A Decadent Taste of the TropicsColumns Jus' Desserts
June 9, 2013
Story By: Nicole Kato | Photos by: Rachel Breit
There is no better place to eat a meal (and dessert) than beachside in Hawaii. Tropics Bar & Grill in Hilton Hawaiian Village takes that experience to a whole new level by creating dishes that are one-of-a-kind.
Their dessert menu features well-known favorites with an exotic island twist.
Hawaiian Chocolate Pudding ($9.75) is sure to be a winner with anyone sitting at the table. Decadence highlights this dish, which features Waialua chocolate from the North Shore. Not only does the Waialua chocolate make the pot de creme rich and creamy, the chocolate-dipped macadamia nut biscotti rounds out this dish with the perfect blend of textures.
While the dish is rich and decadent, it also is light and creamy. The chocolate pot de creme sits in a cup topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.
Kona Coffee Mascarpone Cheesecake ($10.50) is perfect for those who crave the cheesecake flavor without the heaviness often associated with the dessert.
“The mascarpone we add in there adds a little a bit of air, it’s a little lighter, so it doesn’t sit quite as heavy,” explains chef Kapolanialaimaka Kealoha.
Bits of Waialua chocolate sit atop the whipped cream, and fresh berries are served alongside vanilla and chocolate sauces.
Perfect for sharing, Whoopie Ice Cream Pie ($11.50) is one of Tropics’ best-selling desserts. Lappert’s ice cream, made on-island, and whipped cream sits between two pieces of chocolate sponge cake. Fresh seasonal berries accompany this dessert.
“There’s nothing better than two discs of cake with ice cream and whipped cream,” Kealoha exclaims.
Other notable desserts available on Tropics’ menu are Pina Colada Cake ($10.50), Sorbet Trio ($8.75), Ginger Scented Lilikoi Creme Brulee ($10.25) and Warm Apple Pie Ala Mode ($9.50).
Tropics Bar & Grill has been known for its breakfast, lunch and dinner menus that feature locally made products. With the recent unveiling of the new local-friendly menus, the establishment now is looking to revamp its dessert menu as well.
“With this menu, like all the rest of the menus at Tropics, we do try and push to use local flavors and local products,” Kealoha explains.
Tropics Bar & Grill
Hilton Hawaiian Village
Waikiki Beach Resort Alii Tower
2005 Kalia Road, Honolulu
Open daily, 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m.