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Bali Steak & Seafood: My seafood medley was amazing!
Ferni and I usually plan at least one really nice meal during our trips and since we were staying at the Hilton Hawaiian Village we decided to enjoy a meal here.
We didn't have reservations but the hostess graciously took our name down and told us that she would have a table ready for us in about 20 minutes. We decided to sit at the bar and enjoy a drink before dinner, but we barely waited more than 10 minutes when the hostess came over to the bar to get us.
The restaurant is quite nice with French doors that open up to oceanfront dining. We were happy when the hostess sat us at a nice table close to the open veranda where we could hear the soothing sounds of the ocean. The atmosphere is more of a “Caribbean upscale vibe” without being pretentious.
As we were seated by the hostess as the waiter walked over to us to tell us he would be serving us tonight and would bring us the menus. He promptly brought the menus over along with a basket of bread. I quickly spotted a few choices and so did Ferni and about 5 minutes later he walked over to our table and asked if we had any questions about the menu. We asked about a few items before making our decision.
The menu is full of your typical meat and seafood options as well as some really nice appetizers both bold and hot. The cold appetizers had a selection of shrimp cocktail, oysters, sashimi and a seafood platter. For the hot appetizers you could have your choice of escargot, lump crab-cake, Yukon potato soup or lobster bisque. There was a few selections for salad, either iceberg wedge, island greens or tomato and mozzarella. For your entrée you had your pick of porter house steak, a 6 and 8 onz. fillet mignon, prime bone-in rib-eye, braised beef short ribs, grilled half chicken, prime rib 12 onz. and 16 onz. As for seafood, they had a pan roasted island fish, pan roasted mahi mahi, and a seared sashimi as well as my pick, the Bali seafood medley. There is also a nice selection of sides like creamed spinach, grilled asparagus, roasted mushrooms, sautéed green beans with Portuguese sausage, fingerling potatoes, jasmine rice, Yukon potato puree and the truffled parmesan French fries. There were also a few vegetarian selections. Along with the above items there is a Four-course Tasting menu.
Service was impeccable and the food arrived about 13 minutes after placing our order. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and didn’t even have room for dessert.
I decided to order the Bali seafood medley which consisted of butter & Thai basil seared Island Fish, scallops, shrimp & lobster with a Yukon potato puree, Maui onions drizzled with a tarragon sauce. I decided to order a side of jasmine rice. Ferni ordered the 8 onz. Fillet mignon with a side of Truffled parmesan fries. My dish was amazing fresh and very tasty. Loved especially the scallops!! Ferni enjoyed his steak as usual.
Prices are about right for this type of dining. Ferni’s steak was $44, my seafood medley was $46, the truffled fries and jasmine rice were $8 each. The prices for the wine was about $14 a glass and Ferni had one glass of Heineken which was about $12. Overall a really good eating experience.
Favorite Dish: As soon as I spotted the Bali Seafood Medley I knew this is what I wanted to order. It consisted of butter & Thai basil seared Island Fish, scallops, shrimp & lobster with a Yukon potato puree, Maui onions drizzled with a tarragon sauce. I decided to order a side of jasmine rice. Ferni ordered the 8 onz. Fillet mignon with a side of Truffled parmesan fries. My dish was amazing fresh and very tasty. Loved especially the scallops!! Ferni enjoyed his steak as usual.
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Tanaka of Tokyo East: The best Japanese Steakhouse Ever
From entering the door, you felt the Japanese ambience. We didn't have reservations (which are HIGHLY recommended) so we waited for a table with openings. The restaurant is hibachi style but also have sushi. We were seated with a Japanese family of four and another Japanese couple that didn't speak English. Our chef first offered us forks for dinner, which we declined.
We watched as the chef prepared the food with flair and a juggle of bowls. It was a fun experience, but the food was the greatest we've had, and this reigns as one of the best dinners we have ever had out.
Favorite Dish: A suggestion? Order the Diamyo combination. Steak, lobster and scallops, each will just melt in your mouth.
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Benihana Steak House: Japanese at the Hawiian Village
Benihana Steak House is located at Hilton Hawaiian Village, so we noticed it while we were browsing through the shops.
A very attractive Japanese style building houses the restaurant, which has a small outdoor seating area at the entrance--a good place to wait for your name to be called. Inside, a dimly lit interior is filled with chairs arranged around large grills, upon which your meal will be prepared.
We shared our table with four additional people, all Japanese. A delicious onion soup was delivered to us and the orders taken: I chose the Chicken Habachi ($16.95) with Steamed Rice. Ummm, so tasty!
The chef was introduced and his swift preparations began on the second course. One-two-three, he whacked the tails off the shrimp, grilled them and placed them before us.
Next came the flaming tower of onions---I think most do this (pic #2). Then after grilling the various meat entrees, he turned his attention to cooking bean sprouts, diviing them up to those seated at the table.
Every part of the meal was perfectly done and delicious! The chef's theatrics really seemed to add to the dinner--it was good 'taste' served with a side of 'drama'.
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Chart House: Dine with a View of the Pacific
The concierge at our hotel first mentioned The Chart House as a dining possibility early in our stay. A day later someone else also recommended it as a good place to eat. Keeping this in mind, we made reservations for a Sunday evening.
After having the hotel call a taxi for us, we were puzzled to see a stretch limo pull up for us. The driver assured us that his rates were comparable to a taxi (not true!), so we piled inside.
Our grandson was mesmerized by the multi-colored liquors lined up along the padded velvet interior and the plush seats. When we arrived at the restaurant, the driver quoted a price that exceeded the cost of a standard taxi ride by several dollars!! Errrgh!
Once inside, we gave our names to the hostess who led us to a terrific table with a stunning view of the marina. After jockeying so that all three of us could gaze at the Pacific, we settled down to peruse the menu.
I selected Shrimp Scampi ($31.50) with creamy garlic sauce which was oozing with flavor, while Jim and Justin ordered a lemony Chicken Piccata with Baked Potato. Not only was our meal wonderful, it came with a spectacular view. I know you'd love it, too!
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Tanaka of Tokyo: Entertainment Book Bargain
Buy an Entertainment coupon book (www.entertainment.com) ahead of time online. Tanaka of Tokyo has a two-foor-one dinner entree. This restaurant is full of Japanese tourists which to me is a good sign. It is fairly typical Teppan fare with a witty chef cooking at the table doing knife tricks, but it was corny and fun. We liked watching the kids' faces when the chef would do his thing.
Favorite Dish: I had the seafood combination and Tom had the sirloin, and both were just fine. The price per person below is with the coupon.
Chuck's Steak House: Bad service. Mediocre food
1. Salad bar was half empty.
2. ants crawling along the back corner of the salad bar.
3. The server only stopped by 3 times - to take the order - to ask us how the food was 20 minutes after we got our main course - to drop the check.
Different staff delivers our order - everytime. A couple next to us complaint about the same thing to the manager.
Favorite Dish: beer on tap :-)
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