Restaurant Week in Hawaii is November 14 – 20. I love Restaurant Week because it gives me the opportunity to try different fixed priced meals at a discounted price while benefiting the Culinary Institute at Kapiolani Community College.
The most difficult part is to chose which restaurant to try. DK decided on Kona Grill Waikiki. Kona Grill is located on the third floor of the new International Market Place (IMP) in Waikiki.
DK and I drove to Waikiki and found free street parking on Ala Wai Boulevard. 1 hour free parking is also available at IMP. Diners choosing the Restaurant Week menu have a choice of an appetizer (avocado egg roll, potsticker, or chicken & shrimp lettuce wrap), an entree (macadamia nut chicken, pork tenderloin, or lemon-garlic shrimp penne), and a dessert/finisher (butter cake, fudge brownie, or carrot cake) for the bargain price of $30.
DK chose the lettuce wrap, pork tenderloin, and carrot cake. I decided on the lettuce wrap, macadamia nut chicken, and carrot cake. The food was delicious and the portions huge. I took home leftovers for two more meals and so did DK.
The lettuce wrap was a little spicy and salty. The chicken breast came with mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts. A pineapple-papaya marmalade complemened the chicken. The Brussel sprouts were perhaps the best that I have ever eaten. The moist carrot cake was so huge I could eat it for two more days.
Kona Grill has a happy hour 3 – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday, 10 pm. – 12 a.m. Monday – Thursday and 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The food at Kona Grill is not upscale or fancy but is nicely done. Portions are substantial and you won’t leave hungry. Service was very attentive.
The regular price for the the lettuce wrap is $14.25, macadamia nut chicken $18 and the carrot cake $9.25 so the Restaurant Week $30 price is a bargain. I’d like to try the sushi at happy hour next time.!
April 14, 2017 Update
Happy Hour on Monday – Thursday is 3 pm – 7 pm and 9 pm – 11 pm. Happy Hour on Friday-Saturday is 9 pm – 12 am.