfect blend of butter and light sweet cream.
Pua Cake Studio in Wahiawa is open Thursday-Sunday 10am-6pm.