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Still eating in Waikiki, not so much tourist food (although it is to some extent), but for this.

Sunset

Beachside Dining

Sunset

Sunset

And this.

Fireworks

Fireworks

Ocean House (2169 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Hawai’i).

One of our go-to places to take out-of-town guests. Food is more than decent, but the views are worth the price, especially the sunsets, priceless.

I’ll shut up now and let the pictures do the talking.

Coconut Lobster Skewers

Coconut Lobster Skewers

Spare Ribs Kahala

Spare Ribs Kahala

Baked Seafood Dynamite

Baked Seafood Dynamite

Seared Peppered Sea Scallops

Seared Peppered Sea Scallops

Sizzling Ahi Carpaccio

Sizzling Ahi Carpaccio

Curly Kale Salad

Curly Kale Salad

Seafood Lau Lau

Seafood Lau Lau

Sautéed Vegetables and Macadamia Nut Saffron Quinoa

Sautéed Vegetables and Macadamia Nut Saffron Quinoa

"Ocean House Specialty" Hawaiian Sea Salt Slow Roasted Premium angus Prime Rib (Early Bird Special)

“Ocean House Specialty” Hawaiian Sea Salt Slow Roasted Premium angus Prime Rib (Early Bird Special)

Grilled Portobello Mushroom, Kabayaki Sauce

Grilled Portobello Mushroom, Kabayaki Sauce

Grilled Marinated Eggplant with Kale Macadamia Nut Pesto

Grilled Marinated Eggplant with Kale Macadamia Nut Pesto

Vegetable Luau

Vegetable Luau

Sautéed  Curly Kale

Sautéed Curly Kale

Grilled Asparagus

Grilled Asparagus

Açaí Sorbet

Açaí Sorbet

The four of us almost finished everything. Oink oink.

Highlights for me were the ahi carpaccio, the vegetable luau (Hawaiian style creamed spinach), and the prime rib. The Cat, her elementary school bestie, and another friend were talking so much I don’t think they paid too much attention to the food (at least they didn’t  break into singing Chinese songs). 🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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The crab that is. So, on Tuesday, one of The Cat’s clients (Mrs. N) took her to dinner here.

Plaque

Plaque

(53 Ahui Street, Honolulu, Hawaii). I got to tag along. 🙂 The location was formerly the John Dominis Restaurant.

The Entryway

The Entryway

The Stairs

The Stairs

Leads up to a wedding chapel and banquet hall. In hindsight, I should have taken some pictures of the outside, looked like an Italian villa or something like that. Very classy, or Disneyish, or Las Vegasish, still trying to decide.

The View from  the Hostess's Podium

The View from the Hostess’s Podium

Diamond Head on the left.

View from our table

View from our table

In looking at the pictures, most have a bluish tint, I think that’s from the window tinting. Sort of appropriate since it is by the sea.

Place Setting

Place Setting

Simple, but classy. The napkin ring looked like it may have come off of Wonder Woman’s costume (definitely not Ariel’s), just saying. Hee. Mrs. N started off with a glass of wine and encouraged us to  order something, I ordered the 53’s Iced Tea.

53's Iced Tea

53’s Iced Tea

Black tea, lemon juice, pineapple juice, and almond essence. Not bad, a tad sweet for me, but still good. Since Mrs. N, is not a big eater, I felt it was inappropriate to go “whole hog” on the menu. I started with a local salad.

Mixed Greens Salad

Mixed Greens Salad

A nice simple green salad. The raspberry vinaigrette was very good. The Cat and Mrs. N shared a Caesar Salad.

Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad

More like a wedge salad, Mrs. N was not impressed. Both Mrs. N and The Cat went for fish dishes.

The Cat's Grilled Mahi

The Cat’s Grilled Mahi

Mrs. N's Catch of the Day

Mrs. N’s Catch of the Day

I think  it was some kind of snapper. The platings were nice, but being a local mouse, I felt there was too much empty space on each plate. I still don’t know why the chef needs so much plate real estate when the food could fit on something one-fourth the size. Just my opinion. I went with two appetizers for my dinner.

