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Afine dining experience to share with loved ones

A La Carte

December 1, 2019

Story By: Kyle Galdeira |

The restaurant features an elegant private dining room.

After more than three decades of crafting menu creations and pleasing legions of loyal customers, Chef Chai Chaowasaree continues a holiday gift card tradition that adds even more value to the iconic, award-winning island fusion cuisine at his namesake restaurant on the ground level of the Pacifica Honolulu Building on Kapiolani Boulevard across from the Neal Blaisdell Arena.

At Chef Chai, $100 gift cards are available now through Christmas Eve for just $80 with no expiration date! As a reminder, the specially priced gift cards are not available for redemption during happy hour.

Family Style Appetizer Sampler. FILE PHOTOS

“We do this every year, and a lot of customers look forward to the promotion,” says Chaowasaree. “In our first year with this holiday offer, we sold more than $200,000 worth of gift cards! So come in and pick up yours today.”

Chef Chai is the ideal destination for holiday parties and corporate functions. The restaurant features a private dining room — with its signature wine glass chandelier — that can seat up to 30 people. Special set menus are available starting at $65 per person, and as a reminder, the room is first come, first served, and a credit card is required to hold a reservation; guests are encouraged to call for availability during the busy holiday season.

Gift cards are now available. Photo courtesy Chef Chai

Diners looking to enjoy a meal after work, see a movie in town or take in a special event at the Blaisdell can count on Chef Chai and his team to set the table with the delicious Early Bird Menu ($42 per person) available for guests seated between 4 and 5 p.m. that offers incredible value with a starter, appetizer sampler, choice of entree and dessert.

The Family Style Appetizer Sampler offers a diverse introduction to Chef Chai’s popular menu favorites on the Early Bird Menu including Smoked Duck Taco with Fresh Tomato Mango Salsa, Salmon Gravlax Roulade with Cream Cheese & Crab Meat on Cucumber Chips, Katafi and Macadamia Nut Crusted Jumbo Black Tiger Prawns with Pineapple Vinaigrette and Roasted Butternut Squash and Lobster Bisque Shooters.

Grilled Kabayaki New Zealand King Salmon

For one’s Early Bird entree selection, be sure to try the popular Grilled Kabayaki New Zealand King Salmon with sauteed vegetables, steamed white rice or coconut milk ginger brown rice.

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