Hale ‘Aina Happenings: What’s New With Hawai‘i Restaurants in December 2017

Celebrate the holiday season with champagne, Sunday suppers and seasonal specials.
The Berry Merry Marshmallow pancakes, a holiday special at M.A.C. 24/7.
Photo: Courtesy of M.A.C. 24/7


Sunday Suppers at 12th Ave Grill

12th Ave Grill continues its weekly suppers in December, offering different dishes every Sunday this month: buttermilk fried chicken, fig and rosemary-glazed lamb kebabs, cider and ginger-braised pork shoulder, Makaweli Ranch tomahawk rib-eye chop and Maui Cattle Co. roasted chateaubriand. Cost starts at $30 per person.


1120 12th Ave., (808) 732-9469, 12thavegrill.com


Seasonal Specials at M.A.C. 24/7

M.A.C. 24/7’s famous buttermilk pancakes have a holiday twist this month. Dubbed The Berry Merry Marshmallow, M.A.C.’s short stack is trimmed with a medley of fresh raspberries, blackberries and blueberries tossed in a light ginger syrup, then topped with toasted marshmallows, Chantilly whip and maple-bourbon glaze ($15). The drink special of the month is a bacon bloody: a wasabi and jalapeño-spiced bloody mary, garnished with applewood-smoked bacon ($12.50).


2500 Kūhiō Ave., (808) 921-5564, mac247waikiki.com


New Menu at Eating House 1849

Executive chef Jason Peel is introducing more than a dozen new menu items this month. The dishes will express the cooking styles of Hawaiʻi’s melting pot, while staying aligned with chef Roy Yamaguchi’s culinary vision. Offerings include grilled baby romaine Caesar with sweet corn, feta and a miso dressing; soy-glazed short ribs with gochujang, honey carrot purée and a Korean baked potato; and sizzling ginger fresh local catch with rice porridge, oxtail style ragout and chili.


2330 Kalākaua Ave., (808) 924-1849, eatinghouse1849.com


New Cocktail Menu at Top of Waikīkī

From left, the Mai Tai Refresher and the Singapore Sling, two new drinks at the Top of Waikīkī.
Photos: Courtesy of the Top of Waikīkī


Honolulu’s revolving restaurant just released a new drink menu, with seven cocktails and two nonalcoholic refreshers, all inspired by the restaurant’s original drink menu from 1965. The updated beverages include the Waikīkī Daquiri, Singapore Sling, Western Whiskey Sour, Toki Collins, Pono Planter’s Punch, Nihon Guava Gimlet and Blue Hawaiʻi. Minors and the alcohol-free crowd can enjoy a Hibiscus Tonic or Mai Tai Refresher. Drinks range in price from $6 to $14 each.


2270 Kalākaua Ave., (808) 923-3877, topofwaikiki.com


Fresh Baked Christmas Stollen at Plumeria Beach House

Photo: Courtesy of The Kāhala Hotel & Resort


Originally baked and served in Germany’s Saxon Royal Court in 1427, stollen is a loaf-shaped cake-bread that’s traditionally made with dried fruit, nuts and spices, then dusted with sugar or icing. The Kāhala’s version includes dark and golden raisins, preserved orange and lemon peels, roasted almonds, dark aged rum, German marzipan and a special blend of spices, and is topped with rich melted butter, Maui vanilla sugar and confectioner’s sugar. Cost is $26 per loaf. Call to preorder and arrange for pickup through Dec. 31.


5000 Kāhala Ave., (808) 739-8760, kahalaresort.com


Ch.igai Takaha & Brewer-Clifton Wine Dinner at Hōkū’s

East meets West on Dec. 12 at this five-course Asian-inspired dinner with wine pairings from the acclaimed Ch.igai Takaha and Brewer-Clifton labels. Start off with kabocha squash ravioli, followed by pan-seared day boat scallops, maple leaf duck breast, then sous vide kurobota pork loin. For dessert, there’s a fromage blanc cheesecake. Cost is $150 per person plus tax and gratuity. 


5000 Kāhala Ave., (808) 739-8760, kahalaresort.com


The Guns of Napa Dinner at Alan Wong’s

Alan Wong’s is now taking reservations for a unique, limited-seating dinner on Dec. 18. The “Guns of Napa” dinner will be the last communal table of the year, with wine director Mark Shishido opening the restaurant’s private cellar to release some of its best wines from winemakers including Harlan, Colgin, Bryant Family and Schrader. A set menu will accompany the wines. Cost is $300 per person.


1857 S. King St., (808) 949-2526, alanwongs.com