New(ish) eats: Red House

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New(ish) eats: Red House

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It's been a few months since Red House opened on Keeaumoku, but apparently it's still pretty unknown to a lot of people, so I thought I'd give it a few tries. In fact, the restaurant is still evolving — I ate there once for lunch a couple months back, and when I went back for dinner last week, the menu had doubled from two pages to four pages. At this writing, the menu will have changed or expanded yet again. From what we can tell, the prices are the most prevalent changes, but there are a few experimental items that have made their way onto the permanent roster, as well.

Let's take a look inside.

Red House
835 Keeaumoku St.
808-944-0088

22 comments
spamandkimchi
spamandkimchi

Cheese bob! The food of Korean American childhoods. Thanks for investigating Red House for us, I live so close but was still in mourning for the loss of Nihao's hand-pulled jajangmyeon noodles.

jermel_lynn
jermel_lynn

i loved the food but a little too expensive. however the atmosphere and service are great. i love how they put up a big display of kpop videos. :)

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

i went for the soju bc from the moment i walked in these giant singers were bouncing all over an entire wall belting out decibels that drowned out all conversation except screaming and lip-reading. the chicken was good, tho.

kfinches
kfinches

interesting. but too$$ for me. read this cause I'm still on the prowl for a Korean fav to take guests to. I need to expand my list of restaurants. those korean noodles look pretty large... are they easier to eat than they look?

kyleepuu
kyleepuu

Ooooh, you didn't try the donkatsu? Not only was it really good but the size of the dish was mind-blowing!

jlieu
jlieu

Hopefully when I am feeling better I can try this place - it looks so cute! Does the nengmyun have pork in it? There is a red piece of meat which I assume is like char siu. Oh welll! Great job!

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

Delicate Blossom: #12 pix...wwhhaatt no steenky cheese? Price-wise, it is typical of Koreamoku Street..all the Korean stuff is over-priced, especially the hostesses.

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@jermel_lynn yes! The price point definitely was a red flag. I wish it were cheaper, and I could go there more often. Miss you, Jermel!

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@kfinches That's a tough one. IMHO a lot of Korean restaurants here are way expensive. I do like to go to Dae Chun (located in the same complex) with my friends & their kids because it seems more reasonable, and it's quite good. Mari says that Choi's Garden (Rycroft?) is a very good value, and good taste. I've never been to that one, though.

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@kyleepuu no, we thought about it, but it started to look like the dishes were piling up!

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@jlieu thanks! If anything, there's beef in it. The red sliver is (I think) hot sauce.

spamandkimchi
spamandkimchi

@Melissa808@spamandkimchi I only went a handful of times after they started making the noodles on site, but thought they'd become a institution for sure after Nihao made an appearance on Hawaii Five-O! There's always Eastern Paradise and On Dong...

Lately I've been digging Little Seoul's revised happy (all evening long) hour menu. Super reasonable prices and some of the best kimchi jun in town!

kfinches
kfinches

@Melissa808 Thanks Melissa. I see ads for chois garden on tv all the time. But will look into dae chun

spamandkimchi
spamandkimchi

@Melissa808 Corner of Sheridan and Rycroft, right by Walmart/Sam's Club. I think their kimchi jun and buchu jun (organic chives!) are stellar. Their booths are a little narrow though, but not uncomfortable like the booths at the new brighter-and-bigger ChoonChun chicken location on Kalakaua.

Maybe it's time for a Korean soju and jun outing? Little Seoul might even have drink specials before 8 or 9 pm...

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