Orchid’s of Halekulani Sunday Brunch!

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One of the things that my hubby and I always make sure that we do while on vacation is to find one or two really nice restaurants, especially those where local cuisine is prepared that we cannot enjoy when we are home.  So for this trip to the island of Oahu, my research found that “Orchids” in the 5-Star Halekulani hotel is ranked quite high on the travel web-sites (Trip Advisor, Urbanspoon, Yelp, etc.), but especially for a not-to-be-missed Sunday brunch.  Hands-down, after experiencing this tropical brunch, we can say it was the most wonderful that we have ever been to.  Everything was as perfect as could be! From the attentive service, pristine cleanliness, awesome setting and views, quality, taste and variety of food selections ~ ~ well, it was just an over-the-top “wow” dining experience.  And to top it off, you really received your moneys worth!
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Oh yes, all the normal standby food items are available to select from, such as a prime rib, turkey and ham station, an omelette station, a dessert station, salad station, ice cream and topping station, eggs, bacon, sausage and hash brown station, but there were also sushi and raw food stations, Japanese noodle and soup stations, Chinese rice stations, and even Thai salad stations.  
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I go for the unusual, hard to find sushi, raw ahi tuna items that I never prepare at home due to the expense and inexperience in preparing and hubby, being the true meat and potatoes guy that he is, only goes for the prime rib and traditional brunch items.  
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This was the gorgeous view from our ocean-side table . . . the dormant Diamond Head volcano is in the background with the surreal turquoise blue waters of Waikiki Beach.  If you look hard enough, you can see some dots in the water which are surfers up early waiting for the surfs to come in and ride.

A perfectly set white linen table with a strong champagne Mimosa.  This plate is full of tropical foods such as lomi lomi salmon, ahi tuna, steak tartare, salmon poke (po-keh), sushi, wasabi, ginger, and soy sauce.  

This was one of the lovely dining rooms in the restaurant.  You can see that chairs have been set up out in the garden lawn beyond the room where a wedding was about to take place.

This bowl of ahi tuna on ice was at least three layers deep!  The servers kept refilling the bowl endlessly.  To think of the value of this food selection alone is mind-boggling to me, because at ‘market price’, if you order an appetizer of ahi tuna, you’ll be lucky to receive 6 pieces for $15 to $20!  This brunch was just an incredible value!
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This is a close-up of the ahi tuna (with fresh ginger slices on top) on the left, smoked salmon, capers and onions above the tuna, steak tartare above the salmon, a few rolls of avocado sushi, an artichoke and avocado salad, and on the right is lomi lomi salmon and soy sauce dish.  A raw foodie’s dream!

OK, now I have to show you my husband’s dessert selections.  This is a tiny cup, no more than two inches high of a tropical, citrus panna cotta with fruits.  Very, very light and tangy!  Chocolate covered strawberries and tropical fruit in a raspberry sauce mingle in the background.
This shot shows miniature desserts, again no more than a few inches wide, a little lemon cake with a gold-painted slice of chocolate garnish.  The attention to detail was incredible!

This was both of our favorites; it’s a banana, pineapple warm bread pudding.  Hubby has me on a search to find a recipe to duplicate this as best as possible!  Yummy to say the least!
The grand finale was on my plate . . . gosh, I do love the combination of chocolate and raspberries and simply could not pass up this chocolate raspberry mousse cake.  Just look at the gold garnish inside the raspberry!  A thread of chocolate completes the garnish.  Not your ordinary chocolate cake!
So if you ever get to Oahu, I highly, highly recommend without any hesitation, to make a reservation (required) at Orchids for an absolutely divine tropical brunch experience!
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Comments

  1. What a beautiful experience!

  2. Wouldn’t we all love to be eating in these beautiful surroundings.

  3. First timer from New Friend Fridays. Your blog is beautiful and I agree completely, that life is just beautiful. I don’t speak Italian fluently, but I can sure sing the heck out of it with opera arias!

