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Friday, June 3, 2011

Eating at the Lobby Bar

The Waikiki Edition’s Lobby Bar is known for its hip scene at night, but it’s actually also a nice, quiet pau hana spot away from the crowds with its own food menu. Chef Kaleo Adams, from the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco, created the 15-item menu and four dessert options, including a chocolate-coffee ganache that sounds so good that I’ll have to go back again to try that.

The grilled pizza ($14) seems like an obvious item to choose, but this isn’t an ordinary pizza. It’s topped with pancetta, figs, red onion, Maytag blue cheese and chrysanthemum leaves. It’s a good snack that included six slices, but it didn’t exactly please my palate, nor did it fill our group of three.

The perfectly seasoned tuna summer rolls ($15) faired much better—and, disappeared quickly. It included four rolls filled with two large strips of tuna wrapped around somen noodles and shiso, with a ginger dipping sauce.

The winner of the night was the pork and clams ($15). At a comparable price to the other dishes, this menu option included a medium-sized braised kurobuta pork shoulder—so tender and moist it fell apart with a fork—a handful of clams and a stack of French fries. This wasn’t just a dish, but a meal. If you like pork, you have to stop by just to try this.

Food is served daily from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. The Waikiki Edition hotel, 1775 Ala Moana Blvd.

Posted on Friday, June 3, 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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