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Happiness is on the rise

Chew On This Digest

November 9, 2014

Story By: Michelle Lee | Photos by: Anthony Consillio

As one of the island’s premier neighborhoods for dining, Kaimuki was abuzz last month, when 3660 on the Rise welcomed the launch of its first happy hour menu. “Many years ago, we had Martini Night Wednesdays, in which diners could enjoy premium drinks and appetizers at a reasonable price,” says chef Lydell Leong. “We wanted to bring back the same dining experience with an official happy hour.”

Available every Tuesday through Friday from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m., the restaurant’s happy hour special pays homage to Pacific Rim flavors with locally sourced ingredients. “It has always been our custom to revise the menu quarterly to match what is in season,” explains Leong. “Our team thrives on using food locals love in a creative way, which is reflected in our happy hour menu.”

Ideal for sharing, Braised Beef Gyoza ($4) is one of 3660’s most popular dishes, fried to a crisp alongside homemade horseradish scallion creme fraiche. “I often describe this gyoza as a prime rib deconstruction,” says Leong. “The dumpling’s crispiness, in contrast to the fraiche’s creaminess with the au jus, hits the spot.”

Another winner not to be missed is Wings and Frittes ($7.50), a crispy confit of chicken wings braised in duck fat, along with pomme frites served with seasoned ketchup and shichimi chili pepper. For another protein-centric favorite, Grilled Nueske’s Bacon ($7.25) is a must-try. “We take a thick slab of Applewood-smoked bacon from Wisconsin and cook it with sauteed Maui onions topped with homemade garlic soy sake sauce,” explains Leong. “Anybody who is a fan of bacon will appreciate this dish.”

The restaurant’s happy hour menu also includes specially-priced beers, cocktails and glasses of wine. Validated parking is available for all patrons.

3660 On the Rise

3660 Waialae Ave., Honolulu
737-1177
Tuesday–Sunday, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Closed Mondays
3660.com

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