Pagoda Floating Restaurant has been a staple in Island dining for almost 50 years, known more for its striking namesake pagodas, koi pond complete with monster ulua and family-friendly buffet than for breaking new culinary ground.
But when the management decided it was time to makeover the original 1964 main dining room--from root-plagued roof to carpeted floors--they decided it was time to move the menu into a new, locally-sourced direction.
The result is a brand new ala carte dinner menu. Sake steamed clams served with roasted Hamakua mushroom and truffle black bean butter. Asian braised pork belly served in a bao bun with kim chee slaw. Spicy kiawe-smoked tako with Maui onions, tobiko, spicy chili aioli and house made taro chips. And those are taro chunks, not potato, swimming in the house clam chowder. Executive chef and general manager Jason Takemura says that the new flavors are a result of shifting the focus to local produce, meat and fish from local vendors. Even the drink menu features Hawaii creations--Pagoda is the only Oahu restaurant pouring Big Island supermarket KTA's own papaya guava juice.
One more big change to note for your pau hana is Pagoda's new bar. Now, you can sit in for specialty cocktails, $4 drafts and $3 domestic beers and the new pupu menu for up to 25 percent off daily, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Buffet lovers can still get their fill of prime rib and crab legs for dinner Friday through Sunday and Sunday brunch. Ala carte is available seven days a week. But now, there's another reason to stop in.
Pagoda Floating Restaurant, 1525 Rycroft St., 948-8356
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