Bar Bites With a View
Enjoy Hawai’i Regional Cuisine in an indoor-outdoor setting with an ocean backdrop.
The surf is up, the sun is shining and another pristine Hawaiian day is prime for the taking. With all the fun and relaxation a day at the beach can bring, it can also leave you starving for some tasty grinds. Whether you’re looking for a quick midday snack or you’re just not up for waiting for a table after a long day in the sun, here are a few tempting choices you can find at some of Waikiki’s most comfortable bars. Another plus, the view at all of these bars isn’t too shabby either.
A tea party and beach bar don’t get placed in the same sentence very often, but somehow RumFire’s High Tea Experience is a definite fit. Served daily between 1 and 4 p.m., High Tea Experience includes two sliders, a RumFire spiked tea cocktail and a dessert of your choosing. Slider choices include The Remedy, which is an angus beef burger, The Twisted, which features braised beef short ribs, The Little Saigon, filled with tamarind-marinated chicken and papaya salad, The Spiked for the mahi lover, or for a lighter option, The Skinny, which has fresh mozzarella, macadamia nut romesco and Hamakua tomato.
Tea cocktail choices are mixed with the perfect blend of spirits, tea and complimentary flavors. A few cocktail choices include Ginger Peach Green Tea, Cyn On Sunday and Jack’s Peach Tea. As for desert, the choices are fit for royalty. How about a Red Decadence cake, Chocolate Addiction featuring chocolate mousse or The Tart?
Why not take a break for some tea, because as they say at RumFire, “this is not your tutu’s tea party.”
2255 Kalakaua Ave. [D:7 Waikiki Map]
Korean Steak Street Tacos
For years Duke’s Waikiki has been known as ‘the’ bar in Waikiki. Literally a step from the beach, Duke’s is perfect for a quick beer in the shade or a place to hang out for hours. Keeping with their fun and spicy atmosphere, their Korean Steak Street Tacos are satisfying and zesty treat. We’re talking about two grande soft tacos here, overflowing with Korean marinated steak, salsa verde, steak slaw, bell peppers and green onions all tossed in a ko chu jung vinaigrette dressing.
“You have a mixture of sweet and spicy in this dish, it goes great with a Fire Rock Pale Ale or Duke’s Blonde Pale Ale,” says chef Ronnie Capitle.
Outrigger Waikiki on the beach
2335 Kalakaua Ave. [C:8 Waikiki Map]
Kalbi Beef Gyoza
Above the foot traffic of Kalakaua Avenue and overlooking the Pacific horizon, Tiki’s Grill & Bar is the spitting image of a paradise bar. With a flair of Asian cuisine infused in many of Tiki’s dishes, their Kalbi Beef Gyoza is an example of East-meeting-spice.
With the classic dumpling crunch of a typical gyoza, the Kalbi Beef Gyoza is filled with marinated, charred and minced beef tenderloin tips, grilled onions and choi sum cabbage. Each gyoza is then drizzled with miso chili aioli and kabayaki sauce, which adds that little touch of spice.
“Chef Natusi has taken this comfort Asian food and kicked it up beyond where you thought a normal gyoza could go,” says Tiki’s marketing director Michael Miller. “Even for the most mild spice person, they’ll be able to enjoy this dish. The spice is in the flavor rather than in the heat.”
Tiki’s Grill & Bar
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
2570 Kalakaua Ave. [B:11 Waikiki Map]