Category Archives: Honolulu Dining

Island Ono Poisson Cru

Posted on June 16, 2017 by admin
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 What exactly is Poisson Cru?   It was time to wake up early once again to be a part of Kitchen Creations with Hawaii News Now.  Today, we decided on making the dish, Poisson Cru.  What exactly is Poisson Cru?    Poisson Cru is known as a popular Tahitian dish, in French Polynesian, this literally translates to "Raw Fish".  It's something we used to have on our menu at Tiki's Grill & Bar right before ahi poke became a really big thing.  This dish is marinated in lemon or lime juice until the surface of the flesh becomes tightens up a bit.  About 5 minutes later, mix with coconut milk and diced vegetables.    We used some local sweet onions, tomatoes, limu and Kahuku Sea Asparagus from Dr. Sun's  Olokai Farms added that nice bit of texture.   [caption id="attachment_8135" align="aligncenter" width="227"] Honolulu Magazine Cover showcasing Dr. Sun from Olakai Farms.[/caption] Created to be a very easy and quickly ready to serve dish perfect for any time of the day.  With summe... Read more

The Secret to Super Light Tempura

Posted on May 25, 2016 by admin
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Hawaii News Now has been gracious enough to let me be a part of their Sunrise show, during their Kitchen Creations spot. I'll be filming another segment soon, so stay tuned for that! Click on the link to see the full clip from my last shooting: Tempura Kakiage. The Secret to Super Light Tempura For my last appearance, I stirred up some light and fluffy vegetable Kakiage live on the show. Business reporter Howard Dicus was in the studio to do the traditional TV host taste test and I could tell what he was thinking before he even picked up the ball of deep fried tempura battered veggie sticks. Most people think anything deep fried by definition is going to be heavy and greasy. It’s not. Howard's reaction was great. He first grabbed one of the bigger cakes and was immediately trying to break off just a piece or find a smaller cake to try. I remember him saying something like “naturally it turns out to be really huge”. He was probably thinking that even a small sample was going to leave him feeling full. When he took his first bite he had a price... Read more

Tiki’s New Belgium Beer Dinner

Posted on April 07, 2016 by admin
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After our first Tiki’s beer dinner in January was such a success we were looking for an excuse to do it again. Back in January we featured six of Kona Brewing Company’s best brews with pairings like New England style clam bake with Lemongrass Luau and spumoni fritta with Pipeline Porter. After such a fun and flavorful event it was just a matter of time before we came up with some more inspired food and beer parings. We didn’t have to wait long as New Belgium Brewing Company’s arrival in Hawaii last month gave us a whole new selection of beers to try. Our New Belgium Beer Dinner last month (March 26) was an amazing success with some mouthwatering pairings.  My Beer and Food Pairing Manifesto I believe anything you eat with beer should not be subtle. Beer is something you can quaff. It’s a hearty drink with bold flavors and any food pairings need to stand up to that. When planning for a beer dinner I am thinking salty, spicy, smoky, crispy, rich and creamy. The same kinds of flavor you find with popular beer foods like nachos and cheese and Buf... Read more

Last Minute Valentine’s Plans

Posted on February 14, 2016 by admin
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With Valentine's Day upon us, it is still not too late to enjoy a fantastic evening with us at Tiki's! We have a delicious 4 course dinner lined up. Visit the Tiki's Grill & Bar website to make your reservations. It was a privilege to recently be featured on KHON2 News Living808 Hawaii’s Kitchen, making a couple of dishes of the Valentine's day menu: the Surf & Turk entree and Watermelon Heart Salad!  Come join us tonight for an evening of romance or just relaxing and fun.    ... Read more

Tiki’s “Kona Brewing” Beer Dinner

Posted on January 08, 2016 by admin
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  Join me on Monday, January 11th at 6pm at Tiki's Grill & Bar for the "Kona Brewing Company Beer Dinner".  I will pair the dinner menu with a lineup of Brew Master Ryan McVeigh's Kona Brewing Company beers.  See full line up at and get tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tikis-grill-bar-presents-kona-brewing-company-beer-dinner-tickets-19894467889  Brewmastser Ryan McVeigh began his professional brewing career in Colorado in the year 2000; he then moved to Boise, Idaho and brewed for Big Horn Brewing Co. Finding that the "big city life" was not for him, he searched for a larger brewery in a small town environment. When Kona Brewing Co brought him to the islands in 2005, it turned out to be exactly what he was looking for. He has since worked in every capacity of the brewing process at Kona Brew, from cleaning kegs to lab work, filtration operations to sales. He currently holds the title of Brewery Manager and Brewmaster. To give you a sneak peek... the second course will feature a Lemongrass Luau Ale. Lemongrass Luau is a cr... Read more

Want a Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner? – Tiki’s has a Simple Plan

Posted on February 04, 2015 by admin
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With Valentine’s Day falling on a Saturday this year I’m anticipating a sell-out crowd. For anyone looking for the perfect evening we've put together an unbeatable combination of oceanfront setting, fine cuisine and selected wine pairings plus we have some of the top names in local entertainment dropping by all night to set the mood. Romantic Oceanfront Table Guaranteed Our special oceanfront Champagne dinner for two package guarantees you a table along the rail overlooking Waikiki beach. We've included a bottle of Perrier-Jouët Champagne, keepsake rose and take home chocolates along with our full prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu. Although I would never recommend you skimp on Valentine’s Day, at $199 for two this is an astounding value and a guaranteed good time. Expert Wine Pairings It’s going to be a wine star studded evening with some help from Australia’s best winery, Penfolds as well as our old friends from New Zealand’s Villa Maria Winery. We’ll be pairing the White Clam Angel Hair Pasta course with the Sauvignon Blanc from ... Read more

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