When the weather in other states starts to become bleak, Honolulu jazzes up the month of November with an event called Restaurant Week Hawaii. This year’s pre-Thanksgiving feast is a seven-day culinary event that goes from November 16 to 22, 2015. The week is a celebration of Hawaiian cuisine and cultural diversity, offering promotions, special menus, group dining offers and discounts at the participating restaurants. During the event, over 60 establishments from fast-food to fine-dining have the opportunity to showcase their best dishes and promote the ever-expanding culinary scene in Honolulu. Here are just some of the many great reasons to dine out at these places during Restaurant Week Hawaii:
Support Culinary Students – Restaurant Week Hawaii will dedicate a portion of all proceeds in support of Kapi’olani Community College’s Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head which is currently under construction. The culinary school will expand the educational horizons of the community college students by offering them an opportunity to pursue higher education.
Promote Hawaii’s Tourism and Local Businesses – By dining at one of the restaurants involved in this event you are offering support to both the upcoming generation of chefs educated at the Culinary Institute, as well as Hawaii’s future economy and tourism. The Aloha State is known for the lavish variety of cuisine, and for the culinary tours on every island and the successful launching of the school would reinforce the industry across the state. Dining at participating establishments during Restaurant Week Hawaii gives locals and visitors alike a great opportunity to support local businesses. Not only are many of these places family-owned and managed, but also source their produce and meat from local farms.
Discounts at Local Markets – Whether you want to benefit from the 10% discount at the Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood Market or 25% off the regular buffet menu at the Kai Market, Restaurant Week Hawaii provides plenty of savings so you can enjoy some of the best store-bought foods at a discount.
Save on Fine-dining – Venturing to new restaurants during the event will save you a pretty penny while you try places. It is an affordable way to try several of the chef’s dishes in one sitting without paying the prices that might typically be expected. For example, Alan Wong’s Honolulu designed a 4-course menu with seafood somen salad and beef from the Maui Cattle Company for only $65 per guest. At Roy’s Hawaii Kai, guests can choose an entrée of spiced salmon, 12-oounce rack of lamb or seasoned seared duck in the midst of a decadent 3-course meal for only $48. Similarly, Nobu Waikiki presents an extensive family-style 5-course dinner, with not one but two desserts on the menu, for $65. Restaurants like Bread + Butter include specialty items such as egg custard and black truffle as well as seared duck breast and truffle shavings over fresh foie gras in a 5-course meal for only $45 per person. Ruth’s Chris Steak House creates a 4-course meal for only $49.95 per person; while an ornate 4-course meal at Mac 24/7 will only set you back $39 per person.
Save at Causal Restaurants – Enjoy quick pick-me-up dishes at places like Pa’ina Café where $10 will get you a bowl of crusted seared ahi and a 24 ounce drink. At the iconic 50-year old Rainbow Drive-In diners can stock up on scrumptious plate lunches with a drink for only $7.50. Even casual dine-in places offer great savings, such as The Mermaid Bar located within Neiman Marcus has an entrée and dessert combo available for only $18 in support of Restaurant Week Hawaii. At Wood & Bucket, there are delicious 3-course menus including entrées like ahi poke or bacon-wrapped scallops for only $25 per person. At Grondin: French–Latin Kitchen there are fixed 3-course menus at $22 for lunch and $30 for dinner.
Enjoy Delicious New Foods – Restaurant Week Hawaii encourages consumers to step outside of their routine of visiting their favorite places by trying new menus and new restaurants. It also inspires chefs to push themselves artistically to create unique dishes for their restaurants. One of the best things to do in Honolulu is explore the culinary wealth of this diverse city and eating out during Restaurant Week gives both visitors and Hawaii residents an excuse to give back to the community while enjoying a dining experience from some of the greatest chefs in the Pacific.