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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas dinner options if you're going out

Christmas dinner options if you're going out

Where to go for Christmas Eve and Day? Here’s a round-up of places to get your holiday on.

[Editor's note, some new last-minute menus from SALT, Tiki's and Alan Wong's added on 12/21]

Alan Wong’s is offering a four-course menu ($85) on Christmas Eve and Day, with a seafood choice of scallop and shrimp or butter poached lobster and an entrée choice of ginger-crusted onaga, rib eye two ways (with a kabocha marshmallow flan!), char siu lamb chops or stuffed lobster tail and Dungeness crab cake. 949-2526

12th Ave Grill’s three-course Christmas Eve menu ($55/$70 with wine pairings) serves up venison on kabocha and parsnip puree accompanied by a black cherry foie gras sauce. 732-9469

With Azure’s four-course menu ($140) on Christmas Day, start with grilled coriander pistou shrimp and Kona lobster cappuccino, then choose from the roasted catch of the day, braised lamb “osso bucco” or butter poached filet mignon. 923-7311

Christmas Day Holiday Brunch ($95) at Beachhouse at the Moana features carved striploin, roast turkey, sugar-glazed ham and a seafood table. 921-4600

Brasserie Du Vin’s Christmas Eve dinner includes a snow crab and Kahuku corn crepe, stuffing and gravy soufflé, goose ham, and a buche de noel to finish. ($50/$70 with wine pairing). 545-1115

Christmas Eve at Chai’s Island Bistro: choose from special appetizers like baked stuffed quail ($13), smoked salmon pate terrine ($13) or smoked duck breast carpaccio with tangerine vinaigrette ($10), and entrees like a deconstructed beef tenderloin Wellington with mushroom foie gras puff and chestnut and taro stuffing ($40). 585-0011

In addition to decadent four- ($85) and six-course menus ($128) at Chef Mavro, you can supplement your Christmas Eve and Day dinner with a flight of three caviars ($190) or fresh Perigord truffles from France, sliced tableside over your dish (add $25 per dish). The four-course menu includes a deconstructed boeuf bourguignon and Christmas malasadas, a set of three filled with li hing mui pineapple, azuki bean and lilikoi. The six-course menu features a foie gras torchon, lobster risotto with white asparagus and lamb with a French curry vadouvan. 944-4714

At the Halekulani, for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, House without a Key offers a three-course menu for $38 with braised lamb and chestnut cake. Orchids has a four-course menu with slow roasted pork loin, rapine and horseradish persimmon jus and a nutmeg kona coffee cream with hazelnut mille-feuille and candied citrus marshmallow ($79). La Mer’s Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menu ($125) includes a smoked diver scallop and goose breast and confit with bourbon carrot, apple sage stuffing and foie gras jus. 923-2311

Christmas Eve and Day dinner at Hiroshi Eurasian Tapas is a four-course dinner ($52) with choice of marinated Kona kampachi or sous vide beef tenderloin with shiso and chorizo bean stew. 533-4476

At the Hyatt Waikiki, you have two dining options. In addition to its regular menu, Shor has a four-course menu ($59) starting with a curried pumpkin soup, a choice of grilled Colorado lamb chops or taro-crusted Island catch, ending with a dessert trio of chocolate peppermint pot de crème, pumpkin spiced truffles and salted caramel cake. There’s a four-course Christmas menu ($45) at Japengo, including filet mignon with shimeji mushrooms and miso-glazed salmon, finishing off with a Kona coffee chocolate ganache cake and sago rice pudding. Christmas menu offered December 23, 24, 25.  SHOR, 237-6145; Japengo, 237-6180

At Kahala Hotel and Resort, there's the Plumeria Beach buffet ($70) for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day brunch, and dinner. The selection is similar for all the buffets (with the addition of an omelet station for Christmas brunch). Lot of options: more than two dozen salads and appetizers, carving stations of prime rib, roast turkey, and abundant desserts. At Hoku’s, the Christmas Day brunch ($80) includes a raw bar, made-to-order sushi, eggs benedict, Christmas rib roast, and of course, a dessert buffet. Christmas Eve and Day dinner ($90/$120 with wine pairings) is a four-course dinner of pumpkin bisque, seared scallop, lamb and chestnut mashed potatoes, and a ricotta cheesecake. 739-8760

On December 24 and 25, Nobu offers an omakase ($130) with toro tartar and caviar, house-smoked King Salmon and Yuzu foam, pan-seared scallop with roasted corn and mascarpone cake, sake-braised Wagyu short rib. Don’t forget the holiday cocktails ($14): “Cranberry Whiskey” (cranberry gastrique, rye whiskey, orange liqueur, vermouth and Cocchi Americano) and “Yuletide Julep” (aged rum, orange brandy and housemade limoncello). 237-6999

Enjoy a more rustic Christmas Eve dinner ($42) at Vino, with a roasted vegetable, mushroom and pancetta lasagna and slow-braised pork. 533-4476

SALT is offering Christmas Eve dinner with a three-course menu ($40) of charcuterie, duck and bourbon flan. 744-7567

A four-course dinner ($49) at Tiki’s includes lilikoi-glazed duck breast, filet mignon and shrimp in a truffled lobster basil sauce and an eggnog panna cotta. 923-8454

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse offers a straightforward, classic dinner of Caesar salad, prime rib, mashed potatoes and creamed spinach for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day ($59.95). 922-3600

Roy’s will be open for Christmas, holiday menus still pending.

Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2011 in Permalink

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Food editor Martha Cheng graduated from Wellesley College with degrees in Computer Science and English. She's a former line cook, food truck owner, Peace Corps volunteer and Google techie. Follow her on Twitter @marthacheng.



 

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