Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Late Bite Affair

A great Valentine’s Day dinner? It’s just not in the cards.

Round one at a favorite romantic café: Your adorable pair was bumped out by a full house.
Round two at a four-star restaurant: A menu priced for royals trumped your budget and sent you straight out the door.
Round three at the newest hot spot: The town’s all in and the packed room is making you feel flushed.

The chips are down and you’re ready to fold, until we pull out a few aces. We turned to HONOLULU Magazine Food Editor Martha Cheng to come up with five places where you can still slide in for dessert for under fifteen dollars.

A few bites should restore your heart in spades, even if it doesn't come with a diamond.

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Where: Hoku’s at The Kahala Hotel, 5000 Kahala Ave.
The Dessert: Kokoleka Chocolate Cremeux with black sesame cream and a red berry consommé ($12).
Details: Hoku’s is completely booked. You can still try to walk in (after nine) for the final course or head straight to the newly renovated Veranda where you can order the cremeaux and cocktails overlooking the dolphin lagoon.
Hoku’s is open 5:30 – 10 p.m. The Veranda is open until midnight. 808.739.8760.

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Where: Amuse Wine Bar at the Honolulu Design Center, 1250 Kapiolani Blvd.
The Dessert: Vietnamese coffee flan, manjari chocolate crunch, coconut sorbet, chocolate sauce, and candied hazelnuts ($8).
Details: The popular Stage Restaurant has a waiting list. But Amuse is open seating and offers the same sweet finishes until closing at 9 p.m. Check out the current bottles available at the unique self-serve bar on Amuse’s website.

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Where: Bernini Honolulu, 1218 Waimanu St.
The Dessert:Panna cotta with a white wine gelee ($7) or white chocolate mousse with dried cherries, almond crisps and strawberry compote ($7).
Details: The white chocolate mousse is a Valentine's Day special so grab it today. Bernini is open until 11 p.m. with the last order allowed at 10:30 p.m.

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Where: Lobby Bar, The Modern Honolulu, 1775 Ala Moana Blvd.
The Dessert: Banana butterscotch cream pie with a shatteringly flaky crust ($9).
Details: Reservations are not taken at the Lobby Bar so you’ll have to take your chances.

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Where: Prima, 108 Hekili St., Kailua.
The Dessert: Caramel milk chocolate cake with sesame pineapple and yogurt sauce ($7).
Details: This luscious sounding cake is brand new to the menu so we don't yet have a picture. Prima is completely booked but late nighters may be able to get in for a few dishes or just dessert after 9 pm.

Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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