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“Wonderful refine dining experience - best value”
Review of Nanzan Giro Giro

Nanzan Giro Giro
Ranked #27 of 2,653 Restaurants in Honolulu
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed January 26, 2018

This restaurent was opened in Waikiki 7 years ago , one of 4 in the world ( 2 in japan , 1 in Paris ) , however , the Nanzan name is only on this GiroGiro branch . Nanzan is a porcelin artist , who produced all the beautiful cups and dishes , utensils for this particular place , his products are on didplayed for sale at the premises too. ( really a treat ). This is a restaurent build exclusively for the purpose for the patrons to enjoy both the meal and the cooking . Thirty bar like seats surround the open kitchen, we can watch every move , from cleaning all the fancy dishes , to every phase of the food preparation . The eight member of the restaurent team perform like a symphony . The head chef and sous chef stayed mainly in the kitchen , but the other members can wash dish , serve , help part of the food preparation ( 4 Man 4 woman ) . A very refreshing way to take care of customers. In fact , when we entered the restaurent ( fully packed ) the lady come out from the kitchen to greet and sit us down ( no wait !) Everyone has a smile . The menu is omakaesi , chef choice ,6 courses for 58 dollars (. What a bargain. Will cost 150/200 in NYC ) . Additional 12 for desert . The wine / beer / Sake menu is good with high end sake ( I ordered a small bottle for 60$ , more than the meal ). Opus one for 450$ available. . The food is very exquisite and refine , taking Kaiseki to a new / modern level ( we love ❤️ traditional kaiseki meal in japan ). All the ingredients are well thought of , complex and very appetizing . The menu change monthly. In fact , the evening we visited is the first day of the new menu cycle .1 Vinegared mackeral , salmon roe ginger root Shino leaf ( we don’t like mackerel but this taste fresh and superb ) , 2 black cod soft roe tempura , crab meat ankake sauce , Simeon noodle ( refine and superb ,very unusual to taste the bladder of the cod 3 foie gras , water chestnut purée with steamed egg custard , watercress cauliflower purée ( like a very fancy chawanmushi , Yum) 4 steam mong Chong, boiled pork belly, monk fish liver , lotus root , white miso and pepper soup ( main course , complex , slight spicy , Yum) 5 roast duck, wakasagi smelt tempura , , gobo root, sweet soy sauce ( smelt may be the best fish tonight , the duck cooked med rare with charred to de fat the skin , melt in mouth , superb ). 6 opakapaka broth with rice , fried tofu ( not a big fan of this Hawaian fish , the preparation make this wonderful. ,,meat firm and tasty ) 7 Desert. Chocolate chiffon , rose ice , mango lassi strawberry black pepper sauce ( fancy and Good ) We were there for 2 hours , may be the best dining experience we have for awhile !! Looking forward for next visit thanks

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed January 25, 2018 via mobile

This restaurant was recommended to me by a Japanese friend and even the cab drivers who dropped us off and picked us up had never heard of it before. It is truly a well hidden secret, but it should not stay that way any longer. The dishes were beautifully presented, made with the most thoughtful combination of textures and flavors in every bowl. The talented head chef worked in an open kitchen, leading an energetic team which operated so efficiently and swiftly like a well oiled machine that it was hard to believe today was the first day of the new menu for the month. Restaurant was small — there were 34 customers tonight, and the place was packed. Everyone was well taken care of by the cheerful servers, each of whom seemed to love the food and rather proud to be part of this team. Then we saw the check, and were pleasantly surprised that it was so reasonably priced for the quality of food.

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed December 25, 2017

We went for a special holiday meal and were not disappointed in the authentic Kyoto kaiseki style meal that was $58 for 6 courses. The restaurant is an branch of the Chef's Kyoto restaurant. The crab-radish fishcake was special and the mackerel with somen was spectacular as was the duck cutlet with foie gras sauce! The black cod in the clam-miso soup was very good. Dessert was $12 extra and unusual with a spinach and white chocolate souffle plus orange cake with a lavender coulis.

Date of visit: December 2017
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1  Thank Stanley N
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Reviewed December 13, 2017 via mobile

Such a wonderful meal with a devote attention to detail. The kitchen is so serene that if they never said a word you would not know they where in front of you. A must try if you love creative Japanese Cuisine. Bravo

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank PierrePS
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Reviewed November 18, 2017

We were treated to dinner at this lovely Japanese restaurant near Ala Moana Mall.

The menu is pre–set and courses are determined by the chef. From what I understand, the menu changes often (based on the season). We were served 3 appetizers and 3 main dishes. Plus we ordered dessert (which is not part of the pre—set).

Service is top—notch. The staff is gracious and fully enthusiastic about their offerings which adds to the most pleasant dining experience.

Most of the seating is offered at the counter where you can watch the chef and his staff prepare the dish. We were seated at one of the comfy tables which provided nice cloth chairs and a large table for the four of us. Very relaxing.

Before the meal was presented, we were asked if we had any allergies or if there was something we preferred not to eat.

They have an extensive drink menu to pair with your meal.

All dishes are elegantly presented in beautiful Japanese bowls/dishes. Everything that was served was delicious! The flavors and combination of ingredients that was used were amazing!

It was truly a memorable dining event!

Date of visit: November 2017
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Thank Azntiger
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