1) the famous pink umbrellas at the Royal Hawaiian looking out to Diamond Head
Post Kaua’i we found ourselves holed up in the Nani Pumehana Suite in the oh-so-1930s Pink Palace otherwise known as the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki and promptly recommitted ourselves to a diet of sushi, sushi, sushi … in between surfing Waikiki and shopping. Loved it!
2) the back of the hotel; 3) I got leid for this picture!
4) the wonderful rockers that look onto the courtyard – I loved sitting here; 5) G wanders the hallways
6) our room even had a name; 7) the toiletries
8 & 9) our suite
10) the main lobby; 11) on the way to Morimoto’s by the Hilton
12) each of the doors in the Royal Hawaiian have been hand-carved with the Hawaii State seal
13) G’s martini at the MaiTai Bar; 14) my maitai
15) our one concession one day – a pizza at the MaiTai Bar; 16) more of the lobby
17) the main entrance; 18) me relaxing in the rockers
19) the hallways are oh-so-lovely
For sushi we walked to the Modern Hotel at the far end of Waikiki and spent two meals completely ensconced in the wonderful world of Ironchef Morimoto’s Waikiki outpost, called simply enough, Morimoto. The first time we dinned, we sat at a table and put ourselves over to Morimoto’s US$120/pp omakase tasting menu. Our second venture we sat at the sushi bar, ordered a la carte and left sushi selections to the chef. Both were outstanding meals and we would certainly recommend the place.
20) the quiet kitchen; 21) lunchtime crowd is sparse
22) the kitchen is hopping at dinner; 23) looking across to the bar at dinner
24) first course is hamachi and toro tartare; 25) whitefish carpaccio
26 & 27) bagna cauda (we’ve made this one at home several times and I thought ours was better! …. take that Ironchef
28) I forget! (must ask G to remind me – blame the Chardonnay); 29) seaweed tea as a palette cleanser
30) Morimoto’s sushi selection; 31) the final course is a hodgepodge of everything – wagyu beef, tartare, black cod
32) dessert is … underwhelming … I’m sorry but asian desserts regularly disappoint but I suspect that’s my palette at play not the fault of chef
33) Morimoto tempura; 34) chef’s $40 sushi/maki combination
35) so much fish; so little time!