People familiar with the old Geisha House on Kapiolani Boulevard have been wondering what took its place. (It’s turned over a few times over the years, so some of you may remember it as Emerald City.) Well, after looking at some of the interesting instagram photos that Cafe Maru — the bar’s new persona — has been posting, I thought I should check it out.
Is it a hostess bar? The photos seem to hint at it, but since opening quietly a month ago, they have been promoting their fresh fruit cocktail soju and fusion-y food. They have regular Korean food, as well, so there seems to be something for everyone.
I’ll be honest: There are some winners on the menu, but not everything is great — maybe because they’re still new and figuring things out. But the prices are comparable to other Korean karaoke bars in town, and it’s still a nice, mellow spot to meet up with friends for a drink and some food. In fact, we’d go back just to eat fried chicken and drink fruity soju.
1035 Kapiolani Blvd.