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A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: GRILLED TERIYAKI AHI STEAK ($32.50)
If home is where the heart is, then, of course, there’s a special place in the hearts of many for Ocean House in Outrigger Reef on the Beach hotel in Waikiki, a homey oasis, where guests — visitors and locals alike — are encouraged to sit back, relax, relish in marvelous cuisine and enjoy picture-perfect oceanfront views.
According to executive chef Aurelio Garcia, Ocean House’s Grilled Teriyaki Ahi Steak is the pinnacle of famous island fare, and is as healthy as it is delicious.
Fresh, local watercress doused in a tamari sesame vinaigrette pairs nicely with the fish and tofu cakes. “Tamari is gluten-free, and it really attracts our guests who don’t or can’t eat gluten,” Garcia says.
Eight ounces of tender Yellow Fin Tuna is grilled and glazed with a special homemade teriyaki sauce infused with Aloha Shoyu, ginger, garlic, sake, green onion, a squeeze of lemon and a dash of sugar. Sesame seeds are sprinkled atop the fish for some added texture.
“Here you have one of our healthier menu selections, and we’ve noticed that many patrons are leaning more toward healthy options, which feature fresh, local ingredients. We’re happy to give them that choice,” Garcia says.
Instead of your usual starch options, fill up on additional protein with crisp tofu cakes fried in panko. Delicious!
Peeled and seeded Hamakua vine-ripened tomatoes make for a refreshing tomato concasse, which tops the ahi as well. According to general manager David Nagaishi, tomato concasse complements the dish with its vibrant color and texture.
Outrigger Reef Hotel
2169 Kalia Road, Honolulu
Breakfast 7–11 a.m. daily
Dinner 5–10 p.m. daily