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December 21, 2017

Dinner at Orchids at Halekulani


I've been to Orchids at Halekulani numerous times for brunch, but for the first time a couple of weeks ago, I dined there for dinner with a friend who works in the PR department.

Complimentary Bread
Amuse bouche
Le Mint
Because I had a far drive, I decided to go for a non-alcoholic drink for the evening.  The Le Mint was perfect - a cool and refreshing slushy lemonade blended with fresh mint.  It had the right balance of tartness and sweetness!

We ordered a trio of appetizers to begin with:

Fresh Burrata Alla Panna - Burrata Cheese Cream, Arugula, Croutons, Ho Farms Tomatoes

Scallops - Fresh Scallop Gratin, Basil Paneur, Anise, Parmesan Cheese

Hudson Valley Foie Gras - Barbaresco Sauce, Red Hawaiian Sea Salt, Raspberry-Red Onion Chutney, Brioche, Pistachio
The Burrata Alla Panna was ultra creamy and paired well with the crispy croutons. The Scallops were tender and cheesy.  The Foie Gras was my favorite of the three appetizers - rich and indulgent!

Truffle Parmesan Fries

Australian Rack of Lamb - Walnut Crusted, Carrot Purée, Haricot Vert Sauté, Mint Lamb Jus

Risotto - Porcini Mushroom, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, White Truffle Oil

The Risotto was amazing, and the addition of the foie gras and truffle helped to highlight all of the flavors in this classic dish.  I loved the walnut crust on the Australian Rack of Lamb.  And although it may not sound like an appropriate accompaniment to Risotto or Lamb, we ordered the Truffle Parmesan Fries, which were completely addicting.  No matter what you order, get the fries!

Halekulani Signature Coconut Cake
Gelato
For dessert, we couldn't go without ordering the Signature Coconut Cake.  It is absolutely divine.  I am not a big coconut fan, but this dessert is dreamy!

And I love Halekulani's housemade gelato. It's one thing I would always look forward to at the Sunday brunch. I opted for scoops of Torrone, Chocolate, and Vanilla. Some of the best housemade gelato ever!
Petit Fours
The service, as expected, was stellar, the views stunning, and the food spectacular.


Halekulani never fails to deliver, and if you want to enjoy a fabulous dinner in Waikiki, look no further than Orchids at Halekulani.

Orchids
2199 Kalia Rd
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 923-2311

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