Edible treasures under the seaColumns Surf and Turf
May 4, 2014
Story By: Steve Murray | Photos by: Nathalie Walker
The under-the-sea atmosphere at Oceanarium is, to say the least, unique. Located in The Pacific Beach Hotel, this eatery offers tasty entrees and popular all-you-can-eat buffets that bring in a slew of local and international diners.
The buffet begins at breakfast, restarts at lunch on weekends and finishes with dinner featuring daily specials, a create-your-own saimin station, made-toorder seafood pasta, prime rib, salads, desserts and more.
In the mood for an entree? Oceanarium offers Pan-Seared Chicken Breast ($22), seasoned in a white wine sauce topped with roasted garlic, sweet Ewa onions and sun-dried tomato relish, served with a choice of potatoes or rice.
Oceanarium’s fare is light and flavorful, as spotlighted in Fresh Fish of the Day ($25). The type of fish and preparation changes on a daily basis — all dependent on what comes in. However, one thing you can count on is a good portion of fresh fish.
For a bounty of seafood, Oceanarium Cioppino ($28) is a great choice. Expect to be wowed by a large bowl of seafood, featuring Dungeness crab, prawns, mussels, scallops and fresh fish of the day sauteed in olive oil, white wine and garlic. Then, the seafood array is topped off with a tomato-based cioppino sauce complemented by garlic bread.
No matter what you choose — entree or buffet — you cannot go wrong at Oceanarium.
Pacific Beach Hotel
2490 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu
Breakfast: Daily, 6-10 a.m.
Lunch: Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Dinner: nightly, 4:30-10 p.m. (Kamaaina and happy hour rates available)