Hawaii Mom Blog: New to Honolulu: Senia




February 1, 2017

New to Honolulu: Senia

Senia is Honolulu's hottest new restaurant run by Executive Chefs Chris Kajioka and Anthony Rush who met while they worked at New York's Per Se, a three Michelin star restaurant.  Senia is located on 75 N. King Street, next door to the Pig and the Lady, and offers three kinds of dining:  main dining rooms guests can order of an ala carte menu while guests at the Chef's Counter will enjoy a multi-course tasting menu; and parties of eight or more can opt for private dining in the upstairs dining room. 

We originally wanted to sit at the Chef's Counter for Senia's tasting menu, but having to pre-pay with a no cancellation/changes policy for my group of four didn't seem like a good bet to me so we opted for their dining room.

I love the restaurant's space with built in booths along the mixed decor walls (the lattice wall is just gorgeous!) and the simple neutral color palette.  It's pretty, modern, and sophisticated.  I like that it's not stuffy so while it's an ideal venue for a date night, it's equally a great choice for an any-night dinner out.  That is, except on Sunday nights when they are closed.    

We were eager to order a bottle of wine, but the wine director suggested we look over the menu and decide what we would be ordering first.  After we decided on the oysters, poke crackers, salmon, kampachi, pork belly, foie gras, and bone marrow custard we asked for his recommendation on a nice pinot noir.  Both the wine and the food were excellent.  My favorites were the poke crackers, bone marrow custard, and kampachi.  We ended our meal with the sticky toffee cake and some Kona coffee from Kona Coffee Purveyors.

I admit if you give me good wine and company I'll have a good time, but I sincerely enjoyed my experience at Senia.  The food is original and the service was warm.  I can't wait to return!

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