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Not a Typo

Intrigued by the pictures and reviews on Yelp, tried here for lunch today.

Noren

Noren

Why hang Japanese kitchen curtains in a “Chinese” restaurant? Dunno, maybe it’s cheaper than hanging doors.

And who came up with the name? Sigh.

Anyway, the two signs outside enticed The Mouse.

OK ...

OK …

 

Even Better

Even Better

With the discount, price not much more than a “decent” plate lunch, and drinks and dessert included. The pake in The Mouse smiles.

What piqued The Mouse’s interest was the pictures and comments on their char siu and roast pork. So, The Mouse’s first plate.

Roast Pork, Char Siu, Stir-Fried Napa Cabbage, Pot Stickers, Broccoli

Roast Pork, Char Siu, Stir-Fried Napa Cabbage, Pot Stickers, Broccoli

Hmm. Roast pork was decent, can’t compare to still on the hook in Chinatown, but passable. The char siu? Meh. But (almost) any char siu is better than none.

Egg Fu Yung, Deep Fried Tofu, Kung Pao Chicken, Beef Stew, More Roast Pork

Egg Fu Yung, Deep Fried Tofu, Beef Broccoli,  Kung Pao Chicken, Beef Stew, Mapo Tofu, More Roast Pork

Everything on the plate was serviceable, the surprise was the beef stew, must’ve been a really cheap cut of meat, but simmered for a loooooong time, “almost like buttah”. The cartiledge, fat, and little bit of meat melding together into a little bite of ahhh!

There was also a salad bar, but nothing for The Mouse to want to give up limited tummy space for.

Egg Drop Soup

Egg Drop Soup

Was okay, too much corn starch.

Coconut Tapioca

Coconut Tapioca

 

Mung Bean Dessert Soup

Mung Bean Dessert Soup

The mung bean soup was pretty good.

Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate Pudding

All in all, not bad, not the greatest, but not bad. The restaurant has a contract with one of the Chinese airlines to feed the flight crew after all. Good thing there’s a Kama‘aina discount. Probably would feel different at full price.

Soda and tea included.

Try try.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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100 Sails

Waikiki Prince Hotel, newly renovated.

FKA Prince Court

FKA Prince Court

 

Interior

Interior

 

Condiments

Condiments

You know you’re in SPAMland when get chili peppa water and Hawaiian salt. Jus’ sayin’. 🙂

And poi!

And poi!

 

Tempura

Tempura

 

Poke, Kalua Pig, Salad

Poke, Kalua Pig, Salad

 

Poke Shooter

Poke Shooter

 

Inari Sushi, Chinese Steamed Fish with Cilantro

Inari Sushi, Chinese Steamed Fish with Cilantro

 

Oxtail Soup!

Oxtail Soup!

Highpoint of the buffet! Hee hee.

Dessert(s)

Dessert(s)

Bread pudding, coconut milk tapioca, lemon bar, fruit tart, red velvet cupcake, signature bread pudding.

Ala Wai Harbor

Ala Wai Harbor

Inspiration for the name?

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Seafood!

Or is it seefood. Could be both? Hee hee.

Location

Location

Funny, two high end resorts have “casual” dining spots named “Plumeria”, go figure. Last night we were at the “Plumeria” at the Kahala Resort.

Food!

Food!

Salads, poke, sashimi, butterfish (braised with sun-dried tomato), Mac-nut crusted shutome, carving station, etc. Drool!

The Mouse's First Pass

The Mouse’s First Pass

A little bit of salad, nigiri sushi, sashimi, :).

Second Pass

Second Pass

Mac-nut crusted shutome, more poke, shrimp curry. Still noms.

More Sashimi, Herb-Crusted Roast Beef

More Sashimi, Herb-Crusted Roast Beef

And finally …

Sweets!

Sweets!

Pineapple chunks, chocolate mousse, mango pudding, brownie, and I forgot the last thing.

A good noms day.

I’ll get (and post) The Cat’s pictures later.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Checked out the golf course up the street.

Ko'olau Golf Club

Ko’olau Golf Club

Of course (no pun intended) had to stay for some breakfast.

Buffet

Buffet

Not gourmet, relatively “cheap eats”.

The restaurant was founded by Don Ho’s parents.

History

History

You remember Don Ho? Tiny Bubbles?

Property even has koi, and the restaurant lets you feed them.

Koi

Koi

A couple of hours, see something different in our “backyard”.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Detour

Sometimes, the journey is the adventure.

The Chef’s tasting dinner happened. Tell you about that later.

On the way, there were detours.

Original plan (In The Mouse’s mind anyway), was to work a couple of hours (part-time), get to Kahala Mall, catch a movie (Star Wars), have a light lunch, wait for The Cat for pick up, and dinner at Kahala Resort.

At the last minute, The Cat decides she wants to give Chef this for his b-day. The Cat was attending a seminar and the task becomes a honeydew item. Sigh.

Adele 25

Adele 25

The Mouse had to backtrack to go purchase which kinda “detoured” my plans on catching the movie.

There was still a slim chance of hope of getting to the theater to make the movie time.

Didn’t happen.

Got a little sidetracked walking to the bus stop.

Sign and Food

Sign and Food

Old hotel/restaurant. Mostly for tourist looking for bargains and locals from other islands visiting for school games or reunions. Known for their koi “pond”.

Buffet lunch. A little pricey, but affordable, a little extra dollars in my pocket (no more high tourist-y prices at the church area). Try try.

Food!

Food!

Various poké, not fancy kine, ahi, fried tofu, mussel, and tako, not gourmet, basic poké. Not bad.

Breaded fish, teri chicken, pork and peas.

Honeydew melon, cantaloupe, pies, and cakes (pink only in the SPAM islands) for dessert.

Again, not gourmet, more like upscale home cooking, fairly priced.

The “highpoint” of the detour, server gave me a container of koi food.

A zen experience

A zen experience

A bit of quiet and solitude in the middle of the urban jungle. a five-minute stay-cation.

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.” (Douglas Adams)

The Cat, while having not of big an adventure, still experienced “something”.

The view from the seminar room Breakfast provided Grilled Cheese and Clam Chowder (from Denny's)

The view from the seminar room
Breakfast provided
Grilled Cheese and Clam Chowder (from Denny’s)

The chef’s tasting dinner next.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

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