BlogsRSS FeedLike us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Eat here … or here … or here

Three worthy pop-up dinners fill the calendar this weekend

Posted August 6, 2012 by Mari Taketa

A year ago, pop-ups were so new to Honolulu they were like first bites that left us wanting more. We had only three: Pig and the Lady at Hank’s Haute Dogs, Addis Ababa at J2 in Kaimuki, and Off-Premise, popping up once a month or so at a Waipahu warehouse, Kathy Ireland’s Hawaii Kai estate and anywhere else you wouldn’t think of.

Now we can gorge. This week alone, three excellent pop-ups present Honolulu eaters with a hard choice. Take your pick:

Latin Nights

What: Twelve high-end Latin tapas and two desserts by Baja Style food truck’s Eric Okamura and Windy Aubrey (here’s a preview), a 21-plus agua fresca bar and flamenco dancing in a transformed setting that will make you forget you’re in a Kakaako warehouse. Proceeds benefit the Make A Wish Foundation
When: Aug. 9, 10, 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: 661 Auahi St. in Kakaako
BYOB? Yes; 21-plus agua fresca bar also available
Tickets: $75 online
Quesada Con Camarones: Toasted cheese topped with shrimp
Mussels Sabrosa: Green-lip mussels on the half-shell
Ensalada Tropical: Arugula topped with fresh tropical fruit
Campenchana De Mariscos: Seafood cocktail
Atun Ahumado: Smoked ahi tuna with poblano chile and crema mexicana
Chicharones Cubana: Citrus- and garlic-infused, roasted pork belly with crispy skin
Barbacoa De Biria: Slow-baked goat in a mild red chile rub, topped with pickled onions
Nopales Salad con Tapenade: Marinated cactus paddles topped with olive tapenade
Pescaditos: Deep-fried whole baby smelts
Tamale Con Huitlacoche Y Pollo: Corn truffle and kiawe-smoked chicken steamed in corn masa
Papillote De Pescado: Baked fish layered with herbs and spices
Calamare Relleno A La De Ajos: Baked whole baby squid in a garlic sauce
Flan De Coco: Coconut egg custard
Kahlua Trifle: Cakes and creme laced with Kahlua liqueur
Cafe De Canela: Cinnamon coffee

Ready to EAT!

What: Off-Premise’s latest pop-up, featuring appetizers and three courses by David Passanisi of EAT Honolulu
When: Friday, Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. (dinner from 6 p.m.)
Where: Gentry Pacific Design Center, 560 N. Nimitz Hwy.
Tickets: $45 online
Passed Noshes: Shinsato Farms handmade “Italian” sausage anglotti with brown butter and Nalo sage, and tako carpaccio with olive aioli, fresh handmade mozzarella and fire-roasted Sugarland bell peppers
First Course: Handmade fettucini tossed with EAT Honolulu’s signature ”heirloom” Sicilian sauce and ricotta cream
Second Course: Pancetta-wrapped filet of beef with Madeira glaze over porcini mushroom risotto, and warmed Hawaiian Swiss chard
Sweet trEAT: Goat cheese panna cotta with Moscato-poached cherries

Miso & Ale x Lucky Belly

What: Roving pop-up’s latest appearance, with five courses by Christopher Okuhara and Christopher Gee and sake pairings by Lucky Belly’s certified sommelier, Dusty Grable
When: Sunday, Aug. 12 at 6 p.m.
Where: 50 N. Hotel St.
Tickets: $69 online SOLD OUT, but Miso & Ale is scheduling three encores in August
Surf & Turf Charcuterie: Tako confit with a chorizo-lemon relish and “ink” tahini, crispy cow’s tongue with a burnt peach katsu sauce, and cured ahi with a grapefruit romesco
Soup, Salad and Balloons: Tomato cream-filled mozzarella balloon, petit herb salad, grilled apricots, balsamic and crispy Thai basil toast
Miso Lucky Ramen: Fresh chuka soba with a rich sesame-miso chicken broth, quick pickled vegetables, chicken gyoza and a poached egg
Pork on a Plank: Applewood-planked pork belly with heirloom carrots, roasted jalapeno cornbread and a hard apple cider butter
Deconstructed Upside-Down Pineapple Cake: Liquid nitrogen buttermilk ice cream with a caramelized pineapple pecan carpaccio and rum coconut sponge cake


You can read all of Mari’s blogs at Follow Mari on Twitter @NonStopMari or email at

  1. Melissa808
    Posted August 6, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Are you going to any of these? So many choices.

  2. 808marv
    Posted August 6, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Eat here…or here…or (not) here?   Guess Miso and Ale is becoming the hard ticket to come by eh! 

  3. Melissa808
    Posted August 6, 2012 at 8:58 am

     @808marv tell titusofalltime  to find bigger venues! LOL

  4. nonstopmari
    Posted August 6, 2012 at 10:18 am

     @Melissa808 when i realized there were 3 this weekend, i went back and forth. what tipped it in the end were miso & ale’s sake pairings (to further my sake education, of course :).

  5. nonstopmari
    Posted August 6, 2012 at 10:19 am

     @Melissa808  @808marv : titusofalltime says they shd have details on 3 more dinners this month featuring the same menu locked down by tuesday.

  6. sakeshop
    Posted August 6, 2012 at 4:17 pm

     @nonstopmari Good choice!  Do you know which sake they’ll be pairing with each course?

  7. EurekaGal
    Posted August 6, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Sigh…wish there were pop-ups over here… :(

  8. nonstopmari
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 7:00 am

     @sakeshop i don’t, but i’ll post a full report somewhere!

  9. nonstopmari
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 7:01 am

     @EurekaGal are u sure there aren’t? u wd think, w/ the fresh oysters and salmon etc where u are, there wd be plenty of opportunity for some kind of pop-up.

About Mari Taketa

Mari Taketa is a dedicated eater who's as opinionated as she is hungry. She covered everything from neighborhood mom-and-pop places to ethnic eateries to fine dining restaurants on Honolulu's dining scene for Metromix Honolulu and The Honolulu Advertiser's TGIF. Before that, she ate her way through Vietnam, Scotland and Japan, where she lived, traveled or worked, after recovering from a journalism career that included stints as editor-in-chief of Hawaii Business magazine and reporter and editor at The Associated Press. Her goals are to always be hungry for more, and to always want to know what's around the next corner.

Copyright © 2014 Nonstop Online, LLC. All Rights Reserved.