Sunday, February 27, 2005


Dining around the islands

Worthy of an opus

The premium wine Opus 1 will be the centerpiece of a dinner featuring the wines of Robert Mondavi, March 9 at the Honolulu Country Club.

"A Celebration of Fine Wines" will be open to the public.

Preparing the six-course menu will be chef Lance Kosaka and pastry chef Mark Okumura, both of Alan Wong's restaurant.

The Opus One 2001 -- a Bordeaux-style wine produced in partnership by the Mondavi winery of Napa Valley, Calif., and Ch‰teau Mouton Rothschild in France -- headlines the wine list, which will also include Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Brut 2000 and the Mondavi Fume Blanc 2002, Chardonnay 2001, Pinot Noir 2001 and Moscato d' Oro 2003.

The menu: Nori-Wrapped Tempura Ahi, Diver Scallops with Truffle Cauliflower, Hawaiian Hearts of Palm Salad, Asian-Style Duck, Grilled Beef Tenderloin and Fresh Fruit Tart.

Cocktails are at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $110. Call 441-9401.

Main Street Maui

Tom Selman -- former chef with David Paul's Lahaina Grill and the Sansei/Vino restaurants -- has opened his own place, Main Street Bistro on Maui.

Selman describes his menu as "refined comfort food," offering platters such as Capital Onion Rings with "smoky ketchup" and Slow-Cooked Baby Back Ribs.

He will customize dishes for low-calorie or low-carb dieters.

Main Street Bistro, at 2051 Main St. in Wailuku, is open 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays. Call 808-244-6816.

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