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January 25, 2021

PAI Honolulu Valentine's Day Culinary Kit & Chinese New Year-Inspired Prix Fixe

Maitake Confit (credit PAI Honolulu)

Chef Kevin Lee of PAI Honolulu has created a Valentine’s Weekend Couples’ Culinary Kit, available in limited quantities for at-home dining. The chilled kit includes a four-course meal requiring minimal preparation (home cooks will be guided by Chef Lee in an instructional video), including Citrus-Cured Salmon Mousse with Yuzu Ikura and Herbed Sourdough Focaccia; Farmer’s Salad with Ginger Wasabi Vinaigrette; Crab and Lobster Risotto with Whole Poached Lobster Tails, Preserved Lemon, Herbs and Crème Fraiche; and Dark Fudge Brownie with Salted Caramel and Dried Cherry Compote. Orders placed by January 31 will also receive complimentary Red Velvet Cookies. The kit is priced at $120 (serves two), with optional Champagne ($35, half-bottle; $65, bottle), wine pairing ($40, Chablis; $35, Rosé) or Ice Cubed Hawaii collaboration cocktail kit ($45). Cocktail kits include strawberry cocktail mixer, vodka and ice cubes with strawberry hearts. Pick up at PAI Honolulu on Friday, Saturday or Sunday (February 11 – 13) between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Orders must be placed online at paihonolulu.com/vday2021 by Tuesday, February 9, 5:00 p.m. Supplies are limited, early orders are advised.

Guests who prefer a dine-in experience can enjoy a Chinese New Year-inspired prix fixe Valentine’s Day dinner throughout the weekend. In a nod to his heritage, Chef Lee has crafted a four-course menu featuring an appetizer choice of Crab and Avocado Salad or Candy Cane Beet Salad; pasta course of Shiitake and Cremini Lasagna or Lobster “Congee” ($12 supplemental charge); entrée choice of Seared Scallops with Black Vinegar Reduction or Five-Spice Pork Belly or Maitake Confit (vegetarian option); and dessert choice of Molten Dark Chocolate Brownie with Peanut Bourbon Gelato or Mango Panna Cotta with Macadamia Nut Brittle and ‘Ulu and Rum Gelato. The special menu will be served Friday, February 12, through Sunday, February 14, priced at $85/person, with optional beverage pairing for an additional cost of $45/person. The regular a la carte menu will not be served during this period; however, the Chef’s Tasting ($165/person, beverage pairing $75 additional) will be available (reservations required in advance, see website for details).

PAI Honolulu is currently open Wednesday through Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., for dine-in, take-out, curbside pickup and island-wide delivery. In addition to the reconfigured, well-spaced indoor dining room, the restaurant offers covered-patio seating for a peaceful, downtown outdoor-dining experience. The Pau Hana at PAI menu featuring appetizers ranging from $5 to $7 and draft beer, well drinks and wine, all priced between $5 and $9, is available from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., for bar seating only.

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