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Feel the rhythm of the ‘Ocean’

A La Carte

June 30, 2019

Story By: Elima Pangorang | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO

Hearts of Palm & Shrimp Salad ($22)

Relax and unwind in the comforts of Waiolu Ocean Cuisine whose new dinner menu grants diners a dive into some of the freshest seafood in Waikiki.

As Trump International Hotel Waikiki’s signature restaurant, the exquisite open-air destination has garnered a loyal following as diners can also sit down for Sunset Happy Hour and Late Night Happy Hour specials while taking in gorgeous views of Fort DeRussy and the sparkling Pacific Ocean.

Waiolu Ocean Cuisine’s new dinner menu, created by executive chef Shoki Namatame, is inspired by seafood harvested and caught in Hawaiian and Pacific waters. Guests can expect to indulge in mouthwatering and elegantly prepared Maine Lobster, Alaskan King Crab Legs, Pacific Thread fish (locally known as Moi) and Kona Abalone. What’s more, a winning sushi bar serves up traditional nigiri as well as new wave sushi.

Maine Lobster ($34)

Set the tone of the night with light yet flavorful selections starting with Hearts of Palm & Shrimp Salad ($22) and Rainbow Ceviche ($16). The salad is a crisp refresher comprising Maunawili greens, watermelon radish, lime and a zesty cilantro dressing.

Meanwhile, the ceviche is a classic favorite everyone is sure to enjoy, which mixes citrus cured catch of the day, jalapeno, cilantro, cucumber, carrot and bell pepper — it is a combination sure to pleasantly stimulate taste buds with its light tang and hint of piquant charm.

10-piece Nigiri Omakase ($50) and Sake Flight ($20)

As a main course, treat yourself to a generous 1 1/4-pound Maine Lobster ($34) that can be prepared steamed with drawn butter, grilled with a French sauce vierge, or stir fried with black bean or oyster sauce — either way you decide, will have yourself and everyone involved salivating for more.

Then, add prime pieces of chef’s choice assorted nigiri that come with six ($30), eight ($40) or 10 ($50) sushi — and don’t forget to order a drink to accompany the savory pieces with Waiolu’s premium sake list or also opt for a sake flight.

Another tantalizing option can be found at the raw bar with a half-dozen oysters ($18). There are four different kinds of oysters (kumamoto, fat bastard, kushi or shigoku) and each serve as tasty, fun-to-eat slurp ups.

Rainbow Ceviche ($16)

Take a trip to Waiolu Ocean Cuisine for exceptional service and unforgettable flavors. Plus its stunningly ideal location with beautiful views of Waikiki make it the perfect place for a dinner with friends and family or an intimate night out with a loved one — did we mention guests can also watch Waikiki’s Friday night fireworks from here? (Because you can, and it’s definitely a customer favorite.)

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