Kick off the season with a grand buffet

A La Carte Columns

November 8, 2015

Story By: Yu Shing Ting | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO

This Thanksgiving, Pikake Terrace at Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel, A Starwood Hotels and Resorts property owned by Kyo-ya, is offering a special buffet menu featuring a wide array of Thanksgiving classics, including some traditional dishes with local twists.

There will be a carving-block station with Kona Coffee Glazed Ham Roast, Rosemary Salt Crusted Prime Rib and Maple Sugar and Sage Roasted Turkey; an assortment of entrees made with a variety of Hawaiian produce (such as local Braised Kale with Kalua Turkey Leg and Oven Roasted Maui Onions), an extensive salad bar and, of course, the buffet favorite: Steamed Snow Crab Legs. For desserts, enjoy Warm Apple Crisps with Brown Sugar Crumble, Pumpkin Pie with Cinnamon Whipped Cream and much more.

The Thanksgiving Day buffet is available Nov. 26 from 2:30 to 9:30 p.m., and it’s priced at $57 for adults, $28.50 for children ages 5 to 12, and free for children four and under with a paying adult.

“It’s a really nice, well-rounded table with a lot of offerings for everyone, and I think it’s a really great value,” says executive sous chef Chris Kirksey.

“(For) the Kona Coffee Glazed Ham Roast, which is a bone-in ham, we make this almost a caramelize and infuse it with Kona coffee. Toward the end of the cooking process, we baste the ham and it builds up a sugary crust on the outside. It pairs well with the saltiness of the ham, and you get a little bitterness from the coffee that gives it a little extra flavor,” he continues.

Guests also can enjoy a relaxed outdoor dining setting complete with live entertainment by local performers. On Thanksgiving night, it’ll be Hookani (and hula dancer) at 6 p.m. and Brad Kawakami at 8:30 p.m. Or catch Fourever Fab — The Beatles in the Ainahau Showroom upstairs.

Kirksey, who joined Sheraton Princess Kaiulani in May, also will unveil a gingerbread display created in honor of the hotel’s iconic Gingerbread Village, a long-time holiday tradition.

Pikake Terrace is open daily for breakfast and dinner, offering a hearty buffet, including made-to-order omelets in the morning; and prime rib, crab legs, seafood and more at night. Complimentary self-parking is available at the hotel.

This holiday season, Star-wood Hotels and Resorts will honor World War II history, as a team of its mixologists have created cocktails to introduce at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s annual fund-raising gala Dec. 5. After the gala, a host of Starwood hotels (The Royal Hawaiian, Moana Surfrider and Sheraton Waikiki) will offer a selection of the beverages during the rest of December and January 2016, with $1 from each purchase going to Pacific Aviation Museum.

Pikake Terrace

Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel
120 Kaiulani Ave., Waikiki
Daily, breakfast: 6-11 a.m.; dinner: 5:30-9 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96815

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