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Friday, December 14, 2012

Lunch at 53 by the Sea

Lunch at 53 by the Sea

Lunch options at 53 by the Sea include tagliatelle shrimp scampi with pesto

Photo by Rae Huo

In this month's dining column, I review 53 by the Sea and Lucky Belly. Spoiler: I'm not in love with 53 by the Sea, but two things will bring me back: the bar, set up by Tim Rita (though he's leaving by the end of the year to open Peter Merriman's Monkeypod Kitchen in Koolina) and lunch. Lunch is a great deal: starting at $19 for three courses. Select from a rolling cart of antipasti and charcuterie and pick one of the pastas, such as spaghetti Bolognese or a house made tagliatelle with pesto and shrimp. Lunch also includes dessert: when we went, a light chocolate sponge cake with mango sorbet.

And of course, there's the view, the best restaurant view in Honolulu, sweeping from Waikiki to Diamond Head, and a front row seat to Kewalo's surf break. (The only problem is, if the surf is good, you might not return to work right away.)

53 Ahui St., 536-5353,

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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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