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New(ish) eats: Red House

We checked out the ever-evolving, Korean-fusion eatery, Red House, on Keeaumoku

Posted February 16, 2012 by Melissa Chang

New(ish) eats: Red House (1 of 17)

New(ish) eats: Red House

It's been a few months since Red House opened on Keeaumoku, but apparently it's still pretty unknown to a lot of people, so I thought I'd give it a few tries. In fact, the restaurant is still evolving — I ate there once for lunch a couple months back, and when I went back for dinner last week, the menu had doubled from two pages to four pages. At this writing, the menu will have changed or expanded yet again. From what we can tell, the prices are the most prevalent changes, but there are a few experimental items that have made their way onto the permanent roster, as well.

Let's take a look inside.

Red House
835 Keeaumoku St.


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  1. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted February 16, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Delicate Blossom: #12 pix…wwhhaatt no steenky cheese? Price-wise, it is typical of Koreamoku Street..all the Korean stuff is over-priced, especially the hostesses.

  2. Melissa808
    Posted February 16, 2012 at 7:30 am

    @Annoddah_Dave ahahahahahaaaaa you speak from experience?

  3. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted February 16, 2012 at 7:40 am

    @Melissa808 I am in a recovery program.

  4. jlieu
    Posted February 16, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Hopefully when I am feeling better I can try this place – it looks so cute! Does the nengmyun have pork in it? There is a red piece of meat which I assume is like char siu. Oh welll! Great job!

  5. Melissa808
    Posted February 16, 2012 at 8:30 am

    @jlieu thanks! If anything, there’s beef in it. The red sliver is (I think) hot sauce.

  6. kyleepuu
    Posted February 16, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Ooooh, you didn’t try the donkatsu? Not only was it really good but the size of the dish was mind-blowing!

  7. Melissa808
    Posted February 16, 2012 at 8:49 am

    @kyleepuu no, we thought about it, but it started to look like the dishes were piling up!

  8. kfinches
    Posted February 16, 2012 at 10:12 am

    interesting. but too$$ for me. read this cause I’m still on the prowl for a Korean fav to take guests to. I need to expand my list of restaurants. those korean noodles look pretty large… are they easier to eat than they look?

  9. nonstopmari
    Posted February 16, 2012 at 11:19 am

    i went for the soju bc from the moment i walked in these giant singers were bouncing all over an entire wall belting out decibels that drowned out all conversation except screaming and lip-reading. the chicken was good, tho.

  10. Melissa808
    Posted February 16, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    @kfinches That’s a tough one. IMHO a lot of Korean restaurants here are way expensive. I do like to go to Dae Chun (located in the same complex) with my friends & their kids because it seems more reasonable, and it’s quite good. Mari says that Choi’s Garden (Rycroft?) is a very good value, and good taste. I’ve never been to that one, though.

  11. MyongChoi
    Posted February 16, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    @kfinches You may wanna check out this piece.

  12. Melissa808
    Posted February 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    @nonstopmari hmmmm shuuuuure. LOL

  13. kfinches
    Posted February 16, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    @MyongChoi. Thank you. I figured there was a lost somewhere

  14. jermel_lynn
    Posted February 16, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    i loved the food but a little too expensive. however the atmosphere and service are great. i love how they put up a big display of kpop videos. :)

  15. kfinches
    Posted February 16, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    @Melissa808 Thanks Melissa. I see ads for chois garden on tv all the time. But will look into dae chun

  16. Melissa808
    Posted February 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    @jermel_lynn yes! The price point definitely was a red flag. I wish it were cheaper, and I could go there more often. Miss you, Jermel!

  17. spamandkimchi
    Posted February 19, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Cheese bob! The food of Korean American childhoods. Thanks for investigating Red House for us, I live so close but was still in mourning for the loss of Nihao’s hand-pulled jajangmyeon noodles.

  18. Melissa808
    Posted February 19, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    @spamandkimchi Do you know I never got to go to Nihao? Shame on me!

  19. spamandkimchi
    Posted February 20, 2012 at 12:22 am

    @Melissa808 @spamandkimchi I only went a handful of times after they started making the noodles on site, but thought they’d become a institution for sure after Nihao made an appearance on Hawaii Five-O! There’s always Eastern Paradise and On Dong…

    Lately I’ve been digging Little Seoul’s revised happy (all evening long) hour menu. Super reasonable prices and some of the best kimchi jun in town!

  20. Melissa808
    Posted February 20, 2012 at 1:07 am

    @spamandkimchi ooooooo where is Little Seoul?

  21. spamandkimchi
    Posted February 21, 2012 at 8:25 am

    @spamandkimchi @Melissa808

  22. spamandkimchi
    Posted February 21, 2012 at 8:29 am

    @Melissa808 Corner of Sheridan and Rycroft, right by Walmart/Sam’s Club. I think their kimchi jun and buchu jun (organic chives!) are stellar. Their booths are a little narrow though, but not uncomfortable like the booths at the new brighter-and-bigger ChoonChun chicken location on Kalakaua.

    Maybe it’s time for a Korean soju and jun outing? Little Seoul might even have drink specials before 8 or 9 pm…

  23. Melissa808
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 1:12 am

    @spamandkimchi let’s do it!!! ping me!


About Melissa Chang

Melissa has been blogging regularly since 2007 and has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing and public relations. She is currently an independent marketing consultant, specializing in social media. 

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