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The Cat’s schoolmates, from small-kid time. Of course dinner with Chef H (not at his house, his kitchen).

Sunset

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Twilight

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Lobster Bisque

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Caesar Salad

Tableside service, always a winner.

Side of Anchovies

The Mouse always politely requests, servers are always very accommodating. 🙂

The Tin

The Mouse is always so tempted to bring a baggie and … restraint. Hee hee.

Fish Course

Potato crusted (The Mouse forgot the type of fish, white), shrimp. Nomz!

Lamb Lollipops

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Intermission

Yuzu sorbet. The Mouse’s favorite.

Looks like kitchen bought new sorbet containers.

Old Time Milk Containers?

Cute ya?

Steak Course

Grilled peach, haricot vert, broccoli/cauliflower hybrid, onion rings. Nomz!

Chocolate Souffle

And Chef H’s favorite dessert to present.

Bananas Foster

As always Chef H. respect! Absolute credit to your profession. Humbled that you consider us friends.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The mouse

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In The Cat and The Mouse case, it was a 2.5-fer. The Cat suggested lunch at Orchids Restaurant. Entree plus appetizer or dessert for special price. The Mouse was a little hesitant. Smaller portions? Still hungry after?

But, try try.

Lobby Decoration

When the restaurant’s name is Orchids …

The Cat’s order.

Crema All’Aragosta

Kona Maine Lobster Bisque, Lemongrass.

What is Kona Maine? Dunno, tasted good.

Homemade Lasagnette

Fresh Chef Pasta, Kahuku Prawns, Scallops, Avocado, Lightly Spiced. Think deconstructed lasagna, The Cat kept thinking won ton skin. Look Funn noods? Hee hee.

The Mouse chose.

Fried Calamari

One of the best The Mouse has eaten, not greasy, super crispy. Nom!

Orchids Burger

8 oz. Prime Burger, Shiitake Sauté, Romaine, Tomato, Onion, Bacon, American Cheese, Guacamole. More nom.

Server suggested we cannot leave without indulging in their signature coconut cake. Twist our arms/paws.

Halekulani’s Signature Coconut Cake

Chiffon Cake, Coconut-Amaretto Cream.

A little on the pricey side for lunch, but not not “break the bank, OMG what were you thinking!” pricey. More affordable than dinner. Not everyday, but once in a while. Hope to be back in the not too distant future.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

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Last week’s dinner, epic for The Cat.

Started with a text to Chef H, our menu choices: Caesar Salad, lobster bisque, crab cake, Vitello Tonnato (to try), lobster risotto, and souffle for dessert.

Chef responded “Looking at the menu … I say leave it to Chef.”

Ok, sigh, he has never steered us wrong.

To The Cat, from Chef

The Cat’s cocktail.

Watermelon Martini

Chef’s tasting menu: Lobster Bisque, lobster in cognac, flamed at table (The Mouse didn’t take a pic).

Caesar Salad

Extra anchovies on the side for The Mouse. Nom!

Crab Cake

Black bean sauce, tomato coulis, tropical fruit garnish.

Vitello Tonnato

Yellowfin Ahi sashimi, oven-roasted veal, white tuna sauce, pesto and caper vinaigrette. The Mouse wanted to try based on the menu description. Try try. The Mouse thinks, could’ve used a shoyu wasabi (or Coleman mustard) dipping sauce, but don’t tell Chef. Jus’ The Mouse’s Asian palate.

Yuzu Sorbet

Palate cleanser. The Mouse could eat a bucket of this.

Wagyu Rib Eye, Morel Mushrooms, White Asparagus, Lobster Risotto

Chef (restaurant) flew the white asparagus in from Holland. Jet lag. Hee hee.

Grand Marnier Souffle

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Fireworks

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Orange Peel Fire Fountain

The Mouse always loves this part.

Banana Foster

Chef loves presenting this dessert. Locally grown apple bananas.

See? Told ya epic. If you notice, all of the items listed/requested were on the menu and more. So publicly, it’s Chef’s choice menu, but The Mouse privately had some input. 😉

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Dinner with the cuzs. Sunset and Chef’s choice. The Cat took the sunset pics, as usual, and saw the green flash. The Mouse, the food.

Tomato Bisque and Cheese Crostini

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Lobster Bisque

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Caesar Salad

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Extra Anchovies

Extra thanks to our server, Miss C, for the anchovies, must’ve given us at least half a tin.

Steamed Onaga, Chinese Style

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Kaua‘i Petite Filet, Foie Gras, Green Beans, Pickled Purple Cabbage, Mashed Potato with Truffles

Big nom!

Orange Peel Flambe

Our skilled server got sommelier certified in Japan, prefers working as a server, maybe better tips?

Banana Foster

🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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A while back, The Cat was named an executor of one of her client’s estates. He was an ex-pat living abroad (that used to live here). Yesterday, a group of his friends brought a part of his ashes back to SPAM land for his send-off (a portion stayed in Australia).

Since The Cat didn’t really know the client on a personal level, The Cat was a little perplexed about the memorial dinner.

By serendipitous coincidence, The Cat made reservations at Michel’s at the Colony Surf. Turns out the client, R, loved France and French food.

The Place

Near one of R’s favorites spots, Diamond Head.

Since the group was relatively large (fifteen), individual ordering could be prohibitive and cumbersome, went with chef’s choice for the table.

Amuse Bouche

Ahi tartare, shiso leaf, caviar. Nom! The Mouse’s only “complaint” (and totally not in the spirit of an “amuse bouche”), The Mouse wanted more. Sigh. Hee hee.

Lobster Bisque

Menu description: Served for over 40 years at Michel’s with fresh Maine lobster meat flamed in Cognac at your table.

The Requisite “Flamed”

 

Caesar Salad

Menu description: Hirabara baby romaine & hearts of palm, tossed tableside in our classic creamy dressing, anchovy filets served upon request.

The picture is prior to The Mouse’s request of more anchovies. Server was kind enough to “load up” The Mouse’s plate. Dragons breathe fire, The Mouse breathes anchovy breath. Hee hee. Haaaaah!

Fish Course

Salmon, tomato coulis, tomato confit, asparagus, angel hair pasta. Well prepared.

Palate Refresher

Kalamansi sorbetto with blueberry. Happy.

Meat Course

Venison, mashed potato, mushroom risotto, foie gras. I think the sauce had blueberries in it. Socks off nom.

So, everyone else’s plate was a stacked presentation, The Mouse’s looked a little deconstructed. But, The Mouse had the biggest foie gras piece. What does the soccer announcer say? SCOOOOOOOOOOOOORE! 🙂

Dessert

Chef H procured fresh peaches and made Peach Melba. Peaches, vanilla ice cream, raspberries, whipped cream, amaretto. A nice ending to an awesome dinner. Chef even gave us the leftover peaches to take home.

Thanks Chef H, we will be back.

All R’s Australian friends felt the dinner was a perfect send-off.

The Mouse was fully satisfied and satiated.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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