Dive Into A New LineupInside Feature
October 21, 2018
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo
With a new menu launching in the coming weeks, Kani Ka Pila Grille continues to make a splash, serving up high-quality, delicious cuisine as part of a relaxed poolside dining experience.
Situated next to Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort’s expansive pool, Kani Ka Pila Grille offers ample seating with both indoor and outdoor tables flanked by a tranquil waterfall. The eatery serves as a perfect destination for lunch, dinner and pau hana every day of the week.
Kani Ka Pila Grille’s revamped menu is expected to roll out in November, and as sous chef Nicholas Andres explains, diners can look forward to local-style comfort food with Pacific Rim influences.
“We wanted to offer menu items that are perfect to enjoy by the pool, and that go great with your favorite beverage,” says Andres.
Speaking of beverages, diners can ask for a new Honolulu Beerworks brew crafted exclusively for Outrigger Hawaii. Kai Nui Ale ($7 on draft) is a cream ale that was brewed after employees at the resort shared their suggestions for possible flavor combinations with the brewmasters — teamwork never tasted so good.
Kani Ka Pila Grille offers an array of tasty pupus to start one’s meal on a high note, including Pineapple Chicken Flatbread ($20), which is built with roasted chicken adobo, mango sauce, fresh veggies and Chihuahua cheese. Thai Crunch ($22) salad also is packed with flavor and includes cabbage slaw, edamame, sprouts, crunchy ramen and a peanut dressing along with one’s choice of tempura calamari, grilled shrimp, chicken or steak.
Vegan Banh Mi ($20) sandwich offers a fresh take on the Vietnamese classic, as a ginger lemon-grass-marinated tofu patty is accompanied by pickled vegetables, jalapenos, cucumbers, cilantro and vegan spicy aioli. Sticky Ribs ($24) features a half-rack of ribs tossed in Thai chili glaze and served with a house-made blend of pickled vegetables.
The aforementioned entrees from the “Killer Kaukau” menu are served with a choice of fries or purple Okinawan sweet potato steak fries.
Pastry chef Jacqueline Trujillo encourages diners to try the new line of desserts available at Kani Ka Pila Grille, including Ulu Malasadas ($14), which are smaller versions of the popular Portuguese donut accompanied by mango gelee, banana curd and haupia dipping sauces. Guri-Guri Float ($17) is another new treat featuring house-made Guri-Guri ice cream (the featured flavor is Li Hing Pineapple), a shot of house rum or tequila (also available without alcohol), and Sprite.
Kani Ka Pila Grille guests are treated to live music nightly from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring popular local artists like Weldon Kekauoha and up-and-coming talent, which adds to the relaxed, inviting ambience. Diners also may enjoy validated valet parking at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort just steps away from the restaurant’s entrance.