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A melodious meal

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December 4, 2022

Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO

Appetizer sampler (part of the Pre-Theater Dinner Special, $55 per person)

As throngs of theater fans look forward to the highly anticipated run of “Hamilton” at the Blaisdell Concert Hall, Chef Chai is offering a show-stopping Pre-Theater Dinner Special Dec. 7-Jan. 29.

From 4 to 5 p.m., guests can enjoy a hearty four-course tasting menu for just $55 per person before heading across the street to take in the performance. The flavorful dinner begins with Chicken Sate accompanied with Thai peanut sauce, cucumber salad and Asian flat bread.

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A family-style appetizer sampler is served next with a delicious medley of Smoked Duck Taco with fresh mango salsa; Salmon Gravlax Roulade with cream cheese and crab meat on cucumber chips; Kataifi and Macadamia Nut-Crusted Jumbo Black Tiger Prawns with pineapple vinaigrette; Roasted Butternut Squash and Lobster Bisque Shooters; and Japanese Eggplant and Zucchini Soufflé with fresh tomato basil sauce (vegetarian/ gluten-free option).

Grilled Thick Cut Boneless Pork Chop (part of the Pre-Theater Dinner Special, $55; $5 additional)

Diners then select an entrée choice of Grilled Kabayaki Salmon with sautéed vegetables and pineapple relish; Pan-Roasted Chicken with Hennessy cognac peppercorn sauce, mashed potatoes and vegetables; Vegetable Terrine with green curry sauce and naan bread; Grilled Thick Cut Boneless Pork Chop with crispy rice ($5 more for this option), a new menu addition that features the succulent pork that is marinated with garlic and rosemary; or Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom Foie Gras Puff with mashed potatoes, haricot vert and merlot demi ($10 more for this selection).

Chef Chai has beautiful dining spaces for larger parties.

Chef Chai’s signature Heart-Shaped White Chocolate Gelato with fresh raspberry guava purée concludes the meal on a sweet note.

After three-plus decades of adapting and updating previous restaurant ventures in Waikiki and Aloha Tower Marketplace, owner/chef Chai Chaowasaree continues to perfect his iconic award-winning island fusion cuisine at Chef Chai on the ground level of Pacifica on Kapiolani Boulevard across from the Neal Blaisdell Center. Chef Chai, which also impresses with award-winning interior design elements, serves up a contemporary look and feel, features a private dining room and offers seating at the spacious full bar, as well as on the outside patio.

Pre-Theater Dinner Special ($55/ person)

“Our location is perfect for dinner before the show, and you can park at the Blaisdell and walk across the street to enjoy your dinner before enjoying the show,” Chaowasaree says. “This menu is ideal for company parties, and get-togethers with family and friends during the holidays. Early reservations are recommended, especially during this busy time, because these special menu offerings sell out reg ularly. There are gluten-free and vegetarian options for our guests as well.”

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