Quick Bites: Whole Foods, Buho, Ka Ikena

Jun. 19, 2014 | 0 Comments In the Star-Advertiser Friday Print Edition
The new Mexican restaurant Buho Cocina y Cantina is scheduled to open July 5 on the rooftop of the Waikiki Shopping Plaza. (Courtesy Buho Cocina y Cantina)

The new Mexican restaurant Buho Cocina y Cantina is scheduled to open July 5 on the rooftop of the Waikiki Shopping Plaza. (Courtesy Buho Cocina y Cantina)

BY MICHELLE RAMOS / mramos@staradvertiser.com

A “Whole” Lotta Things Happening: Whole Foods Market at Kahala Mall has much on its plate this month:

» Friday: In celebration of international surfing day, the Surfrider Foundation and Surfrider Spirit Sessions will be at the store to talk about their work in the community.

» Saturday: A lunch pop-up featuring “thank a bee” ingredients, or foods pollinated by bees, runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

» Tuesday: Sample some of “summer’s best cheeses” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Featured will be buffalo, goat and sheep’s milk cheeses.

On a weekly basis, the store offers Throwdown Thursdays! offering samples of something new from 4 to 6 p.m. every Thursday.

Call 738-0820.

Chefs’ Choice at KCC: Kapiolani Community College culinary instructor Grant Sato and students in his class on Asia-Pacific cuisine are running the Ka Ikena Dining room on the Diamond Head campus through July 11. The up-and-coming chefs are offering three-course lunches for $15.95 to $19.95. Seating times are 11 and 11:30 a.m. and noon Tuesdays through Fridays.

A buffet on July 11 is priced at $19.95.

Who knows? You might have one of the first meals from the next hot chef.

To reserve call Kristie Kiesel at 734-9499 or go to opentable.com and search for Ka Ikena.

Blues, Bourbon, & Barbecue: Enjoy a barbecue dinner while listening to the acoustic blues of Tavana, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at Seaside Grill at The Kahala Hotel & Resort. End the evening with a flight of bourbon or a bourbon root beer float. Cost: $50 adults, $30 ages 6-12. To reserve call 739-8760 or email restaurants@kahalaresort.com.

Oodles of Noodles: Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas offers a “live” noodle station Friday featuring yaki soba or yaki udon followed by shrimp with yukari or steak for $8.95. Reserve an early time slot and enjoy live entertainment from 6 to 8 p.m. To reserve call 533-4476.

Taste of Italy: Vino will take you across the globe with two Italian street food dishes being added to its main menu. Try the Black Summer Truffle Arancini or Italian Beef Bruschetta, available Saturday only.

Thursday is a night for zinfandel and local fish specials. If weather and fish availability permit, chef Keith Endo plans to add fried akule and Kona kampachi to the night’s menu. At 6 p.m. a wine tasting of 2009 Scherrer “Old & Mature Vines,” 2010 Robert Biale “Monte Rosso,” 2011 Linne Calodo “Outsider” and 2009 Carlisle “Carlisle Vineyard” will be held for those who want to explore zinfandels. Wine tasting: $39. Reserve at 533-4476 or jpohlman@dkrestaurants.com.

Happy Birthday, SALT: SALT bar & kitchen celebrates its third year with all-night drink specials and two special sandwiches Tuesday. Added to the menu that evening will be shredded Kulana beef and pork belly with farm egg sandwiches, both $12. Randy Wong and Jordan Edwards will pair the sandwiches with a Tiki revival cocktail. For reservations call 744-7567.

COMING SOON

Mexican with a View: Buho Cocina y Cantina is scheduled to open July 5 on the rooftop of the Waikiki Shopping Plaza. The Mexican restaurant is being touted as “an edgier and more sophisticated” space featuring an emerald green glass tile reflecting pool with a glass column in the center that emits a fire plume, and a 50-foot bar made of red-orange structural steel.

Fountain seating will be available as well as lower lounge seating. There will also be a private dining room for parties and another interior space featuring a glass and steel tequila wall and an open exhibition kitchen highlighted with bronze glass.

The 12,300-square-foot venue is at 2250 Kalakaua Ave. Take the elevator to the fourth floor.

Going to Maui? If you’re planning a trip to the Valley Isle, check out Cane & Canoe, opening Monday at Montage Kapalua Bay.

The restaurant will be headed by executive chef Riko Bartolome, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America known for his Asian-fusion style. He has worked at the Hyatt Regency Aventine in La Jolla, Calif., Grand Wailea Maui and several San Diego restaurants, including Hotel Nikko’s Pangaea, W Hotel and Asia-Vous.

Cane & Canoe will be open from 7 to 11 a.m. daily for breakfast and 5 to 9 p.m. for dinner. Bar and lounge hours will be 3 to 11 p.m. with happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m. Live entertainment will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly. Call 662-6600.

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