Hawaii Mom Blog: Sensei By Nobu - Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner




September 2, 2022

Sensei By Nobu - Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Sensei by Nobu

During our two night stay on Sensei Lanai, we had all but one meal on property.  Sensei by Nobu is the resort's anchor restaurant offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Their food philosophy centers on how the person feels after the meal with emphasis on incorporating organic, local and seasonal foods.  The menus were designed by a collaboration between Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Sensei's nutritionist's science-driven approach to diet.  

The restaurant itself is breathtaking.  It's spacious and encased in glass paneling with a vaulted ceiling.  There's both indoor and outdoor seating that overlooks a reflecting pond. 

Our first meal was lunch.  We were all pleasantly surprised that the portions were generous and the dishes were all very tasty.  We had a great lunch experience.  

Ham Koele Sandwich ($24)

Green salad with shrimp

Roasted White Fish ($38)

Whole Wheat Vegetable Pasta with Seafood ($28) 

White wine and Soju Spritzers (Nobu Soju, Pineapple, Shiso, Lime, Prosecco Float)

Later that night, we returned for dinner after some pool time.  The restaurant offers a tasting menu as well as a la carte.  Since the temperature on the Koele side of the island is cooler, I was in the mood for something hot so I opted for the Tofu Hot Pot with salmon.  We appreciated that the menu offerings were very different from lunch.

Yellowtail Jalepeno ($26)

Tofu Hot Pot with Salmon ($46)

Prime Ribeye ($65)

Nobu Bento Box (Valrhona Guanaja Fondant Cake, Imperial Matcha Ice Cream) $16

The next morning after the Koloiki Ridge hike, we stopped in for breakfast.  The menu has a great selection of traditional American breakfast foods like your omelets and benedicts as well as lighter fare like acai and yogurt.  My friend ordered the Traditional Japanese Breakfast that comes with baked fish, onsen tamago, miso soup, pickeled vegetables, simmered vegetables, and your choice of white or brown rice. Note you can't order the Japanese breakfast for in-room dining.  I opted for the avocado toast and a green smoothie.  The sandwich was too big for me to finish in one sitting so I took it back to the room.  Another delicious meal!

Signature Dish - Traditional Japanese Breakfast ($32)

Sourdough Avocado Toast ($26)

On the morning of our departure we chose to sleep in and order breakfast in bed.  They were able to set it up outside so we could enjoy breakfast on the lanai.  This time I ordered the eggs benedict and the poi donut while my friend had the smoked salmon with eggs and a berry smoothie.  It was the perfect ending to a wonderful stay at Sensei Lanai!    

Eggs Benedict ($29), Smoked Salmon ($30), Poi Donut ($7)


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