Tasting menu offers a little of everythingA La Carte Columns
January 15, 2017
Story By: Kelli Shiroma | Photos by: BODIE COLLINS
Whether you’re a regular customer or first-timer at Restaurant Epic, there’s no better way to sample the eatery’s best flavors than by opting for its tasting menu. For just $35, diners are treated to a meal of epic proportions — three different entrees, a starter and dessert.
According to general manager David Chang, Restaurant Epic offers a different tasting menu each month.
“The tasting menu features dishes that are either on the menu or they’re something we’ve been running as a special,” he explains. “It’s a combination; a little bit of everything. Our January tasting (menu) is selling very well right now; everyone seems to like it.”
Manager Saim Park explains the different components of January’s tasting menu.
“The starter is the Asian-Roasted Duck Salad,” he says. “It has romaine lettuce, carrots, red cabbage and cilantro, and it’s tossed in a hoisin sesame sauce.
It comes with roast duck, cherry tomatoes and fried wonton chips on top.”
For the entrees, customers will enjoy Fried Bone-in Pork Chop, Seafood Ravioli and Miso Butterfish.
“The pork chop has a mushroom and onion gravy on it,” Park states. “The Seafood Ravioli will consist of shrimp and scallops, and it has a Cajun roasted red pepper cream sauce on top. The butterfish is miso-marinated and glazed; you’ll also be served garlic bacon mashed potatoes.”
Finally, the meal concludes with dessert, which is Coconut Ice Cream.
“Our tasting menu is a good deal,” Park summarizes. “It gives you a chance to try a lot of our signature items and specials all in one dish, so you can get a general idea of what we have to offer.”
1131 Nuuanu Ave., Chinatown
Lunch: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; dinner: Monday-Friday, 4:30-9 p.m., Saturday, 5-10 p.m.; closed Sunday