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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, March 26, 2010

Hawaii eats section

 •  10 to taste

Advertiser Staff

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Acclaimed chef Chai Chaowasaree will offer diners his take on the traditional Easter brunch at Chai's Island Bistro.

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At the Sheraton Waikiki's Kai Market, the brunch featuring fresh, local ingredients is trumped only by the incredible ocean view.

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Anytime Café.

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Crack Seed Center.

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3660 on the Rise

3660's Easter brunch will include an omelet station, salad bar, eggs Benedict, assorted breakfast meats, shichimi-seared chicken, furikake-crusted salmon with dashi butter sauce, roast pork and a carving station offering slices of roast prime rib and leg of lamb.

3660 on the Rise, 3660 Wai'alae Ave., 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., $37 for adults; $16 for kids ages 3-10, 737-1177

The Beachhouse

The Beachhouse buffet will include a selection of cold entrees and salads; a variety of hot entrees and breakfast items; and a carving station featuring slow-roasted, Hawaiian-salt-crusted prime rib, roast loin of pork and rack of lamb Provencale.

Beachhouse, Moana Surfrider, 2365 Kaläkaua Ave., 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., $80 for adults; $34 for kids ages 5-12, 921-4600

Chai's Island Bistro

Melveen Leed will entertain guests at Chai's Island Bistro's Easter Sunday brunch, which will include kataifi-and-macadamia-nut-encrusted jumbo black tiger prawns, fresh 'ahi katsu, Alaskan king crab cakes, Thai curry puffs, grilled fresh Atlantic king salmon, Thai chicken curry, jumbo black tiger prawns in chili-and-ginger cream sauce, beef tenderloin, vegetarian stir fry, pasta primavera and juicy Kurobuta pork loin.

Chai's Island Bistro, Aloha Tower Marketplace, 10 a.m., $45 for adults; $25 for kids under 12, 585-0011

Kai Market

Kai Market is offering an Easter Day brunch that will include a carving station with 'alaea salt-crusted prime rib, honey-rubbed Farmer John bone-in ham, Kahuku shrimp scampi and Hawaiian sea bass.

Kai Market, Sheraton Waikiki, 2255 Kaläkaua Ave., 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., $55 for adults; $15 for kids ages 6-12, 921-4600

Other special easter meals

The Mandalay (1055 Alakea St., 525-8585), The Prince Court (Hawaii Prince Hotel, 100 Holomoana St., 944-4494), Twist at Hanohano (Sheraton Waikiki, 2255 Kaläkaua Ave., 921-4600), Wailana Coffee House (1860 Ala Moana, 955-1764), The Willows (901 Hausten St., 952-9200).


Local restaurateurs Ken and Cindy Wong closed their Banana Leaf Bistro in Market City (their Banana Leaf Pasta Café is still open in McCully Shopping Center) to make room for their latest culinary venture, the Anytime Café. The place looks the same on the inside — a chic cafeteria-style layout in warm tones — but the menu has undergone a makeover to include just about everything from pizza and burgers to baked spaghetti and pork chop sandwiches to seafood dumpling noodles in broth. The idea behind the lengthy, divergent menu is to offer diners whatever dishes they might be craving at anytime of the day — at reasonable prices (from $3.50 per dish) Makes sense to us.

Anytime Café
Market City Shopping Center
2919 Kapi'olani Blvd.
Hours: 10 a.m.-midnight Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays


Shop (and eat) Till you drop

This weekend is the last chance to take advantage of Ala Moana Center's annual Shop a Le'a sales event. The whole mall chips in to give shoppers and diners good deals at various venues all at the same time. The big deal we don't want to miss out on? The Crack Seed Center's (949-7200) offer to give away a quarter of a pound of free crack seed for every pound purchased.


The Kahala Hotel & Resort will celebrate the coming of spring with its Spring Blast Culinary Showcase from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Wai'alae Ballroom. Executive chef Wayne Hirabayashi will demonstrate how to prepare a variety of simple dishes using fresh seasonal ingredients. The showcase also includes a three-course lunch consisting of tandoori chicken, spring chopped salad, pan roasted island catch and a pineapple tarte tatin. Guests can take printed recipes for home use. The showcase is $50 per person. For reservations, call 739-8760 or e-mail restaurants@kahalaresort.com.

Unicef, in cooperation with 10 island restaurants, is holding its annual Unicef Tap Project fundraiser this week. Through tomorrow, participating restaurants will give patrons the opportunity to donate $1 or more for the tap water they usually enjoy for free. With $1, UNICEF can provide one child access to safe, clean water for 40 days. The nationwide fundraiser coincides with World Water Week (March 21-27). This is the last weekend to take part in the fundraiser. The following O'ahu restaurants are participating in this year's event: Big City Diner, Duke's Waikiki, Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas, J.J. Dolan's, Los Chaparros Mexican Restaurant, Subway Waipi'o, The Contemporary Museum Café, The Wedding Café, Tiki's Grill and Bar, and thirtyninehotel. For more information on the Tap Project, visit www.tapproject.org.