It may appear that Padovani’s Grill (1341 Kapiolani Boulevard, Honolulu Hawaii) is almost getting to be our second home, not that I’m complaining. Chef was throwing a dinner for selected hotel concierge staff the other night and he let us come in and watch. Since we were there, we ordered dinner (heh heh).
First off, Chef had two floral arrangements made.
To give you some sense of the scale, the “vase” is seven feet tall, add the flowers and I estimate the height to be over ten feet tall. Talk about making an impression.
Chef introduced a new appetizer that night,
Green papaya salad, lime vinaigrette. Chef’s take on an island favorite. The Cat really enjoyed this.
In house soft string cheese soaked in heavy cream, marinated vine-ripened tomatoes, capers and Niçoise olives vinaigrette. The picture is a little fuzzy, I was trying to reach over the table to take the picture. Sigh.
Ragoût “Beluga Lentils du Puys” with vegetables, vinaigrette, and fresh herbs. The Cat inhaled the foie gras and scallops. I got to try the lentils and vegetables. That’s okay, I had his foie gras before. And there’s always next time.
I seem to be enamored with Chef’s daily risotto. Haven’t had one I didn’t like yet. Today was no exception.
Hamakua mushrooms, speck, sun-dried tomato, spinach, and cherry tomatoes. An all-in-one meal. Rice, ham, vegetables, and mushrooms = happy Mouse.
To finish off, my dessert …
Caramelized upside-down golden delicious apple tart, Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream.
My cuz is probably going to get on my case for this post (“you ate there again without me?”) Heh heh.