Posts Tagged ‘Chinatown’

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One of the things I love about working in downtown Honolulu is the endless choices of restaurants available for lunch. A welcome addition to the neighborhood is Lucky Belly, a ramen joint that opened in June in the old Mini Garden space on N. Hotel Street. I visited a couple weeks after it opened, so yes, this post is loooooong overdue.

The signature Belly Bowl (pictured above) is worth the visit and the calories for $12. Delicious pork belly, smoked bacon, and sausage await you along side a perfectly cooked soft boiled egg and vegetable garnishes. It’s a delicious and satisfying bowl that will have you coming back for more.

The menu also features a veggie only ramen, as well as a spicy Kim Chee version, in addition to appetizers like Pork Belly Bao Buns and the delicious Braised Brisket Sandwich, which I also highly recommend.

Did I mention there also a late night window serving a limited menu till early morning? I hear it’s ideal for the late night pau hana crowd.

If you’re downtown and looking for some good grub in a hip place, this is your restaurant. The restaurant gets busy for lunch and the wait can be long, so come early or take advantage of the communal table by the door or seating at the bar.

Lucky Belly
50 N. Hotel Street (corner of Smith Street)
Honolulu, HI 96817
Phone: 808-531-1888
Hours: Monday – Saturday, Lunch: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Dinner: 5 p.m. – midnight; “The Window” open Thursday to Saturday from 10:00 – 2:30 a.m.


Ensen enjoying lunch at Mei Sum with Uncle Jon and Aunty Sarah.

We met up with Kelly’s brother Jon and his girlfriend Sarah for lunch yesterday at Mei Sum in Chinatown which is always a treat. The dim sum there is tasty and affordable which is the reason I eat there quite frequently. Everyone enjoyed the meal, especially Ensen who ate like there was no tomorrow.

Following lunch, we all headed to Hula Boba right down the street for a cold treat. They serve a delicious snowcone with ice made from soy milk (so even lactose intolerant people can enjoy). Kelly, Ensen, and I shared a lilikoi/lychee, while Jon and Sarah had the strawberry/honeydew. The combination of sweet, creamy, and cold made it the perfect snack on a hot Honolulu day.

But the most memorable part of the outing came towards the end when Ensen figured out a new way to enjoy Chinatown…being pulled around by Jon on the sidewalk in our portable pull cart. The video below says it all. Priceless!

Just a couple of our favorites in Chinatown in addition to shopping for inexpensive/quality produce. Care to share what you like most about C-town? Leave a comment.

-NGK