Today a new upscale restaurant will open at The Kahala Hotel & Resort, and I guarantee it will change the way you look at Italian cuisine.
Arancino, which operates two more casual eateries in Waikiki, will occupy the 3,800-square-foot space vacated by Tokyo Tokyo at the post resort in East Honolulu. It will offer a course-style dining experience with innovative Italian dishes using ingredients both imported from Italy and sourced locally in the Islands.
And when I say innovative, I mean dishes like lightly fried foie gras and white truffle Parmesan risotto balls, fresh housemade tagliolini with uni (sea urchin) sautéed in a sweet garlic wine cream sauce, or a house made Hamakua tomato sorbet with a sweet tomato compote and gelee.
Yeah, I said all that.
Last night the media had a preview of the dinner menu, a five-course prix fixe with a wine pairing for each dish. Cost is $100 for five courses, $85 for four.
Here’s what our meal looked like — and why you should book reservations now:
Arancino, The Kahala Hotel & Resort, 5000 Kahala Ave. Hours: 11:30 a.m. for lunch, 5 to 10:30 p.m. for dinner daily. Phone: (808) 380-4400.