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August 26, 2014

Chef Chai

On a recent date night my husband and I dined at Chef Chai.

Complimentary Pineapple Relish Chicken Sate with...

Thai Peanut Sauce, Flat Bread, and Cucumber Salad

Sauteed Escargot & Prawns with Hamakua Mushrooms, Roasted Garlic & Chili Sauce

Miso Chilean Sea Bass with Pickled Vegetables
Steamed Coconut Milk Ginger Brown Rice

Whole Fresh Fish with Chili Ginger Sauce, Scallion, & Jalapeno
White Rice

White Chocolate Amore Gelato Truffle

Shredded Coconut Cheese Cake and Tahitian Vanilla Creme Anglaise

Our dinner was fantastic from start to finish.

I was impressed that instead of complimentary bread, guests were given the Chicken Sate platter, which I thought was really good.

I normally eat chicken or vegetable dishes whenever I dine out, but on this night I was a bit adventurous, and I chose the escargot and prawns for our appetizer. I did try escargot and prawns before, but I decided I wanted to try them again, and this appetizer was very flavorful and spicy. I admit, however, that I ate most of the mushrooms while my husband ate most of the escargot and prawns.

There was only one chicken entree - a chicken roulade, but since I don't care for rolled/stuffed chicken, I asked our server which fish dish he would recommend, and he advised the Whole Fresh Fish is delicious (but you have to work to eat it since it is the whole fish, after all), and his favorite dish was the Miso Chilean Sea Bass.

So my husband ordered the sea bass and I ordered the Whole Fresh Fish, which was Thai Red Snapper.

For someone who doesn't eat a lot of seafood, it was a bit startling to see the fish - teeth and all, on a plate, but the fish was fantastic - the sauce really made the dish.

And the sea bass was "like butter" according to my husband. I had a taste and it was indeed amazing.

The desserts were almost too pretty to eat! The cheese cake was sweet and light, but the gelato truffle was my favorite of the two desserts. Inside a heart-shaped gelato was raspberry sorbetto. It was delicious and refreshing.

Service was excellent, and our dinner at Chef Chai was one of the best dinners we had all year!


Chef Chai
1009 Kapiolani Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 585-0011

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