Finalmente Abrir! Adega, the long-awaited Portuguese cafe-pub is open at 1138 Smith St. (the old Mei Sum location) with a limited $12.99 lunch buffet or lunch menu 11:30am-2:30pm daily and dinner 5-10pm (possibly later on weekends). No phone yet, so no reservations.
Ouchless cactus. Chef John Memering has hopped across the street from his former gig at Kalapawai Café to create Cactus Bistro, opening soon at 767 Kailua Rd. Featured: underserved cuisines including Central and South American, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Mexican.
New Nabe. Chef Hitoshi “Kenny” Ikeguchi, formerly of Shabu Shabu House, soon opens Asuka Nabe+Shabu Shabu at 3620 Waialae Ave., where 12th Avenue dead-ends into Waialae. Specialty: Asukanabe hot pots, signature dish of Ikeguchi’s native Nara, Japan.
Do share. The first Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation grazing event comes to the Islands April 29. Share Our Strength, supported by all the top chefs (not just the TV ones), mobilizes the food industry and caring foodies to fight hunger. Beneficiaries (100 percent of ticket sales): ‘Aina in Schools (gardening and nutrition classes through Kokua Hawaii Foundation) and the Hawaii Food Bank. Honorary chair: chef Alan Wong. Tickets: $100; w/VIP reception, $150. More info at [strength.org]
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