Pairing bottomless bread with festive eatsA La Carte Columns
December 18, 2016
Story By: Kelli Shiroma | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO
From Dec. 1 to Jan. 8, customers at Café Lani Hawaii can enjoy a special Holiday Menu. According to chef Masayuki Ohara, the seasonal selection features three different menu items — Garden Fruit Salad ($25), Chicken Leg Confit ($30) and Filet Beef Steak with Greens ($35). This menu is available during lunch and dinner, and each meal includes your choice of Champagne or soft drink, a fruit Danish and all-you-can-eat bread.
“The all-you-can-eat bread features whatever is being baked during the time of your visit, though we do have more than 20 different types of bread,” Ohara clarifies. “Our seasonal breads include a rum raisin roll and cinnamon and white chocolate bread.
“Lots of women order the Garden Fruit Salad because it’s healthy — it comes with greens, fruits, yogurt and a fruit crepe,” Ohara continues. “The chicken leg is slow-cooked for three hours to make the chicken soft, and it comes with a small shrimp gratin.”
After the holiday season finishes, Café Lani will start its winter menu Jan. 9.
“Customers can always enjoy a new menu,” Ohara says. “Besides the regular menu, we always have a seasonal menu, which is four times a year. We also always have event menus for holidays like Christmas, New Year’s, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Thanksgiving.”
Customers who love Café Lani’s bread can even order bread to go. Different sizes of variety breads ($5 for five pieces, $15 for 15 pieces, $29 for 30 pieces) and croissants ($6.80 for five, $20 for 15, $39 for 30) are available. “These to-go packs don’t include the holiday breads, but in the variety bread packs, we always put at least one croissant,” Ohara says. “For the large or small size, you have to (reserve them) at least two days in advance.”
Café Lani also has everything you need for last-minute Christmas shopping, such as gift certificates ($20 minimum) and logo items.
Café Lani Hawaii
Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
Daily, breakfast: 6:30-10 a.m., lunch and dinner: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; no reservations