Swim Goes Back To BasicsFeatures Inside Feature
March 15, 2016
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: Anthony Consillio
Sometimes, simple is best.
The culinary wizards at Swim introduced a revamped menu earlier this week that focuses on the basics, while still featuring bold and enticing flavor combinations that complement the poolside experience.
Situated on the third floor of Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa’s Ewa Tower, adjacent to the inviting, expansive pool, Swim serves up creative cocktails and a island-inspired menu for visitors and kamaaina to enjoy daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. By offering a menu crafted around locally sourced ingredients within a relaxed open-air setting, Swim pool bar and restaurant’s stroke of genius has paid dividends for guests visiting from around Oahu and across the globe.
Hyatt’s commitment to sustainability revolves around the brand’s philosophy of featuring the best local ingredients throughout the menu, as is the case with Fish & Chips ($18). The beerless-battered favorite utilizes fresh, locally caught fish with fries and is served with malt vinegar and house-made remoulade.
“We went back to some of the favorites enjoyed by both our guests and employees,” says assistant food and beverage manager Cameron Smith. “We also incorporate local, sustainable products — for instance, we grow lettuce here in our own aquaponics garden. With the fish & chips, we like to use opa, monchong or mahi mahi for a lighter texture and fresh taste.”
Smith also recommends Buffalo Chicken Wings ($14), “jumbo” wings tossed in a savory sauce and topped with crumbled bleu cheese and celery shavings. Local flavors abound in Kalbi Beef & Kimchee Quesadilla ($14) via both sweet and tangy notes, and the finger food is served with cucumber namasu, crushed avocado and creme fraiche.
The reinvigorated menu also features new keiki selections and a line of salads, including Traditional Cobb Salad ($16). The hearty concoction presents grilled chicken, avocado, bleu cheese, bacon and egg, along with a choice of bleu cheese or ranch dressing.
Swim serves up live, local entertainment nightly, including the soothing sounds of ukulele artist Taimane Gardner, who performs most Fridays at 6 p.m. Her lengthy run at the Hyatt has developed a loyal following.
Hyatt Regency showcases the efforts and products from local vendors at its weekly Farmers Market (Tuesday and Thursday, 4-8 p.m.). Situated in the hotel’s beautiful and inviting Great Hall atrium setting on the resort’s ground level, the weekly event features a host of food and beverage items as well as live, local music.
Guests of Swim are treated to complimentary validated parking for up to four hours, making the restaurant and resort an ideal pau hana destination.
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, Ewa Tower, third floor
2424 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki
Open daily, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Happy hour specials available Monday-Thursday, 4-6 p.m.