Chai's Island Bistro
Chai Chaowasaree's stylish, light-bathed, and orchid-draped lunch and dinner restaurant expresses the sophisticated side of this Thai-born immigrant. He plays East against West on the plate in signature dishes such as kataifi (baked and shredded phyllo) and macadamia-crusted prawns, ahi katsu (tuna steaks dredged with crisp Japanese bread crumbs and quickly deep-fried), and Japanese eggplant zucchini soufflé. Some of Hawaii's best-known contemporary Hawaiian musicians play brief dinner shows Wednesday through Saturday evenings. www.chaisislandbistro.com. Credit cards accepted. Closed Sun. No lunch.