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Tucked away on the third floor of a nondescript office building in the Mo'ili'ili district is one of Honolulu's best restaurants. Celebrity chef Alan Wong marries fresh local ingredients with a solid French cooking foundation and spectacular, towering presentations. Wong likes to describe his cooking as "playful," and each dish has an element of surprise. An extensive wine list complements the menu.
This restaurant has won awards from local and national critics, and is a favorite of Honolulu natives. Appetizers include Oysters Rockefeller and Beluga Caviar. Signature entrees include Hy's Garlic Steak , Hy's Grilled Vegetable Platter and Lamb Chops a la Hy's. The extensive wine list has earned the prestigious Award of Excellence from, "Wine Spectator Magazine". The décor is sophisticated and urbane, the service gracious and knowledgeable.
Located in the classically elegant Moana Surfrider Hotel, this is a gourmet Waikiki dining option. Teak and rare Hawaiian Koa wood in the decor is used to provide a dramatic yet calm effect. The menu features steak and fresh seafood prepared with Pacific Rim influences. Many knowledgeable diners in Honolulu think this place has one of the best culinary presentations in town. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea.
Eating at sushi restaurants can be an intimidating experience for most, and at Sushi Sasabune, it's no different. It's a world of textures, tastes and experiences. It's advisable to try out one of four lunch specials first, which are great at taste and value. For the seasoned sushi aficionado, there's the sushi bar omasake, where you'll be instructed by the sushi master on how to eat each delicious morsel. While very pricey, this is a one-of-a-kind experience highly recommended to those who respect the art of preparing Japanese food. Reservations are required.
Located in the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki, this is the place for a special occasion or an important date. It is opulent and classy with a breathtaking ocean view. Entrees are served a la carte and include such selections as Island Bouillabaisse. Chef Jean Luc Voegele's complete four-course prix fixe menu is a lavish and unforgettable feast. Service is gracious, and a superb wine steward is available to help choose the perfect wine from an extensive and expensive wine list.
This is a favorite spot for all steak lovers. The menu however, ranges beyond the expected pork chops and meatloaf. There are ample sea-food appetizers to choose from. There is the popular 'New York Strip' and 'Fillet Mignon and Crab Oscar,' which is a tender beef fillet and blue crab cake served with a complementing sauce and asparagus. The alluring strawberry cheesecake is a great finish to a satisfying DK Steakhouse meal at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort.
Upscale, classy and sumptuous, The Vintage Cave is a place where one can explore their affluent side. Drawing inspiration from the caves where man resided in his humble times, this restaurant creatively displays an ultra-sophisticated version of a cave. Each corner of the spacious restaurant is adorned with exquisite art pieces. The interior is dimly lit with artistic chandeliers and vintage furnishings make comfortable seating spaces. Food served at The Vintage Cave is a gorgeous amalgamation of art and gastronomy and everything is cooked to perfection with utmost attention to presentation. Every bite is unique with flavors that will linger on your palate for a long time.
The gourmet room at the Kahala Resort is renowned amongst local and international critics and foodies as a one-of-a-kind dining experience. And just who might these critics be? Food and Wine Magazine, Zagat Guides and Conde Nast Traveler, for starters, have recognized the restaurant as unparalleled for fine dining and romance. The cuisine here is an inventive and delightful fusion of Pacific Rim, Continental and Hawaiian styles. The open kitchen allows diners to watch the chefs work their magic. It is advisable to dress up in evening wear as casual attire is frowned upon.