Ka'Ikena Laua'e, meaning vision with a view, has now for 28 years been the fine dining restaurant at the Kapiolani College campus. It's both a learning laboratory and showcase for high cuisine. Next year, they will relocate to the old Cannon Club. By the time all is done, this will be a $50 million investment for the school's Hawaii Culinary Institute of the Pacific.
You can bring your own alcoholic beverages. I would recommend also taking your favorite Reidel crystal, for the wine glass they use is below pedestrian level. There must be a conscience factor at play, for they think by providing tiny glasses, diners will drink less.
- The noise level is too high. Some people talk and laugh too heartily. However, perhaps the relocation will cure this problem. Plus, the new view will be uber-fantastic. The present one is not bad (above).
- The food was way too lukewarm. They need to do something about the temperature. If most restaurants can do this, no reason why these students can't.
- The 15 Craigside chopsticks are of higher quality. But they have white tablecloths and we have unsanitary table mats.
- They could add some classy music. Perhaps a strolling student quietly playing a romantic violin or soft piano sounds.
- The artwork on the walls should be from student artists.
- Frankly, they go overboard on making each dish too fancy. Some simple accompaniments would balance the meal.
The following evening I dined on my lanai on Japanese Wagyu Beef from J-Shop:
Note the price of the beef. Myoga for a special Japanese tai sashimi with kazunoko, plus an assortment of lotus, shiitake mushrooms, garlic and butter in the pan, augmented by three kinds of sauce, with beer and sake. Two bottles because I could not finish either one and they were sitting in my refrigerator for days.
A large side room for special occasions and group meals (there are several of different sizes):
My previous time here I was served by Kuber also:
I ordered a truffle pizza and chicken salad, with a rose'.
It looks like that middle shaving of truffle was on rice, but that is a poached egg. Nice touch. By the time I had dessert the place was half full:
All in all one of my better lunches in Honolulu. And they do use real black truffles.
Tropical Cyclone Debbie looks fierce, with the potential to reach Category 5 status, and is heading for Townsville: