Early risers don’t have to have all the fun…
If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then brunch is its much cooler cousin. Breakfast has you up at the crack of dawn—brunch sashays in at, oh, say 9 a.m. and lingers through noon. While breakfast means getting fuel in your body for the day’s adventure, many times, brunch is the adventure. Here, we’ve compiled a few options for your brunching pleasure to be found throughout Waikiki.
AN ISLAND TRADITION
Sunday Brunch at Orchids is a almost a rite of passage in Hawai‘i. Telling someone you’ve brunched at Orchids elicits knowing smiles and gleeful recounts of when others have dined there. The star is the roasted Shinsato Farm suckling pig, but there are many crowd-pleasers here, including the extensive raw-fish bar that features limu poke, tako poke and sashimi. The buffet features more than 100 items, including an omelet station, fresh island mahi mahi, eggs benedict, crepes and a prime rib carving station. Satisfy your sweet tooth at the ice cream bar that features three ice creams and one sorbet—all made in-house, accompanied by a selection of toppings such as sauces, candies and fresh fruit. There’s also a great selection of freshly baked pastries, breads and Halekulani’s famous popovers. This award-winning brunch also features live music by pianist Noly Pa‘a.
2199 Kalia Road [D:7 Waikiki Map]
The Royal Hawaiian is one of the First Ladies of Waikiki, making this pink palace the perfect place to indulge in some Sunday brunching. The elegant Surf Lanai, with its bright pink parasols, is the setting for the most decadent of meals. Pastries and breads include Hawaiian King Bread, pain au chocolat and bagels with cream cheese and smoked Scottish salmon. There are omelet, waffle and soup stations and a sushi bar. For a taste of Hawai‘i, select from the Island Fruit Display featuring Kula strawberries with Surfing Goat cheese, papaya and pineapple. The Hot Station serves up roasted suckling pig, dry-aged prime rib and whole steamed onaga. Finish everything off with a bit of dessert: chocolate fondue, anyone?
The Royal Hawaiian
2259 Kalakaua Ave. [C:8 Waikiki Map]
AS YOU LIKE IT
While most places offer a Sunday brunch buffet, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener offers up an a la carte brunch menu every day of the week—because, if this is your vacation, any day could be Sunday, right? Choose from morning classics such as eggs benedict or French toast served with Wolfgang’s famous sizzling bacon and berries. Or, opt for more midday fare like the classic sirloin burger or the custom-ordered seafood cocktail that combines shrimp, lobster and lump crabmeat. Complete your meal with a bellini, mimosa or Bloody Mary.
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener
Royal Hawaiian Center
2301 Kalakaua Ave., 3rd level [C:8 Waikiki Map]