Star-Bulletin Features

Sunday, May 6, 2001

La Mer restaurant manager Jean-Yves Kervarrec offers a plate of
Mignardise sweets to be served with dessert on Mother's Day.

Mother’s Day



Of all the holidays in the year, Mother's Day is the main one for dining out. The National Restaurant Association says 38 percent of Americans go to a restaurant on that day -- more than Valentine's (which comes in second), more than Easter -- hey, more than Father's Day.

To be totally clear, more people -- 55 percent -- go out for their birthday, but those occasions being scattered throughout the year, Mother's Day can safely be considered the holiday of critical mass for the nation's 844,000 food-service establishments.

Local restaurants are bracing for the day with a wide selection of buffets and fancy meals.

But before we get to those, here is the bargain of season: The Kiwanis Club of Kaneohe is offering a $4.50 pancake breakfast ($2.50 for kids), 6:30 to 11 a.m. at Ben Parker Elementary School. Breakfast includes Portuguese sausage, scrambled eggs and rice. Proceeds benefit the Kiwanis' student organizations. Call 247-6796.

On the somewhat more elegant end, La Mer in the Halekulani is serving brunch for the first time, a four-course extravaganza that begins with a glass of "Classique," Halekulani's private label sparkling wine. Then come appetizer and entrée choices, with an in-between course, Cream of Fresh Peas, and dessert.

Chef Yves Garnier's entrée selections are onaga with tomato confit, Angus beef filet with potatoes and wine sauce; roast duck breast with Belgian endives. What, no Portuguese sausage?

The "Ultimate Mother's Day Brunch" will be served at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cost is $65. Call 923-2311.

Mother's Day is a week from today, on May 13. Here's what some other restaurants are offering:

Ala Moana Hotel: Frank DeLima performs in the Hibiscus Ballroom, during a dinner buffet that features prime rib, chicken in burgundy sauce, poached mahi mahi and an array of desserts ($35.50; $18 children). Dinner served 5 to 8:30 p.m.; DeLima performs at 7 p.m. Plantation Cafe brunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner, 5 to 9 p.m., buffets include seafood selections, prime rib, more ($27.50; $12.50 children). Call 955-4811.

Canoe's, Renaissance Ilikai Hotel: Brunch buffet with roast duck salad, crab legs, made-to-order poke ($38.95; $28.95 seniors; $13 children) Call 922-6611, Ext. 5170.

Kahala Mandarin: Hoku's brunch buffet, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. ($45); and dinner buffet, 5 to 10 p.m. ($65). Menu includes lamb chops, pan-seared scallops, Thai purple rice pudding and more. Call 739-8780. Tokyo Tokyo: Complete meal with entrée choice of fresh catch or beef tenderloin ($49.95). Call 739-1500. Plumeria Beach Cafe buffet, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. ($42; $21 children). Call 739-8760. Maile brunch buffet, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ($42; $21 children). Call 739-8780.

Koolau Golf Club: Brunch with seafood, prime rib and omelette stations, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ($34.95; $15.95 children). Call 236-4653, Ext. 241.

Mariposa, Neiman Marcus: Jazz brunch, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with breakfast specialties, roast baron of beef, salmon, leg of lamb, guava champagne mimosas ($39.95). Call 951-3420.

Nick's Fishmarket: Three-course meal with entrée choice of shrimp/scallops, lobster tail or lamb chop with opakapaka and ahi ($29.95). Call 955-6333.

Orchids, Halekulani: Sunday Brunch, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. ($43; $28 children). Call 923-2311.

Pacific Beach Hotel: Neptune's Garden brunch buffet with crab legs, prime rib and roast duck, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ($29.95; $16.95 children). Shogun buffets with tempura and teppan stations and seafood, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ($24.95; $13.95 children) and 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. ($27.95; $14.95 children). Oceanarium buffets with Cajun salmon, oysters, mussels and crab, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ($24.95; $13.95 children) and 4 to 9:30 p.m. ($26.95; $14.95 children). Call 922-1233.

Pagoda: Brunch buffet, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ($21.95; $11.95 children) and dinner buffet, 4 to 9:30 p.m. ($24.95; $12.95 children). Call 941-6611.

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar: Buffet with sushi bar, fry, omelet, seafood and dessert stations, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. ($35; $17.50 children). Call 536-6286.

Sheraton Waikiki Hotel: Na Leo Pilimehana performs during brunch buffet, Hawaii Ballroom ($45). Brunch begins 10 a.m., with concert at noon. Call 922-4422.

Star of Honolulu: Three-hour sail, Diamond Head to Pearl Harbor, includes continental breakfast, lunch buffet, champagne toast, a rose for moms ($37.60; $18.78 children). Call 983-7827.

Sunset Grill: Brunch buffet with smoked salmon pasta, Grand Marnier French toast, blue crab eggs benedict, more ($29.95; $14.95 children). Seatings at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. Call 521-4409.

Waikiki Parc Hotel: Dinner buffet with carving stations, salads, Vietnamese hot and sour soup, roast duck, shrimp risotto cakes and more. ($32.95; children pay $1 per year of age). Call 921-7272.

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