Kicked-up casual dining shines in West OahuA La Carte
July 28, 2019
Story By: Don Robbins | Photos by: REID SHIMABUKURO
A vintage Hawaiian style, surf-themed restaurant, the aptly named Waterman Bar & Grill pays homage to Hawaii’s legendary watermen and their exceptional connection with the sea.
Under the able helm of executive chef Richard Polhemus, light lunches, sunset cocktails and early dinners are a highlight of Waterman Bar & Grill.
It offers shrimp-shack specials, umbrella cocktails, microbrews and even alcohol-soaked popsicles for a fun and refreshing change of pace. Cuisines provide a pleasing variety of California, Hawaiian and comfort food elements.
Food here in this casual-dining oasis at Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina features a wide array of intriguing flavors. One enticing dish is the The Buddah Bowl ($27) featuring avocado, tomato, edamame, sweet potato beets, crispy chana, sunflower seeds, sesame dressing and choice of taro or brown rice, quinoa, or mixed.
Wildly popular among visitors and locals, this bowl is very filling and most of the ingredients are sourced locally.
Riding a wave of seafood selections, the restaurant also offers its Ahi Tuna Sandwich ($27). It’s an open-faced meal on Hawaiian sweet brioche baked by La Tour Bakery, with marinated cucumber, togarashi aioli and crispy shallot.
All of this sumptuous food feasting takes place in an environment with a breathtaking view — featuring outdoor dining options, comfy counter seating and much more. In addition, complimentary valet parking with restaurant validation is provided for up to two hours.
ON A ROLL
A star of the Lobster Roll ($31) at Waterman Bar & Grill is the luscious, fresh Kona farm-raised Maine lobster. This lobster has a delicious taste from being grown in a carefully controlled cold environment.
It is combined with silky butter lettuce, preserved Meyer lemon relish, celery and scallions. The roll is a brioche hoagie from La Tour Bakery. All the melding of different flavors really brings the dish together, which is why it’s one of Waterman’s best sellers.