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Spectacular buffets, brunch

A La Carte

August 4, 2019

Story By: Caroline Wright | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO

Slow Roasted Garlic Rubbed Prime Rib, part of the Friday and Saturday Seafood Buffet at the Plumeria Beach House ($65)

Over the past five and a half decades, The Kahala Hotel & Resort has drawn thousands of guests to its lovely beaches, luxury suites and ballrooms —

and especially to its restaurants. Both Hoku’s (opened in 1966) and The Plumeria Beach House (opened in 1981) have hosted kings, presidents, superstars, and plenty of delighted visitors and locals.

For $65 per person, The Plumeria’s spectacular seafood buffet cannot be surpassed. “We have crab legs, ahi sashimi and sushi, shrimp cocktail, miso butterfish, mussels, fresh smoked Norwegian salmon sides, crab and lobster bisque, and much more,” says executive chef Wayne Hirabayashi. “Locals just love our miso butterfish. And it’s boneless — even mo’ betta!”

Butterfish with Miso Glaze, part of Friday and Saturday Seafood Buffet at Plumeria Beach House ($65)

The Plumeria’s Misoyaki Butterfish, an Alaskan wild-caught black cod, is meticulously cleaned and deboned, then marinated in a special miso marinade before roasting. The buffet also features Hoku’s spectacular dry-rub, eight-hour roasted, melt-in-your-mouth Prime Rib of Beef.

“And if that’s not enough, add a piece of Roasted Canoe-Cut Bone Marrow, and be sure to get our housemade artisan bread to scoop up all that goodness!” adds Hirabayashi.

New Zealand Rack of Lamb Rib Roast carving station, part of the Sunday Brunch at Hoku’s ($78)

At Hoku’s, the Sunday Brunch ($78 per person), just voted Best Sunday Brunch in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s own Hawaii’s Best awards is legendary among locals who love a fantastic breakfast spread. Hoku’s Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict, made with freshly baked cheddar cheese biscuits layered with thinly sliced smoked salmon and poached eggs then topped with hollandaise, are a delicious revelation.

Smoked Salmon Benedict with Hash Brown Potatoes, part of the Sunday Brunch at Hoku’s ($78)

“We needed to create a luxurious, must-have Eggs Benedict, and now its a Hoku’s signature dish!” says Eric Oto, chef de cuisine for the restaurant. Hoku’s succulent Garlic Herb Citrus Marinated New Zealand Lamb Rack, also available during Sunday Brunch, features New Zealand lamb racks carved to order, served with red wine veal reduction and mint jelly.

Mark your calendar! Every Friday in September, the Plumeria will offer a very special plate lunch featuring contemporary Hawaiian favorites like poke, lomi lomi salmon, haupia and more, in honor of Aloha Festivals.

Crab and Lobster Bisque, part of the Friday and Saturday Seafood Buffet at the Plumeria Beach House ($65)

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