Dine under the dazzling lights

A La Carte

November 15, 2020

Story By: Ginger Keller | Photos by: L. TABUDLO

Gâteau “Banana Cream Pie” ($15)

The Veranda, dubbed “the living room of the stars,” is best known for its elegant atmosphere. Just steps from The Kahala Hotel & Resort’s famed lobby, the eatery offers a spacious seating arrangement, perfect for any mood. Guests can sit beneath a glistening chandelier or perhaps outside, where one can bask in views of the ocean, pool or dolphin lagoon.

The menu boasts an abundance of ambrosial hors d’ oeuvres, craft cocktails, and wide selections of wine, sake and more.

Noteworthy dishes include Oprah’s Farm Chilled Vegetable Crudité ($10) — yes, the one and only Oprah — which encompasses veggies from her Maui property and a white sesame ranch.

Buckwheat Waffle ($10)

Its caviar offerings, meanwhile, are unlike any other. Caviar Service for Two ($185), for example, features Regiis Ova caviar, warm blinis, chives and crème fraîche. For a different take on the delicacy, try the Caviar Fries ($50), which is comprised of Regiis Ova caviar, ikura, tobiko, crème fraîche and chives.

As for its larger plates, The Veranda offers Salmon Dill (slow-cooked New Zealand salmon, salted cabbage, roasted fingerling potatoes and dill sauce) for $32; Bucatini Aglio e Olio (Parmesan, chili flakes, broccolini, anchovies, crispy garlic and bottarga) for $28; and lastly, Grilled Snake River Farms Beef (bone marrow rice, Waimanalo mushrooms, garlic chip and yuzu ponzu) for $48.

To that end, a component that certainly contributes to The Veranda’s ambiance is the sound of live musicians.

Eric Lee is slated to perform this Friday (Nov. 20), while David Swanson, who has played at the hotel for the past 15 years, will take the stage Saturday (Nov. 21).

Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 739-8760.

Honolulu, HI 96816

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