Global Gastronomy

April 2, 2012 | By Waikiki Magazine Team

Kai Market features dishes using time-honored recipes.

Diverse cuisines shine at Kai Market.

Hawai‘i is often referred to as a melting pot, and no other aspect of life here in the Islands exemplifies this more than at the dinner table. At any potluck party, you’ll find a veritable United Nations of dishes presented.

Kai Market at Sheraton Waikiki brings that spirit of culinary sharing to the resort dining experience. Casual and modern, this restaurant serves breakfast and dinner with farm-to-table freshness in a food fair setting.

The stars of executive chef Darren Demaya’s Plantation Nights dinner selections include Grandma’s Soy Sake Braised Beef Short Ribs, and Auntie’s Kim Chee Tako Poke. All dishes are created with time-honored family recipes using Hawai‘i’s freshest, locally grown products. Other themed nights include Paniolo Nights (Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday) and Seafood Nights (Friday and Saturday).

Diners will find traditional Hawaiian fare such as imu-roasted pig, chicken, poi, sweet potato, seaweed coconut and fresh seafood, all interspersed with flavors brought to the Islands by the Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Okinawan, Korean, Puerto Rican and Portuguese peoples who settled on Hawai‘i plantations.

“Locals and visitors who come to Kai Market will have a chance to experience an authentic taste of the Islands,” says Demaya. “By offering fresh, local products, we support our local farmers, help promote agricultural sustainability and nourish Hawai‘i’s economy.”

Theme nights include plantation nights, Paniolo nights and seafood nights.

One example of Kai Market’s commitment to local products is the restaurant’s partnership with Kuahiwi Ranch on the Big Island, allowing Chef Demaya to offer a wide range of Kuahiwi beef preparations, the first of its kind in a Hawai‘i buffet setting.

In addition to the aforementioned soy sake braised beef short ribs, dishes include grilled Kuahiwi Ranch flank steak with green peppercorn sauce, glazed Kuahiwi Ranch short ribs with Jack Daniel’s bourbon sauce and a juicy grilled Kuahiwi Ranch hamburger served on sweet brioche buns.

“Kuahiwi Ranch provides us with a top-quality product that we are proud to be able to serve our patrons,” says Demaya. “We are able to create dishes with this beef product that have been part of Hawai‘i’s culture for generations upon generations.”

Kai Market
Sheraton Waikiki
2255 Kalakaua Ave. [D:7 Waikiki Map]
(808) 921-4600