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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New restaurant: Japengo at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki

Photo by Martha Cheng

What: Last night’s opening reception at Japengo in the Hyatt Waikiki

Standout bites: Scallop butter yaki with black tobiko and shiso (it's hard to go wrong with a perfectly cooked scallop); Salmon skin roll with kaiware, cucumber and onion ponzu, topped with pieces of fried salmon skin, aka fish bacon.

Overall impression: I like the Las Vegas-style dining room (clubby, dramatically themed, spacious booths). The food draws on Southeast Asian, Japanese and Chinese cuisines, and for the most part, keeps the flavors pure, rather than mashing them all up on one dish. Dishes, however, tend to run sweet. Glancing at the regular menu, prices are high ($35 for the salmon, $42 for the sirloin), though in line with other Waikiki hotel restaurants.

Japengo, 3rd floor of Hyatt Regency Waikiki, 2424 Kalakaua Ave., 923-1234

Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 in Permalink

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From five-star restaurants to hidden holes-in-the-wall, Biting Commentary will let you know what’s hot and what’s not. Find out the latest restaurant news—who’s opening, who’s closing, which chef is moving on, where the great special dinners are. Discover the best menu items, fabulous wines, stunning cocktails, hand-crafted beers. Be the first to hear about upcoming food events and festivals.

Food editor Martha Cheng graduated from Wellesley College with degrees in Computer Science and English. She's a former line cook, food truck owner, Peace Corps volunteer and Google techie. Follow her on Twitter @marthacheng.


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