Sunrise, SunsetColumns Veg'n Out
January 13, 2013
Story By: Terri Hefner | Photos by: Leah Friel
There’s no place in the world that can quite match our magnificent Waikiki sunsets, which is of course why so many visitors from around the globe flock here to enjoy the view — and the fine dining.
Put the two together, and you’re talking paradise.
Ocean House, so appropriately named, located in Outrigger Reef on the Beach (another alluring moniker), has it all. And although Waikiki sunsets are spectacular, mornings at the beach are captivating in their own right. There’s nothing more inspirational than watching the waves roll in on a bright, new morning while you plan your day — and breakfast at Ocean House is the ideal venue. Since you’re reading this, bacon and eggs likely don’t do it for you, but how about a Fresh Fruit Sunrise ($13)? It’s a healthy assortment of seasonal fruits topped with Greek yogurt flavored with honey and a touch of granola. Ocean House prides itself on offering fresh, natural and organic ingredients whenever possible, so you know it’ll be fresh and healthy every time.
If you have your heart set on a sunset view, dinner is served nightly beginning at 5 p.m. To start, Edamame Hummus ($11.50) won’t disappoint. The seasoned soybean puree is served with crisp tofu cakes, making this a yummy protein source for non-meat eaters, but even carnivores can’t get enough, so sharing is inevitable.
“For our only vegetarian appetizer, it’s very popular,” says general manager David Nagaishi.
Moving on to the salad course, get your greens on with Ocean House Salad ($7.50), in which organic mixed greens are tossed with a guava vinaigrette laced with a touch of mint to enhance the tropical flavor.
Now you’re ready for the entree, and although it’s listed on the menu under “Fruit of the Sea,” Vegetables and Saffron Quinoa Saute ($24.50) is not only vegetarian but gluten-free, with broccoli, sugar snap peas, carrots, onions, squash, zucchini, mushrooms and asparagus sauteed in lemon, garlic and olive oil atop a bed of seasoned quinoa. It’s light and fresh, and the flavors and textures complement each other well. If you’ve never tried quinoa, you’ll likely become a fan after experiencing this creative dish.
Sunrise, sunset … it’s up to you.
Outrigger Reef on the Beach
2169 Kalia Road, Waikiki
Open daily, 7-11 a.m. and 5-10 p.m.