Sam Choy cooks up an anniversary
Sam Choy's Diamond Head celebrates its 12th anniversary with specials running through Sept. 26 (call 732-8645 for reservations):
Today and next Sunday: Buffet brunch, with bellinis made with guava, mango, peach, strawberry or roses. Cost is $24.95, $12.95 children.
All week: Four-course wine dinner with entree choice of Red Wine Braised Shortribs or Baked Portuguese Sausage Crusted Opah. Cost is $24.95.
Wednesday: Five-course anniversary wine dinner, 6:30 p.m., includes Grilled Kampachi, Mini Scallion Biscuit with Cream King Crab, Crispy Seared Duck Breast, Pan-Seared Lamb Chops and Chocolate Souffle. Cost is $75.
Saturday: Kids' cooking class, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kids will help Choy make a smoothie, corn chowder, tortilla pizza, chicken fingers and an ice cream sandwich. Cost is $19.95; includes samples.
Sept. 26: Benefit dinner for the Ronald McDonald House. Includes poke and salad bars, carving station with duck breast and skirt steak, and chocolate fountain. Entertainment by Natural Vibrations. Call Ronald McDonald House, 973-5683, ext. 240.
Oktoberfest hits Hawaii Kai
Oktoberfest is already under way at the Chefs Table in Hawaii Kai Towne Center.
European specialty beers are on the menu, along with chef Andreas Knapp's Sausage Platters, Scheweins Haxes, Weinerschnitzel, Jaegerschnitzel, Goulash, Sauerbraten, Cheeze Spetzli and Apfelstrudel -- plus traditional side dishes of sauerkraut, red cabbage and potato dumplings.
Prices are $16 to $22 for complete meals, which include soup and salad.
Also part of the celebration: the annual Beer Stein Competition. Customers have brought in steins to compete for $100 worth of prizes; they'll be on display until Oct. 12.
The restaurant is closed Mondays. Call 394-2433.
d.k. offers surf-and-turf
The venerable surf-and-turf meal comes to the fore at d.k. Steak House from Friday through Sept. 30.
The restaurant in the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa hotel is offering steamed Maine lobster paired with dry-aged rib-eye steak. Choose the dinner-for-two option: Two lobsters and a 22-ounce steak, with onion soup or salad, baked potato, Asian slaw, corn on the cob and Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding; $75 per person. A dinner of lobster without steak is $60.
Also on the menu is a Lobster Bake that include shrimp, scallops, fish, sweet corn and potatoes, poached in a seafood broth; as well as appetizers of a steak-and-lobster sushi roll, lobster salad and bisque.
British beers are on tap
This month's "Hops & Grinds" event at the Willows feature Great British Beers, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 21.
Tastes will be offered of beers from Arran, Inveralmond, Isle of Skye, Melbourn Brothers, Samuel Smiths Brewery, Scottish & Newcastle, Tetleys and Traquair House Brewery.
Entertainment will include bagpipers, the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and Celtic Wave, with British folk music. Kilts are welcome.
Chef Jay Matsukawa will assemble a pupu buffet of British specialties.
Tickets are $25 advance, $30 at the door. Purchase tickets at the Willows, Liquor Collection, Wine Stop or Tamura's Kaimuki. Call 952-9200. Must be 21 or older. The Willows is at 901 Hausten St.
Hops & Grinds is a monthly tasting that highlights exclusive craft beers, hosted by beer expert Andy Baker. Call 271-9701.
Beach Walk offers parking
The problem with going into Waikiki for a weekday lunch? Parking.
But through November, Waikiki Beach Walk is offering four hours of free parking for those who partake of lunch at a Beach Walk restaurant.
Those restaurants include Roy's Waikiki, Yard House, Holokai Grill, Kaiwa, Giovanni Pastrami, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (private parties only), Beard Papa's Sweets Cafe, Mondo Gelato and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Coming soon is Taormina Sicilian Cuisine.
Receive free validated valet parking at the Embassy Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk by spending $10 or more at a restaurant, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
News & notes
The restaurant in the Waikiki Parc Hotel is now open for lunch, offering Nobu Combination lunches, bento boxes, noodle and donburi selections, an omakase menu and several Nobu signature dishes. Lunch hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays. Call 237-6999.
Vino: Chef Keith Endo's serves a four course "Autumn's First Dinner," Sept. 22 at Restaurant Row. Three courses will be paired with wine. Cost is $45. Call 533-4476.