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March 24, 2013

Story By: Terri Hefner |

Garlic and Kalamata Olive Crisps with Edamame Hummus ($12) and RumFire's Flash Stir Fry Edamame ($8). Photo courtesy of RumFire

Garlic and Kalamata Olive Crisps with Edamame Hummus ($12) and RumFire’s Flash Stir Fry Edamame ($8). Photo courtesy of RumFire

Sipping a cocktail while watching the sunset in Waikiki is one of the finer things in life, and RumFire’s sizzling ambiance (love those fire pits), fabulous ocean view and creative cocktails can make it a sublime experience.

Of course, drinks and food go hand in hand, and RumFire’s creativity doesn’t stop at the bar. The next time you’re headed to Waikiki to wet your whistle, please your palate as well with a couple of meat-free yet protein-rich dishes, then just sit back and enjoy.

RumFire refers to its menu as “local comfort food” meant for sharing, and its local version of hummus stands out as a winner in Garlic and Kalamata Olive Crisps with Edamame Hummus ($12). If you’re not familiar with hummus, a savory staple in the Middle East, it traditionally consists of pureed chickpeas, tahini (sesame seed paste), garlic, lemon juice and olive oil, but there are myriad versions of and additions to this basic recipe. RumFire’s generous serving of the cool, creamy concoction pairs perfectly with the garlicky flatbread crisps, and the olives add just the right balance of flavors.

Keeping with the edamame theme but borrowing from a different region of the world, Rum-Fire’s Flash Stir Fry Edamame ($8) features the whole pods sauteed with Indonesian satay sauce and sesame seeds. You pop them into your mouth, then … well, you know the drill with edamame. They’re just fun to eat.

So order up some edamame and a cool cocktail — Sunset Mai Tai, anyone? — and settle into the good life at RumFire.

RumFire

Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
2255 Kalakaua Ave.
922-4422
11 a.m.-midnight weekdays
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

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