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Tofu Makes a Splash

By Terri Hefner Photos By Nathalie Walker
July 21, 2013

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Hilton Hawaiian Village is like a one-stop shop for everything Waikiki — splendid shopping, exotic tropical landscaping, breathtaking views and, of course, dining, dining, dining.

Speaking of tropical and dining, Tropics Bar and Grill is the ideal eatery to soak up all that is Waikiki Beach. Located beachfront on the ground floor of the Alii Tower, it showcases those exquisite sunset views — and always incorporates fresh island ingredients in its creative cuisine.

The Village embraces everyone in its welcoming environment, and those who choose not to eat meat or fish are no exception.

According to Tropics Chef de Cuisine Kapolanialaimaka Kealoha, “There are always options that we can work with, as far as guests letting us know that vegetarian dishes are what they’re looking for.”

Feeling the aloha? Grilled tofu is the go-to meat substitute here. It’s so versatile, it can swim right into fish dishes, such as Kahuku Sea Asparagus and Brown Ogo Poke (appetizer portion, $15). The grilled tofu is mixed with Maui onion, scallions, sesame oil, Hamakua tomato and kukui nut, which is quite satisfying as the tender texture of the tofu contrasts deliciously with fresh tomato, crisp onions and crunchy nuts.

Seared Fresh Island Catch ($32), takes on a whole new identity with grilled tofu as the catch, accompanied by sesame potato gnocchi and warm Kahuku sea asparagus salad, finished with lehua honey butter sauce.

Also on the dinner menu is Macadamia Nut Honey Roasted Half Chicken ($29), and with grilled tofu standing in for the chicken, it’s still a mouthwatering meal served with fingerling potatoes, Kahuku corn, Hamakua mushrooms, edamame succotash and topped with wasabi ponzu sauce for a bit of a kick.

Take a bow, tofu.

Contact Terri Hefner at diningout@staradvertiser.com

Tropics Bar and Grill

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort Alii Tower
2005 Kalia Road
949-4321
Open daily, 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m.