I know, a little late, but at least the post is in the same week. 🙂
And in the interest of full disclosure, the dinner was comped. 🙂 🙂
Decided to go to Ocean House Waikiki. One of our favorite places to take guests. Usually, we are busy taking care of the guests that we can’t fully enjoy the place on our terms. Of the many times we’ve been here, first time it was just the two of us.
Besides the food, this is why we take guests here. Sunset views.
No Photoshop, no retouching. Just Mother Nature doing her thing.
The other part of the equation.
Sizzling Ahi Carpaccio, sashimi style ahi over Maui onions, radish sprouts, and green onions sprinkled with togarashi and sea salt, topped with sizzling peanut oil.
Sometimes, the server will bring out an appetizer or two and tell us it’s compliments of the GM, this time no word. Hmm, something’s up. Let’s just wait and see.
The Mouse started with their salad.
Ocean House Salad
Organic greens tossed in minted guava vinaigrette.
The Cat had the seafood chowder. No picture, tell you why later.
There are at least two dishes at the Ocean House, one is the sizzling ahi carpaccio above, the other is this
Seared Peppered Sea Scallops
Picture from a previous visit. Jumbo scallops, pan seared with mushrooms, temari, sake, and garlic butter. Huge yum! We’re usually looking for any scrap of bread to soak up all of the sauce. Plate goes back, no need to dishwash … spotless 🙂
Been dreaming of a variation for a bit now. Didn’t want to ask any server, fear they might say no can do. Tonight the planets and stars aligned. Our server was one of the GM’s old friends. Before asking, checked the restaurant’s breakfast menu to see if the “normal” dish is listed. Didn’t want to ask for something they had no clue about. The regular dish is listed. Phase one complete.
Asked the server, G, quietly if I could order something not on the menu. “Whatever you want, if chef can make it, we’ll make it.” Phase two.
The order, bed of rice, seared peppered sea scallops over rice (don’t forget the sauce), and two easy-over eggs on top.
Seared peppered sea scallops loco moco (working title). The Mouse, happy happy. A couple of servers came to the table to check it out, combo interested them two. And yes, the plate/bowl went back spotless. All socks off, four paws up. BIG 🙂
The Cat order the Easter special of the day.
Long-tailed Snapper, Brussel Sprouts
Forgot the official description. Sauce was a Asian-y soy, miso, buttery combo? We both thought the Brussel sprouts and fish were not quite a match, but not bad.
For dessert, I didn’t want to overindulge so went with something light.
Passion-fruit and açaí. Perfect to end the night.
The Cat ordered a scoop of vanilla bean and a scoop of mac-nut ice cream. Again no picture. Why? Both appetizer and dessert, white food on white dinnerware? The polar bear in a snowstorm effect. Hee hee.
Asked G for the check, GM tore up our bill. No charge. The Cat (with some input from The Mouse) does some favors for the GM, his way of thanks. Much mahalos D.
Hope your Easter (if you observe it) was nice. Ours was.
Enjoy. Eat well.
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