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Sarento’s Waikiki

Rice Is Nice

In Spain, it’s called paella; in the Middle East, a pilaf; in Italy, it’s known as risotto; and throughout Asia and Hawaii, fried rice. Regardless of where you go, rice serves as an irreplaceable foundation for hearty, traditional meals, many of which are considered classics among their respective cultures. If we take a hint from…

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January 29, 2017

Rising To The Top

For more than two decades, Sarento’s at the Top of the Ilikai has been a favorite for its fine array of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine with breathtaking panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Honolulu’s skyline. The award-winning restaurant also has become a tradition for special occasions — from marriage proposals to anniversaries and birthday…

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June 12, 2016

Staying On Top of Fine Fare

Since 1994, Sarento’s at the Top of the Ilikai has helped define the top tier of approachable fine dining and exemplary service, all presented in an inviting setting complete with a five-star panoramic view. As part of the restaurant’s current mission to reintroduce itself to island diners, the kitchen team is excited to bring a…

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April 17, 2016

A place for Italian food in old, new ways

One would think that after a few times, the view from Sarento’s at the Top of the “I” would get old. But each trip to the 30th floor of Ilikai Hotel and Luxury Suites offers a fresh perspective of beautiful Honolulu. Some afternoons are cloudless with different shades of blue stretching from ocean to sky,…

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December 29, 2015

A Top-Notch Experience

Just as he’s always doing at Sarento’s at the Top of the Ilikai, executive chef Edmond Kwok cooks up an elegant, fresh and unbelievably flavorful menu item in Fresh Catch of the Day ($36).Juicy and tender mahi mahi is presented with red chard sauteed with garlic, chili flakes and crispy pancetta. The dish is served…

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November 8, 2015

Top-Notch Italian Fare

Executive chef Edmond Kwok is bustling around the restaurant when Dining Out stops in at Sarento’s at the Top of the Ilikai, but this is expected. The same is true for Chef Edmond’s cuisine, not that the cuisine won’t surprise you, but that each dish meets every expectation of magical perfection. On the 30th floor…

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September 27, 2015

Life Of The Lunch Party

Sarento’s At the Top of the Ilikai is known for its panoramic, picturesque views of ocean and mountains, as well as its classic Italian cuisine. However, the restaurant offers its customers more than just an enjoyable dinner experience. According to special functions coordinator Adam Miller, Sarento’s lunch program is expanding. During midday meals, the venue…

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August 2, 2015

Reaching new culinary heights

It’s easy to become mesmerized when listening to chef Edmond Kwok talk about food. His mind constantly is churning with original recipes and new ideas, such as what vegetable to pair with what reduction, and so on and so forth. Kwok brings his artistic creativity to the kitchen of Sarento’s at the Top of the…

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June 28, 2015

High-quality food with a tip-top view

With a name like Sarento’s At The Top of the “I,” located at the Ilikai Hotel, you go in there expecting a good view. But nothing really can prepare you for the breathtaking panorama overlooking the ocean on one side, and into the mountains on the other. So, what better setting to indulge in dishes…

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May 31, 2015

Sarento’s at the Top of the “I”

An elevator whisks patrons straight to the top of Ilikai Hotel, where the window-lined restaurant Sarento’s at the Top of the “I” resides, showcasing stunning landscapes of Diamond Head and Waikiki. There, you can’t help but feel on top of the world, and if the view isn’t enough to wow you, the food certainly will….

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