A Bountiful Buffet Awaits You at Sam Choy’sAli Carte Columns
September 16, 2012
Story By: Ali Resich | Photos by: Nathalie Walker
Over the past 15 years, Sam Choy’s Breakfast Lunch & Crab has become a staple of local cuisine, providing a cross range of flavors that seem to sum up Hawaii on a plate. From seafood galore to a fusion of international dishes, the restaurant always presents enticing Island fare, and plenty of it.
This month will be no different as the Nimitz Highway eatery unveils its Hawaiian Crab Baked Dinner Buffet ($29.95, adults; $14.95, keiki; not combinable with other discounts or offers), which will be available Monday, Sept. 17 through Sunday, Sept. 30.
“It’s a blown-out buffet that signifies Sam Choy’s — always bountiful!” says head chef Aurelio Garcia when describing the abundant table of tastes. “This restaurant is famous for seafoods, and not only seafood, but steaks and Hawaiian cuisine.”
There’ll be no shortage of surf and turf to represent the establishment on the buffet line, with some clear show stoppers such as Steamed Snow Crab Legs with Drawn Butter and a beautifully tender Huli Carved Beef. It also will feature local favorites such as Sam’s Fried Rice with bacon, char siu, onion, shoyu, rice, egg and green onion, as well as Garlic Chicken made with a mouthwatering blend of shoyu, liquid smoke, black pepper, a hint of brown sugar and “lots of garlic,” according to Garcia.
The head chef was able to put his personal touch on the menu with entrees such as Guava Barbecued Baby Back Ribs. “We are now serving baby back ribs (on the regular menu), which is a char siu baby back rib,” Garcia says. “So for the buffet, I came up with the guava and discovered that it’s very popular. I think we do it well.” A savory bite of Crispy Maui Onion provides the perfect balance of flavors to the sweet and slatherable guava barbecue sauce.
The buffet also will present Boneless Shortribs Kalbi with Crispy Onions, Pork Loin Roulade with Pineapple Papaya Marmalade and Fresh Island Fish Tempura Style.
A slew of sides, plethora of salads — including Potato Mac — pasta and beef action stations as well as desserts will round out the spread. A limited regular menu will be available during weeks when the dinner buffet is served, allowing the diverse array of Hawaii’s best tastes to take center stage.
Sam Choy’s Breakfast Lunch & Crab
580 N. Nimitz Hwy., Honolulu
Breakfast and lunch: Tuesday-Friday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday, 5-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5-10 p.m