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May 25, 2014

Story By: Jaimie Kim Farinas | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo

Defy the laws of space and time, and travel to France without having to purchase a plane ticket.

Nestled in the middle of downtown, directly across from Hawaii Theatre, Brasserie Du Vin offers a luxuriously Parisian-inspired atmosphere, with palate-pleasing dishes to match.

Indulge in some weekend fine dining that won’t break your budget with Du Vin’s Saturday brunch held weekly from 11 a.m. to about 3:30 p.m. The brunch menu features dishes such as Shrimp and Spinach Crepe ($18), in which shrimp and spinach are sauteed with garlic, parsley and white wine, and then placed atop a folded crepe. Perfect for garlic enthusiasts, the dish is a savory presentation of the popular French “pancake.”

Currently, head chef Percy Taylor, a recent addition to the team, offers two specials only available by request. The first dish is Ribeye Steak on Tolero Roll ($16). Taylor begins by cooking the ribeye steak until it is medium-rare and then slices it and places it on the tolero roll along with lettuce and Camembert cheese, before topping it off with a sunny side up egg. The second special, Lavash Bread with Grilled Chicken ($13) features light and refreshing flavors aided by a salad frise and caesar salad dressing that accompanies the chicken.

Remember one thing: before you leave, do not forget to indulge in a final round of dessert. The pastry case sits at the restaurant’s entrance, tempting guests with tantalizing treats. Among its extensive options are Chocolate Flourless Cake ($8, inquire for price with bacon), Bread Pudding ($6), Lemon Curd Tart ($2.50), Brandy Mousse Puff Pastry ($3) and Sabayon Strawberry Puff ($3). According to Taylor, Chocolate Flourless Cake is a crowd favorite, and though it doesn’t usually come with candied bacon, diners are more than welcome to request it.

“You feel like you’re somewhere else,” says Taylor. “You could be in Hawaii, but you could be in Europe also, and that’s why I love this place.”

Brasserie Du Vin

1115 Bethel St., Honolulu
Monday-Saturday, Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Dinner: 4 p.m.-closing, Happy Hour: 4-6 p.m.
Closed on Sundays

Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, HI 96813

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