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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

10 Reasons to Eat Out During Restaurant Week Hawaii 2013

10 Reasons to Eat Out During Restaurant Week Hawaii 2013

Seafood over squid ink chitarra at Arancino at the Kahala

Ten reasons to eat out during Restaurant Week, from November 18 to 24:

- It's a chance to check out pricier restaurants that might normally be out of reach. During Restaurant Week, places like Arancino at the Kahala and Orchids offer prix fixe menus for under $50.

- Taste one-time only menus at the more casual eateries around town.

- The proceeds from Restaurant Week benefit the students and the programs of the Culinary Institute of the Pacific.

Seven more reasons below:

- Arancino at the Kahala
The four-course menu at Arancino includes a lobster bisque, arancini stuffed with foie gras, seafood over a housemade squid ink chitarra or pappardelle Bolognese, and a choice of Arancino's celery monte bianco (our pick!) or the deconstructed tiramisu. $49 per person.

- d.k. Steakhouse
This four-course, farm-to-table prix fixe special includes paniolo spiced crispy shrimp with Hiraoka baby bok choy and Ho Farms cherry tomatoes, a Nalo Farms beet salad with caramelized shallot vinaigrette, and a main entrée choice of red wine braised Kulana short ribs with house-made pasta carbonara or the fresh catch of the day. Dessert is a mini trio of vanilla panna cotta with mango compote, chocolate decadence cake and the Il Gelato sorbet of the day. $50 per person, or $62.95 with wine pairings.

- Fresh Café
Continuing with its Eating with the Seasons mission—revolving around seasonal menus—November features roasted turkey. A special Restaurant Week prix fixe menu includes lemon pepper turkey noodle soup, roasted turkey taco salad, a cubano sandwich with cranberry mayo. Finish your meal with cranberry white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. $20.95, all items are also sold ala carte.

- Hank’s Haute Dogs
Chow down on a Bratwurst Francais with sautéed mushrooms and truffle mustard for $8.50. Get a side of truffle cheese fries for $4.75 or both for $12.

- Nobu
This week Nobu is featuring a four-course dinner that includes its signature yellowtail sashimi and jalapeno or a salmon sashimi salad, Alaskan black cod miso or grilled ribeye with honey anticucho sauce, sushi and miso soup and a kinako pound cake and vanilla mousse with lilikoi foam and pineapple marmalade for dessert. $55 per person.

- Orchids
The dinner menu at Orchids is three courses, starting with a smoked duck carpaccio or grilled romaine salad, an entree of olive-oil poached salmon or braised beef cheeks, and finishes with the Halekulani's signature coconut cake. $50 per person.

- Roy’s
Roy's Restaurant Week menu features the restaurant's greatest hits. Start off with its signature pupu sampler (spring roll,  Szechuan spiced baby back pork rib and mini crab cake with spicy sesame beurre blanc). Choose between a hibachi style salmon with ponzu sauce, roasted macadamia nut white fish with lobster butter sauce or braised short rib with demi glace. For dessert, it’s Roy’s famous hot chocolate soufflé, of course. $40 per person.

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Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 in Permalink

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From five-star restaurants to hidden holes-in-the-wall, Biting Commentary will let you know what’s hot and what’s not. Find out the latest restaurant news—who’s opening, who’s closing, which chef is moving on, where the great special dinners are. Discover the best menu items, fabulous wines, stunning cocktails, hand-crafted beers. Be the first to hear about upcoming food events and festivals.

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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