Stunning Steaks Shine In WaikikiCover Story Features
May 5, 2019
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO
With bountiful steak selections showcased in a “sexy yet elegant” atmosphere, diners at STRIPSTEAK Waikiki are treated to a world-class experience at what is quickly becoming a must-dine destination.
STRIPSTEAK Waikiki offers a refined yet edgy approach to the steakhouse experience. The restaurant features a modern and welcoming vibe enhanced by a spacious full bar and in-house sushi kitchen that reflects the local island culture, and a fun and innovative menu highlighting USDA PRIME dry- and wet-aged steaks under the direction of James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Mina.
Appropriately, May is National Beef Month, and what better time than now to try one, or a few, of the superb steak selections available at STRIPSTEAK Waikiki? The 32-ounce Tomahawk Ribeye for Two ($195) is nearly as beautiful as it is tasty as the 35-day, dry-aged USDA Prime cut is broiled to perfection. For something truly special, an impressive 60-ounce Washugyu Tomahawk Ribeye, which is a cross-breed of genuine Japanese Wagyu and USDA Prime Angus, is being offered for a very limited time only. STRIPSTEAK Waikiki is one of just two restaurants in Hawaii to offer this exclusive prized cut.
STRIPSTEAK Waikiki utilizes Japanese A-5 Wagyu beef from the Miyazaki Prefecture, which has been awarded the Top Prize (Prime Minister’s Award) at the National Competitive Exhibition of Wagyu for three consecutive years — the first three-time winner in the award’s history.
“STRIPSTEAK Waikiki offers an evolved experience that is more cutting edge and lively than the traditional steakhouse,” says General Manager Justin Yu. “We blend the classic experience with a touch of Hawaii, from the hand-crafted cocktails to the outdoor lanai ambiance.
“We are the only restaurant in Hawaii recognized by Wine Enthusiast Magazine as one of America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants, and our award-winning bartenders and sushi program make the dining experience a lot of fun. It’s a great place for special occasions and visitors, and a comfortable home for kamaaina.”
Hand-cut Wagyu Filet Tartare ($22) is a new dish that will be available soon for diners to enjoy as the succulent Wagyu beef is accompanied by traditional garnishes and pita bread. Prime Beef Tataki ($18) is another exclusive new offering for Dining Out readers to look forward to soon as the pepper-crusted beef is accented with edamame, crunchy garlic and yuzu shoyu.
Keep an eye out for additional new items that will be available soon, including Spicy Beef Lettuce Cups ($10 for four pieces during Happy Hour, $18 during dinner service) composed with Thai chili, basil and pickled carrot. Guests can also enjoy the Prime Beef Burger ($21, available on the bar menu), a must-try Bar Menu mainstay that highlights a house-made ground patty blend of Prime Angus and Japanese A-5 Wagyu beef with great marbling and flavor coupled with bacon, onions, mushrooms, white cheddar, dijonaise and garlic fries.
Guests at STRIPSTEAK Waikiki are treated to affordable parking — a rarity in Waikiki — in the spacious International Market Place garage, as the first hour is complimentary followed by $2-per-hour rates for the next three hours ($6 for four hours). Valet parking is also available for an additional charge, and the parking garage is just steps away from STRIPSTEAK’s front door.
HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS SIZZLE
STRIPSTEAK Waikiki offers an alluring Happy Hour menu that has been revamped for spring and is widely known as one of the “best kept secrets in Waikiki” available daily from 4 to 6 p.m., exclusive to the comfortable indoor-outdoor bar. The STRIPSTEAK Sunset Supper ($40 per person) offers incredible value with a Tuna Hand Roll and 12-ounce Prime New York Strip steak cooked to perfection and accompanied by duck fat fries and garlic spinach. STRIPSTEAK’s sushi program, the most complex at a steakhouse in Honolulu, is run through the restaurant’s dedicated sushi kitchen. During Happy Hour, guests can choose from local favorites including Spicy Tuna Hand Roll ($4) with yamagobo and cucumber, and Maguro big eye tuna ($4 for one piece of nigiri sushi, and $6 for two pieces of sashimi). In addition to freshly made sushi selections, diners can also enjoy specialty cocktails ($7 each), select beer ($4), wine and sake ($7 apiece) specials as well as “Beer & A Shot” combinations — appropriately priced at $8.08 — such as the Pau Hana with Heineken, chilled Jim Beam and pineapple chaser.