Quick Bites: Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Jan. 31, 2014 | 0 Comments In the Star-Advertiser Friday Print Edition
Send your love to those who live far away with shortbread cookies in flavors of macadamia nut, lilikoi, mango, Kona coffee or coconut. --Courtesy Honolulu Cookie Co.

Send your love to those who live far away with shortbread cookies in flavors of macadamia nut, lilikoi, mango, Kona coffee or coconut. (Courtesy Honolulu Cookie Co.)

BY NINA WU / nwu@staradvertiser.com

Edible Hearts: Does your sweetheart live on the mainland? Or maybe you have a child away at college. The Honolulu Cookie Co.’s signature pineapple-shaped cookie has taken on a heart shape in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

Send a taste of Hawaii with shortbread in the flavors of macadamia nut, lilikoi, mango, Kona coffee or coconut. Cookies are dipped in dark or white chocolate and available in a variety of packages, including the Mini Pop Up, which consists of six pieces in two flavors ($5.95); Gift Bag, nine pieces, three flavors ($7.95); Shimmer Heart Box, 16 pieces, four flavors ($16.95); Shimmer Box, 28 pieces, six flavors ($21.95); or the Cube, 44 pieces, eight flavors ($29.95).

Orders must be made by Feb. 7 for delivery to the mainland by Valentine’s Day. Go to honolulucookie.com.

For Procrastinators: Are you one of those who always forgets special dates? BLT Steak Waikiki and ESquared Hospitality are thinking of you.

On Feb. 11, a code will be unveiled on BLT Steak Waikiki’s Facebook page. The first person to call with the code will be guaranteed a “Stupid Cupid” table with a free bottle of wine and bouquet of flowers.


Brasserie Du Vin Prix Fixe: Chef Marco Elder is offering a three-course meal featuring bigeye tuna tartar or roasted bone marrow for the appetizer; poached Atlantic lobster tail, pan-seared duck breast or grilled beef tenderloin for the entree; and dark chocolate-cherry cheesecake or passion fruit panna cotta for dessert.

Cost is $70 per person, and a wine pairing is available for additional cost. The menu is available from 6 p.m. on Feb. 13, 14 and 15. Reserve at 545-1115.

Hoku’s Valentine’s Special: Chef Jeremy Shigekane has a five-course dinner for sweethearts on Feb. 14 and 15.

Start with Shigoku oyster served with grapefruit and sake granita, followed by an heirloom tomato bocconcini salad with Kahuku sea asparagus and nori vinaigrette. Truffle risotto is next with hints of coconut cream and uni, followed by the main course of Marcona almond-crusted beef tenderloin garnished with crispy jumbo prawn.

Dessert is a Kula Maui strawberry tart with chocolate cremeux and pistachio ice cream.

The special is available both nights from 5:30 to 10 p.m.

Cost is $95 per person; $130 with wine pairings. Call 739-8760 or email restaurants@kahalaresort.com.

Seafood Lovers: Japengo is offering a four-course meal Feb. 14 and 15.

The menu: ahi sashimi with spicy Alaskan crab roll and garlic prawns hibachi style; roasted lobster tail with sea beans, orzo and roma tomato in a crustacean broth; and a choice of Hawaii Ranchers filet mignon with Hamakua Alii king mushrooms and horseradish potato with Madeira sauce or steamed mahimahi with kukui nut and black truffle butter limu, tomato and ginger scallion. Dessert will be a Japanese gelato cake with matcha green tea, azuki beans and black sesame gelato cake and furikake coconut tuille. The cost is $75.

The restaurant is on the third floor of the Ewa Tower of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, 2424 Kalakaua Ave. Hours are 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Feb. 14 and 6 to 10 p.m. on Feb. 15. Valet and self-parking are free.

Reserve at 237-6180 or on Open Table. Go to japengowaikiki.com.

‘Sweet & Spicy’ at The Kahala: The Plumeria Beach House at the Kahala Hotel & Resort is holding a “Sweet & Spicy” dinner buffet from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Feb. 14 and 15.

Enjoy an assortment of salads from baby spinach and arugula to garlic roasted salmon and tofu. Appetizers include ahi poke, oysters on the half shell, shrimp cocktail, wok-fried eggplant, sushi, creamy potato leek soup and Ho Farm tomato gazpacho. Main dishes include braised veal osso bucco, baked oysters, mix seafood and lobster cioppino, and steamed lemongrass snow crab. A carving station will offer rosemary salt-crusted prime rib. Desserts include a variety of cakes, coconut cream puffs, macaroons, cheesecake and bread pudding with creme anglaise.

Cost is $75; $37.50 for ages 6 to 12. To reserve, call 739-8760 or email restaurants@kahalaresort.com.

Dinner with a View: Chef Lance Kosaka of Top of Waikiki is serving a four-course meal ($110 per person) with optional wine pairings ($14, $18 each) from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15.

The evening will start with an amuse-bouche of Hawaii Island Goat Diary Gougere cheese in puff pastry, followed by the first course of hamachi and caviar tartare with avocado creme and crispy Asian chips. The second course is lobster pot pie with Kona cold lobster en croute, tarragon creme, Yukon gold potatoes, and baby carrots and peas, followed by prime striploin topped with caramelized onion jus, Brussels sprouts and potato puree, and finally, a chocolate decadence cake with raspberry puree.

Top of Waikiki is on the 18th floor of the Waikiki Business Plaza, 2270 Kalakaua Ave. To reserve, go to topofwaikiki.com or call 923-3877.

Turtle Bay Specials: If you’re on the North Shore, Turtle Bay has a variety of special menus available from Feb. 14 to 16.

At North Shore Kula Grille, a four-course dinner is available from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. all weekend. The menu includes lobster bisque with caviar and truffle oil, organic greens, rack of lamb, crab and shrimp-stuffed mushrooms, sauteed mahimahi and Waialua chocolate fudge. Cost is $75 per person, $115 with wine pairing.

Anyone making a Valentine’s Day reservation by 4 p.m. Feb. 14, will have a chance to win a four-course dinner for two, with a notification upon check-in. Other winners will receive a bottle of champagne.

On Sunday, the restaurant will offer a Valentine’s breakfast buffet including local favorites such as kalua pork or Chorizo sausage eggs benedict, taro Belgium waffles, smoked salmon and miso soup, available from 6:30 a.m. to noon. Cost is $26.95 per person and $13.50 per child ages 5-12.

At Pa’akai restaurant, diners will get a trio of oysters and caviar red wine vinaigrette, island snapper with pesto and mushroom risotto, Wagyu New York steak and shrimp, and Waialua chocolate pot de creme with Kula strawberries. The meal will be offered from 5:30 to 10 p.m. all weekend. Cost is $120 per person, $160 with wine selection.

A special Sunday brunch will also be offered at Pa’akai from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For $35 ($17.50 per child ages 5-12), munch on fresh fruit, chocolate-covered strawberries, smoothies, cheeses, omelets, taro waffles, banana macadamia nut pancakes and glazed Virginia ham.

Reserve online at opentable.com or call 293-6000.

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