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Brunch so hard

Cover Story

February 21, 2021

Story By: Nicole Monton | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO

Hula Grill Waikiki general manager Drew Crocker and executive chef Paul Rivera showcase some of the restaurant’s brunch eats.

Weekend brunch is back from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hula Grill Waikiki, and fans can look forward to a new and improved menu that features some of the same local favorites alongside contemporary plates for all palates.

Notable on the brunch menu for fans of hearty proteins is the sliced-to-order Double R Ranch signature Prime Rib ($26). It’s covered in Hula’s special herb and spice rub, flash oven-seared. Finishing off the dish are sautéed fingerling potatoes, peppers, onions and herbs, as well as au jus, wasabi horseradish and a caramelized garlic spread.

Portuguese Sausage Bao Benedict ($16)

“Chef Paul Rivera does an amazing job,” says general manager Drew Crocker. “This is the best prime rib I’ve ever had.”

Hula Grill puts a local twist on a classic in its Portuguese Sausage Bao Benedict ($16), featuring meat from Kukui Sausage Co. and bao buns from Crown Noodle — all topped with hollandaise sauce, breakfast potatoes, peppers and onions.

Prime Rib ($26)

For sweeter fare, indulge in the eatery’s signature Strawberry Mochi Waffles ($15.50). Crisp on the outside and moist inside, this delectable brunch item is served with fresh Maui strawberries, whipped mascarpone cheese and a drizzle of Manoa Valley honey.

Also of note are the Seafood Omelet ($19) that comes with lobster, shrimp and crab, as well as the Loco Moco ($20) comprising two eggs, pork fried rice, braised short ribs, kalua pork, Portuguese sausage and more.

And, lighter plates are also up for grabs, and Crocker recommends the Avocado Toast that features La Tour Café’s multigrain bread.

Strawberry Mochi Waffles ($15.50)

Get it with Meyer lemon vinaigrette ($12) or apple- wood bacon ($15).

Hula Grill, though located in the heart of Waikiki, is also a favorite among local clientele, who can enjoy open-air dining overlooking the beach — and at 10 percent off!

“The discount is available all hours we’re open off the full check, food and liquor,” says Crocker.

And, he adds that customers can also look forward to a new Early Eats (happy hour) menu starting March 1. Crocker teases braised beef sliders and Hula pork sliders as potential newcomers. Check out Early Eats from 2 to 6 p.m. and enjoy live music, courtesy of Duke’s Waikiki downstairs.

A Mimosa Medley

No brunch would be complete without mimosas to accompany the meal, and Hula Grill Waikiki has its guests covered with a mimosa flight that features the best of the best in local juices.

When you buy a bottle of prosecco or champagne, you’ll get a set of fresh-squeezed juices — orange, guava, PPOG (pineapple, passion fruit, orange, guava), and pineapple.

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