Kuhio Beach Grill Restaurant & Bar Celebrates Grand Opening at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Guests Enjoy New Bourbon Lounge and Small Plates Experience
HONOLULU, Hawaii – (January 26, 2017) – Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa just celebrated its grand opening of Kuhio Beach Grill Restaurant & Bar, a dynamic Modern American cuisine restaurant and experiential whiskey and bourbon bar overlooking a spectacular view of Waikiki Beach.
Executive Sous Chef Dion Danao’s dishes are sourced from Hawaii’s bountiful ocean and farmlands, with a minimalistic approach and contemporary techniques, combined with familiar and true flavors. Contemporary small plates include an array of international blends like: Crispy Pork Belly with Bourbon Plum Sauce, Garlic & Sweet Chili Kauai Shrimp, White Wine Steamed Clams and Ahi Poke Musubi.
The new bourbon bar features Kuhio Beach Grill’s own unique whiskey and bourbon program of 50+ whiskeys, including 30+ bourbons from craft (small batch) distilleries such as Eagle Rare, Bookers, Basil Haydens, Millets, Elija Craig, and Makers 46, as well as small producers from Japan like Yamazaki and Hibiki.
The restaurant’s bourbon program is built around classic cocktails such as the Old Fashioned, Whiskey Sour, special pours and bourbon flights. Each mixologist will shake things up with a variety of ingredients and will display their artistry and expertise through the creation of the drink. A resident whiskey expert will also be on staff each evening and can assist in the selection of a whiskey suited to your taste.
All can be enjoyed 7 days a week during regular hours from 5pm to 10pm and at Happy Hour (5pm to 6:30pm & 8:30pm to 10pm) with craft cocktails for $8 and draft beer for $6. Entertainment featuring Hawaii’s emerging artists on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Featured events include: Wine Down Wednesdays with a sommelier-led wine tasting series on the first Wednesday of every month. And, coming soon…a Bourbon Battle event featuring the Marriott’s best mixologists from around the state.
Tasty Island Coverage
On behalf of the Tasty Island, Yours Truly was honored to be invited and attend Kuhio Beach Grill’s grand opening gala, a private party event, which took place on Thursday evening, January 26, 2017. Following are photos from the event. Enjoy. ;-)
Mushroom Pesto Flatbread Pizza: Hamakua Mushroom, Roasted Garlic, Caramelized Maui Onion, Buffalo Mozzarella, Basil Pesto and Balsamic Reduction / Local Tomato Flatbread Pizza: Kamuela, Heirloom and Teardrop Tomatoes Buffalo Mozzarella and Basil Pesto
Pomai R. Souza, President, CEO, GM, Executive Chef, Waiter, Bartender, Massage Therapist, Bouncer, Valet and Housekeeper of the Tasty Island, with George D. Szigeti, President and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority
The Tasty Island Summary
Pros: AWESOME folks that work for the Marriott, who manages Kuhio Beach Grill. Can’t say enough about their fantastic Aloha Spirit! All the food they served was AMAZING. OMG, that Ahi Carpaccio and Crispy Pork were both BOMB DOT COM! Their signature Guava Fizz and “Old Fashioned” Bourbon with Orange Bitters rock! The venue is spacious and clean as a science lab. Large centrally-located bar is a great centerpiece and focal point. Enough big screen TVs to enjoy Superbowl Sunday this weekend… Go Falcons! Great acoustics for live music.
Cons: Relatively small windows block too much of the otherwise fantastic elevated 2nd floor view of Waikiki’s Kuhio Beach. Access to the restaurant is too hidden (you need to go into the atrium of the building and go up the stairs), thus that might prove to be a hindrance on foot traffic. The ambiance is too wide open and “sterile”; it needs to be more cozy “Tiki Bar-ish”, like Dukes, IMO.
About Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa fronts the best stretch of Waikiki Beach. Conveniently located in the heart of Waikiki, the hotel offers 1,310 guest rooms and suites with private lanai providing spectacular views of world-famous Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach. Other amenities include Kuhio Beach Grill, featuring the best in Pacific Rim cuisine; Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar and d.k Steak House; Arancino di Mare Italian Restaurant; Moana Terrace, offering live Hawaiian entertainment nightly; two freshwater, heated swimming pools; 10-person whirlpool; Royal Kaila Spa; 24-hour fitness facility; 24-hour business center; extensive shops and boutiques; and Hawaiian cultural activities.
For reservations or more information, please call 808-922-6611 or visit www.MarriottWaikiki.com. Connect socially on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WaikikiBeachMarriott and Instagram and Twitter at @marriottwaikiki.
About Marriott Hotels
Marriott Hotels is the largest brand in the world with 500 hotels and resorts in more than 50 countries, also now including Starwood’s Sheraton, Westin, W and St. Regis, as well as Courtyard and Ritz Carlton. All those properties strive to evolve travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to travel brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom lobby and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com.
Kuhio Beach Grill
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa (2nd floor)
2552 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Tel. (808) 922-6611
Marriott.com/Kuhio Beach Grill
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