The founder and owner of the sea asparagus farm here invited us out for dinner. The only criteria was that the restaurant needed to serve sea asparagus. We ended up at The Pineapple Room by Alan Wong (they use a good amount of sea asparagus). We tried to order as many dishes that used sea asparagus.
Poke & Sashimi
Local Style with Chili and Sesame Oil, Kahuku Sea Asparagus, Shiso and Wasabi Sauce.
This was ordered as appetizer for the table and as part of my dinner. Sashimi and poke, can’t get any better.
Kampachi Topped with Sea Asparagus and Shiitake Mushrooms, Mustard Green Sauce
I was really impressed with the mustard green sauce. It tastes like the restaurant pureed mustard greens for the sauce. Very flavorful.
The kitchen knows our host very well. Not only does he supply them with sea asparagus, he also frequents the restaurant regularly. The kitchen sent out two complimentary starters.
Ho Farms & Hamakua Springs Tomato Salad
With fresh local watermelon, beets, and ume dressing. This was an interesting mix, the tomatoes, beets, and dressing was a good combination, the watermelon provided nice color. Flavor-wise, the watermelon seemed out-of-place, in my opinion.
Kiawe-grilled bread with Hamakua Springs tomato jam, basil pesto, olive tapenade, Hawaii island goat dairy fresh chèvre.
This was our host’s order. I’m not sure if it was the Kiawe-Grilled Spiced Rub Maui Cattle Company Beef Ribeye or the Grilled Midwest One Pound Rib Steak. I did not want to intrude and ask him what he ordered. If you’re interested, the description for the beef ribeye and one pound rib steak are the same: “Braised Maui Onion, Garlic Mushroom, Balsamic Glazed, Hamakua Springs Tomato, Herb Butter”. See my confusion? 😀
Since the eating season is just beginning, I thought it best to order a lighter meal.
Besides my sashimi & poke combo starter which I used as an entrée, I ordered two soups.
Chicken Soup, Shiitake Mushrooms, and Watercress
Not bad for a cold evening.
Chilled Hamakua Springs Tomato Soup with Avocado and Chilled Blue Prawn
When the chilled soup came, I started thinking about Ray Harryhausen and the Kraken for some reason. 🙂
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