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Jazzing Up Pupus

A La Carte Columns

March 7, 2016

Story By: Christina O Connor | Photos by: Bodie Collins

Lobster Roll ($18)

Lobster Roll ($18)

Nestled inside Halekulani hotel, Lewers Lounge is an intimate hide-away that features cocktails and pupus, paired with live entertainment. Named after Robert Lewers, who founded the Halekulani in 1907, Lewers Lounge has become a destination for jazz music — and has featured appearances by Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Robert Cazimero and other legends.

Its drink menu is extensive — with a wide selection of wine and spirits, as well as signature and classic cocktails. Meanwhile, the pupu selection offers bites such as Lobster Roll ($18), also referred to as a BLT. In this case, BLT stands for Bacon Lobster Tarragon. Lobster salad and tarragon aioli are presented in a toasted bacon brioche bun and topped with tobiko caviar.

Ahi Poke “Tacos” ($18)

Ahi Poke “Tacos” ($18)

Lewers Lounge also offers a sophisticated ambiance, which was designed to have the feel of a New York jazz club, while still maintaining the spirit of island hospitality. Guests can see this in design details such as the illuminated columns that resemble traditional kahili — used to represent the importance of Halekulani guests.

AHI HITS THE HIGH NOTE

While the drinks and jazz may be what often draws in the crowds, the food at Lewers Lounge is not to be overlooked. The lounge offers a selection of appetizers, sophisticated takes on familiar concepts, like Ahi Poke “Tacos” ($18). The dish features sashimi-grade ahi poke — flavored with limu, sesame, Hawaiian chili and sweet onion — inside a crispy wonton wrap.

Lewers Lounge

Halekulani, 2199 Kalia Road, Waikiki
Dining reservations: 923-2311
Lewers Lounge: daily, 7 p.m.-1 a.m
Halekulani.com

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