Foie Gras

Foie Gras

Braised Boneless Short Ribs

Braised Boneless Short Ribs

Both on plates that took up less territory. Sorry, wasn’t taking notes, can’t tell you exact descriptions, they were good though (at least one sock off). The Cat did not fare so well. Mahi is not an oily fish so it’s difficult to grill it and keep it moist. In my opinion, the  best is lightly battered and pan fried. She thought her fish was a little overcooked and dry. 😦 For dessert, The Cat got a complimentary plate.

Molten Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Dipped Strawberry, and Creme Brulee

Molten Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Dipped Strawberry, and Creme Brulee

I went healthy and ordered a papaya soup with fresh seasonal fruit.

Fruit Soup

Fruit Soup

Can we say fruit cocktail? All fresh fruits, but still tasted like fruit cocktail to me (in a good way). So, the restaurant has computerized “johns”. I posted the “john” in the previous post. I’ve experienced them before but I am still fascinated by them. So much technology, research and development for sh*t. But, that’s just me.  Heh heh.

Mission Control

Mission Control

Thanks Mrs. N for a nice and tasty experience.  All in all, I think I had the better dishes tonight. I would definitely order both my appetizers again. Plus there’s a couple of other appetizers that sounded interesting too. Enjoy. Eat well. The Mouse

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Soft Opening

Off to the vegan/raw kitchen. Tonight is their first soft opening (the grand opening is at the end of the month). Chef is still working out the details of the restaurant (she’s never run a sit-down restaurant before). It’s going to be interesting.

Crossing my fingers for luck (although it’s hard to hold knives and plate with crossed fingers). Hee hee!

Hopefully I can take some pictures (I should invest in a spy camera, just kidding, hmm).  🙂

Eat well.

The Mouse

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Yesterday, Chef closed the doors to the old restaurant. He is still in negotiations for the new location. We had hoped that the negotiations would be done by this time, but as in life, things don’t always go as planned. There are several people who fully support the new project and they are working their tails off for it to happen. Just have to be patient.

The Cat came over to the kitchen to help “clean out” some of the food in the refrigerator. Chef’s wife helped too.

Endive, Arugula, Tomato Salad

Saffron and Asparagus Risotto with Pan-Seared Salmon

Tarte Tatin with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Creme Brulee

Sure wish I could “clean out” the refrigerator this skillfully or tastefully. Dream, believe, achieve.

Thanks Chef for the good times, see you soon. Remember, it’s not the end, just the beginning.

Family Portrait

Chef’s brother, Chef, and Chef’s wife.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Last night was the private party at the restaurant. I was basically assisting the pantry chef, K, with whatever she needed (I thought I would be washing dishes all night). First, I peeled and tied asparagus.

Peeled Asparagus

Asparagus Bundle

Not sure why the bundling. I didn’t get to see the process. The asparagus were used as a platform for grilled mahi mahi.

Grilled Mahi Mahi on Asparagus, Tomato Vinaigrette

Sorry, using my phone camera on the fly.

Also got to take a picture of the shrimp I helped clean the other night (see previous post).

Peeled and Cleaned Shrimp

These babies were pan-fried and added to a pile of shredded hearts of palm salad (I helped to shred).

Pan-Fried Shrimp Salad, Hearts of Palm, Haricot Vert, and Sweet Onion Salad

Seems like I was on shred duty last night, I also helped to shred green papaya for the green papaya poké salad.

Poke on Green Papaya Salad

Lastly (or more correctly, firstly), I helped with one of the night’s canapes. A miniature version of the eggplant, basil, Stracciatella cheese roll we ate on Saturday night.

Canape

Cute ya?

At the end of the night, I was tired, but satisfied. Learned new stuff, felt good that people were able to enjoy something I contributed in making.

Chef said not to come in today, but K (the pantry chef) asked me to come in to help her restock and replenish her pantry (the party kind of wiped out all of her prep ingredients.

The adventure continues.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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