New chefs, new flavors at the Top of Waikiki

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I had been meaning to try the Top of Waikiki for a while, since chef Lance Kosaka relocated there. I had tried his food on sample plates at various fundraisers — he’s always serving the most popular dishes — and I knew that he’s been gradually revamping the restaurant’s menu.

He recently hired pastry sous chef Heather Bryan, who had created desserts at places from Aku Bone to Vintage Cave, and her additions to the menu are so good that the Top of Waikiki PR team invited media to the restaurant to try them. Well, her desserts made such an impression that we wondered what the rest of the menu had become, so we got a group of bloggers together to try Kosaka’s new offerings, too.

While a lot of the menu is still geared to please the visitor market, with basic salads, steak, and seafood, Kosaka has added dishes with local flair to attract Hawaii residents, too. It’s nice to know that locals can enjoy food with familiar flavors — elevated to match one of the best views in Waikiki.

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And for chocolate lovers, you can't go wrong with the chocolate brownie with sea salt caramel, candied bacon and vanilla gelato.

 

Top of Waikiki
2270 Kalakaua Ave. (Enter the lot from Seaside Ave.; parking is free)
808-923-3877

10 comments
Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

Delicate Blossom:  You are usually quite good at including prices of dishes...is there a reason for not including them here?  Maybe the LASIK wasn't good enough to see the small print of a price on the menu.  LOL.  I'm with turkfontaine, some things are better deconstructed in our stomachs than before we put it in our mouths.

turkfontaine
turkfontaine

pastry sous chef? IDK there was such an animal. re: deconstructed desserts: i once told Bertrand at Mille Fleurs if he did it again, i'd beat him with a wiffle bat. ok, i was drunk, it was Christmas. we were having our office party there. our bill beat Helen Copely's Christmas party the night before. now i get McD's dollar menu soft serve for dessert, and on my next HNL trip, i'll have to couch-crash and dine with Parkrat at Zippy's

crysmy
crysmy

I'm so unpredictable. Me likey deconstructed apple tart. Crystal Yamasaki > Fussy Russy.

macnut
macnut

EVERYTHING LOOKS AMAZING!

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@Annoddah_Dave OK Dave, I went back in and plugged in all the prices so you can look at the gallery now.

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

Hi Dave, as mentioned before, these blogs actually take hours to do so sometimes I have to make a choice between getting the blog up or including all the information you want. But tonight after I finish my next post, if I'm still awake I'll go back and add all the prices in.

macnut
macnut

I've never understood deconstructed food. Isn't it just ingredients? ;)