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Desserts That Go From Comfort to Captivating

Columns Jus' Desserts

June 23, 2013

Story By: Nicole Kato | Photos by: Nathalie Walker

Pagoda Floating Restaurant puts its own spin on traditional dishes that the whole family will love. Each dish, whether it’s an appetizer, meal or dessert, has that feeling of familiarity with a Pagoda twist.

In addition to the amazing food, the ambiance of the restaurant is incomparable. Stepping into the restaurant is like stepping into another world altogether.

Colorful koi swim in a pond around the grounds, which is set against a beautiful waterfall and shrubbery. It’s the perfect place to kick back, relax, and eat your weight in glorious desserts.

Executive chef Jason Takemura highlights two famous desserts on Pagoda’s menu just for Dining Out readers. While desserts are on the buffet menus, they also are available a la carte for very reasonable prices.

Macadamia Nut Tart ($5) sits beneath a helping of vanilla ice cream. The cold and warm temperatures combine for a perfectly sweet experience.

“This is our take on a pecan pie,” explains Takemura of the dish.

The beloved Cinnamon White Chocolate Bread Pudding ($5) also is a winner with locals and tourists who walk through the doors.

This dish is featured in many of Pagoda’s buffets, and Takemura says that guests take mounds of the dessert.

“It’s one of our signature items,” he says. “It’s our spin on bread pudding. It’s custardy, soft, and it has pockets of white chocolate inside.”

The best part of the desserts at Pagoda (besides the fact that they’re delicious)? They’re served daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Takemura notes that Cinnamon White Chocolate Bread Pudding is a favorite breakfast dish. It just goes to show that it’s never too early for dessert!

“The whole concept behind our menu is to put our twist on classic dishes and comfort food,” he says. “We do it our style, with our own touch.”

Pagoda Restaurant

1525 Rycroft St., Honolulu
948-8356
Breakfast: Daily, 6:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lunch: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m-2 p.m.
Happy Hour: Daily, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Dinner: Nightly, 5-9 p.m. Sunday Brunch: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

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