Float On In and Enjoy a Wonderful FeastCover Story
December 10, 2018
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo
Pagoda Floating Restaurant continues to serve aloha through its cuisine and carries on a legacy of bringing families and friends together.
Surrounded by koi ponds, lush gardens and cascading waterfalls, Pagoda Floating Restaurant offers up a wide range of local-style comfort food featuring Asian, American and Hawaiian influences within a tranquil, inviting setting that remains popular among multiple generations of patrons.
“We continue to welcome lots of families that enjoy our home-style cooking and fusion cuisine,” says restaurant manager Tracy Yadao. “We offer reasonable prices and our local diners appreciate that.”
Under the guidance of executive chef Michael Arita, the restaurant’s menu features local ingredients and fresh flavors to attract first-time diners, while also keeping regulars coming back for more.
Guests can look forward to the Poke Bowl station on the lunch buffet ($19.95 for adults, $16 for seniors and $7.95 for keiki), which makes it possible to build one’s own meal with shoyu ahi, spicy ahi, tako, Korean mussel and even tofu poke along with assorted toppings.
Seafood and sushi fans should keep an eye out for Pagoda Sushi Tower available on occasion along the weekday dinner buffet (Monday-Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., $21.95 for adults, $18 for seniors and $8.95 for keiki) that offers spicy ahi, California and shoyu ahi poke as well as variety of hand-rolled sushi.
Herb Citrus Roasted Salmon is one of the intriguing entree options that can be found on the weekend dinner buffet (Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5 to 9:30 p.m., $41.95 for adults, $35 for seniors and $17.95 for keiki). The salmon is cooked to perfection to lock in the distinct flavors, and represents one variety of the potential preparation techniques that is showcased on the buffet line.
Pagoda Floating Restaurant will roll out its popular Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner and brunch buffets, and guests are encouraged to make reservations now by calling 948-8354, as space is limited.
The Christmas brunch ($58.95 for adults, $50 for seniors and $25 for keiki) will be served on Dec. 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with ballroom seating available. While the dinner buffet will be available Dec. 24 and 25 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. ($58.95 for adults, $50 for seniors and $25 for keiki).
The special holiday buffet arrangement is slated to feature a host of local favorites including prime rib, snow crab legs, rosemary chicken, garlic basil seafood, shrimp and vegetable tempura, glazed ham, steamed Kona kampachi, an appetizer bar with oysters on the half shell, a dessert bar, an omelet station (brunch) and flavorful osso buco-style braised boneless short ribs.
Also, keep an eye out for the delicious Tres Leches French Toast on the special buffet lineup, which incorporates Punaluu Bake Shop sweet bread and is topped with an eggnog creme anglaise to complete the intriguing flavor profile.
“In order for us to continue to survive and serve future generations of diners, we looked back at what has made us successful as we move forward,” says general manager John Teruya. “What is it that has allowed us to last this long? It’s about good food, how we serve it and what our experience means for local diners.”