Quick Bites: The Signature, Top of Waikiki, Honolulu Cookie Co.
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Signature New Year’s Eve: Celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Signature Prime Steak & Seafood, which is offering a special menu for the evening.
Menu highlights for the first seating, 5:30 to 6 p.m., include jumbo shrimp cocktail, a choice of Caesar salad or French onion soup, a main course of 8-ounce prime filet mignon, 16-ounce prime rib eye or miso butterfish with rustic truffle potatoes and sauteed mushrooms. Dessert is chocolate buttermilk layer cake. Cost is $90 per person.
For the second seating, from 9 to 9:30 p.m. (which allows diners to ring in the new year), menu highlights include Dungeness crab cake, Signature chopped salad or lobster bisque and the same main course choices in addition to Alaskan King Crab legs with lobster mac and cheese. Dessert is chocolate truffles and fresh berries. Cost is $125 per person.
A souvenir champagne glass is included in the price for both seatings. Ride to the 36th floor of Ala Moana Hotel, 410 Atkinson Drive, in an exclusive elevator that lets out guests onto a red carpet at the restaurant.
Call 949-3636 or visit signatureprimesteak.com.
Top of Waikiki New Year’s Eve: The menu for New Year’s Eve at the Top of Waikiki features locally grown items.
Start with an amuse-bouche of crisp mashed potatoes with smoked salmon and capers followed with “Bacon, Eggs and Rice,” a poached local egg on truffle-mushroom risotto with crisp apple-wood smoked bacon and caviar.
The next three courses include pan-seared Big Island kampachi in an XO sauce, butter-poached Kona cold lobster tail in a coconut curry sauce and pan-roasted prime strip loin.
Dessert is a chocolate and peanut butter crunch bar, with Hawaiian sea salt caramel gelato.
A selection of wines from California, Italy and Portugal have been selected to go with the menu.
First seating is $85 per person. The second seating, which includes a champagne toast at midnight and party favors, is $105 per person (plus $18 to $25 for wine pairings).
Top of Waikiki revolving restaurant is at Waikiki Business Plaza, 2270 Kalakaua Ave. Call 923-3877.
Ginger Spice: The Honolulu Cookie Co. is introducing ginger spice, its new seasonal flavor, as part of its limited-edition Holiday Collection this year.
The Honolulu Cookie Co. is offering its pineapple-shaped shortbread cookies in a variety of island-style gift boxes, tins and gift bags, both in stores and online, while supplies last.
Ginger spice, inspired by the Pacific spice trade, is available until about mid-January.
All cookies are baked fresh daily and individually wrapped. Prices range from $4.95 for a miniature holiday gift bag to $22.95 for the Mele Kalikimaka tin; 866-333-5800 or honolulucookie.com.
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