Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Raw and Order

Lei ChicYou fall for it every time.

The moment overnight temperatures dip below 70 your cool summer styles get the boot. Now you’re sweatering like crazy, dreaming of a cocktail while you run around town to meet your fired-up boss’s daily demands.

You need some downtime in a place that’s totally chill.

Rakuen Lounge opens this afternoon on Bethel Street. The former physical therapy office is now an urban hangout with a wrap-around bar, bar-height tables, and a completely raw-and-sushi menu.

Lei Chic Here are the eatails. Former Chai’s Island Bistro Chef Stephen Hamada has cooked up (figuratively) dishes to make you melt: Wagyu beef sashimi with uni foam, shrimp, scallop and hamachi ceviche with homemade taro chips along with island favorites like spicy ahi and caterpillar rolls.

Things get twice as ice with Sapporo and Kirin on draft, sake, and signature cocktails created by Rakuen staff and  bar manager Vincent Carl with help from master mixologist Joey Gottesman. Try the Blooming Sake featuring Ginjo and elderflower liqueur or the refreshing Dancing Superfruit cocktail with fresh mint for less than 150 calories.

Co-owner Anita Clemente, also a co-owner of neighboring Fashionista’s Market, added female-friendly details such as purse hangers along the walls and bars, and a seating area to banish the standing-room-only wait for the restroom.

So you’ll always have a spot to regain your cool - without losing your Rakuen and roll attitude.

Rakuen Lounge is on 1153 Bethel St. Hours are 3 p.m. – 2 a.m., last call for food is 1:30 a.m., Monday through Saturday. Call 808.524.0920 or check its facebook page for more information.

Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.


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