Valentine's Day menus in Honolulu
Yup, it’s almost V-day. Make your reservations now for dinner and these other events:
[Added 2/6] For the Valentine's Day pre-fixe dinner at Bernini, you'll have to choose between a housemade ham with leek and beet vinaigrette or herb-crusted scallops, linguine pescatore or gnocchi with bolognese and black truffles, but for the secondo piatto, everyone gets the red-wine braised duck thigh.
[Added 2/6] Specials at BLT Steak include a New Zealand King Salmon carpaccio with uni, braised short ribs with roasted split marrow, scallops with sun choke puree, and for dessert, a white chocolate creme brulee with lilikoi sorbet.
BLT Steak, 683-7440
[Added 2/6] Miso and Ale pops up for Valentine's Day with an a la carte menu reflecting its whimsical takes on comfort favorites, such as steamed mussels with a Thai curry fish caramel, misoyaki monkfish (!) and crispy tater tots.
Miso and Ale pop-up at La Tour Cafe, facebook.com/events/405789186179144/
[Added 2/5] The Spalding House Cafe offers a pre-Valentine's Day picnic on the lawn. In the picnic basket: red pepper and tomato bisque, shrimp and kale Caesar salad, chicken saltimbocca and a chocolate flourless cake layered with chocolate mousse.
$45 for two, February 10, reservations required: 237-5225
[Added 2/5] For Valentine's Day, Cactus Bistro cooks the book Like Water For Chocolate. Special dishes for the night include chiles Nogada, roasted chiles stuffed with Kauai lamb and pomegranates and topped with a Big Island goat cheese sauce; and quail in a rose petal mole, the dish that, in the book and movie, gets one of the diners so hot and bothered that when she tries to cool off, she sets the shower on fire. She's swept away, naked, by a soldier on horseback drawn to her scent. Oh my. Dessert, if you haven't been carried away naked by this point, are cream fritters with Mexican chocolate and lilikoi sauces, as well as a baked Patagonia—chocolate, mango and guava gelato and tres leches cake covered with toasted meringue.
Cactus Bistro, 261-1000
[Added 2/5] Samoan crab spaghetti with crab dashi, Moroccan-spiced mahi and baby beet salad with heart of palm and smoked Gorgonzola are on Prima's five-course menu for Valentine's Day.
Prima, $55/$75 with wines, 888-8933
Chocolate truffle making class at the Kahala Hotel: Pastry chef Michael Moorhouse will lead a hands-on class on making a variety of truffles.
$85, Saturday, February 9, at 9 a.m. in Hoku’s. Reservations required: 739-8760 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The five course dinner at Alan Wong’s features specials like a Hawaiian kampachi shiso tartare, lobster and crab with garlic pepper butter, and a roasted rack of lamb. For dessert, choose from a Meyer lemon frozen souffle with li hing strawberries or chocolate cake with popcorn okoshi ice cream.
As of this writing, the restaurant only had openings at 10 p.m.
Alan Wong’s, $95/$140 with wines, 949-2526
It’s not your usual surf and turf at The Pineapple Room. For Valentine’s day, The Pineapple Room offers a butter poached Kona lobster with cauliflower and corn pudding, and a turf duo of soy-braised shortribs and bacon and eggs (a guava glazed pork belly and quail egg). Cap off dinner with a Hawaiian vanilla coconut panna cotta with pomegranate syrup and strawberries.
The Pineapple Room, $75/$105 with wines, 945-6573
Azure prepares a four-course menu, including tiger prawns with tomato, fresh mozzarella and Japanese pickled plum; a Kona lobster linguine with abalone mushroom, brandy and saffron; and a lilikoi chocolate tart with passion fruit pearls.
Azure, $125/$160 with wines, 921-4600
Celebrate at Beachhouse at the Moana with a four-course dinner. Entree choices: butter-roasted filet and lobster mac and cheese or Kauai prawns and scallop with ras el hanout. The finale: strawberries and cream, a dessert of pound cake, vanilla mascarpone, balsamic vinegar and strawberry gelato.
Beachhouse at the Moana, $75, 921-4600
Cafe Julia's Valentine's Day menu is a four-course choose-your-own-adventure that includes Big Island Kampachi with kai choy pesto, roasted duck breast in a foie gras ume sauce, or apple curry glazed pork chop with mango chutney and kabocha mascarpone puree.
Cafe Julia, $65, 533-3334
Du Vin is always romantic, so it's offering its regular menu in addition to a special four-course menu on Valentine's Day. Options include an ahi carpaccio with passionfruit and sea bass with a blood orange beurre blanc over cauliflower puree. The dessert duo is a raspberry chocolate tiramisu and passion fruit panna cotta with a chocolate walnut crumble.
Du Vin, $60, 545-1115.
Carnal lust over dinner without the carne: Valentine’s Day at Greens and Vines is five courses of raw veganness, including a lemony zucchini bisque with shaved fennel, spicy kale salad with red onions and candied pecans, walnut pesto stuffed marinated mushrooms and black truffle oil zucchini linguine Alfredo, and a wicked chocolate tart.
Greens and Vines, $62/$85 with wines, 536-9680. Special menu offered February 14 and 15.
Valentine’s Day at Lucky Belly is four courses, starting with a chilled soba and uni salad; a choice of foie gras gyoza or lobster dumplings; and a choice of lamb tenderloin and braised lamb ragout on papardelle, or a bacon-wrapped pork loin, or Alaskan King crab-crusted salmon.
Lucky Belly, $40/$60 with beverage pairings, 531-1888
At the Hyatt Waikiki, Shor has a seafood tower for two with shrimp, crab legs, oysters on the half shell, mussels and clams ($40) and Lovers Duo dessert, a Waialua chocolate covered red velvet cake with strawberries, mascarpone filling and caramel sauce ($20). At Japengo, a three-course dinner ($69) includes choices like a sushi sampler or fried chicken, miso glazed wild salmon or garlic steak.
Hyatt Waikiki, 237-6395 or on opentable.com
Want to renew your vows? You can do so at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, right before you dig into a dinner buffet of carved prime rib and steamed crab legs, an iced seafood bar, and an ice cream sundae bar.
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, $45, 921-4600
Whole Foods Kailua is offering dinner on the lanai. Expect communal seating but individual plates. The five course meal includes a potato and leek vichyssoise, braised short ribs or a Napoleon vegetable tower, and a chocolate souffle.
$40, email email@example.com for reservations.
Looking for presents for your sweetheart? Check out Whole Foods Kailua's local product fair, with over 25 farmers and producers available to talk story and offer samples. Participating producers include Waialua Chocolate and Coffee, Ho Farms, Indigenous Soap, Mohala Farms and OnoPops.
February 8, 3 to 7 p.m.