Oahu’s Best New Restaurants for Winter 2019-2020

By Olena Heu

A blend of casual treats and fine dining highlight our best new restaurants this winter. You’ll find luxurious nuances like truffle and caviar, while on the flip side tasty sandwiches, robust sweet treats and boba teas will satiate your hunger. Here’s a look at the best new restaurants on Oahu this winter.

Mugen Waikiki

Photo: Mugen Waikiki


Japanese-French cuisine cannot even begin to describe the innovative menu at Mugen Waikiki (pronounced moog-in). The experience is world class and the ingredients are exquisite. Now offering lunch and dinner in Waikiki, Mugen features ala carte lunch offerings like Miyagi Oysters, Chioggio Beef and Kona Abalone. Meanwhile, the eight-course seasonal dinner menu is outstanding and worth experiencing for your special occasion or adventurous night out with loved ones.

Mugen Waikiki
2452 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI

Salt and Pepper Cafe Hawaii

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A casual eatery in the heart of Honolulu, Salt and Pepper Cafe is located in the former L’Uraku spot near Piikoi Street. The promise of freshness and well-composed vegan options means they love to serve naturally fresh food. Breakfast features items from the griddle, and lunch showcases poke bowls, salads and sandwiches —- perfect for the brunch-loving crowd.

Salt and Pepper Cafe
1341 Kapiolani Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96814

malu

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Artfully crafted fresh and vibrant cakes served with jelly drinks, soft serve, kimbap and bentos showcases a diverse yet flavorful menu. Specialty cute cakes (chocolate mousse, strawberry cheesecakes, strawberry shortcakes) are available for custom order, or you may stop by and grab a cream puff, soft serve, drink or savory daily bento that often features noodles, veggies, meats and homemade sauces. Grab a light lunch and a truly memorable sweet ending.

malu
661 Keeaumoku Street
#106E
Honolulu, HI

La Vie Waikiki

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Modern French cuisine can now be found at The Ritz Carlton Residences in Waikiki. La Vie is a breakfast, lounge and dinner spot that is exquisitely elegant, while highlighting local ingredients served with specific attention to detail. Artfully composed, each dish is a piece of modern art that includes items featuring Wagyu Steak, Lobster Toast and the world’s finest caviar. This refined modern approach to classic French cuisine is elevated, extraordinary and offers three- and five-course menu tastings to savor and enjoy.

La Vie
383 Kalaimoku Street
Honolulu, HI

Cloud Nine Cafe

Photo: Cloud 9 Cafe


Enjoy a fun and flavorful menu of boba teas, soufflé pancakes, salads and sandwiches at this new cafe located at Market City Shopping Center. This eatery which serves up Taiwanese inspired street foods and treats is the perfect spot to relax, enjoy, do work and surf the web. Their soufflé pancakes are an impressive combination of over the top flavors and ingredients served on a fluffy moist pancake, a must experience delight.

Cloud Nine Cafe Hawaii
2919 Kapiolani Blvd
#206D
Honolulu, HI 96826

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