Last year my parents debated between Waioli Tea Room and Hanaki, both in Manoa, for our annual Christmas Eve dinner.
Waioli won out for two reasons: 1) My mom had always wanted to eat there and 2) Hanaki, we had heard, was different.
The restaurant tucked in the back of Manoa Marketplace was once a favorite spot for my family, back when it offered a Japanese buffet.
But recently it changed, adopting the whole hot pot trend we’ve been seeing lately.
And I wasn’t sure what to expect.
So on my birthday, my parents decided to take me to Hanaki — to check it out. And let’s just say, I’m going again next week.
Here’s what my birthday dinner looked like:
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Hanaki, Manoa Marketplace, 2756 Woodlawn Dr. Phone: (808) 988-1551