Hawaii Mom Blog: Introducing the Cattleya Wine Bar at Orchids at the Halekulani




April 22, 2019

Introducing the Cattleya Wine Bar at Orchids at the Halekulani

Grab your girlfriends, your co-workers, or your significant other and bring them to the new Cattleya Wine Bar at Orchids in Waikiki's Halekulani hotel for the perfect girls' night out, pau hana, or date night.  With both communal and private tables, the Cattleya Wine Bar is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a global selection of wines by the bottle or glass.  The featured wines are complemented with a light tapas style menu that is influenced by Orchids' Mediterranean theme.  You can experience Waikiki's best kept secret Monday through Saturday from 11:30am to 9pm and on Sundays from 4:30pm to 9pm.  

Gem and I were invited to experience Cattleya and I have to admit I was looking forward to it ALL WEEK.  The Halekulani is one of my favorite hotels in Waikiki and I always enjoy the beautiful ocean views from Orchids.  We started with a sparkling rose from Franciacorta, Italy - an ideal selection as we toasted to the beginning of the weekend.  From the tapas menu we had the Hamachi Crudo, Charcuterie Plate, Bruschetta, Ahi Tostada, Kona Lobster and Kahuku Shrimp Gyoza, and the Truffle-Parmesan Fries.  We also enjoyed a couple of handmade pasta dishes off the Orchids' dinner menu.  The dishes were flavorful and top notch.  We loved the gyoza so much we got a second order.  

The highlight of the evening was trying a unique red - the Jeaune by Chateau Musar; an unoaked blend of Cinsault, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon from the vineyards of Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.  Cattleya's extensive selection of wines by the glass allows a novice like me to expand my palate as I had never had the opportunity to taste of wine from Lebanon before.  The Cattleya Wine Bar also offers the Coravin system which gives guests the ease of tasting world class wines without committing to entire bottle.  Featured selections were from Kenzo Estate, one of my favorite wineries in Napa Valley.

A huge thank you to Bonnie at Halekulani for the delicious dinner and wines at the Cattleya wine bar.  We had an amazing time with real laughs and talk - the best way to enjoy an evening. 

Gorgeous setting for light tapas and wine.

Charcuterie Plate - cacciatorini salami, mortadella, speck parmesan and fontina, smoked gouda dip, olives, baby carrots

Bruschetta - roasted Tuscan bread, kamuela tomato basil, garlic, fresh oregano, extra virgin olive oil 

Ahi Tostada - sushi grade ahi, tabasco-lemon dressing avocado puree, wonton tostada

Kona Lobster and Kahuku Shrimp Gyoza - spicy ponzu sauce

Risotto ai Funghi Porcini - Porcini Mushroom, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Basil,
Mozzarella, Parmesan Cheese, White Truffle Oil

Lasagnette - Fresh Chef Pasta, Kahuku Prawns, Scallops, Avocado, Lightly Spiced

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