Grind Time: Truffles for Christmas

Dec. 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

White truffles, or "trifola d'Alba" (Tuber magnatum), are featured on the menu of Vintage Cave this month. Pictured are about $2,800 worth of truffles, according to Vintage Cave Executive Chef Chris Kajioka. (Star-Advertiser photo by Cindy Ellen Russell)

White Alba truffles, or “trifola d’Alba” (Tuber magnatum), are featured on the menu of Vintage Cave this month. Pictured are about $2,800 worth of truffles, according to Vintage Cave Executive Chef Chris Kajioka. (Star-Advertiser photo by Cindy Ellen Russell)

BY JASON GENEGABUS / jason@staradvertiser.com

Vintage Cave Executive Chef Chris Kajioka's smoked vanilla ice cream with olive oil crumble and topped with Alba truffle. (Star-Advertiser photo by Cindy Ellen Russell)

Vintage Cave Executive Chef Chris Kajioka’s smoked vanilla ice cream with olive oil crumble and topped with Alba truffle. (Star-Advertiser photo by Cindy Ellen Russell)

It can be difficult to convince a loved one to spend an exorbitant amount of money on something nice to have instead of something they absolutely need to have.

That’s why dinner at ‘Ilima Award-winning restaurant Vintage Cave makes an excellent holiday gift.

A lot of people might flinch when they see how much it costs to dine at the restaurant in the basement of Shi­ro­kiya at Ala Moana Center, but once you get past the price tag and focus on the brilliance coming from executive chef Chris Kaji­oka’s kitchen, it will quickly become evident you’re in for some of the most cutting-edge cuisine available in Hawaii.

Now through Dec. 31, Vintage Cave is offering a special six-course degustation menu featuring white truffles from Alba, Italy. Five of the courses, which include a pasta, egg dish and dessert, will spotlight the ingredient’s decadent flavor.

At $320 per person, not including drinks, tax or gratuity, this type of gift should be reserved for someone who really, really, really deserves it. Call (808) 441-1744 or email info@vintagecave.com for reservations.
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“Grind Time” is always looking for the latest places to get your grub on. Email Jason Genegabus with restaurant, bar or any other food/drink-related item at jason@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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