Five-star Delights to Complete a MealColumns Jus' Desserts
December 30, 2012
Story By: Nicole Kato | Photos by: Nathalie Walker
With so many delicious sweets from countries across the world, it’s comforting to know that Five Star International Buffet has a dessert menu that showcases Hawaii’s fabulous flavors.
Each bite-sized dessert makes for a perfect addition to the restaurant’s buffet (lunch $19 adults, $12 keiki 5 to 12 years old; dinner $48 adults, $24 keiki 5 to 12 years old). But it doesn’t matter how old or young you are, there’s a dessert for everyone in the buffet line at Five Star International Buffet.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Roll, topped with fruits such as green grapes and blueberries, is sure to be a favorite among the keiki, as it was inspired by pastry chef Ryan Lai’s hanabata days growing up eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
If you’re looking for a flavor that screams “Hawaii,” then Pineapple Cheesecake is perfect for you.
“Instead of a standard vanilla, we wanted to offer something that represents Hawaii,” Lai explains of the Pineapple Cheesecake that sits on a drizzle of kiwi syrup. “It’s a nice refreshing pineapple taste without being too heavy or sweet.”
Small pieces of pineapple sit atop one half of the cheesecake bite, while a raspberry sits on the other. Each ingredient not only adds beautiful colors to the pastry, but also a memorable taste that will have you going back in line for just one more.
If Asian delicacies are your cup of tea, Five Star International Buffet has a White Chocolate Matcha with Azuki Beans. “We wanted a Japanese-flavored dessert,” Lai says. “That way, if we have tourists come in, or locals, they’ll see a classic pairing with green tea and azuki. And the white chocolate makes it a little sweeter.”
The White Chocolate Matcha’s finely milled Japanese green tea pairs well with the rice cracker texture beneath, and together the flavors create a symphonious harmony.
If you’d like a preview of these three dessert buffet items, then make sure you check out Five Star International Buffet’s full selection.
And while the extravagant buffet may entice you to fill your stomach, save room for dessert!
Five Star International Buffet
Royal Hawaiian Center Bldg C, third level
2201 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu
Open daily, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Lunch), 2-5 p.m. (Happy Hour), 5-10 p.m. (Dinner)