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Care for an hor d’oeuvre?

Step Up to the Plate

October 6, 2019

Story By: Elima Pangorang | Photos by: FILE PHOTOS

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: HAPPY HOUR FRESH OYSTERS ON ICE ($10, FOR HALF-DOZEN)

Chef Chai Chaowasaree continues to graciously blend tradition and innovation at his restaurant Chef Chai on Kapiolani Boulevard.

Every month the renowned chef puts on an elegant and relaxing dinner with a Full Moon Concert featuring the smooth tunes and entertainment of Robert Cazimero and Halau Na Kamalei.

As we begin a new month, another concert is underway on Sunday, Oct. 13 with dinner at 6 p.m. and the show to follow at 7:15. In addition to the performances, a tasty four-course line up awaits featuring a starter of Chicken Tenderloin Sate with Thai peanut sauce, Asian Flat Bread and Cucumber Salad; appetizers; and choice of entree and dessert to follow — all this comes at only $79 per person.

The appetizer is a grand combination of bite size creations: Foie Gras Chawan Mushi with Toasted Brioche, Fresh Ahi Tartar with Avocado Mousse, Gravalax Salmon Roulade, Smoked Duck Tacos, and Kataifiand Mac Nut Encrusted Black Tiger Prawns.

Robert Cazimero headlines Chef Chai’s Monthly Full Moon Concert, with the next dinner-and-a-show on Sunday, Oct. 13.

Guests can then choose between Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom Foie Gras Puff, Mongolian Style Lamb Chops, Miso Fresh Chilean Seabass, and Vegetarian Terrine with Thai Green Curry Sauce to enjoy for an entree.

And finally, dessert choices offer decadent selections such as White Chocolate Amore Truffle, Frankie Nursery’s Honey Cream Pineapple, and Coconut Cheese Cake with Tahitian Vanilla Creme Anglaise.

At the end of the night, whatever you so choose to dine on, appetites and senses are sure to be satisfied through Chef Chai’s Monthly Full Moon Concert. Don’t forget to call the restaurant to reserve a spot before space runs out.

DAILY DOSE

Get your happy hour fix Tuesday-Sunday, 4-6 p.m. at Chef Chai’s bar area, featuring an array of drink and pupu specials, including Fresh Oysters on Ice, which comes with six pieces for happy hour.

TIME TO ‘SHELL’-EBRATE

Kualoa Ranch (based on availability) or Kumamoto oysters chill on a bed of ice creating a crisp and quenching slurp.

TOPPED OFF

The oysters are colorfully crowned with fresh tomatoes, tobiko caviar and chopped lemongrass. It is accompanied by a house-made garlic mignonette, which comprises lemon juice, lime, garlic and a hint of chili.

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