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Honor grandparents with festive buffet

By Kelli Shiroma
August 26, 2016

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Steamed mussels and clams in lemon grass broth from the regular buffet line.

Steamed mussels and clams in lemon grass broth from the regular buffet line.

It’s never too early to celebrate grandparents, and for this Grandparents Day, Pagoda Floating Restaurant has a special menu designed with families in mind. Grandparents 80 years and older (for parties of three and more) eat free in the restaurant on Sept. 11, according to general manager John Teruya.

“Brunch is $36.95 and dinner is $39.95,” he confirms. “It’s not too early to call (948-8354) and make reservations (for Grandparents Day).”

Pagoda will also be hosting a special show on Grandparents Day — featuring Frank De Lima — in the C’est Si Bon Ballroom. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the show begins at noon. Brunch ($50 inclusive; $25 inclusive for keiki ages 5-8 years) includes roast prime rib, nishime, sweet bread French toast, misoyaki butterfish and more. Misoyaki butterfish is the star of the current Traditional Japanese Friday Night Buffet ($39.95), according to Teruya, who says that other buffet items include a sushi bar, sukiyaki, shrimp tempura and more.

Misoyaki butterfish will be a highlight of Pagoda's Grandparents Day buffet. LAWRENCE TABUDLO PHOTO

Misoyaki butterfish will be a highlight of Pagoda’s Grandparents Day buffet.
LAWRENCE TABUDLO PHOTO

“We started the Traditional Friday Night Buffet this past month and it’s been pretty popular,” he says. “We decided to try and see if this (having butterfish as part of the buffet) is something families and kupuna would like.”

“Our Grandparents Day special (buffet) is the same price as this Friday Night Buffet — $39.95 for dinner,” Teruya adds. “We wanted to give our buffet greater value by offering butterfish. We also wanted to gear our menu toward what grandparents would want.”

Pagoda Floating Restaurant

Pagoda Floating Restaurant

While a la carte menus also are available, Teruya says Pagoda’s lunch ($17.95) and dinner ($19.95) buffets Monday to Saturday are immensely popular. “For an additional $8, you can get either all-you-can-eat crab or an all-you-can-eat prime rib platter added to your lunch or dinner buffet,” he says. “That’s an especially popular option for parties and special occasions.”

Crab legs are a buffet favorite at Pagoda. FILE PHOTOS

Crab legs are a buffet favorite at Pagoda.
FILE PHOTOS

Pagoda Floating Restaurant

1525 Rycroft St., Honolulu
948-8356
Breakfast: Monday-Saturday, 6:30-11 a.m., Sunday, 6:30-10 a.m.; Sunday Brunch: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.;
Lunch: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.;
Dinner: daily, 5-10 p.m.
Pagodahawaii.com