Tropics at Hilton Hawaiian Village launched a new menu and I joined the super awesome Cynthia for a sunny (those skies!) lunch yesterday. First up, the poke sampler. How pretty is this? I try to eat poke as much as possible when in Hawaii…it’s just not the same anywhere else in the world.
Classic ahi poke with green onion, ogo and toasted sesame seeds…
…ogo poke with sweet Maui onions and tomatoes…
…and shrimp poke with Okinawan sweet potatoes.
One day we can do a “how to make poke” post…it’s one of my all-time favorite dishes.
We also shared Kona crab tots (think mini crab cakes rolled in cornmeal and deep fried) and fries.
I went with a seared ahi salad for my entree. Super fresh with a pepper crust. Served with Hirabara greens and edamame. Wasabi-ponzu dressing on the side. Just right for the warm weather.
Cynthia’s Mahi Mahi tacos, am totally ordering this next time.
Christina (she revamped the drinks menu for the entire hotel) stopped by and of course…cocktails were a must!
For dessert, giant whoopie pies. Plushy chocolate cake-cookies, three scoops of vanilla ice cream and oodles of whipped cream and hot fudge. A pot of tea on the side…and I’m sure only a breezy, shaded poolside nap could have made the afternoon even better.
P.S. If the restaurant interior looks familiar, it’s because this is where they film Hawaii Five-O ^_^