Culinary ClarityA La Carte Columns
July 3, 2016
Story By: Lynsey Beth Futa | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo
The current food movement is pushing for transparency on menus and in kitchens.
“People want to know what they’re eating,” explains GRYLT’s corporate general manager, Jason Gudeman.
Visiting GRYLT’s Makai Market Food Court location in Ala Moana Center (also located in Kailua and Kahala Mall), an open grill sits sizzling and ready to cook up items such as All-Natural Chicken, Tofu, Garlic Shrimp and much more. The pick-and-choose feature allows guests to customize their meals with an abundance of local produce and always-fresh selections, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices.
“We started out trying to be healthy, but now we’re just more focused on good food that people enjoy, and if that happens to be healthy for you, then so be it,” says Gudeman.
GRYLT does have a la carte options, too, such as Braised Beef Wrap ($9.25), which presents slow-roasted braised beef, the restaurant’s version of teriyaki sauce, balsamic onions, fresh tomatoes and kimchee, all wrapped in a local Sinaloa spinach tortilla. Or, opt for Hawaiian Poke Bowl ($10.85) for a truly local-style meal. The Island favorite comes packed with two huge mounds of rice — either white or brown — and line-caught ahi. The fish is seasoned with a secret sauce that is both sweet and savory, and is topped with fresh onions, green onions and furikake.
Customers go through a simple step-by-step process to make a customized plate, which starts with choosing a protein. Angus Steak Plate ($11.95) fills its protein option with 60-day dry-aged tri-tip beef that is corn-fed, hormoneand steroid-free and never frozen. Next, choose a starch such as vegan Mashed Cauliflower mixed with roasted garlic and sea salt. Lastly, pile on your veggies with a stellar option such as GRYLT’s Signature Salad. This award-winning medley includes Waipoli Farms baby romaine lettuce, Ho Farms heirloom tomatoes, balsamic onions, grilled veggies and a homemade honey-mustard dressing. “We believe that food doesn’t have to be fancy, just simple ingredients, simple preparation done right — that’s what makes a great meal,” says Gudeman.
Ala Moana Center, Makai Market Food Court,
1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu
(And Two Other Locations)
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.