I was very fortunate a few Sundays ago to have the pleasure of having Sunday brunch at Hoku’s at the Kahala Hotel and Resort. Hoku’s is located at 5000 Kahala Avenue in Honolulu on the island of Oahu. Sunday brunch hours are from 10:30 am to 2 pm.
This wasn’t my first time at Hoku’s, but was my first time at Sunday brunch here. Hoku’s is one of my favorite restaurants on the island. Hoku’s does a mix of Hawaiian, Asian, and European cuisines that is ranked top among other fine dining restaurants on the island. This place is known for 5 star service, where every table has 2 wait persons that service you simultaneously. Besides the excellent food and service, the views of the ocean from your dining table and the cool ambiance makes this place even more special.
Being Hoku’s I expected only the best for their Sunday brunch and that’s what I received. The elegant buffet spread is laid out in the front of the restaurant near the open air kitchen. There were too many items to mention all of them, but the highlights were sushi and sashimi platters, fresh salads, made to order omelets, crab legs and lobster tails, oven roasted New Zealand rack of lamb, Hoku’s eggs benedict (their specialty, made with smoked salmon atop a homemade biscuit), different breakfast items, and an entire table of desserts from bread pudding to mango tapioca.
All the food was fabulous and I had a hard time deciding on what to eat because everything looked so good. The miso butterfish was excellent and worth mentioning and also their made to order croissants served toasted with butter, jelly, and a strudel topping. There was something for every palette with a special emphasis on Japanese food, which cater to their Japanese clientele. After my meal and four plates of food and desserts later I could hardly move from my seat. I finished off the meal with a warm cup of Kona coffee and was ready to go home for my mid-day siesta (nap). It was a bittersweet sense of satisfaction.
Brunch is a little pricey and will run you $58 per adult and children ages 5-12 are $29 each. This includes one complementary drink such as a mimosa, smoothie, or other beverage they offer. Any extra drinks will be an additional charge. I highly recommend their Sunday brunch for any special occasion or just a personal indulgence. Based on the food quality, top notch service, and beach-side setting I felt it is worth every penny. For reservations and more information call Hoku’s at 808-739-8760.