Despite having opened in 1992 by Russell Siu and Gale Ogawa, I had never made it down to this award-winning restaurant in Kaimuki until this past weekend, where I had the privilege to meet Chef de cuisine Lydell Leong as part of a special tasting of some of 3660 on the Rise's classic dishes, as well as new and reinvented menu items.
We started off our intimate dinner with taro rolls and a tempura salmon chawanmushi amuse bouche.
Next we sampled a variety of appetizers, or Temptations, as they are called on the menu.
|Housemade Chicken Liver Mousse|
The Sampling of Rougie Foie Gras showcased foie gras in two ways:
|Pan Seared Foie Gras with Caramelized Vanilla Scented Pineapple|
|Foie Gras Torchon with Fresh Strawberry Gelee, Strawberry Balsamic Reduction|
Although I don't eat a lot of seafood, two of my favorite appetizers were the lobster won tons and the crispy prawns.
|Brown Butter Maine Lobster Won Tons|
|Crispy Fried Prawns|
Next we were able to sample a variety of main entrees, or Features.
|Certified Angus Beef New York Steak Alaea|
|Soy Marinated Butterfish|
The butterfish was once served in a miso ginger dashi nage; the duck, which is now served with a Burgundy honey reduction, was previously served with a Caramelized Orange Lilikoi Sauce.
|Whole Leg Confit|
|Fire Roasted Long Island Duck Breast|
|Roast Rack of Macadamia Nut Crusted Colorado Lamb|
The Masago Arare Crusted Fillet of Scottish Salmon is also another item that has been on the menu, but it is now served atop pickled Maui onions with a tomato and grape salad, and drizzled with a Burgundy pepper emulsion.
|Masago Arare Crusted Fillet of Scottish Salmon|
Last, but not least, were the Sweet Endings.
|Lemon Pudding Cake|
The Lilikoi Creamsicle Tart (you had me at "Creamsicle!") was a delightful combination of flavors. This new dessert consists of a macadamia nut brittle and graham cracker crust, and a vanilla bean semi fredo topped with a refreshing, yet tart, lilikoi sorbet, and macadamia nut meringue.
|Lilikoi Creamsicle Tart|
|Mile High Waialae Pie|
Speaking of family, 3660 on the Rise offers a kids menu featuring items such as pasta, steak, and chicken katsu, all of which are accompanied with rice and a house salad.
And if you want to enjoy 3660 on the Rise's cuisine with your extended family and friends, four banquet rooms are available, accommodating from 17-200 people. The venue is perfect for 1st birthday parties, graduations, and even wedding receptions!
3660 on the Rise was named after its location on Waialae Avenue and Wilhelmina Rise, but I believe the name is also reflective of how the restaurant continues to "rise" in terms of elevating its cuisine and service.
I can't wait to return!
I can't wait to return!
3660 on the Rise
3660 Waialae Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816