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Dinner at Monstera

Diners at Monstera (Photo by Stephanie Carpenter)

Diners at Monstera (Photo by Stephanie Carpenter)

Stephanie Carpenter | Hawaii 24/7 Contributor

If you have not discovered Monstera, located at the Shops at Mauna Lani, you are in for a big treat.

Chef Norio Yamamoto, originally from The Fairmont Orchid, brings a consistent approach to enjoy great sushi/sashimi, along with homestyle Udon noodles.

Appetizers include roasted Kombucha squash, sauteed sugar peas, along with other traditional Japanese dishes.

Monstera is now rated No. 4 in all Hawaiian islands of Japanese restaurants.

We were sitting at the sushi bar one evening, when the diners next to us mentioned they were from Kukio enjoying a whole fish. I asked them how they liked their fish, and they looked at me and gave a smile.

The sashimi platter melted in my mouth.

Udon noodles enough to split between two people.

The friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you select from a great wine list, sake hot or cold and a good beer selection.

Yum yum. The word is out about this wonderful place.

To make a reservation at Monstera or order take-out, call 887-2711.

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(A native of San Francisco, Stephanie Carpenter attended Coltibuono cooking school in Greve, Tuscany, as well as cooking classes in Hoian, Vietnam, and San Miguel Allende, Mexico. Her enthusiasm for innovative, fresh foods keep her discovering the jewels of Hawaii. She resides with her husband on the Kohala Coast.)

Chef Norio Yamamoto (Photo by Stephanie Carpenter)

Chef Norio Yamamoto (Photo by Stephanie Carpenter)

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