Here's the thing... If you're already in downtown Honolulu you probably have access to ALL of Chinatown and lucky, lucky you. You will find carts of fresh fruits and veggies as well as some of the most exotic spices and ingredients and prepared foods as well. But should you not feel like wandering through the crowded stalls and dusty shops and should you want to sit down in comfort and enjoy a more refined Chinese meal... you must go to Little Village Noodle House-- "Little Village" as the regulars call it. Our family of four popped in on a VERY quiet Saturday afternoon, really it was so quiet we were one of two groups in the place which I hear is unusual. The service was just kind of "eh";-- but dare I say added to the authenticity of a good Chinese dining experience. The prices were a bit on the high side, especially if you are coming off of the streets of Chinatown where deals abound. The ambiance is sweet, as you feel you've escaped the hustle and bustle of the downtown streets and have found yourself tucked into the most serene Chinese garden-- think true zen. But the food, ahhh the food was amazing. Layers of flavor and oh so much yumminess. We enjoyed the salt and pepper porkchops, fried noodles with vegetables, orange chicken and on another occasion the Peking Duck, (which was pretty darn pricey but oh yum). This is our go to place for Chinese cuisine when in Downtown Honolulu.
... Concentrate on the food, cuz it's way better than the 'ambiance'. These nice, well-meaning floks are just about completely, totally clueless when it comes to 'ambiance', committing virtually every possible 'faux pas' re: what even not terribly discriminating people need to experience when dining out. The lights are too bright, the floors are dirty, the TABLES are dirty, the CHAIRS are dirty (and uncomfortable) the two folks (I'm guessing they are married, cuz she kept giving him dirty looks whenever he said anything) were just about the most miserable looking sad-sacks I've ever seen. I wanted to ask them if there had just recently been a horrible death in the family. ... Having said that, the food was actually very good !!! So here we go again --- a buffet where the food is not bad ( ...or even good !!) and yet the proprietors are sabotaging their own (slim) chance of long-term success by insisting on remaining stupid when it comes to the most basic kind of cleanliness, lights, the importance of mood, etc. Summary: Go for the food but be forewarned, as of this writing, these guys are TOTALLY CLUELESS about everything else.
OMG!!! This place is Awesome!!! This local style Chinese restaurant that really knows how to make your money stretch! The food tastes INCREDIBLE and you get HUGE portions (Family-size). Its kinda hidden away near the Miramar Hotel on Kuhio Avenue. Back in the day while working at Pacific Harley-Davidson, we'd all chip in a few bucks, send someone to pick-up our call-in ahead order and PIG-OUT like a Maniac!! Wow!!! What a memory! LOL!!!