Da Kine


POSTED: Sunday, April 05, 2009


Premium sake stars at Wong's celebration


Chef Alan Wong celebrates the 14th anniversary of his King Street restaurant with a Namazake Dinner, a celebration of spring crafted around premium sakes, on April 15.

Featured will be the seasonal release of namazake (unpasteurized) and namazume (pasteurized once) sakes from small producers in Japan.

Most common sake is usually diluted with water, pasteurized twice, then aged. These springtime sakes are released right after pressing and have not been diluted with water, which accents their flavor.

The menu includes Manoa Lettuce “;Ohitashi,”; Seafood Salad on Tofu Panna Cotta (with Kasumi Tsuru “;Yamahai Shiboritate Namazake Genshu”;); Big Island Farm-Raised Butterfish and Miso Pork (Shichi Hon Yari); Five-Spice Braised Duck (Wataribune “;Shiboritate Namazake Genshu”;); Maui Cattle Co. Beef and Coconut Butter-Poached Lobster (Taiheikai “;Shiboritate Namazake Genshu Nigori”;).

Cost is $135. Seatings from 5 to 10 p.m. Alan Wong's is at 1857 S. King St. Call 949-2526.


Eatery's Monday dinners include food and wine

Brasserie du Vin hosts wine dinners on Mondays. Cost is $49 for a three-course meal by chef Scott Nelson, with wine pairings by sommelier Tiana Kahakauwila. Seatings are at 6 p.m. Highlights:

Tomorrow: ”;Espagnol Espectaculo Especial!”;—a pairing of Spanish dishes and wines—centers on an entree of Red Wine-Braised Rabbit with Saffron Risotto (served with Bodegas Agapito Rico “;Carchelo”; Mourvedre 2007).

April 13: ”;Leave It to the Americans ...”; features Old World classics with New World styling. Main dish: Braised Beef Brisket with Sage Gnocchi and Stewed Tomatoes (with Gascon Malbec 2008).

April 20: ”;Ciao Bella!”;—whites wines of Italy—featuring Sauteed Orange Roughy (Lechthaler Trentino Pinot Grigio 2007).

April 27: ”;Ozzie Love,”; food and wines of Australia, featuring Cedar Plank Roasted Game Hen (Clarendon Hills Hickenbotham Syrah 2003).

Call 545-1115.


Stage marks anniversary with 2-for-1 specials

Stage Restaurant in the Honolulu Design Center is turning 2 by dividing by 2.

For its second-anniversary celebration, April 6 to 18, the restaurant is offering two-for-one lunches and dinners.

To see the menu: www.stagerestauranthawaii.com.

Reservations required. Call 237-5429.