What Wolfgang Brings to the TableColumns What's for Lunch?
June 23, 2013
Story By: Rachel Breit | Photos by: Rachel Breit
Put your computer to sleep, silence your phone and take a trip to the Big Apple via the not-too-shabby Waikiki. Think you don’t have time for a mini stay-cation? Why not on your lunch break? You can easily fit lunch in at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse in an hour — the $10 lunch specials and validated parking are sure to get your buy-in. If you get jealous while sitting eye level with tops of rustling palm trees and peering down on the parade of carefree tourists in their summer’s best, just remember that you live here. (We won’t tell anyone if you get back to the office with sand in your shoes.)
Begin your lunchtime getaway with a Tropical Chopped Salad only found at the Wolfgang’s Hawaii location. It’s refreshing and easy to eat. The finely chopped ingredients mean each forkful is packed with flavor. Included in the ro-maine and spinach salad is feta cheese, avocado, heart of palm, peas, red cabbage, carrots, red pepper, corn, and local Maui strawberries, mangos and Hauula tomatoes — all tossed in a light vinaigrette. And there is no extra charge for splitting between two people.
Appeal to your fish stick-loving kid at heart with the grown-up Mahi Mahi Fish and Chips. The fresh locally caught fish is minimally seasoned (so its natural goodness stands out on its own) and fried in panko breadcrumbs for crunch. Tangy house made tarragon-spiced tartar sauce is served on the side. The fries, or “chips” for Anglophiles, are double fried for a crispy exterior and tender interior, and the dish is garnished with locally grown watercress, so eat your greens. The fresh mahi mahi also is featured grilled on a sandwich.
Carnivores in need of a burger fix, this steakhouse has your back. And like the other lunch specials, which feature unencumbered ingredients, the aged beef flown in from New York is so juicy and satisfying, there is no need for extra frills. In fact, the burger is served without sauce so you can really taste the slight earthiness — likened to blue cheese — the aging process imparts. (However, if sauce is your thing, help yourself to Wolfgang’s own steak sauce.) The burger is served with both hand-made lightly battered Cajun-spiced onion rings and fries.
The four $10 lunch specials are available daily from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in addition to the regular lunch menu. Walk-ins are welcome, reservations for parties of 6 or more are recommended and private rooms can be requested for meetings.
Royal Hawaiian Center, Building C, Level 3
2301 Kalakaua Ave.
Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Happy Hour daily, 4-6:30 p.m.