  4. What a beautiful place! I wouldn’t want to go home:0)
    I am a new follower from Friendly Friday.

    I’m loving your blog!

  5. Hi, I am your newest follower from Friday’s Blog Hop. Your pictures of Hawaii are fabulous! You could be a photographer for a Magazine. Or maybe you are. I was just visiting Hawaii a week ago and seeing your delicious pictures is a wonderful refresher for me. Your blog is simply “delicious”. *hugs*

  6. Hi! I’m your newest follower from the Friday hops!!! Nice to meet you! Love your beautiful & inspirational blog. Looking forward to returning.

    Would be honored if you’d come visit & follow me back too. :)
    Lisa xoxo
    http://RaisingFutureLeaders.blogspot.com

  7. Everything look so delicious Bella. Enjoy the rest of your vacation.

  8. Another follower from Java’s site.. omg, your page is wonderful.. Love the photos…Will be following u as well!.

  9. Hi…. I’m your newest follower.

  10. Hi there! You have a gorgeous blog! I’m your latest Friday Follower..

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  11. Amazing pictures, sounds like you had a wonderful time!

    Thanks so much for joining us for Friendly Friday again, have a great weekend!

  12. Found you from FF40 and Over meme – what a great blog. I’m your newest follower and looking forward to reading more. Caio!

  13. Roz,
    It sure looks like you are having a grand time on your trip.
    Mimi

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  15. How are you sweet Roz? It’s been a long while since I’ve stopped by.

    Your blog and food look amazing as always. Yum!

    Blessings, ~Melissa :)

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  17. Hi There!

    That looked amazing! Like yourself, I always like to try the exotic stuff, too! I am seriously hungry after reading this post :)

    I am visiting from BMBF. Have a great weekend!

  18. It’s there! I went to add it for you and refreshed the page and it came up so I’m guessing it just took a minute to go through!

    And I’m your newest follower! :)

  19. Stopped by to check out your blog via the Social Parade. LOve your blog, I got so hungry looking at all those dishes on the sidebar!! I hope you will have time to check out my blog athttp://mylifeadventurebyme.blogspot.com/.
    Thank you for your encouragement.
    Shelley

  20. Looks like foodie paradise! So happy to hear (and see) that you and your husband are having a fantastic time in paradise. Have a wonderful time at Alan Wong’s and a safe trip home!

  21. Just wanted to let you know that I am following you! Would love it if you could follow me back!

    Melissa
    http://momsreview4you.blogspot.com/2010/07/i-tunes-10-gift-card-giveaway.html

  22. I am still looking through all the blogs from the Social Parade… Lets just pretend it’s Friday, I like to do everything slow anyways! You have an incredible blog! Everything looks delicous! Italian people do know the right way to live. They take things slow. They eat with friends and family, and they enjoy their food. They always enjoy each and every bite. Not like most Americans with our fast food. I can’t wait to try some of your recipes out on my husband!!!
    Have a beautiful day my dear!
    Elizabeth

  23. your photography is STUNNING, I feel like I’m right there with you!

    anne
    http://www.anniebakes.net

  24. I have a new blog network of amazing bloggers! I would love for you to come and join Mama’s Little Nestwork! It is a great way to get your blog noticed by more bloggers! Have a great day!

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  25. Oh! This can’t be true… you’re just trying to make us jealous, right? Well, it worked.

  26. What an amazing place! Glad you’re enjoying your trip.

    Jane

  27. Absolutely beautiful! Wish I was there :)

  28. I think I’ve gained 10 pounds just reading this. Oh my gosh, everything looks so good!

  29. I think if ever there was a meal that looked like heaven it was your brunch at Orchids. I absolutely adore poke and that chocolate cake made me salivate. Thanks for the tip – I’m totally there next time on I’m on the island.

  30. Great post…and oh my, this food is heaven to me :) Thank you for your nice comment and am following you back :)

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