Ocean House Welcomes New BeginningsChew On This Digest
December 16, 2012
Story By: Alana Folen | Photos by: Leah Friel
Regarded as a premier choice in local dining, Ocean House, situated in Outrigger Reef on the Beach Hotel, welcomes its guests to a whole new world of possibilities. Feel right at home while soaking in the oceanfront views and marvelous sunsets, all the while partaking in delicious cuisine, which patrons have delighted in for the past 10 years.
Most recently, Ocean House has brought a new executive chef on board. Aurelio Garcia joined the staff about a month ago and offers 34 years of culinary experience.
“We are very happy to have Chef Aurelio join our team,” says restaurant general manager David Nagaishi. “Chef Aurelio is very talented. He is a hands-on chef and likes to work side by side with his crew.”
“I really like the energy here and the staff has been very welcoming,” Garcia adds. “The atmosphere is wonderful and the quality of the food is great.”
Originally known for its predominant seafood selection, Ocean House offers a meaty selection of entrees as well, such as its Hawaiian Sea Salt Slow Roasted Premium Angus Prime Rib, which makes mouths water on a daily basis. Yet, Green Onion Steamed Monchong ($32.50) will always remain a top choice among diners. An island favorite, this tender piece of fish is served with yuzu chinoise sauce and a blend of stir-fried vegetables.
“We’re known for our rich selection of food, so I want to make sure I serve everything the best as possible,” Garcia says, noting that he plans to incorporate an increase of local products to the menu. “A special of mine that I recently featured is Pan-Seared Opakapaka with Maui Gold pineapple and Hilo-grown ginger. As for starters, I really enjoy the Edamame Hummus.”
According to Nagaishi, Edamame Hummus ($11.50) is a best-selling appetizer on the menu with its seasoned soy bean puree served with crisp tofu cakes drizzled in a balsamic vinaigrette.
And, of course, we all know dessert is the most important part of each meal, so there will always be room for Uncle Moki’s Chocolate Lava Flow Cake ($10), which features a triple chocolate semi-sweet chocolate fudge cake with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.
Outrigger Reef Hotel
2169 Kalia Road, Honolulu
Breakfast 7-11 a.m., Dinner 5-10 p.m. daily