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Chew On This

Make It an M Experience

By Alana Folen Photos By Leah Friel
November 11, 2012

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Crab and Artichoke Dip ($12 regular price, $6 during happy hour)

M Nightclub moves to its own beat as a multipurpose and versatile restaurant, nightclub and venue. Located at Waterfront Plaza on Ala Moana Boulevard, M Nightclub’s contemporary atmosphere welcomes a variety of guests who are encouraged to create their own memories here. According to general manager Dan Punch, the events and crowds change nightly, making for an eclectic experience. Yet, he also notes that M Nightclub is renowned for its handcrafted cuisine as well. Kawika Cahill serves as executive chef, and has been here since day one. He’s previously worked for Roy’s Michel’s and Sorento’s, to name a few.

“We serve Pacific Rim upscale bar food at M, and you can’t beat our happy hour prices — they’re very reasonable,” he says.

Happy hour runs from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and the menu is impressive, to say the least. Cahill shares with Dining Out two most prized items on the menu: Grilled Sliced Garlic Rib Eye Steak (market price) and Crab and Artichoke Dip ($12 regular price, $6 during happy hour).

Grilled Sliced Garlic Rib Eye Steak (market price)

“With the steak you really get more bang for your buck,” Cahill says of this appetizer, which features an 8-ounce choice cut rib eye steak, thinly sliced and cooked to perfection. It’s accompanied by Bordello roasted mushrooms and sauteed Maui onions drizzled with a kabayaki sauce to bring forth a hint of sweetness.

Crab and Artichoke Dip also is equally delicious, and presents diners with a rich dip showcasing a medley of blue crab, artichoke hearts and sweet Maui onions blended with mayonnaise, and topped with fresh Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley. Slices of French baguette also adorn the plate and pair wonderfully with the dip.

“Many don’t know that M cuisine also is served at Row Bar (located at Waterfront Plaza) from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Row Bar has its own separate menu, but I prepare the food as well,” Cahill explains, adding that from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, guests like to hit up the hot dog stand on the premises.

M Nightclub

Waterfront Plaza
500 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu
529.0010
Tuesday-Friday, 4:30-8 p.m. (happy hour)
Tuesday-Thursday, 4:30 p.m.-midnight
Fridays, 4:30 p.m.-4 a.m.
Saturdays, 8 p.m.-4 a.m.
Closed Sundays and Mondays for private events.