The wife and I both enjoy afternoon tea. For myself, I like the ambiance, atmosphere, and experience of having a leisurely meal (or afternoon snack). I’m someone that likes to order many dishes when dining out so I can taste a variety of flavors; a perfect match to the variety of small-bites that accompany a typical afternoon tea service. When Judy suggested afternoon tea, I looked at our two favorite spots on the island for availability. The Halekulani’s tea service at Orchid’s (for the ocean view) is not available on Sundays, so we opted for afternoon tea at the Moana Surfrider instead.
I’m a lover of all things food. I’ll try almost any ingredient or dish once to push my palate and expand my food horizons. As such I am a fan of many cuisines. However, as with most people, there are some foods I just like more than others and sushi would certainly be on the list of my favorite foods. So when I heard that Sushi Sho, a new high-end omakase restaurant, was opening in town helmed by a chef who supposedly (according to rumor) kicked out the Michelin inspectors from his Tokyo restaurant for not “knowing anything about sushi”… well I just had to go!
Just three short weeks after dining at Senia to try its regular ala carte menu, I found myself back at the chef’s counter again, this time for the chef’s tasting menu. The tasting menu is limited to the counter (7 seats) and the booth behind. There’s but one seating a night at $185 per person plus tax and gratuity. Does this tasting menu live up to such exclusivity (limited seats) and the high price point? Yes. Yes it does.
While I was living on the mainland, I tried to make it home to visit family as often as I could. During those trips back it became somewhat of a “tradition” that my wife and I attend afternoon tea. We have now been to the Halekulani, The Kahala Hotel, and the Moana Surfrider for tea. Unlike these establishments, MW Restaurant only offers their afternoon tea service on the 3rd Sunday of each month. During dinner the other night a fellow blogger, Thomas, mentioned MW Restaurant’s tea to us and I called the next day to book a reservation. How would this tea service stack up against others?
One of the best things about moving back to Hawaii has been reconnecting with old friends and acquaintances. This is doubly good since many of these folks are also gastronomes who love dining out. Last night I had the good fortune to catch up with two fellow epicures. For dinner we visited Yakiniku Yoshi, an establishment I had not yet experienced, known for its wagyu beef.
Honolulu’s restaurant scene seems to be booming as of late. In the years I was away on the mainland it feels like the market here has caught up significantly to more modern trends. That’s a great thing for someone like me, who values variety and newness in the options I have when deciding where to dine out. I was introduced to Fête by a friend of mine over lunch a little while ago, but wanted to try a more substantial meal. I headed down with the wife on Christmas Eve to give Fête a more thorough visit.