Families started their Easter last year with an Egg Hunt at the Royal Hawaiian. Photo by Kate Paine
Restaurants will be hopping on Sunday
By Simplcio Paragas
Now that Lent is over, we can all break our fast and indulge at one of several brunch buffets or set menus around town on Sunday. So without further ado, let’s hop to it.
BIRD OF PARADISE
Ewa Beach residents don’t have to drive into town to feast on an Easter Sunday brunch. At Bird of Paradise Restaurant, families can enjoy the golf-course view as they pile their plates with steamed crab legs, mochiko salmon, kal bi short ribs, macadamia-nut-crusted chicken and prime rib.
A quartet of stations will also be set up, including an omelet, saimin, dim sum and roast pork.
Cost is $44 for adults and $22 for keiki 6 to 10 years.
Bird of Paradise Hawaii, Prince Golf Club 91-1200 Fort Weaver Road, 952-4784 www.princeresortshawaii.com
CHAI’S ISLAND BISTRO
Brunch seating starts at 10 a.m., with Melveen Leed performing at 10:30 a.m. Cost of the buffet is $45.95 for adults and $25 for children 12 years and younger.
Menu highlights include grilled Kurobuta pork tenderloin, braised boneless beef short ribs, jumbo black tiger prawns, Thai chicken curry, grilled fresh Atlantic king salmon, pasta primavera and vegetarian stir fry with tofu.
Chai’s Island Bistro Aloha Tower Marketplace , 585.0011 www.chaisislandbistro.com
LE CACAO BISTRO
You may not find French toast or glazed ham at Le Cacao Bistro, but you will find a sweet homemade brioche stuffed with lobster, zucchini bamboo shoots and red bell peppers, complemented with a mild green curry sauce.
Similar to its sister restaurant JJ French Bistro & Pastry, Le Cacao also offers prix-fixe meals, which start at $19.95 and include an appetizer, choice of entrée and dessert. A more deluxe menu is priced at $24.70, and comes complete with soup of the day, appetizer, entrée and dessert.
Le Cacao Bistro , 3441 Waialae Ave., 626-5368 www.lecacaobistro.com
Chef Masami Shimoyama’s Easter dinner buffet will be available from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at a cost of $58 per adult and $29 for keiki 6-10 years old. The evening’s specials will include beef shabu shabu, shrimp and vegetable tempura, assorted sashimi, prime rib, snow crab legs, and a variety of nigiri and temaki sushi.
Hakone, Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki, 100 Holomoana St., 944-4494 www.princeresortshawaii.com
KAHALA HOTEL & RESORT
The property’s two restaurants and the Maile Ballroom will all feature special Easter menus.
Hoku's Easter brunch will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $80 for adults and $40 for children 6-12 years old. Menu highlights include butter-poached king crab legs, house-special eggs Benedict, truffle-roasted chicken, miso butterfish, assorted tempura, rib roast and baked pineapple-glazed ham.
Buffet stations will be set up in the Maile Ballroom, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brunch will be priced at $75 for adults and $37.50 for 6-12 years old.
Next door at Plumeria Beach House, brunch service will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at a cost of $70 for adults and $35 for 6-12 year olds.
In the evening, Hoku’s will open from 5:30 to 10 p.m., and will feature a complete set menu for $90 per person. Meanwhile, downstairs at Plumeria Beach House, the holiday dinner buffet will be open from 5:30 to 10 p.m., and will cost $70 for adults and $35 for 6-12 year olds.
Kahala Hotel & Resort, 5000 Kahala Ave., 739-8760 www.kahalaresort.com
Executive chef Darren Demaya will present an “Easter Dinner Table” at Kai Market, preparing such local favorites as the signature Ni‘ihau clam chowder soup, Portuguese sweet bread pudding, alaea-salt-crusted prime rib, Lehua rum-raisin-honey-and-Dole-pineapple-rubbed Farmer John bone-in ham, fresh steamed snapper with ginger, lup cheung and Chinese parsley, and herb-marinated leg of lamb with honey Dijon glaze.
Dinner will be served from 4 to 10 p.m., with final seating at 9:30 p.m. Cost is $69 per adult and $34.50 per children 6-12 years.
Kai Market Sheraton Waikiki , 921-4600 www.sheraton-waikiki.com
The day’s festivities will start with an Easter Egg Hunt, face painters, and balloon making artists for adults and children of all ages at 9:30 a.m. on Coconut Grove. Then it’s on to the lavish holiday brunch, which will be served at the Surf Lanai, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The buffet’s tariff is $88 for adults and $53 for keiki between 6 and 12 years. Executive chef Hans Stierli’s menu will include fresh prawns, lobster, crab, top-grade ahi, savory dry-aged prime rib and roasted suckling pig.
Surf Lanai , The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort , 2259 Kalakaua Ave., 921-4600 www.royal-hawaiian.com
Oceanarium Restaurant at the Pacific Beach Hotel will serve a specially prepared buffet menu during Easter weekend (April 7 and 8), featuring both traditional holiday brunch fare, including prime rib, snow crab and, Dungeness crab legs and leg of lamb. The restaurant will offer a bountiful buffet of more than 50 items, all set with Hawai'i's largest indoor aquarium as the backdrop. Saturday dinner buffet will be available from 4 to 10 p.m., and dinner from 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday service will run between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., and dinner from 4 to 10 p.m.
Oceanarium , Pacific Beach Hotel , 2490 Kalakaua Ave., 921-6111 www.pacificbeachhotel.com
Known for its buffets, The Prince Court will feature an impressive Easter brunch lineup, replete with steamed crab legs with drawn butter, medallions of veal with rock shrimp, grilled snapper, prime rib, dim sum, roast and kalua pork, and dim sum, omelet and “Chef Antonio’s” dessert stations.
Cost is $53 for adults and, $26.50 for kids 6 to 10 years. An Easter dinner buffet will be priced at $58 for parents and 29 fir keiki. In addition to a host of appetizers and salads, the buffet will feature several stations, including pho, roast pork, kalua pig, prime rib and seafood.
Prince Court , Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki, 100 Holomoana St. 944-4494 www.princeresortshawaii.com
STAR OF HONOLULU
Set sail for an Easter Sunday adventure aboard the Star of Honolulu. Take in the beautiful coastline views while searching for humpback whales, then partake in a delicious “Taste of Hawaii” lunch buffet, featuring carved roast beef, Easter cake and champagne toast. Kids can also participate in an Easter egg hunt with prize giveaways. Kamaaina and military rates are $51.03 for adults and only $8.10 for kids 3 to 11 years old with each paying adult (additional keiki $30.78). Must present valid Hawaii or military ID.
Star of Honolulu departs from Aloha Tower Marketplace, Pier 8 . Call 983-STAR (7827) www.starofhonolulu.com
WAILANA COFFEE HOUSE
As in years past, Wailana Coffee House will offer three special Easter entrees: roast prime rib ($16.95); seafood Continental ($14.50); and a traditional plate of roast turkey with smoked ham ($13.95), topped with a grilled pineapple ring and served with macadamia nut stuffing and old-fashioned giblet gravy. Each entree comes with all-you-can-eat salad bar; choice of baked or mashed potatoes, french fries or rice; corn on the cob; coconut cake; and coffee, tea or soda. The breakfast special will be eggs Benedict Royal ($9.95).
Wailana Coffee House , 1860 Ala Moana Blvd. , 955-1764