The Lure of Atlantis

Columns Veg'n Out

October 14, 2012

Story By: Terri Hefner |

Veggie Pasta ($19.95)

It isn’t what it used to be. If you haven’t ventured into Waikiki in a while, you’re in for a big surprise — and it’s all good. The revitalization efforts have really paid off, and it’s attracting locals like never before.

So if you’ve always thought Waikiki was just for tourists, think again and give it a whirl. There’s great shopping, an entertainment scene that’s really hopping and dining, dining, dining.

“Waikiki is really humming,” says Atlantis Seafood and Steak executive general manager Steve Matsuno, “and Halloween should be a lot of fun. There’s Ross, Victoria’s Secret, Forever 21 and more shops all the time. In other words, rediscover Waikiki.”

Atlantis Seafood and Steak sits right in the center of the action on Kalakaua Avenue, just perfect for people-watching on Halloween — or anytime, really, as the restaurant is open daily. And with its charming aquatic theme and continental cuisine, it’s a big hit with locals and tourists alike.

Location, location, location — ambiance is important, too — but to lure in vegetarians, it’s all about the food, and for those who choose not to eat meat or fish, surf and turf mean riding the waves and a nice green lawn.

There is a treat on the Atlantis menu that won’t trick veggie lovers: Veggie Pasta ($19.95). A generous plateful of spaghetti is tossed in homemade marinara sauce and topped with broccoli and cauliflower florets, chopped string beans, asparagus and zucchini, and garnished with chopped fresh tomatoes and green onions. The colorful dish’s slightly sweet sauce and crisp-tender vegetables give an Asian-fusion accent that is quite pleasing to the palate. Just add a glass of wine, relax and enjoy the view.

OK, now you can get on with the shopping.

Atlantis Seafood and Steak

2284 Kalakaua Ave. (the former Waikiki 3 Theater)
Open daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
$2 validated parking

Honolulu, HI 96815

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