Where to Take Mom for Mother's Day



Plumeria Beach House

Courtesy of Kahala Hotel and Resort

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 12! Here are some places where you can treat Mom:

[5/1/13: Added: Mother's Day at Taste. Also note that the Inspired Food event has already passed.]

Join chef Lee Anne Wong and her mom for brunch at Taste. The apps include smoked local fish, black pepper cream cheese and mini-bagel; and crispy pa‘i‘ai, goat cheese and honey. The main course is a slow-cooked egg with polenta and sweet corn hollandaise, topped with your choice of crispy pork belly or roasted fish. For dessert, a crispy coconut French toast with Koloa rum sauce. The keiki menu offers more kid-friendly fare, with Lil' Smokies instead of smoke fish, a cheddar cheese and egg scramble, and dessert without the rum.

$62/$35 keiki (inclusive of tax and gratuity). For the full menu and to reserve your spot: mamawongbrunch.eventbrite.com

If you want to celebrate Mother’s Day early, Alan Wong and Watermark Publishing are collaborating with the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii to present an event honoring mothers (and all those other women who raised us). Inspired Food: The Roots of Hawaii Cuisine, is a brunch event and talk-story session with chef Wong and culinary historian Arnold Hiura. Expect food stations by Alan Wong’s, as well as entrees from Pagoda Floating Restaurant. Plus, take home either cookbook The Blue Tomato: The Inspirations Behind the Cuisine of Alan Wong or Hiura’s Kau Kau: Cuisine and Culture in the Hawaiian Islands.
$125, 10 a.m., Saturday, April 27, JCCH. To buy tickets: 945-7633, info@jcch.com

For actual Mother's Day at Alan Wong's, the daughters in the kitchen are driving the menu. Chefs Michelle Karr-Ueoka, Samantha Cervonayco, Miya Nishimura and Kelly Kawachi reinterpret Mom’s dishes: banana custard tart, “Seafood Sara Udon,” “Tuna Casserole” with Hamakua mushroom truffle risotto, and “Surf and Turf” with Maui Cattle Co. tenderloin and lobster salad, respectively.
Four-course dinner $95/$135 with wine pairings, 949-2526

Over at Alan Wong’s Pineapple Room, the always-packed Mother’s Day brunch features carved ribeye and Chinese roast pork action stations as well as soy-braised shortrib hash Benedict, “Bacon and Eggs” with pohole salad, salmon ochazuke and assortment of pastries and desserts. $47.50, 945-6573

Brunch at the Beachhouse at the Moana features a dim-sum station, a sushi station and lamb shoulder and roasted prime rib carved to order, with cheddar biscuits on the side. Lots of desserts, too—cupcakes, lilikoi panna cotta, malassadas with lemon curd, apple-banana bread pudding and six chocolate desserts. $80, 922-3111

BLT Steak Waikiki offers Mother’s Day’s specials such as a squid-ink tagliatelle with bay scallops, langostino and wasabi creme fraiche and white seaweed, and a Kulana Ranch rib eye topped with seared Hudson Valley foie gras. For dessert: profiteroles with lavender honey ice cream. 683-7440

For Mother's Day weekend, Chef Mavro offers a special dessert combining a lemongrass Valrhona white chocolate bavaroise, almonda cardamom crumble, red wine blackberry gelee and rose water meringues. Mavro's current spring menu includes steamed day boat catch with ratatouille; a pork duo of loin spiced with espelette and braised and roasted shank with a pineapple glaze; Wagyu beef and braised short rib with chimichurri. 944-4714

At HASR Bistro, order off the special brunch menu that includes “Oyster Rockafeller,” seasoned with yuzu kosho; bananas Foster pancakes; corned beef and hash; seafood crepes and cioppino. 533-4277

At the Kahala, choose from Hoku's brunch buffet ($85), with a seafood and sushi bar and entrees such as butter-poached king crab legs, French toast, rib roast and New Zealand rack of lamb, plus Hoku’s famous ahi musubis, or sit down for a five-course prix-fixe dinner ($90) including a chilled tomato watermelon salad with shrimp and heart of palm, beet ravioli with Meyer lemon and whipped ricotta, and the catch of the day with spring onion, creamed corn and shiso.

For a slightly more casual brunch, head to Plumeria Beach House’s brunch ($75), offering thin Kahala pancakes, made-to-order omelettes and a carving station of roast beef and pineapple maple glazed ham. The dinner buffet ($75) has lots of meat (lamb and roast prime rib) as well as sushi and dessert: chantilly cake, bittersweet chocolate caramel tart and tiramisu. 
kahalaresort.com/dining, 739-8760

No, you probably won’t get a reservation at Orchid’s Mother’s Day brunch this late in the game, but you can treat Mom to lunch at Halekulani's La Mer, normally closed for lunch. The five-course Neoclassic French menu incudes white asparagus soup with Alaskan King crab, choice of bouillabaisse or roasted beef strip loin with béarnaise sauce, and to finish, milk chocolate and sour cherries with a Golden Assam (a premium Indian tea) cake.
$79, 923-2311

Three options at Neiman Marcus: a three-course lunch at Mariposa ($39), starting with lobster bisque or an artichoke and tomato bruschetta and entree choices including Mariposa’s famous lobster club, grilled prime rib or smoked salmon salad. Dinner is a la carte, with specials like Maine lobster cioppino and a raspberry macaron sandwiching a lemon-custard ice cream. At the Mermaid Bar, enjoy afternoon tea ($50) with mom, featuring lemon praline tea cakes, portobello and brie sandwiches, beef tenderloin and chimichurri rolls, and more dainty bites. 951-3420

For the week of Mother's Day, May 5 to 12, Tea Farm Cafe offers an afternoon tea package with scones, finger sandwiches, and ice cream hearts fondue. $40, 945-2679

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