Hawai’i: Downtown @ The HiSAM

Tuesday, January 3, 2012 1 No tags Permalink 0

Met Martha for lunch at Downtown last week. Downtown is the more casual sister restaurant to town in Kaimuki (remember last year’s crazy dinner?). It’s worth arriving an hour early so that you can visit the Hawai`i State Art Museum right upstairs. The museum opened in 2002 and I was one of their first docents – Downtown wasn’t in place then, so I often walked to Chinatown for a bowl of The current featured exhibition is, “Where We Live: Visions & Portraits of Hawai‘i” in the Ewa gallery (more info here). And over in the Mauka gallery, you’ll find glass pieces from local artists – this one from Kumi Nakajima is made with hand blown soda lime glass and sliver. How beautiful is that? Here’s a better look at the piece.

Let’s head down for lunch, only one flight of stairs!

To start, savory Cheddar and Chive Biscuits with Tomato Jam. These biscuits are meant to accompany another entree, but we ordered them as a side/starter. Still warm, and all buttery with cheddar melting into all those flaky layers.

Martha went with the Bucatini and Pork Ragu…

…while I had the Lacquered Duck with Lentils and Fennel Salad. Have been on a serious non-stop duck craving since We shared a Steamed Persimmon Cake for dessert, complete with fresh whipped cream, caramel and crunch toffee bits. Puts many a sticky toffee pudding to shame…the addition of persimmon keeps the cake on the lighter side so you get all the rich, warm flavors without the heaviness.

[I’m writing this from NYC where it’s a painfully chilly 15F…avocado smoothies, and <a href="http://static.squarespace.com/static/51895797e4b07dc9727307ce/518957d3e4b04dec96da1667/5189580fe4b04dec96da1ddf/1325188680000/#img't believe that was just a few days ago. Wearing three layers of clothing and socks indoors, the sudden cold was a sure shock. But no complaints….we're heading to the Cayman Islands next week. Can hardly wait.]

Downtown @ the HiSAM
Hawai`i State Art Museum
250 Hotel Street, 1st Floor
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96813
(808) 536.5900

1 Comment
  • K and S
    January 3, 2012

    have been meaning to try this place after seeing Reid's post, will definitely have to go next time I'm home…enjoy the Caymans!

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