Hotel News: Honolulu's celebrated hotel, Halekulani has partnered with the iconic Imperial Hotel Tokyo to create an exclusive tasting menu, "A Taste of Imperial" to give guests a new island flavor.
Imperial Chef Eiichi Oura, in conjunction with Halekulani Executive Chef Vikram Garg and Orchids Chef de Cuisine Darryl Fujita, is offering the "best of the best" of Imperial's most storied dishes and notorious cocktails, including:
Chaliapin Steak: Created in 1936 in honor of famed Russian opera singer Fyodor Ivanovich Chaliapin, who enjoyed the dish so much that he ordered it throughout his stay and allowed the Imperial to name the signature steak after him.
Prawn and Snapper Gratin "Queen Elizabeth": Original Imperial Queen Elizabeth, featured a wine-steamed prawn wrapped in sole, and was created in preparation for Queen Elizabeth II's visit to the hotel in 1975. Given its popularity, the British Embassy permitted the Imperial Hotel to name the dish after Her Majesty.
Mount Fuji: Japan may have a reputation for serving up the world's most daring cocktails, but the Mount Fuji is the one that started it all.
Tinkerbell: A nod to the Imperial's status in America, the Tinkerbell was designed in 1990 after the Walt Disney animation artist who illustrated its namesake.
Feeling the island calling you? Here's what you need to know to get in on the exclusive:
The Imperial Hotel Tokyo chef team will be in residence at Orchids from October 1 through 6. In addition, they will prepare special dishes for the ever-popular Orchids Sunday Brunch on October 3. For reservations, please contact Halekulani Dining Reservations at (808) 923-2311 or visit www.halekulani.com to place a reservation online. Orchids is open for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and for dinner from 6 to 10 p.m.