Island-style Dining in a House That’s a HomeFeatures Inside Feature
August 17, 2014
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo
The “green flash” serves as a coveted phenomenon only seen for a brief moment during an unadulterated sunset.
As waves lap gently along the white, sandy beach below and light ocean breezes wisp through the open air, plantation-style atmosphere, customers truly feel at home at Ocean House. And, yes, as vice president and general manager David Nagaishi explains, “The ‘Green Flash’ is back at Ocean House.”
Situated in Outrigger Reef on the Beach Hotel along an alluring expanse of Waikiki Beach, Ocean House has provided memorable dining experiences for kamaaina and visitors alike for more than a decade. With stellar views of Diamond Head and Oahu’s South shore, spectacular sunsets also are served up nightly.
Just like surfers carving up waves in the distance, diners are encouraged to “drop in” and enjoy the first-class experience that beckons. Whether simply enjoying a relaxing night out, or celebrating special occasions such as birthdays or anniversaries, Ocean House opens the door to flavor and provides a window to one of the world’s most distinct seascapes.
The skilled team of culinary craftspeople tasked with keeping the heart of the house on point has introduced island-inspired cuisine with a vast array of favorites geared to please any palate.
The “Ocean House Specialty” Hawaiian Sea Salt Slow-Roasted Premium Angus Prime Rib ($35.50) headlines the menu, as the hearty 14-ounce portion of juicy, tender beef is served with creamy horse-radish and Maui onion mashed potatoes. Diners also enjoy Sunset Special ($22.95), which offers a specially priced 10-ounce cut of prime rib between 5 and 6 p.m.
Seafood enthusiasts are right at home at Ocean House, and Nagaishi recommends Sizzling Ahi Carpaccio ($14.50), sashimi-style ahi served over Maui onions, radish sprouts and green onions, sprinkled with togarashi and Hawaiian sea salt and topped with sizzling sesame peanut oil. Diners also may reel in the flavor via Ginger Steamed Monchong ($33.50), which is prepared with shiitake mushrooms, ginger, green onions, cilantro and tamari, topped with sizzling peanut oil and served with steamed rice.
Those in search of a light, yet satisfying, “super food” salad need look no further than Curly Kale Salad ($11.50), a beautiful and tasty medley of strawberries, avocado and papaya tossed in basil papaya seed vinaigrette and accompanied by toasted almonds.
Ocean House presents an array of sweet temptations for dessert, including Uncle Moki’s Chocolate Lava Flow ($10). This must-try treat features warm, semi-sweet chocolate-chip fudge cake accompanied by Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream.
Dinner is served from 5 to 10 p.m. nightly, and the restaurant also offers a bountiful assortment of breakfast favorites from 7 to 11 a.m.
Ocean House invites groups of 40 to 100 to inquire about hosted lunches, parties and other functions during the day.
“We offer a plantation-style setting that puts you right inside of ‘aunty’s house,'” Nagaishi explains of the relaxed atmosphere. “You become part of our family. With Hawaiian music playing in the background and the sound of waves crashing in the foreground, it’s beautiful. This is it. It’s the whole package.”
Outrigger Reef on the Beach Hotel
2169 Kalia Road, Honolulu
Open daily, 7 to 11 a.m. (breakfast) and 5 to 10 p.m. (dinner)
Note: Validated valet parking is available, and reservations recommended but not required. Reservations can be made via phone, or through OpenTable.com.