New ‘Lanai’ food court to open at Ala Moana Center


Starting Friday, you’ll have more choices of places to eat when you go to Ala Moana Center.

The mall’s newest food court, The Lanai @ Ala Moana, opens in the former Shirokiya space on Mall Level 2.

The 18,000-square-foot space will offer seating for up to 450 customers with the option to sit in a dining hall or al fresco beneath festival lighting.

Four eateries will open Friday:

  • Ahi & Vegetable: Fresh, high-quality tuna served in an assortment of sushi, sashimi, rolls, poke, and bentos with a side of salad or rice. Cooked foods include teriyaki chicken and beef, grilled fish (ahi and salmon), and more.
  • BRUG: A popular Japanese-style bakery and cafe from Hokkaido featuring artisan baked goods, soups, sandwiches, cold-brewed coffee, and jelly drinks.
  • Mahaloha Burger: This locally inspired menu features 100-percent free-range beef from Hawaii island, a variety of sides including sweet potato, onion rings, french fries, and tater tots, and shakes.
  • Sobaya: An authentic Japanese noodle house that specializes in soba (buckwheat), udon, and ramen noodles in soup with a variety of toppings, including popular tempura options.

We’re told HiTEA Cafe will not officially open Friday, but owner Michael Huo was on-site to oversee preparations and says the restaurant should open soon.

He says his cafe will initially offer “fresh-squeezed juice, fresh fruit bubble drinks, fresh tea, a lot of different types of smoothies” with food items to be served at a later date.

Huo says he’s excited for the “success of the business, serving the community, serving the customers, tourists and locals alike.”

Additional eateries will open later this year:

  • Agave & Vine: Hand-crafted cocktails, tequila, wine, and craft beers.
  • Da Spot: Exotic food and smoothies.
  • HiTEA Cafe: This Maui-based eatery offers freshly prepared stir-fry dishes with a mix of shrimp, meat, and vegetables, along with fresh fruit juices, smoothies, and tea.
  • Ike’s Love and Sandwiches: New to Hawaii, this San Francisco eatery is known for made-to-order sandwich options ranging from turkey to mozzarella sticks or jalapeño poppers topped with the brand’s famous “dirty sauce.”
  • Musubi Cafe Iyasume: Serves freshly made varieties of musubi, Japanese style bento, soup, and an array of bowl options, including katsu curry, kimchi beef, avocado shrimp tempura, salmon, and more.
  • Teppanyaki Farmer: An open kitchen concept where customers can watch their meal being prepared with locally available, farm-fresh products.
  • Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha: All-natural Hawaiian shave ice and locally made ice cream.

Regular dining hours will Mondays through Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.Click here for more information.

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