Elegant Asian-Fusion Fare

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September 4, 2016

Story By: Caitlin Basilio | Photos by: L. Tabudlo

Foie Gras Chawanmushi ($18)

Foie Gras Chawanmushi ($18)

If you’re looking for a night out on the town, Chef Chai is the perfect place to be. Located on Kapiolani Boulevard across the street from Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Chef Chai boasts elegance, serenity and an abundance of mouth-watering meals.

Not only does chef and owner Chai Chaowasaree create delicious dishes, but he works to include as many fresh ingredients as possible on the menu as well. His recipes include venison from Molokai, beef from Parker Ranch on the Big Island, and herbs and spices from ‘Nalo Farms.

According to Chaowasaree, the restaurant’s happy hour is very popular. From 4 to 6 p.m. and again from 9 to 11 p.m. every day, half-priced pupus and drink specials are highlighted. Chef Chai also has an Early Bird Special Four-Course Dinner for $40 per person, offered daily, from 4 to 5.


Try something new — and surely unique — like Foie Gras Chawanmushi ($18) during your next visit to Chef Chai. Chaowasaree describes chawanmushi as a traditional Japanese custard. “We take cream and egg, and we steam it,” he says. The meal is served with a toasted brioche that you won’t be able to resist. “Because the foie gras is a little rich, we use some blackberry Manoa honey compote so you have a little bit of sweet and a little acidity, which is a perfect balance with the fat on the foie gras,” adds the chef.

Chef Chai

1009 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu
Nightly, 4-11 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96814

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