You’ve got a really good reason to eat out this week.
From Monday through Nov. 24, more than 50 of eateries around the state — from upscale fine dining to uber-casual fast food — will participate in the 6th annual Restaurant Week, offering special menus, promotions and discounts.
This is a weeklong celebration of Hawaii’s diverse cuisine scene, local ingredients and world-class chefs, with proceeds supporting the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head — Hawaii’s first four-year culinary program. The celebration serves as a reminder that Hawaii is a top culinary destination, known for top celebrity chefs and farm-to-table dinning.
Here are some examples of what will be offered during the week:
• Award-winning restaurant Alan Wong’s is revisiting a classic, with manapua-style quesadilla, Hawaiian kampachi and shellfish stew, Maui Cattle Co. roasted New York strip steak and a lilikoi white chocolate mousse for $65 per person.
• Le Bistro in Niu Valley is serving a three-course meal for $42 per person. The menu boasts a choice of appetizer (sweet Kahuku corn salad or French onion soup, top), entrée (cheese-and-apple chicken, above, or a combination of red wine-and-peppercorn short ribs and a mini Wagyu beef burger stuffed with Stilton blue cheese and foie gras) and dessert (apple tarte tatin or Valrhona chocolate cake).
• Chef Chai is offering a five-course meal — starter, an appetizers sampler, a salad, a choice of entrees (petite beef tenderloin, grilled Kobayaki New Zealand king salmon, or vegetarian terrine with a Thai green curry sauce) and dessert for $50 per person.
• For $55 per person, the Signature Prime Steak & Seafood at Ala Moana is serving a three-course meal that includes a salad, a choice of its more popular entrées (prime ribeye, miso butterfish or Kurobuta pork chop) and dessert. Kamaaina diners get a discount on all bottles of wine, too.
• Hank’s Haute Dogs in Kakaako will serve a bratwurst Francais with sautéed mushrooms and truffle mustard for $8.50. Pair that with truffle cheese fries for $12.
• All three locations of Eggs ‘N Things will be serving a $25 dinner menu that features a choice of appetizer (spinach artichoke dip or ginger mac nut poke), entrée (chicken madeira, vegetarian frittata or pork chop parmesan), and dessert (signature waffle folds or a slice of fresh strawberry guava cheesecake).
Like you all needed an excuse to eat out. 😀