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Perfection — expect it in every bite at each visit you make to Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Restaurant Row.
“My role is just to make things perfect for each guest,” says general manager Don Asam.
To get started, Oysters Rockefeller ($17.95) literally heats things up. A mixture of sauteed spinach, onion, bacon, Parmesan cheese and Pernod liqueur is placed on top of five raw oysters, along with hollandaise sauce. Lit with 151 Rum, it arrives at your table flaming.
For an entree, choose something you can hear before it arrives in front of you. The Cowboy Rib Eye ($56) is wet-aged for 28 days — a process that involves sealing the meat in an airtight Cryovac bag to break down the enzymes and tenderize the meat. It is broiled at 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. It is then transferred to a 500-degree plate atop sizzling butter and sprinkled with chopped parsley.
Another dish to consider — Sweet Potato Casserole ($11) is listed as a “side” but also can double as dessert (ask for a scoop of vanilla ice cream). Mashed sweet potatoes are placed in a dish, and once ordered, a mixture of pecans, brown sugar and butter is placed on top before it gets put under the broiler until golden brown.
For fine dining on a budget, Ruth’s Chris currently offers a Sizzlin’ Prime Time Menu from 5 to 6 p.m. daily. It comes with a choice of a starter, entree, side and dessert. Depending on the entree chosen (which comes from two different lists, one with smaller cuts of meat and the other for larger appetites), the price is a very attractive $44.95 or $55.95.
Stop in daily from 5 to 7 p.m. to indulge in Happy Hour specials in the restaurant’s lounge, or make a reservation (highly recommended) for Wednesday nights where you can enjoy a bottle of wine for 25 percent off.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
500 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu
Daily, 5-10 p.m.