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Kai Andersen | Photo: Courtesy of Japengo | May 15, 2014
Savor the weekend to the fullest with a night out in Waikīkī at some of our favorite spots. In need of a menu suggestion? Then, try one of these starters that capture the flavors of the ocean.
WHAT We love that this resto headed by top toque Jon Matsubara is hidden above the fray on Kalākaua Avenue. Follow our suggestion: Take a seat in the lounge and order some of the fresh sushi and sashimi. We love the hamachi with ikura. WHERE Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort and Spa, 2424 Kalākaua Ave., Waikīkī, O‘ahu, 923.1234
WHAT To start the evening off with some flair, order the smoked Hawaiian moonfish tartare. Not only does the wisps of smoke add drama, it delicately lends a depth of flavor to the subtle white fish. Order the Burnt Rosemary and Buddha’s Hand cocktail for a complete taste experience. WHERE The Royal Hawaiian, 2259 Kalākaua Ave., Waikīkī, O‘ahu, 923.7311
3. Beachhouse at the Moana
WHAT While you can order poke just about everywhere, we’re impressed by the Beachhouse Poke. The addition of kochujang aioli adds a pleasant kick that satisfies our palates. WHERE The Moana Surfrider, 2365 Kalākaua Ave., Waikīkī, O‘ahu, 921.4600
4. Top of Waikiki
WHAT Chef Lance Kosaka packs in the flavor with his Day Boat scallops, a hearty starter with sauteed corn and applewood smoked bacon, curry oil and balsamic reduction. WHERE 2270 Kalākaua Ave., 18th Floor, Waikīkī, O‘ahu, 923.3877
5. Morimoto Waikiki
WHAT Go all out and order the Morimoto Sashimi, a top-notch offering of hamachi, smoked salmon, eel, tuna and seared toro with five sauces. Our favorite wine to go with it: the Chablis. WHERE The Modern Honolulu, 1775 Kalākaua Ave., Waikīkī, O‘ahu, 943.5900