YuZu Puts a Lot of ‘Yum’ into SweetsColumns Jus' Desserts
February 2, 2014
Story By: Nicole Kato | Photos by: Rachel Breit
For more than two years, YuZu in Ala Moana Hotel, has entertained tourists and locals alike with its festive, comfy interior and a menu bursting with color and flavor. Many dishes on the menu feature the iconic yuzu flavor, and fans of the fruit will be happy to know that this alluring item is incorporated into one of the eatery’s desserts as well.
Let citrus take control and dive into YuZu Shaved Ice ($4.95). While the yuzu normally is used as a garnish or seasoning, it also pairs well with the homemade YuZu Shaved Ice, adding a refreshing aroma and taste. This non-dairy dessert mimics the texture of a sorbet, and executive chef Hiro Manabe says the shave ice is one of the restaurant’s most popular sweets — fluffy and light, it makes for a great end-of-the-meal treat.
Acai Rare Cheesecake ($5.50) also will definitely hit the spot. And don’t get so lost in the deliciousness of the cheesecake that you forget to dig deep for the graham cracker crust, made with butter and agave nectar. Light and low in calories, the cheesecake is topped with a fresh berry puree and mint leaf.
YuZu presents a delicious French flair with Zelda Crepe ($6.95). Apple bananas are the star of this dish, and the sweet chocolate glazed over and nestled in the crepe also is a plus, along with accents of whipped cream and mint.
General manager Chisako Nishimura notes that YuZu also debuts a new lunch menu ($12), featuring curry rice with two pieces of shrimp tempura, organic greens and edamame. While this might seem like a lot to take in, you must leave room for dessert.
Contemporary culinary concepts meet traditional Japanese flavors at YuZu, and thankfully its desserts are no exception.
Ala Moana Hotel Kona Tower Lobby
410 Atkinson Drive
Daily Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Daily Happy Hour, 5-6 p.m.
Monday-Saturday Dinner, 5 p.m.-midnight (last call 11:30 p.m.)
Sunday Dinner, 5-10:00 p.m. (last call 9:30 p.m.)