No “Missed Steak” About It

Columns Veg'n Out

December 22, 2013

Story By: Andy Beth Miller | Photos by: Nathalie Walker

Known for its elegant oceanfront ambiance and Victorian inspired architecture, Beach-house at the Moana makes for one magical culinary destination. The restaurant also is considered to be one of the best spots on the island for a good, juicy steak and fresh seafood. Such high praise piques my interest, yet this hungry, hungry hippie has to wonder: “What’s in it for me?”

Beachhouse assures me there is plenty other than fish in this sea. Yep, it may roll out the red carpet for carnivores, but veggie lovers also get the royal treatment here. “We noticed an increased number of people needing special dietary options, including vegetarians,” explains executive chef Ryan Loo. “We are a brand here at the Moana — focused on a lifestyle — from the yoga classes offered to the stress-free environment we promote. We wanted to have a menu focused on the freshest, quality ingredients that matches that motif.”

And match it does. “Dressed to impress” tin contemporary style, Beachhouse’s menu even offers gluten-free options. The restaurant’s vegetarian fare includes: • Roasted Baby Beets Salad with Mozzarella, Hazelnuts and Grapes ($12), which features local greens gathered fresh to create a beautiful and delicious bed for baby beets, perfectly mild mozzarella, a hint of toasted hazelnuts, oranges and grapes lightly laced in a cool, citrus vinaigrette. • Truffled Tater Tots topped with freshly shaved Parmesan Cheese ($11) are lightly fried with an exquisite touch of truffle oil. These perfect potato rounds are then kissed with citrus essence and lemon zest before being dusted with decadent Parmesan cheese. A garnish of parsley completes the creation. • Creamed Spinach ($11) consists of sauteed spinach, a luscious cream-based sauce, and under-tones of garlic and spice that send taste buds into a vegetarian vision of glory.

Loo says, “In January we will revamp the menu and are looking to add coconut milk to this dish — infusing local flavor.” • Roasted Harvest Vegetables ($11) presents seasonal vegetables roasted with olive oil and garlic, creating a caramelized consistency that cries for an encore. Also offered is a Vegetarian Special of the Evening that varies daily.

Elegant and impeccable, there’s no “missed steak” about it, Beachhouse at the Moana has a menu guaranteed to make even the pickiest herbivore happy.

Contact Andy Beth Miller at diningout@staradvertiser.com

Beachhouse at the Moana
Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa
2365 Kalakaua Ave.
Daily, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96815

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