Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Fashionably Late

You went to see the late movie, or your pau hana drinks went way long, or you stayed late at the office to finish that project. But it’s 11 p.m. and you want to eat – and not at Zippy’s. You’re Shokudo-ed out. And one more plate of Sorabol kal bi is one too many.

It’s time to try the late night menu at Aria Restaurant and Lounge, newly opened in the former home of The Bistro at Century Center.

Sink into one of the lounge’s reproduction Le Corbusier chairs as the player piano autotinkles and the faux fireplace lends an www.leichic.comaprès-ski feel to the dark, woody room. Yes, this is a hangout for grownups.

Snack on salmon tartare, a refreshing hockey puck frosted with a layer of crème fraiche and a dollop of American caviar, or an individual meatloaf swaddled in bacon with mashed potatoes and French green beans. Or, there’s the portobello mushroom Wellington, and a burger served on a baguette. It’s haute comfort food for sure – but with comfort prices ($10.50 and $13.95 respectively).

Until the word gets out, the lounge can be your own private karaoke room. The songbook has great ‘80s chestnuts – from the P Furs’ “Love My Way” to “London Calling” by the Clash. Order a drink from the lovely Sophia, put another dollar bill in the machine, and sing with your supper.

The kitchen’s open ‘til 12:30 – and might have you pushing back your dinner hour on purpose.

Aria Restaurant and Lounge, Century Center, 1750 Kalakaua Ave., third floor, 808.955.9300

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 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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