Quick Bites: St. Patrick’s Day, ‘Hops and Grinds,’ bambuTwo

Mar. 16, 2012 | 0 Comments In the Star-Advertiser Friday Print Edition

CORNED BEEF PLATE: The Kahala Hotel & Resort is offering the corned beef plate on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, for $15 (plus tax and gratuity).

The Kahala Hotel & Resort is offering a corned beef and cabbage plate for St. Patrick's Day. --Courtesy Kahala Hotel & Resort

The Kahala Hotel & Resort is offering a corned beef and cabbage plate for St. Patrick's Day. --Courtesy Kahala Hotel & Resort

It will be on the menu at the Plumeria Beach House for both lunch and dinner, and at Hoku’s and The Veranda for dinner.

Chef Wayne Hirabayashi brines beef brisket for four days and braises it several days to get the fork-tender corned beef, which is accompanied by Kunia Farms cabbage, heirloom carrots and Yukon gold potatoes. It’s all served up with The Kahala’s special three-mustard blend.

But wait — your St. Patrick’s Day wouldn’t be complete without a glass of Guinness, which you can order for just $5 extra.

Call 739-8760 or email restaurants@kahalaresort.com to make reservations.

BENTO BOCKS: Enjoy a sampling of traditional bocks and other seasonal spring offerings at the next Hops & Grinds beer tasting from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Pagoda Floating Restaurant.

Pagoda’s executive chef Jason Takemura created a heavy pupu buffet, themed “bento” meal, to go with the beer sampling.

“Hops and Grinds” is Honolulu’s original craft beer-tasting event, organized by individuals who collectively have more than 30 years in the beer industry under their belt. To learn more, visit www.beer808.com.

A program with tasting notes will be available, along with door prizes.

Purchase advance tickets at $25 per person at the Pagoda catering office, The Liquor Collection at Ward Warehouse or The Wine Stop, 1809 S. King St.

The Pagoda is at 1525 Rycroft St. Tickets are $30 per person at the door (and attendees must be 21 years or older with a valid ID). Call the catering office at 948-8370 or email rampgroup@hawaiiantel.net to make reservations.

NEW TAPAS: The bambuTwo Cafe + Martini Lounge in Chinatown is serving a new menu of tapas, which includes a savory selection of hot and cold small plates that pair ideally with wine, beer or cocktails.

The tapas, created by Brasserie Du Vin chef Marco Elder, include Italian arancini (crisp risotto balls filled with mozzarella), savory croissant wheels filled with smoked salmon and cream cheese or ham and gruyere, shrimp shumai with ponzu sauce, cocktail meatballs (made of ground lamb and pork) with marinara sauce, and quiche Lorraine.

Choose a four-piece serving of each item (which you can mix or match) for $6. House-marinated Mediterranean olives and house-roasted spicy cashews are also available for $4 each.

You can find bambuTwo at 144 Bethel St., open from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Visit www.bambutwo.com.

EAT THE STREET MILILANI: It’s back for a second time, scheduled from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, St. Patrick’s Day, at Mililani Recreation Center 7.

Organizer Street Grindz promises that this one will be bigger and better than last time. Parking lots at Rec 7 and Mililani Ike will be closed off for the food trucks, while Lehiwa Drive will be closed off for pedestrian traffic.

Visit streetgrindz.com for updates.

Compiled by Nina Wu. Send “Quick Bites” listings to nwu@staradvertiser.com.

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