a sybarite in paradise
reviewing the food & entertainment pleasures of Honolulu
We headed out on a recent Sunday night to Duke’s at The Outrigger Waikiki Hotel. Unfortunately, they had a very long wait. So, we sauntered up the stairs to the Hula Grill. After some confusion and few minutes wait, we were seated right up against the railing outside. I think I would have preferred our first location in a booth inside as it was sprinkling on and off during the meal. Luckily, it didn’t rain too much.
We kept ourselves busy talking for a while and the waiter showed up to take our drink orders. This leisurely pace of service continued throughout the evening. Others didn’t seem to mind or notice. The kitchen was particularly slow at getting our main courses out to us.  
I ordered the Shrimp Kung Pao Stir Fry ($19.50), with sugar snap peas, broccoli and macadamia
nuts. It was flavorful, but lacked the kick of most Kung Pao. Sugar snap peas are edible pod peas. Still, they should have their tough string removed before use. These did not. That string is tough and unpleasant. The shrimp were large and perfectly cooked. The broccoli was good too, but those stringy snap peas were a major part of the dish. They really detracted from an otherwise good dish.
The food at the Hula Grill is a bit on the expensive side. It’s certainly a step up from Duke’s in several ways, most of them good. This wasn’t my first visit and won’t be my last, but I wont’ order the Kung Pao again.
I have to say that everyone else at the table enjoyed their meals. They didn’t mind the slowish service. Andrew loved his dish, which I forget what kind of fish it was, but here’s the picture:
Hula Grill Waikiki 923-4852
At The Outrigger Waikiki Hotel
2335 Kalakaua Ave., Suite 203
Friday, January 4, 2008
Hula Grill