For year’s now it’s been the same thing on nights when neither of us feel like cooking. “Flatbread or Cafe Des Amis?” Well finally, a new restaurant has worked its way into the rotation – Dazoo.
Dazoo Restaurant, which just opened earlier this month at the former Moana Cafe location, features locally-grown ingredients with eclectic Asian-American cuisine, highlighted with Korean favorites. Owners Yulie and David Law, who purchased Moana Cafe over a year ago, spent the last several months designing the new restaurant, including a revised menu and extensive renovation, creating a modern new space with a warm, inviting atmosphere.
(Sidebar: They are having a Photo Contest!!! If you are dining at Dazoo between now and December 15, (or even just walking by!) snap a picture and enter their Photo Contest for a chance to win dinner for two, and two Dazoo logo t-shirts! See complete rules on Dazoo’s Facebook Page. )
Dazoo is open daily from 8am to 2pm for breakfast and lunch, and Tuesdays through Saturdays for dinner, from 5pm to 9pm.
The breakfast (served until 2pm!) and lunch menu features traditional dishes such as eggs and french toast, a seasonal roasted pumpkin salad, and some Korean specialties such as Bibimbap and Ramyeon. Starting at 10am, burgers (made from Maui Cattle Company beef) and sandwiches are also available.
Dazoo’s dinner menu features a wide variety of tapas, ideal for sharing and sampling various dishes.
One of the most visible changes of the new Dazoo is the enhanced bar area, where hand-crafted cocktails take center stage. Created by their in-house mixologist Jimmy Shoemaker, these fresh and inspired cocktails are served up by bartenders day and night. Another unique offering at Dazoo are the Bald Sodas – non-alcoholic beverages featuring muddled fruit and sparkling water, a perfect refreshing beverage that’s not too sweet.
But what is ‘Dazoo’? Owner Yulie explains the origin of the name: “while we were designing the new restaurant, we created these sculptural animals to hang from the ceiling, and our architect kept referring to the project as ‘the zoo’. We pidginized the phrase, and the more we said it, the more it stuck. It has a bit of an Asian sound, so it ties in with our theme, and its 100% original, so it works for us.”
Another exciting development is the development of a stand-alone bakery, which will be in the old Vanity Salon location. The Moana Bakery will be serving fresh artisan breads and pastries, each created daily with organic, unbleached flour. The Bald Sodas will also be available to-go in to go bottles at the bakery.
If you haven’t made any Thanksgiving Day plans yet, Dazoo will be offering a prix-fixe three-course dinner from 3-8pm. Each course of the meal will have 2-3 options, each based on traditional Thanksgiving classics, served with locally-sourced ingredients and some Korean twists. $45 for adults, with optional wine pairings and Children’s Menus available. Seating with be limited and reservations are limited – Call (808) 579-9999 or reserve through OpenTable.com/Dazoo
Disclaimer: I am a paid consultant/publicist for Dazoo.