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Three-course weeknight dinner, $29: 3660 On the Rise, March & April


John Heckathorn

It's another busy day, right in the middle of the work week.

It would be great to end the day with a nice dinner.  But you're too tired and busy to cook.  You're not sure you can look at yet another take-out container.  You'd really like to eat out some place nice, but you don't want to spend a fortune.

Biting Commentary found a deal for you. 

This month and next, Russell Siu of 3660 On the Rise has a "weekday" prix fixe menu, available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Three courses, real food, $29.

We had to try it, afraid that for that price, dinner would be skimpy.  The salad Niçoise put our fears to rest. 

It wasn't elegantly composed, but it was a serious bowl of greens, with fresh ahi, haricot vert, tomatoes, hardboiled egg and olives.  It was a struggle not to fill up on the salad course, especially since we got carried away with 3660's signature taro rolls, which arrived warm just out of the oven.

The main course was even more serious: Two nicely browned, moist chicken breasts in a roasted garlic and lemon jus.  The jus was a reminder why you love real restaurants with real chefs.  Someone had worked on it, made it both bright and rich.   It enlivened everything it touched, especially the mashed potatoes.

The chicken also made a great lunch the next day, because neither of us finished the entree.  For good reason.  Coming next was strawberry shortcake with fresh berries and vanilla ice cream.

All for $29, although admittedly the chicken cried out to accompanied by a glass of pinot noir, which ran up the tab a bit.

This dinner is available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through March.

In April, the deal stays the same, but the menu shifts:

  • Salad de Chevre (with goat cheese)
  • Beef Bourguignonne over egg noodles
  • Crepe Suzette with fresh orange segments and vanilla ice cream

"You are going to bring me back next month, aren't you?" said my wife as we left.

Of course.

3660 On The Rise, 3660 Waialae Avenue, (808) 737-1177, 3660.com

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