Various dim sum and Minute Chicken Fried Noodle ($11.95; part of Lunch Party Menu).
As you head down the stairs in Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa to Seafood Village Chinese Cuisine, you instantly are transported into a bright scene of color, healthy chatter and wafting smells of authentic Hong Kong-Style fare.
With space to accommodate small and large parties alike — through an expansive dining area, plus three private rooms — the Waikiki restaurant is perfect for tourists and, most especially, kamaaina.
As graduation season approaches, Seafood Village encourages locals to take advantage of its Lunch Party Menu, which only is available to kamaaina with a valid I.D. “There really is not a better deal anywhere else,” manager Yao Ming Guan says.
For $11.95, and with a party of at least 10 people, diners receive a seven-course meal, including dishes such as Salt and Pepper Calamari, Stir Fried String Beans and Sweet and Sour Pork.
One of the shining entrees is Minute Chicken Fried Noodle, with pan-fried chicken, onions, chili peppers and choy sum served over thin Hong Kong-style noodles. There also is a Kamaaina Dinner Party Menu ($29.95-$41.95) with more elaborate selections, including Live Dungeness Crab with Hawaiian Ginger and Scallion and Roasted Peking Duck with Steamed Bun.
Guan says more locals have been venturing to the eatery after realizing how easy and affordable the parking is. Validated valet parking only is $4, while validated self-parking is $3 at Hyatt’s structure across the street.
When you think about dim sum, images of racing carts steaming with mouthful-sized goodies come to mind, but Guan shares that you hardly will see carts in Chinese restaurants these days.
Looking to emphasize fresh, quality cuisine, many restaurants — including Seafood Village — make all dim sum to order. For its Lunch Party Menu, Seafood Village features four types of dim sum as one of the courses.
Each kamaaina guest receives a Barbecue Pork Bun, Chive Dumpling, Siu Mai (pork hash) and Seafood Dumpling. Customers can rest assured knowing that each delicious dumpling is as fresh as can be.
Regular dim sum is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the eatery.