Where the locals go for Chinese fareChew On This Digest
August 17, 2014
Story By: Michelle Lee | Photos by: Anthony Consillio
Although Waikiki may be stereotyped as a tourist attraction, many hidden gems in the bustling area have become a haven for both visitors and locals alike.
Case in point: Seafood Village. Tucked away in Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort and Spa, this Cantonese-style restaurant brings some of China’s most authentic and appetizing dishes to the island.
“We try to cater to our local diners, because they are the ones who have supported us throughout the years,” says manager Yao Ming Guan. “Locals have easy access to validated parking, as well as a generous kamaaina discount.”
Dedicated to implementing the freshest ingredients and tried-and-true cooking techniques, Seafood Village offers an array of appetizers perfect for sharing, such as Steamed Sichuan Pork Carpaccio ($9.95), slices of steamed pork served chilled topped with minced garlic.
High-quality seafood is a constant theme at Seafood Village, with menu items including Golden Crab Claw with Shrimp Mousse ($14), an innovative and comforting dish of stuffed crab claw with a breaded shrimp ball coating. “We stuff the crab with shrimp and deep fry it so the outside is crispy and the inside is tender,” explains Guan.
For dinner, the chef recommends Black Pepper Beef Tenderloin ($21.95), a dish most praised for its bold flavors and presentation. “It’s served atop a sizzling iron platter, so the ingredients are still cooking even as you begin eating,” adds Guan. “It keeps the dish very tasty and aromatic throughout the whole meal.”
In addition to dine-in seating in the main dining area, Seafood Village hosts two private rooms to be used for both small and large functions. To reserve a room or book a lunch or dinner buffet, call Seafood Village during normal business hours.
Seafood Village Chinese Cuisine
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort and Spa
2424 Kalakaua Ave., Suite 103, Honolulu
Daily, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Lunch) 5-10 p.m. (Dinner)