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Chinese friends and relatives. The Cat made reservations.

Sign

Sign

For some reason, reminded me of a movie (forgot the name) where the mother burns Christmas dinner and the family ends up in a Chinese restaurant with a roast duck with the head still attached (was it “A Christmas Story”?).

Buffet only.

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Chinese char siu, stir-fried cabbage, potsticker, char siu bao bun, braised turnip, lion head, chicken and pomelo salad, steamed pork hash.

Most impressed with the chicken salad.

Chicken and Pomelo Salad

Chicken and Pomelo Salad

Something different, kinda fusion-y. I think I was the only one that liked it.

Ma Po Tofu

Ma Po Tofu

Round 2

Round 2

Can you tell, I really liked the salad.

Overall, I thought the food was pretty good, The Cat, not so much. There were a few glitches. Our reservation was at 2:00 pm. The restaurant was running out of some of the dishes. The restaurant also closed the line early. Missed dessert (although, from what we could see, dessert wasn’t much anyway, almond float and mango pudding). Still …

But we got to see friends and families.

On to the new year.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Silent Sunday

Last night’s dinner. The Cat’s friend’s last night before going home. Buffet night. Shutting up now.

Sign

Sign

Ikura and Uni Sushi

Ikura and Uni Gunkan Maki

Chawanmushi (steamed custard (savory))

Chawanmushi (steamed custard (savory))

The Mouse's "Salad"

The Mouse’s “Salad”

Shrimp Tempura with Radish and Green Onion Dipping Sauce

Shrimp Tempura with Radish and Green Onion Dipping Sauce

"Japanese Style" Fruit Cocktail

“Japanese Style” Fruit Cocktail

Pumpkin Flavored Mochi

Pumpkin Flavored Mochi

Big Yum

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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I Pushed All The Buttons

Warning, some of the pictures (at least one) maybe too graphic for those with queasy stomachs.

The Cat is still hosting her friend from Hong Kong. Sunday buffet brunch at Orchids at the Halekulani. One of the premier spots to take visitors.

Table Setting

Table Setting

The Mouse's Messy Plate

The Mouse’s Messy Plate

Messy Plate No. 2

Messy Plate No. 2

On the carving table was whole roast pig, you can see a bit of it above near the 12:00 area of the plate. Had to ask (beg, plead, cajole) for some of the crispy skin. Think the chef was saving it for himself afterwards (just a thought, I would too).

Messy Plate No. 3

Messy Plate No. 3

Lots of salads, poké, sashimi, prime rib, etc.

Popovers

Popovers

One of Orchids signature items is their popovers with poha berry jam. Awesome stuff (not too sweet, a little tart … just right), was looking forward to one, maybe two. Alas, poha berries are becoming scarce, Orchids offered orange marmalade instead.

Orange Marmalade

Orange Marmalade

In my opinion, a very poor substitute. Oh well, can’t cry over “spilt milk” as it were.

Dessert

Dessert

Food was good, no complaints, except for the poha berry jam. But the highlight reel of the day for me was in the bathroom.

The Bowl

The Bowl

Like out of “Star Trek”.

The Controls

The Controls

Close Up

Close Up

Of course, I had to try it (no, there was no reason for its use). I pushed every button (even the oscillating and pulsating buttons). It was goooooood! I wonder where’s the photon torpedo button.

More reason for us to go back. Hee hee :)

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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More Food!

The Cat’s bestie is still visiting. The good news is we get to eat out. The bad news, all this food affects my waistline. Will have to severely diet next week.

This time, one of our favorite places.

Noren

Noren

Protein!

Protein!

Wasabi!

Wasabi!

Sashimi, baked salmon, grilled ribeye, and braised pork belly. Happy, happy.

Oden with Hot Mustard

Oden with Hot Mustard

Braised Eggplant with Grated Turnip

Braised Eggplant with Grated Turnip

Steamed Egg

Steamed Egg

Japanese Curry Rice

Japanese Curry Rice

Tobiko (Flying Fish Roe) Sushi

Tobiko (Flying Fish Roe) Sushi

Dessert and Fruit

Dessert and Fruit

Black Sesame Ice Cream

Black Sesame Ice Cream

Of course, whenever possible at Japanese restaurants, the perfect last bite is this.

Tamago Sushi

Tamago Sushi

Mostly comfort food with a little indulgence. Still, calories are calories. I’ll worry about that next week.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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As mentioned previously, The Cat’s elementary school bestie (M) is visiting. One requirement was that we had to have lunch here at least once.

Menu

Menu

And it had to be the buffet.

Story goes more than two decades ago, M was here attending school (The Cat was also attending school). After finals, The Cat and M would go to Duke’s for their dinner buffet. At the time it was under ten dollars, soft drinks and dessert included. For two poor starving students, it was a long anticipated treat to sit oceanside, with no cares (temporarily), and pig out.

Fast forward more than two decades and Duke’s is still here. Prices are higher, drinks and dessert not included, but the nostalgia remains.

The Mouse's Buffet Plate

The Mouse’s Buffet Plate

Caesar salad, Asian slaw, roasted beets, teri chicken, and egg battered fish (I think it was mahi). Not bad, but not gourmet, more tourist food.

But for The Cat and M to reminisce?  Priceless.

Couldn’t write about this place without a pic like this.

The Man

The Man

If you look real close, The Mouse’s reflection is in the Duke’s sunglasses. Not planned.

The reunion continues. They’re going to the north shore and maybe look for a shrimp truck, singing Chinese songs at the top of their lungs. The Mouse is going to work (whew!). :)

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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