Quick Bites: Valentine’s Day dining
BY MICHELLE RAMOS / email@example.com
Valentine’s Day is two weeks away. Have you made plans yet?
Dessert comes first: That’s the philosophy at OTW Craft (Off the Wall Craft Desserts & Kitchen). Off the Wall Restaurant and Catering owner Kyle Matsumoto, former Highway Inn Kaka‘ako pastry chef Ed Morita and chef de cuisine Andrew Mitani have made “dessert first” their founding concept at OTW Craft, 1272 S. King St. (former site of Tsunami Hawaii).
OTW Craft will host a grand opening on Valentine’s Day from 5 to 9 p.m. featuring stations such as the Chocolate Lover’s Spat Party, with eaters involved in a “food fight” titled #DessertFirst vs. #FoodFirst.
Desserts at the grand opening will include items such as s’more tarts, fried house-made chocolate-filled Twinkies and chocolate peanut butter crunches.
Savory options aside from dessert will include mocha brisket sliders with Asian slaw, sauteed clams, a raw bar and more.
Cost is $50 and reservations are required. Call 591-WALL (9255).
Can’t wait? Check out the soft opening 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. (Cocktails will be on the menu.)
Valentine’s Day specials:
» BLT Steak will offer an $80 menu with choice of an appetizer, main course, side dish and dessert from a list including oysters, seared scallops and foie gras, sea bass, Australian wagyu chuck and triple chocolate mousse cake. Reserve your seats at 683-7440.
» At Chef Mavro, treat your loved one to a romantic menu ($170, $265 with wine pairings) which includes caviar, lobster, wagyu beef and more. To reserve, go to chefmavro.com or call 944-4714.
If you’re too late to reserve a table for Feb. 14, the restaurant is also offering a special six-course menu Feb. 13. On Feb. 11, 12 and 15, diners can enjoy pastry chef Jose Calpito’s chocolate kiss for dessert.
» Japengo is offering its romantic dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Feb. 13-15. The $96 four-course prix fixe meal includes a chilled oyster and caviar shooter, chirashi, filet mignon with foie gras or Dungeness crab with lobster tail orzotto, and a dessert buffet. Wine pairings and keiki menus are also available. Reserve at 237-6180.
» There are two options at the Kahala Hotel & Resort. If variety or quantity is more your style, check out Plumeria Beach House’s “Sweet and Spicy” dinner buffet from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Cost is $75. More of a prix fixe person? Hoku’s is offering a five-course dinner for $90. Reserve at 739-8760 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
» Top of Waikiki, the restaurant with a 360-degree view, is offering a four-course meal that was created to “set hearts on fire.” Begin with an amuse bouche called the Slow Motion Egg before diving into the shrimp and snow-crab claws. Then choose between the smoked butterfish or roasted beef strip loin. Top off the night with a decadent baked Alaska.
Cost is $75, with wine and cocktail pairing available for an additional $20. An “Early Lover’s Special” featuring the same menu is available from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for $55. Reservations required. Call 923-3877.
Vegetarian dinner: Chef AJ, author of “Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight” and host of “Healthy Living With Chef AJ,” will be in town next month. Dine with her from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 11 at Soto Mission of Hawaii, 1708 Nuuanu Ave.
Cost: $20, $19 for Vegetarian Society of Hawaii members. Limited seating. Reserve at 445-9920 or email email@example.com. Payment must be made by Feb. 9.
Breakfast hits the spot: Leeward residents have another breakfast joint to check out in Pancakes & Waffles, which opened in the Waimalu Shopping Center (next to Jamba Juice) in November. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Call 200-7556.
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