53 by the Sea

Hubby and I went to 53 by the Sea for an early lunch. The restaurant seems so out of place in Kaka’ako. However, the view of Waikiki and Diamond Head is spectacular.

I can understand why we saw three different wedding parties at the restaurant during our lunch.

Hubby ordered the braised salmon with basmati rice ($22) and I ordered the tagliatelle shrimp scampi with pesto sauce ($22). Lunch entrees come with an assortment of appetizers and a dessert.

After taking our order, Jon, our waiter, brought a wooden bowl filled with walnut bread, sweet bread, and oil and balsamic vinegar. I had a slice of the sweetbread and walnut bread. They both are made on site and were soft and yummy. The walnut bread was especially good with the oil and vinegar.

Jon then rolled the appetizer cart to our table. We were given a choice and decided to try a little bit of everything on the cart. The appetizers consisted of turkey salad, salami, prosciutto, shrimp and salmon, vegetables with olive oil, and bruschetta.

I liked the prosciutto, vegetables with olive oil and bruschetta the best. The turkey salad was quite good too. I was actually quite full by the time my entree arrived. The house made tagliatelle was not chewy with a lot of pesto sauce, and shrimp. The shrimp was cooked just right. I’ve had better pesto but it was good. Although I’ve heard portions are a bit small here, I took half my entree home.

Hubby thoroughly enjoyed his salmon and ate everything on his plate. The salmon was thick, moist and flaky. The salmon was served over rice with a dribble of curry sauce.

The dessert of the day was a chocolate cake and ice cream. Since hubby is allergic to milk, he got two small scoops of mango sorbet with chocolate syrup. The chocolate cake was the worst part of the meal. It was dry and bitter. I left most of the cake on my plate. The vanilla ice cream was fine.

Service was attentive but not overbearing.

Would I return? Yes, but it would be for a treat or a special occasion. Lunch for the two of us was $56.

53 by the Sea is located at 53 Ahui Street near Kaka’ako Park. Valet ($5 + tip) and street parking is available. For reservations, call (808) 536-5353.

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