Monday, May 5, 2008

Without Reservation

www.leichic.com T minus 10 days till V-Day, and you’ve just started thinking about it.

The swish places are already booked. Ala Wong’s, La Mer, Chef Mavro – all full. Even neighborhood-y 12th Avenue Grill has stopped taking reservations for February 14.

Unless you’re planning on a candlelit dinner for two chez vous, it’s time to start talking tables – with your man or with the maitre d’ at one of the restaurants that can still fit you in.

Du Vin
There are only a handful of tables left, but call soon and you can look forward to a special Valentine’s Day menu. The four-course spread includes New Zealand oysters on the half shell, singing scallops baked with mushrooms, either sautéed orange roughy with grilled broccollini or grilled flat iron steak with rosemary mashed potatoes, and for dessert a Grand Marnier chocolate soufflé. Wine pairings will be suggested for all courses. Or just order from the regular menu of small plates. Call 808.545.1115 for reservations.  

Cassis
Mavro’s is booked, but head to his less-formal Cassis for the same French-influenced cooking in a more relaxed atmosphere. The chef’s special on February 14 includes seared diver scallops with watercress salad and eggplant caviar, beef tenderloin and shrimp with sautéed baby spinach, and a fallen chocolate soufflé with anglaise sauce for dessert. Call 808.545.8100 for reservations or visit www.cassishonolulu.com

Taormina
The chef’s special for couples dining on February 14 is still under wraps, but this cozy, stylish Sicilian restaurant at Waikiki Beach Walk rarely disappoints – and they can still fit you in for Valentine’s dinner. Now that’s amore. Call 808.926.5050 for reservations or visit www.taorminarestaurant.com

Vino
Five delicious courses are on special for couples this Valentine’s, all featuring local ingredients. The meal begins with heirloom beet salad with Big Island hearts of palm and Nalo spicy greens, then butter-poached Kona Maine lobster with Kahuku sweet corn,  black truffle-crusted braised prime short rib with Maui onion demi-glace, and wraps up with Kula strawberry and chocolate tiramisu. Call 808.524.8466 for reservations. To view the complete menu, visit www.vinohawaii.com.

Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas
Just next door to Vino, Hiroshi has its own four-course menu heavy on local offerings, but with an emphasis on seafood. Crispy skin moi starts off the meal as an amuse-bouche, followed by a crispy shrimp “tomalley,” grilled stuffed calamari, then either soy-braised beef shortrib or steamed European Sea Bass Branzino. Dessert is a decadent trio of a red velvet cupcake, marshmallow, and white chocolate macadamia nut candy. Call 808.533.4476 for reservations. To see the complete menu, visit Hiroshi’s website.

Beachhouse
For a splash-out meal overlooking Waikiki ’s waves, Beachhouse at the Westin Moana Surfrider has a prix-fixe menu with tons of choices for every course. Surf and turf is the theme throughout, with filet and lobster, or crab and veal or several other ways to combine meat and seafood. For dessert, you don’t have to choose, thanks to the sampler platter of Kona coffee pot de crème and coconut lemon layer cake, among others. Call 808.923.2861 for reservations or visit www.beachhousewaikiki.com

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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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